Black Genealogy Search Group

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  • March from Selma to Montgomery Dr. Ralph Abernathy, James Forman, Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., Rev. Jesse Douglas Sr, John Lewis

About Us

BGSG of Denver meets the fourth Saturday of each month, except August and December when no meetings are held.  Meetings are held at the Blair-Caldwell African American Research Library, 2401 Welton Street, Denver, CO 80205 from 10:30 AM to 12:30 PM.  A special family history writing class follows from 12:30 PM to 1:30 PM.  The BGSG award-winning newsletter, “Black Tracks” is published four times a year: January, April, July and October.  Black Tracks is available by subscription and BGSG membership.

Denver’s Black Genealogy Search Group (BGSG) began in February 1982 when six (6) like-minded individuals (Alice Bethel, Ray Brown, Tom Graham, Dr. Cecil Glenn, Faye Hudson and Veronica Thomas) with the support of Shirley Sheets Library Assistant, Denver Public Library.  After four (4) months the group expanded to seventeen (17) with eleven additional members: Shirley Clayton, Sue Coleman, Edith Cook, Barbara Shannon, Mary Veals, Helen Havers, Wanda Jackson, Bruce Jackson, Maria Rose, Margaret Frazier and Margaret Write.  The mission of the organization was then and remains:


BGSG Mission

  1. Bring together researchers with the same interests to experience the fellowship of the meetings as they share problems, discovery and learn genealogical research techniques from each other and other resources

  2. Encourage and assist African American researchers reclaim their rich heritage

  3. Encourage searchers to document their research efforts and write family histories

Today another important mission has become a part of BGSG:

  • Demonstrate that American history is a part of the African American experience and demonstrate the important changes of our culture on member’s family histories


The purpose of this organization is to increase the popularity of our common interest in genealogy and Black History.  We hope to grow and expand our activities as we attract new members.  We also want to experience enjoyable time together and work on projects.  Developing relationships and friendships will make BGSG even stronger.

BGSG Goals

  • Share information about genealogy in general and support Black genealogist in particular

  • Gather and share genealogical resource materials

  • Gather and share information about Black history in general

  • Hold workshops, plan field trips and present guest speakers

  • Foster contact and interactions with individuals and groups whose purpose and goals are similar to ours

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