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So, who do you think you are?

Who do you think you are?

Eric Broderson has been digging into finding the answers to just that question!

Eric made a presentation to his fellow members of the Archuleta County Genealogical Society at their July meeting, relating some of the family history finds he made on a recent trip to Europe.

Eric, and his wife Cora, took the “trip of a lifetime” spending 30 days trekking around much of Western Europe. He has been researching his ancestry for several years and has a special interest in both Denmark and Spain. The Broderson family immigrated to the United States from Felsted, Denmark, in 1861. It was a special moment for Eric to walk the streets of his ancestral home of Felsted, and for Cora to tour her ancestral country of Spain.

The Archuleta County Genealogical Society is made up of a group of members with a shared interest in family history research.

“The purpose of this Society is to provide a central source to which all people may look for guidance in the preservation of their heritage and family traditions. To this extent, the Society seeks to honor and perpetuate the memory of those who have gone before and to pass this legacy to generations yet to be born.”

The members of the Archuleta County Genealogical Society have a wide range of genealogical experience, from beginners to seasoned researchers, with family ties to most states and many countries worldwide. Sharing knowledge, information, and research techniques gives encouragement and satisfaction to every family historian and is a key element to the success of every member. Guests are always welcome at the ACGS meetings which are held the first Saturday of each month, at 11 a.m., at Community United Methodist Church.

Special guests at the July meeting of the ACGS were members of the local Sarah Platt Decker Chapter of the National Society of the Daughters of the American Revolution. Sandra Howe, outgoing chapter regent, spoke about the vast resources of the National DAR library and member records online. Becoming a member of the DAR entails proving direct lineage to an American Revolutionary patriot, thus genealogical research is an important facet of the DAR, as well as, other historic lineage societies.

The television series “Who Do You Think You Are?,” which aired earlier this year, documented the search for ancestry of seven celebrities drew huge audiences and sparked great public interest in family history and genealogical research.

If you are asking yourself “How do I get started?” you need to mark your calendar for the Family History Fair to be held Saturday, Aug. 14, in Pagosa Springs. This year’s Family History Fair will feature two lectures by Barbara Becker Meehan, MLIS, CGSM, professional genealogist, researcher, librarian and speaker from Tulsa, Okla,

Meehan’s lectures will include: “Information Overload: Organizing Your Genealogy Work” and “How To Be a Power Hitter: Improve Your Online Searching Skills.” There will be four other lectures by local researchers, including a two-part interactive lecture geared especially for beginners titled “Genealogy 101: Getting Started and Using the Family History Center,” and rounding out the program with “Researching Your Irish Family History” and “Tracing Your Family’s Medical History.”

This one-day workshop is being cosponsored by the Archuleta County Genealogical Society and the Family History Center of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints.

The event will take place at the Family History Center, 1879 Majestic Drive (behind Ponderosa Lumber).

The program begins at 9 a.m., concluding at 4:30 p.m., and includes five lecture sessions, lunch and an exhibition of family history and genealogical displays. There will be displays from the ACGS, the Family History Center/Family, the Daughters of the American Revolution (incoming Regent Lynn Constan will be present to answer questions), the Mayflower Society, and genealogical information for Acadia, Sweden, Italy, Denmark, Spain, and Ireland ... and much more.

The Family History Fair is open to the public and is complimentary, but will be limited to 100 participants. Those interested in attending must pre-register by contacting Barbara Ford, vice president of the Archuleta County Genealogical Society, at 264-2625,, or Sharron Oldham, director of the Family History Center, at 264-5063,