Colorado Goals:  1: Research and Records   2: Archives and Libraries   3: Vital and Census Records   4: Church and Cemetery Records   5: Emigration and Immigration   6: Military Records   7: Probate, Land and Court   8: Maps and Gazetteers   9: Newspapers   10: Websites   11: Search Records   12: Get Help  




Project 9: U.S.—Colorado

Explore research in Colorado.


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Goal 1: Learn about Colorado research and records.


Choices:

A. Get started with research for your Colorado ancestors.

Summary
  1. Learn about basic Colorado research strategies.
    FS—Basic Colorado Research Tips and Strategies
  2. Explore resources for Colorado research on Ancestry.
    AC—Colorado Resources
  3. Study the Ancestry State Guide for Colorado research.
    AC—Colorado State Research Guide, 5 pgs.
  4. Use the Colorado Record Finder to decide on records to search.
    FS—Colorado Record Finder





Goal 2: Learn about Colorado archives and libraries.


Choices:

A. Learn about Colorado archives and libraries.

Summary
  1. Learn about Colorado archives and libraries in these articles.
    FS—Wiki: Colorado Archives and Libraries
    | AC—Wiki: Colorado Archives, Libraries, and Societies
  2. Explore the Colorado state archives.
  3. Explore the State Archives and Libraries site for Colorado.
  4. Explore the Colorado Dept of Archives site.
  5. Explore the State Archives and Libraries site for Colorado.
  6. Explore the Books We Own site for Colorado genealogy publications. Volunteers may be available for lookup services.
  7. Search for free online books on Colorado research on the FamilySearch site.
  8. Explore historical photo resources on the Ancestor Hunt site.

B. Learn about Colorado city directories.

Summary
  1. Learn about Colorado city directories in this FamilySearch Wiki article.
    FS—Wiki: Colorado Directories
  2. Explore Colorado city directories.
  3. Find out more about city directories in this research guide from Ancestry.
    AC—Six Things to Find—3 pgs.
  4. Explore Colorado city directories on the Ancestry site.
  5. Explore Colorado historical directories by county.


Goal 3: Learn about Colorado vital records.


Choices:

A. Learn about Colorado vital records.

Summary
  1. Learn about Colorado vital records in these articles.
    FS—Wiki: Colorado Vital Records
    | AC—Wiki: Colorado Vital Records
  2. Explore links for vital records on the Colorado Public Health site.
  3. Search for online Colorado vital records and find addresses for state offices to write to for records.
  4. Explore Colorado birth, marriage, and death records on the AccessGenealogy site.
  5. Explore Colorado birth certificate records on the Birth-Certificates.net site.
  6. Get help with adoption topics on the Colorado Adoptees / Birth Parents Facebook page.
  7. Explore additional links for Colorado vital records on the Linkpendium site.
  8. Explore additional links for Colorado birth records on the LDSGenealogy site.

B. Explore Colorado marriage and death records.

Summary
  1. Explore links for Colorado marriage records.
  2. Explore the Western States Historical Marriage Records Index.
  3. Explore additional links for Colorado marriage records on the LDSGenealogy site.
  4. Explore the Ancestors at Rest site for Colorado death records.
  5. Find additional resources for Arizona obituaries on the Linkpendium site.
  6. Explore the ObituariesHelp site for Colorado obituaries.
  7. Explore Colorado death records, indexes, and obituaries.
  8. Explore additional links for Colorado death records on the LDSGenealogy site.

C. Explore Colorado census and voter records.

Summary
  1. Get an overview of Colorado censuses in this article.
    FS—Colorado Census
  2. Learn about Colorado census records.
    Census Records for Colorado
  3. Explore the MyFreeCensus site for Colorado state and county census records.
  4. Explore additional links for Colorado census records on the LDSGenealogy site.
  5. Explore Colorado census records on the AccessGenealogy site.
  6. Learn about Colorado voting registers in this article.
    FS—Colorado Voting Registers


Goal 4: Learn about Colorado church and cemetery records.


