Carol Cooke Darrow is a Certified Genealogist who works as a lecturer and researcher. She has a degree in history from the University of Texas and has been a Certified Genealogist since 2005. She is the co-author of The Genealogist's Guide to Researching Tax Records published in 2007. She is available to present at your genealogical meetings nationwide. Her current schedule of lectures and presentations is listed below.
Carol Cooke Darrow, CG, and Susan Winchester, Ph.D. and CPA, are co-authors of the Genealogist's Guide to Researching Tax Records. The book is a how-to guide to help you identify, locate, and understand the wealth of information available in these annual records. Tax records can be as helpful as census records in locating ancestors who lived before the first census in 1790 or who lived in areas with lost census records. The book was published by Heritage Books and is available at www.HeritageBooks.com
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College Hill Lecture Schedule
College Hill Library
3705 West 112th Avenue
No classes May through August
March 5, 2016
1:30 - 3:30 pm
|Measuring Land in Rectangular States
Your ancestor owned land at the north half of the southwest quarter and the west half of the southeast quarter of Section 18 in Township 1 South, Range 24 West of the 5th Principal Meridian in Arkansas. How can you find that place?
|College Hill Library|
April 2, 2016
1:30 - 3:30 pm
|Obituaries and Cemetery Records
Cemeteries have a history just as families do. Learning about the creation of local cemeteries and tombstone symbolism will help you find lost family members. Obituaries may add information about family relationships.
|College Hill Library|
Free Genealogy Presentations
March 22, 2016
1 pm - 3 pm
|Brick Wall or Picket Fence?||Aurora Genealogical Society, Aurora Public Library, 14949 E. Alameda Pkwy, Aurora, CO|
March 26, 2016
10 am - Noon
|Organizing Your Genealogy Research Starts With a Plan.||Black Genealogy Search Group, Blair-Caldwell Library, 2401 Welton St., Denver, CO|
April 5, 2016
10:30 am - 12:30 pm
|German Research Without a Passport.||Germanic Research Group, Gates Room, Central Denver Public Library, Denver, CO|
WriteNOW Writing Group
Central (Downtown) Denver Public Library
10 W. 14th Ave. Pkwy., Denver, CO, 5th floor, Gates Room
Sunday, 1:30 to 3:30 pm
|March 13, 2016||Share your project work. Assignment: Continue work on your project.||Central DPL, Gates Room|
|April 10, 2016||Share your project progress, do revisions, discuss other aspects of project. Assignment: Complete your project.||Central DPL, Gates Room|
|May 15, 2016||Present your project to the group.||Central DPL, Gates Room|
Information such as occupation, education, even cause of death supplemented with newspaper stories, county histories, maps, journals and diaries can help you round out the picture of your ancestor and the world he lived in.
Starting with handbills promoting the fruits available by planting in Virginia in 1609, advertisers have promoted immigration, cheap land, easy transportation to the gold fields, and steady work in America. Advertising worked as a steady flow of immigrants came knocking on the golden door.
Castle Garden opened as a New York City facility for processing the crowds of immigrants arriving between 1855 and 1890. Ellis Island, a federal immigrant receiving station replaced it in 1891.
Deciphering the messages written in stone on tombstones can enrich your understanding of your ancestor.
The American continent offered land to entice immigrants from around the world. Land was given away by colonial governors, awarded as military bounty land, distributed by lottery, sold by cash sales by the U.S. government and distributed by the Homestead Act of 1862. How did your ancestor get land - and how much did he get?
Whether you're writing a compiled genealogy or a family history, putting the facts on paper and bringing the ancestor to life can be challenging and fun.
To succeed at European genealogy research, you must learn about the standard records of the country of your ancestors through websites, books, maps, and genealogy societies devoted to that country. The growing number of online resources will help to speed you on your way.
Newspapers offer a world of personal information about the events of our ancestors' lives both happy and sad. The problem is that newspapers present a pretty big haystack. There are many new online resources available but success depends on finding the newspaper for the right date(s) and right location.
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Genealogy is a fascinating hobby that will make you part detective, part puzzle solver. Here are 10 steps to get you started.
