Southwest Colorado Genealogical Society
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The Southwest Colorado Genealogical Society was formed in April 2011 with a mission to promote education and interest in genealogy. Meetings are held every other month. Please visit the "Society News" webpage to read recaps of previous meetings.

The Members' Directory is now available on the 'For Members' webpage. If you are a member and don't know the password to access this page, use the form submission box below and send us your name and email and we'll send you the password.

Ongoing: Family Search Indexing Project
Have you found genealogical treasures at Perhaps it is time to pay back or pay forward by being an indexer! For more information about how to be a Family Search indexer, or, if you are already an indexer and would like to join the Southwest Colorado Genealogical Society Group, click on the pdf document below or contact Anna Hopkins-Arnold at

Anna Hopkins-Arnold, the presenter at the March 8, 2014 meeting.
Photo by Julie Pickett
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2014 Term

President: Ruth E. Lambert
Vice President: Julie A. Pickett
Secretary: Eilene Lyon
Treasurer: Robert McDaniel
Newsletter Editor: Chris Brussat
Next meeting: Saturday, September 13, 2014, 10:30 a.m. at the Animas Museum

What Happens When You Die?

Well, genealogically speaking, what happens?  

What paperwork is filed? Who files it? Where? How? When?

Estate proceedings can be a gold mine for genealogists. Whether there is a will or not, if a person owned property when they died, a legal proceeding had to be filed to oversee the disposition of the assets. There is a wealth of family information in estate proceedings - not just names of children, but in-laws, siblings, friends, and neighbors can appear in estate records.  

Guest speaker Jeannine Dobbins will share some of the methods for finding and using these records.  Please join us on September 13, 2014, 10:30 a.m. at The Animas Museum for this informative talk.