Choices:

A. Learn about Colorado church records.

Summary
  1. Get an overview of Colorado church records in this article.
    FS—Colorado Church Records
  2. Learn about Colorado church records in this Ancestry Wiki article.
    AC—Colorado Church Records
  3. Explore additional links for Colorado church records on the LDSGenealogy site.

B. Explore Colorado cemetery records.

Summary
  1. Explore Colorado cemetery records in this article.
    FS—Colorado Cemetery Records
  2. Browse the Interment.net site for Colorado cemetery records.
  3. Search for Colorado cemetery records online.
  4. Explore Colorado cemetery records on the AccessGenealogy site.
  5. Explore additional links for Colorado cemetery records on the LDSGenealogy site.
  6. Explore the Tombstone Transcription Project on the U.S. GenWeb site.
  7. Search the FindaGrave site for cemetery records.
  8. Search the BillionGraves site for cemetery records.
  9. See additional cemetery resources on the Colorado Linkpendium site.


Goal 5: Learn about Colorado emigration and immigration.


Choices:

A. Learn about Colorado emigration and immigration.

Summary
  1. Learn about Colorado emigration and immigration in this FamilySearch Wiki article.
    FS—Wiki: Colorado Emigration and Immigration
  2. Learn about Colorado migration routes in this FamilySearch Wiki article.
    FS—Wiki: Colorado Migration
  3. Explore additional links for Colorado immigration records on the LDSGenealogy site.


Goal 6: Learn about Colorado military records.


Choices:

A. Learn about Colorado military records.

Summary
  1. Get an introduction to Colorado military records.
    Colorado Military Records
  2. Learn about Colorado military records in this FamilySearch Wiki article.
    FS—Wiki: Colorado Military Records
  3. Explore Colorado military records on the AccessGenealogy site (scroll down).
  4. Explore additional links for Colorado military records on the LDSGenealogy site.
  5. Explore Colorado military records on the Linkpendium site.
  6. Explore Colorado military resources on Cyndi's List.


Goal 7: Learn about Colorado probate, land, and court records.


Choices:

A. Learn about Colorado probate, land and court records.

Summary
  1. Learn about Colorado probate records in these articles.
    FS—Wiki: Colorado Probate Records
    | AC—Wiki: Colorado Probate Records
  2. Learn about Colorado land and property records.
    FS—Colorado Land and Property Records
  3. Learn about Colorado land records in this Ancestry Wiki article.
    AC—Colorado Land Records
  4. Explore additional links for Colorado probate records on the LDSGenealogy site.
  5. Explore additional links for Colorado land records on the LDSGenealogy site.

B. Learn about Colorado court records.

Summary
  1. Learn about Colorado court records in this Ancestry Wiki article.
    AC—Wiki: Colorado Court Records


Goal 8: Learn about Colorado maps and gazetteers.


Choices:

A. Learn about Colorado maps and gazetteers.

Summary
  1. Learn about Colorado maps in this FamilySearch Wiki article.
    FS—Wiki: Colorado Maps
  2. Learn about Colorado maps in this Ancestry Wiki article.
    AC—Wiki: Colorado Maps
  3. Learn about Colorado gazetteers in this FamilySearch Wiki article.
    FS—Wiki: Colorado Gazetteers

B. Explore Colorado maps and gazetteers.

  1. Explore the David Rumsey collection of Colorado maps.
  2. Explore the Perry-Castaneda site for maps of Colorado.
  3. Explore historical Colorado maps on the Historic Map Works site.
  4. Explore the Old Maps Online site for Colorado maps.


Goal 9: Learn about Colorado newspapers.


Choices:

A. Learn about Colorado newspapers.

Summary
  1. Learn about Colorado newspapers in this FamilySearch Wiki article.
    FS—Wiki: Colorado Newspapers
  2. Learn about researching historical Colorado newspapers in this tutorial from The Ancestor Hunt.
    Research Free Historical Colorado Newspapers—9:43
  3. Learn about Colorado newspapers, periodicals, and manuscript collections.
    AC—Wiki: Colorado Periodicals, Newspapers, and Manuscripts

B. Explore Colorado newspapers.

  1. Search for Colorado historical newspapers in the Library of Congress collection.
  2. Search Colorado newspapers in the onlinenewspapers.com site.
  3. Search Colorado newspapers in the world-newspapers.com site.
  4. Search Colorado newspapers in the ABYZ News Link site.
  5. Explore Colorado newspaper resources on the Ancestor Hunt site.
  6. See additional Colorado newspaper resources on the Linkpendium site.
  7. Explore additional links for Colorado newspapers and obituaries on the LDSGenealogy site.


