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Genealogy and Obituaries: General

  • In the Library or from home with a library card America’s Obituaries and Death Notices
    Search by name of deceased or keyword in a growing list of newspapers, including the Denver Post and Rocky Mountain News. Coverage varies by newspaper, generally 1990 and later.
  • In the Library or from home with a library card America: History and Life
    Index to historical coverage of the United States and Canada from pre-history to the present.
  • In library use only Ancestry Library Edition
    Images of the U.S. Federal Census from 1790 forward, the American Genealogical Biographical Index, immigration lists and over 4,000 more databases. This database is not available for remote users.
  • Ancestry.com
    The largest collection of family history records on the web. This is the commercial site for home users. Users inside the Library should use Ancestry Library Edition.
  • In the Library or from home with a library card Biography and Genealogy Master Index
    Index to biographical information on people from all time periods, geographical locations, and fields of endeavor. Fact Sheet (PDF)
  • Locally created content Blair-Caldwell African American Research Library
    More than 150 collections that come from an array of sources. The paper, audio, and visual materials include manuscripts, photographs, organizational records, broadsides, oral histories, and scrapbooks.
  • Colorado Genealogical Society
    Assists and supports the genealogical community in Colorado including researchers, fellow societies, libraries and archives.
  • Colorado GenWeb
    Part of the USGenWeb Project. Statewide genealogy resources.
  • Colorado State Archives
    Search the historical records' database by name, county, time span or record type.
  • Colorado’s Historic Newspaper Collection
    Colorado’s historic newspapers, 1859-1928, an ongoing project of the Colorado State Library, Colorado Historical Society, and the Collaborative Digitization Program.
  • Cyndi's List
    Categorized & cross-referenced index to genealogical resources on the Internet.
  • Ellis Island Records
    Search Immigration records.
  • FamilySearch
    Family History Library, Salt Lake City.
  • Genealogy.com
    Search for ancestors and share your discoveries with family and friends.
  • Geni
    Geni is a private place for your family to build your family tree, preserve your history and share your lives.
  • Locally created content Gold Rush
    Find out which database contains the journal you want, or search by topic to choose a database -- then link directly to the database.
  • In the Library or from home with a library card HeritageQuest
    Complete set of U.S. Federal Census records from 1790-1930, over 25,000 full-text family and local histories, PERSI index to genealogy and local history articles. Can't connect? Get technical assistance and/or help.
  • Irish Immigrants: The Search for Missing Friends
    A database of advertisements for Irish immigrants published in the Boston Pilot.
  • Local History and Genealogy Reading Room
    Library of Congress genealogy collection.
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New England Ancestors
    Call or visit Western History & Genealogy in the Central Library to search New England Ancestors.
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Origins Network
    Comprehensive and exclusive British and Irish genealogy record collections dating back to the 13th century. Call or visit Western History & Genealogy in the Central Library to search Origins Network.
  • RootsWeb
    Interactive guides and numerous research tools for tracing family histories.
  • Social Security Death Index
    Locate a death certificate, find an obituary, discover cemetery records, track down probate records.
  • USGenWeb
    Internet web sites for genealogical research.
  • WorldGenWeb
    Genealogical and historical records and resources for worldwide access.

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Colorado Genealogy and Obituaries

  • Locally created content 59ers' Directory – Colorado Argonauts
    A directory of prospector arrivals, removals, deaths, marriages, children, property, mines, and ranches, with names of old towns, mining camps, gulches, mountains, rivers, creeks, and other matters relating to the setting of their lives in the Pikes Peak Region.
  • In the Library or from home with a library card America’s Obituaries and Death Notices
    Search by name of deceased or keyword in a growing list of newspapers, including the Denver Post and Rocky Mountain News. Coverage varies by newspaper, generally 1990 and later.
  • Colorado Genealogical Society
    Assists and supports the genealogical community in Colorado including researchers, fellow societies, libraries and archives.
  • Locally created content Colorado Mining Fatalities pre-1963
    Personal information and dates of persons killed as well as major mine accidents, causes of accidents, mining activity per county, poll of nationalities and more.
  • Locally created content Colorado Obituary Project
    Statewide index of approximately 50,000 non-Denver obituaries mostly from the 1970s through 1990. Researchers may request a copy of the full-text obituary through the Western History and Genealogy Department.
  • Locally created content Colorado State Reformatory Prisoner Records
    Index of names of prisoners in attendance from 1887 through 1939.
  • Locally created content Colorado Statesman Index
    Index of funeral notices, obituaries, and news articles from the leading weekly newspaper serving the African American community from 1904 to 1954.
  • Locally created content Colorado World War I Casualties in Europe
    Location of the burial place of each fallen soldier given.
  • Locally created content Denver Area Cemeteries
    Historical background and a list of current cemeteries.

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Genealogy and Obituaries: Colorado Maps and Place Names


Genealogy and Obituaries: Colorado Pioneer Records

  • Locally created content Colorado Argonauts – 59ers' Directory
    A directory of prospector arrivals, removals, deaths, marriages, children, property, mines, and ranches with names of old towns, mining camps, gulches, mountains, rivers, creeks, and other matters relating to the setting of their lives in the Pikes Peak Region.
  • Locally created content Real Pioneers of Colorado
    List of some 1400 names of pioneers who arrived in Colorado prior to February 26, 1861. Names organized alphabetically and include short biograhpies.
  • Locally created content Sons of Colorado Index 1906 - 1908
    Index of articles including biographies and obituaries of Colorado pioneers which appeared in the pages of the Sons of Colorado. This was published by the pioneer society, Sons of Colorado. The title was later changed to The Trail.
  • Locally created content Trail Index 1908 – 1929
    Index of articles including profiles and obituaries of pioneers that was published 1908-1929 by the Sons of Colorado.

