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Finding Aid of the Ancestor Seekers Genealogy Society, Inc., 1983-1995

Douglas County History Research Center
Douglas County Libraries
100 S. Wilcox Street
Castle Rock, Colorado 80104
U.S.A.
Phone: 303-688-7730
Email: sboyd@dclibraries.org
URL: http://DouglasCountyLibraries.org

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Profile Description

Creation: Encoded by Shaun Boyd 2010-11-17
Language: Finding aid is in English

Collection Summary

RepositoryDouglas County Libraries / 100 S. Wilcox St. / Castle Rock, CO 80104 / Phone: 303-688-7730
CreatorThe Ancestor Seekers Genealogy Society, Inc.
TitleAncestor Seekers Genealogy Society, Inc.
Dates: 1983-1995
SizeThis collection is arranged alphabetically by subject, chronologically within subject headings. 1 Record Carton, 1 cubic foot.
Abstract:These are the records of the Ancestor Seekers Genealogy Society, Inc., 1983-1995. The collection documents the history of this organization from its inception in 1983 until its dissolution in 1995. The records include minutes of society and board meetings; reports of the officers; membership lists; newsletters; copies of forms used by the society; records of the Publicity Chairman, and documentation of genealogy material donated to the Philip S. Miller Library, Castle Rock, Colorado. The collection also includes copies of news releases and clippings of articles related to the society.
Collection Number1996.022
Language: English

Arrangement of the Collection

This collection is arranged alphabetically by subject, chronologically within subject headings.

Scope and Content

These are the records of the Ancestor Seekers Genealogy Society, Inc., 1983-1995. The collection documents the entire history of this organization. Included in the records are the minutes, which describe monthly meetings of the society, programs they had, the goals and purpose of the organization, and problems the organization encountered. The collection also includes board meeting minutes and officer’s reports which illustrate the decision making process of the officers.

The newsletter published by the organization not only announced upcoming meetings and events. It also gave advice on genealogical research, and prices for various services available to genealogists.

The records also include copies of press releases, newspaper clippings, and information concerning publicity used by the society.

By-laws for 1983 and revised by-laws for 1989 document the society's objectives, membership and dues requirements, duties of officers and board members, and the standing rules of the organization. The collection contains documentation of correspondence, dues, membership, and donations made by the society throughout its existence.


Biography / History

1983 (Mar. 7) - The Ancestor Seekers Genealogy Society, Inc. was founded by Sharon Lee and Mary Ann Thornton. The first meeting was held on March 7th, and the organization decided they would accept charter members through November of 1983.

1983 (Apr. 4) - Sharon Lee held a workshop on filling out pedigree charts and family group sheets. The members were asked to make three copies of each: one for their records, one for the library, and one for the archivist.

1983 (Oct. 17) - It was noted in the meeting minutes that members could only use the Denver Public Library by paying $10 per day or $100 per year.

1984 (Jan. 16) - The society decided to join the Colorado Council of Genealogical Societies. Dues were $10 plus $.50 per member, and in return the societies’ members would be able to use the Denver Public Library for only $20 a year.

1985 (Jan. 27) The society had decided not to join the Colorado Council of Genealogical Societies, since the less expensive Denver Public Library card was the only benefit. Betty Nicholls complained that the savings on the card was the main reason she had joined the Ancestor Seekers. It was suggested that the members could pay the $.50 charge themselves and the society decided to reconsider.

1985 (Apr. 15) - Three new books were donated to the Philip S. Miller Public Library, Castle Rock, Colorado: Family Tree Detective, Marriages in Morgan County, Ohio, and Cemeteries of Centex: Manchester Township, Morgan County, Ohio. Sharon Gardner donated the books.

1986 (May 19) - The question arose of a new place for meetings to be held. The Library [Philip S. Miller Library] building had been sold, and it was expected to be some time before the new library would be built, since at that point land had not yet been purchased.

1986 (Oct. 27) - A new policy of joint purchase of books was explained. A member could buy a book they wanted for research, and the society would pay half of the price. The person would be allowed to use the book for several weeks, and after that it would be donated to the library [the Philip S. Miller Library].

1986/1987 - The by-laws for the society were amended. One change was the deletion of a limit of two consecutive terms by any one officer in any office.

1987 (Feb. 16) - Themes were announced for the following three months: March: Mary Ann Thornton, marriage records. April: Share your genealogy periodicals. May: Bea Barton, research at Salt Lake City LDS [Latter Day Saints].

1988 (Jan. 25) - Seminars being given at the Arapahoe Community College by Colleen Neal. One was on colonial land records and one on United States probate records.

1990 (Oct. 30) - Tour of the LDS [Latter Day Saints] Family History Library. The tour included a demonstration of the new computer system.

1991 (May 20) - The program for the month was: “Genealogy for fun and profit,” a video by Arlene Eakle.

1993 (Feb. 23) - There was a discussion of what to do for the 10th anniversary of the society. Ideas included: having refreshments and inviting past and present members of the society, a more elaborate billboard and/or a newspaper article.

1994 (Feb. 22) - This was a reorganization meeting to keep the society from disbanding.

1994 (May 24) - A suggestion was made that the Ancestor Seekers consider disbanding.

1994 (Sept. 27) - A survey was sent to members along with a newsletter to determine what the society could do to improve.

1994 (Oct. 25) - 1920 Federal Census for Douglas County, Colorado, was donated to the library.

1994 (Nov. 22) - The Ancestor Seekers decided to disband, since efforts to recruit new members had been unsuccessful.

1995 (Feb. 2) - Final meeting of the board of the Ancestor Seekers Genealogy Society, Inc. The society was dissolved.


Access Terms

Ancestor Seekers Genealogy Society, Inc.
Colorado Council of Genealogical Societies.
Colorado--Douglas County--Genealogy
Genealogy--Organization.

Restrictions

Access Restrictions

Douglas County History Research Center material is non-circulating, requires staff retrieval and is available by appointment during normal library hours.

Copy Restrictions

The collection is used in the presence of Douglas County History Research Center staff. Some items may be fragile and may only be duplicated with permission of the archivist.


Administrative Information

Preferred Citation

Ancestor Seekers Genealogy Society, Inc., Douglas County History Research Center. Douglas County Libraries, Castle Rock, CO.

Acquisition Information

These records were created as a result of the normal business functins of the Ancestor Seekers Genealogy Society, Inc. The records were donated to the Douglas County History Research Center in 1996.

Processing Information

Processed by: Stephanie J. Ostermann. Completed: August 1997.


Related Material

The Douglas County History Research Center and the reference section of the Philip S. Miller Library - Douglas County Libraries hold books, census records and genealogical research material donated by the Ancestor Seekers Genealogy Society, Inc. For access to this material, consult DCHRC staff, or the catalog of the Douglas County Libraries


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