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Colorado author speaks tonight at Genealogy Club meeting in Steamboat

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What: Genealogy Club meeting, featuring author Buzzy Jackson

When: Today's 7 p.m. meeting has been canceled because of winter weather. Library officials said the event will be rescheduled in the spring.

Where: Bud Werner Memorial Library, Library Hall, 13th Street and Lincoln Avenue

Cost: The event is free and open to the public

Editor’s Note: Today’s 7 p.m. meeting has been canceled because of winter weather. Library officials said the event will be rescheduled in the spring.

When Buzzy Jackson was pregnant with her son five years ago, she was shocked at how little she knew about the family history of her unborn child.

In the following years, the Boulder resident traced her family history through records, ancient cemeteries and her very own DNA, learning her son’s ancestors had been in America since colonial times.



With the help of new technological and biological resources, she traced her family’s history from Africa to Spain and Scandinavia in a rewarding — and sometimes frustrating — endeavor.

In July, she released a book, “Shaking the Fam­­ily Tree: Blue Bloods, Black Sheep and Other Ob­­sessions of an Accidental Geneal­ogist.” The book documents her journey into the captivating world of genealogy.



“It’s kind of a sharing sort of culture,” she said. “You’re basically trying to find connections between people. I thought it was a fascinating world.”

Jackson was scheduled to visit Steamboat Springs to speak at a meeting of Bud Werner Memorial Library’s Genealogy Club, at 7 p.m. today in Library Hall, but winter weather prevented her from making the trip.

Library officials said today the event will be rescheduled in the spring.

The growing local club had its inaugural meeting in May. Library reference desk assistant and club co-chair Judy Ross said the club has a roster of about 50 members who are interested in researching their family history.

“I think genealogy is really fascinating,” Ross said. “And I think Buzzy really brings that out.

“But it’s also frustrating,” Ross continued. “On one hand, people are like, ‘I reached a new level, it’s really exciting,’ and the next moment, they’ve hit a brick wall. That’s what’s kind of neat. (Jackson) commiserates with those of us who’ve hit the brick wall.”

Val Davia, the club’s other co-chair and also a reference desk assistant, knows what it’s like to hit that wall.

With no genealogy background, she helped start the club and became interested in her own family history.

Knowing that both sides of her family came to the United States from northern Italy, she began to look into her heritage.

“It’s really fun when you find something you’re not expecting,” she said.

Her next step will be to find microfilm records from the Family History Library in Salt Lake City.

And Davia knows that next time she travels to the country of her ancestors, it will be more than just about food and wine.

She plans to go to her ancestors’ town and track down birth records to trace further back into history.

Watching members of the club also delve into their past and come up with fascinating, humorous and enlightening stories has encouraged her.

“My take on it is that it just really makes history come alive,” Davia said. “It seems to lead to all kinds of historical interests for people.

“Everybody’s interested in who they are and where they came from. It enlivens history.”

— To reach Nicole Inglis, call 871-4204 or e-mail ninglis@steamboatpilot.com


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