Goal 10: Explore additional websites for research.


Choices:

A. There are a number of websites with valuable resources for Colorado research.

  1. Explore links in Cyndi's List.
  2. Explore links in Linkpendium.
  3. Explore links in Kindred Trails.
  4. Explore links in GenealogyLinks.net.
  5. Explore links in LDSGenealogy.com.


Goal 11: Search records from Colorado.


Choices:

A Use the QUIKLinks (top of page) or Colorado County links (bottom) to quickly search common record collections for Colorado.

Note: To search records on these sites, you must be registered on the site or be at a FamilySearch Center.

  1. In the QUIKLinks, click the link for FamilySearch, Ancestry, Findmypast, or MyHeritage to view the corresponding record collection.
  2. Scroll down near the bottom of this page to see available county records. Click the name of the county for FamilySearch, or A for Ancestry, or L for Linkpendium.

B Explore additional record collections.

  1. In FamilySearch, explore the Colorado Online Genealogy Records page for a variety of record collections.
  2. In each program (FamilySearch, Ancestry, or Findmypast), explore additional record collections besides the ones listed in QUIKLinks on this page.


Goal 12: Get help with your Colorado research.


Choices:

A. Use Facebook pages to get answers to your questions.

  1. Visit the Colorado Genealogy Network page on Facebook.
  2. Visit the Colorado Genealogy page on Facebook.
  3. Visit the Colorado Genealogical Society page on Facebook.
  4. Visit the U.S. West Genealogy Research page on Facebook.
  5. See the Genealogy on Facebook list of Facebook groups dedicated to helping with research for Colorado.

B. Join a mailing list or message board for Colorado research.

  1. Join the RootsChat forum and post questions about Colorado research.
  2. Search the RootsWeb site for Colorado research mailing lists.
  3. Explore the Colorado research mailing lists on Cyndi's List.
  4. Use the RootsWeb message boards to read or post questions about Colorado research.

C. Learn about Colorado genealogy societies.

  1. Learn about genealogy societies in Colorado in this FamilySearch Wiki article.
    FS—Wiki: Colorado Societies
  2. Learn about genealogy societies in Colorado in this FamilySearch Wiki article.
    FS—Wiki: Colorado Societies
  3. Explore the Colorado Genealogical Society site.
  4. Explore the Colorado Historical Society site.
  5. Explore Colorado genealogy society sites on Cyndi's list.




Colorado Counties

Name = FamilySearch; A = Ancestry; L = Linkpendium

Adams    A    L Alamosa    A    L Arapahoe    A    L Archuleta    L Baca    L Bent    A    L
Boulder    A    L Broomfield    L Chaffee    A    L Cheyenne    L Clear Creek    A    L Conejos    A    L
Costilla    A    L Crowley    L Custer    A    L Delta    A    L Denver    A    L Dolores    A    L
Douglas    L Eagle    L Elbert    L El Paso    A    L Fremont    A    L Garfield    L
Gilpin    A    L Grand    L Gunnison    L Hinsdale    A    L Huerfano    L Jackson    L
Jefferson    A    L Kiowa    L Kit Carson    L Lake    A    L La Plata    A    L Larimer    A    L
Las Animas    A    L Lincoln    L Logan    A    L Lowndes    L Macon    L Madison    L
Mesa    A    L Mineral    L Moffat    L Montezuma    L Montrose    A    L Morgan    L
Otero    L Ouray    L Park    L Phillips    A    L Pitkin    A    L Prowers    L
Pueblo    A    L Rio Blanco    L Rio Grande    L Routt    L Saguache    L San Juan    L
San Miguel    L Sedgewick    A    L Summit    L Teller    A    L Washington    A    L Weld    A    L
Yuma    A    L