The things that seem to be standing in the way of your genealogical research may be easy to overcome when you have carefully identified the road block and learned effective ways to overcome it.
Court Records offer a lot of information about the community and the time period - and you will often see your ancestor in court as a plaintiff, defendant, witness, or juror.
Use online tools to locate the final resting place for your ancestor and find obituaries.
Have you lost track of cousins, schoolmates, military buddies? There are ways to use school yearbooks, city directories, birth, marriage, and death records to locate these long lost friends.
The census taker came once every ten years and often missed people. The tax collector came every year and seldom missed anyone.
Travel the time machine back to learn what events affected your ancestors and perhaps caused them to leave a record behind.
Leaving your home country to set sail for America was sometimes a wrenching decision. The trip was filled with dangers and hardship, and the welcome was not always friendly. Learn about your ancestor's decision to leave the home country and the experience of journeying to America.
Most genealogy records are created on the local level so it's vital that you learn as much as possible about the county boundaries, history, maps, population, geography, religions, crops, and occupations of your ancestor's hometown. When you become an expert on that location, you will find the records you're looking for.
Becoming a citizen was not always easy and finding naturalization records can be a challenging task.
Our ancestors' marriages are often idealized -- we think of them marrying for life and living happily ever after. But research often uncovers women living apart from their husbands, women abandoning their homes and families, and even divorcing or being divorced. Learn how to recognize and account for women who don't fit into the "married for life" model.
You're faced with a pile of documents, a camera card full of unlabeled photos, and more than one flash drive full of microfilm pages. When it's hard to know where to start organizing, you need to start with a goal and focus on a plan to meet that goal. The plan may include a file folder system, an index of your photos, a timeline of the life of an ancestor, or a tracking chart of records for an ancestor.
Don't be discouraged when you learn that only the head of the household was named in censuses before 1850. You can use land records, tax records, wills and probate records, and Revolutionary War pension applications to flesh out the family.
The maze of courts and the numerous records may seem discouraging to a researcher, but there is treasure to be found. Jury lists can help to locate your ancestor, debt cases can explain your ancestor's financial position, road orders can provide location, and chancery records can explain settlement issues.
How to use census records and the amazing amount of information they contain.
Maps come in all shapes and detail. Finding the right map can lead you all the way back to your ancestors.
Timelines can place people into historical context, they can separate people with the same names, and they can help to solve twisted document information.
Start with yourself, your parents and your grandparents to gather information that will allow you to move backwards through census records, marriage, military, and immigration records to expand your family tree.
People are affected by the belief system, the laws, the climate, and the technology, as well as religious and ethnic influences of the time they live in. We want to know why they do what they did.
Learn how the administration and probate process can tell us about the life of the deceased and clarify family relationships.
Start with a goal and write one story at a time.
"I always learn something new when you are the speaker!" -- Susan Seager, Weld County
- Colorado Genealogical Society
- Association of Professional Genealogists
- Board for Certification of Genealogists
- Colorado Society of Hispanic Genealogy
- Cyndi's List of Genealogy Sites on the Internet
- Denver Public Library: Western History and Genealogy
- Directory of Genealogy Libraries in the USA
- Enslaved Ancestors Abstracted from Granville County, NC Deed Books - 1746-1864
- Find A Grave
- Goggle Search Features
- Historical County Lines
- Classic LDS Family History Library Catalog
- LDS FamilySearch Record Search
- Jewish Genealogy
- Steve Morse's Genealogy Search Tools
- NARA - Genealogy
- National Archives at Denver
- National Genealogical Society
- Social Security Death Index (SSDI)
- State of Colorado (Archives) Historical Record Search (Select 'Start Your Search')
- U.S. Civil War Soldier and Sailor System (by the National Park Service)
- U.S. Census Bureau: Genealogy
- The USGenWeb Project
- Yahoo! Search: Genealogy
The words Certified Genealogist are a registered certification mark, and the designation CG a proprietary service mark, of the Board for Certification of Genealogists®, used under license by authorized associates following peer-reviewed competency evaluations. Certificate No. 459, renewed, expires 4 May 2020.