2/24/17 11:10AM

Genealogists learn how to find mining records

Professional genealogist Jen Baldwin will explore the paper trail of mining records at the Foothills Genealogical Society March meeting.

“A Pine Post Four Inches Square: Staking a Claim on Mining Records” will be the focus of a program by Jen Baldwin, professional genealogist, at the Foothills Genealogical Society meeting at 1:00 p.m. on Wednesday, March 8.

The gold rush produced more than flakes and nuggets, it produced a paper trail. Baldwin will explore mining records through the story of one man's decade in the Rocky Mountains. Her professional research focuses on the genealogy of early mountain residents, gold rush miners and Victorian era settlers in the Rocky Mountain corridor: from the northern border of Montana to the central foothills of New Mexico.

At the age of ten, Baldwin took her first steps toward a career as a researcher, published writer and speaker leading to an expertise in the Western U.S. A genealogist and family historian, she is also the Data Acquistion Manger, North America, for Findmypast. She has written numerous articles for genealogy websites and eight research guides published by Legacy QuickGuides. A course author for the National Institute of Genealogical Studies, she also has researched for the PBS series, Genealogy Roadshow. She maintains a website for Ancestral Journeys, http://ancestraljourneys.weebly.com/.

Baldwin is a board member of the Federation of Genealogical Studies, a member of the Colorado Genealogical Society, the Larimer County Genealogical Society, and a volunteer for Preserve the Pensions War of 1812. She also is associated with the NextGen Genealogical Network.

FhGS meets at Applewood Valley United Methodist Church, 2035 Ellis St., Golden, CO 80401. Guests are always welcome and there is ample parking and handicap accessibility. FhGS supports genealogical research with educational programs, classes and field trips and preserves and publishes historical records from Clear Creek, Gilpin, Jefferson and Park counties. For more information, please visit the website: http://www.foothillsgenealogy.org or write P.O. Box 150382, Lakewood CO 80215-0372.

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