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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.


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Ongoing: Family Search Indexing Project
Have you found genealogical treasures at FamilySearch.org? 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 aha@RootfindersGR.com

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, May 10, 2014 10:30 a.m. at the Animas Museum

"The Strange Story of Emmet Wirt's Apache Children"

Emmet Wirt, who as a teenager left his home and family in Missouri to come west to seek his fortune, created a small empire in the New Mexico-Colorado borderlands before his death in 1937. He was the licensed post trader to the Jicarilla Apaches in Dulce, New Mexico, had extensive land holdings and business interests in both Colorado and New Mexico, and was one of the most colorful characters the West has ever known. Like many white traders who lived among Indian tribes, Wirt fathered several half-apache children. He eventually married a white woman and had one white daughter. While the genealogical record is pretty clear for his white family, the same is not true for his half-Apache children. Who were they and what family did they grow up with? What social, cultural and legal issues came into play with Wirt and his Apache relatives? How can the genealogical record inform us about these people who lived in two worlds? Robert McDaniel's program will explore these intriguing questions.