Researching Your Colorado Ancestors
There is nothing more helpful that a handy reference book with information specific to the area you are researching. I list below some that might be useful. If the title of the book is a link, it will take you to purchase information. The link (find in a library) will give you a link to help you find the book in the library closest to you. Most will show libraries near Ann Arbor... to change the location, type in your zip code and you can find libraries near you.
The three books listed below each have a small section covering each state that includes maps, historical information, vital records coverage and a bibliography of resources for that state.
On the web...
First, bookmark or print out these FHL documents:
Use the catalog at the FHL to find out what has been filmed covering the state Colorado ; Click View Related Places in the upper right to find sources that have been filmed for the county you are researching and once there click View Related Places in the upper right to find sources that have been filmed for the township or city. You will want to check for resources in all three jurisdictions, although most people check the county holdings first, township next and state last.
Next, see what is available for your counties of interst at at the Colorado Gen Web (use the county and town selection lists to find what's available for each of the counties). You can search the Colorado GenWeb Archives in a single search, but note this does not search all the pages of the site, only the submitted databases. Then do the same for the Colorado Page page and the AHGP Colorado page.
The Colorado State Archives site is more helpful than it originally appears. It offers a historical records database, which you can search as one entity, though it contains a number of separate files. If your search yields a hit, clicking on the name will give brief information, but you can also use the "compose an e-mail" button to send queries to the CSA, where they will work on the request for a fee. Hint: When you are on this website and you see a black and white map, with the names of some counties written in, click that county to go to the records.
Colorado is served by the National Archives: Rocky Mountain Region branch in Denver.
The Colorado Historical Society Hart Library site offers little online data, but gives a good overview of collections available onsite and offers research and photocopy services to those who can't visit the library.
University of Colorado. Norlin Library Archives lists some unique resources owned by the library that are useful to the genealogical researcher.
Find Colorado Public Libraries -- see what services are offered by the public library in or near the jurisdiction of your research.
Historic Colorado Newspaper Collection -- what a deal! You can search them as well as browse. And the images come up fast. Very nice!
Search the Chronicling America site to see what newspapers were published for the area you are researching. (So far Chronicling America doesn't have any scanned images up from Colorado newspapers)
Don't overlook your Colorado Black Sheep ancestors!
Help! Queries and Lookups
* Colorado Genealogy on tne Internet
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This page last updated Monday, April 11, 2011
Created by Barbara Snow Dec. 5, 2005
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