Colonial Study Group


Karen Wente

For more information on the Colonial Group, please contact the group leaders Ken Horne & Karen Wente at email:


The Colonial Group actively works on genealogical research of the Colonial Period, from early immigration in the 1600’s until our country became the United States of America. We address how to overcome challenges of tracing colonial ancestors, colonial history & social timelines, identifying resources, learning history of the original 13 colonies and their towns, look at immigration and migration, and address issues such as: Why our Ancestor and/or their family might have suddenly disappeared? Where and why did they go? How did they get there? And, how do I find people when there are no records? The Colonial Group is educational, helpful and interesting.


New members can apply for membership at: LCGS Membership. Dues are only $20/yr for a single person. It is encouraged that you become a member of the society and to also participate in the BISG; but you are welcome to attend a few meetings prior to making a decision to join. Normal attendance is about thirty members.

Membership includes a subscription to the LCGS monthly newsletter and to participate in their monthly meetings. Details about LCGS monthly meetings and other events can be found on the LCGS Website.

Larimer County Genealogical Society P. O. Box 270737 Fort Collins, Colorado 80527-0737


This group presently meets online on ZOOM, the second Monday of each month, from 10-Noon.

Our January 11th 2021 meeting: Colonial Group will focus on our group ancestral The sheet we are making to help with research and Jean Poland will report on how she found one of her Colonial Ancestors.


A Genealogical Dictionary of the First Settlers of New England

Ancestor Bibliography Register (includes card catalog, family trees & DNA all a great help)

Chronicling America (colonial newspapers)

Daughters of the American Revolution – DAR Visit their Genealogical Research System (GRS)

Digital Public Library of America (lots of family histories & county histories)

Family Search Website (especially their card catalog)

Find My Past Website has PERSI (extensive genealogy and local history subject index)

Genealogy Publishing Company (lots of family histories & county histories)

Google Books (lots of family histories & county histories)

Mayflower Society (especially the Silver Books)

National Archives (census, military, immigratin, land, tax, passenger records & much more)

New England Historic Society’s Collections at American

The American Genealogist (Volumes 1 to 82 are available online to NEHGS members) New England, The Great Migration and The Great Migration Begins, 1620-1635 [database on-line] The Great Migration Begins, Immigrants to New England 2013; (also in book form) Original data: Anderson, Robert Charles. The Great Migration Begins: Immigrants to New England, 1620-1633, Volumes 1-3; The Great Migration: Immigrants to New England, 1634-1635, Volumes 1-6. Boston: New England Historical and Genealogical Society, 1996-2011.

US Gen Web Project

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