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Genealogy and Obituaries: Colorado and Nebraska Military


Genealogy and Obituaries: Colorado Railroad

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Genealogy and Obituaries: Colorado Vital Records

  • Colorado State Archives
    Search the historical records' database by name, county, time span or record type.
  • Denver Clerk and Recorder’s Office
    Clerk and Recorder records, preserves, and makes available to the public certain vital documents including digital images relating to, among other things, real estate transactions, marriages, and Council proceedings.

Genealogy and Obituaries: Colorado Newspapers

  • In the Library or from home with a library card America’s Newspapers
    Search the full-text of the Denver Post, the Rocky Mountain News, the Boulder Daily Camera, the Fort Collins Coloradoan and selected other papers available to library cardholders outside the Library.
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  • Colorado’s Historic Newspaper Collection
    Colorado’s historic newspapers, 1859-1928, an ongoing project of the Colorado State Library, Colorado Historical Society, and the Collaborative Digitization Program.
  • Colorado Newspapers
    Links to Colorado newspaper, TV and radio station web sites.
  • Denver Catholic Register - Historical Archives
    Digital archives of the Denver Catholic Register from March 1900 to present (updated 2 times a year). Find local information on baptisms, marriages, deaths and more.
  • In the Library or from home with a library card Denver Post
    Search for Post stories back to 1989. The entire Denver Post from the present to 1895 is available in print and on microfilm in the Library’s Western History and Genealogy Department.
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  • In the Library or from home with a library card Rocky Mountain News
    Search for News stories back to 1989. The entire News from the present to 1859 is available on microfilm in the Library’s Western History and Genealogy Department.

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Genealogy and Obituaries: Universities, Historical Societies and Associations

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Building and Neighborhood History

  • Locally created content Blair-Caldwell African American Research Library
    More than 150 collections that come from an array of sources. The paper, audio, and visual materials include manuscripts, photographs, organizational records, broadsides, oral histories, and scrapbooks.
  • Locally created content Building and Neighborhood History Tutorial
    Introduction to the many Library resources for helping you learn about the history of a building including our collections of atlases, building permits, directories & indexes, and photographs.
  • Locally created content Creating Communities
    Photographs and information of and about Denver neighborhoods from official records of the City and County of Denver and a wide variety of partner institutions.
  • Colorado Aerial Photo Service
    Historic and current black-and-white and 2005 color aerial photo maps of the entire state of Colorado.
  • Colorado Historical Society - Stephen H. Hart Research Library
    Books, maps, architectural drawings, private and business correspondence, family albums, photographic prints, magazines and newspapers, and a wealth of other historical resources.
  • Colorado Office of Archaeology and Historic Preservation
    Engages Coloradans and their guests in partnerships to discover, preserve, and take pride in architectural, archaeological, and other historic places by providing statewide leadership and support to partners in archaeology and historic preservation.
  • Denver Assessor’s Office
    Property characteristics for homes, including the style, year built, number of bedrooms and baths, square foot of living area, lot size, zoning, and maps of the property. The historical "chain of title" (names of previous owners) is also available through CD-ROM at the front counter of the Denver Assessor's Office.
  • Denver Building Permit Records
    Locate a building permit for previous construction.
  • Denver Clerk and Recorder’s Office
    Clerk and Recorder records, preserves, and makes available to the public certain vital documents including digital images relating to, among other things, real estate transactions.
  • Denver Historic Preservation (Landmark Commission)
    Designation, design review of structural changes, and Colorado tax credit incentives related to the preservation of historic properties. Search by address or intersection to see if your property is landmarked or located within a Historic District.
  • Denver Permit Office
    Promotes and preserves building safety. Responsibilities include building permits and plan reviews.
  • Denver Property Searches
    Obtain information about a property in Denver by entering the property address or the property's parcel identification number.
  • Historic Denver Inc.
    This organization’s purpose is to preserve Denver's significant historic fabric, its distinctive architecture and its cultural landscapes that are tangible reflections of our heritage and the foundation of our quality of life. Explains the local landmark process and related preservation programs and incentives. Outlines the process of and benefits of local landmark designation.
  • National Register of Historic Places
    Part of a national program to coordinate and support public and private efforts to identify, evaluate, and protect our historic and archaeological resources.
  • National Trust for Historic Preservation
    Champions preservation by providing leadership, education, advocacy and resources to people working to preserve, improve and enjoy the places that matter to them.
  • Piton Foundation Community Facts
    Detailed and current information about Denver's 77 neighborhoods including data, maps and graphs about each neighborhood's population, housing, economic and education characteristics, and the health and safety of its residents.
  • In the Library or from home with a library card Sanborn Fire Insurance Maps
    Historical maps for the states of Colorado, Wyoming and New Mexico. Help

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Newspapers

  • In the Library or from home with a library card America’s Newspapers
    Search the full-text of the Denver Post, the Rocky Mountain News, the Boulder Daily Camera, the Fort Collins Coloradoan and selected other papers available to library card holders outside the Library.
    From inside the Library | From outside the Library
  • Colorado’s Historic Newspaper Collection
    Colorado’s historic newspapers, 1859-1928, an ongoing project of the Colorado State Library, Colorado Historical Society, and the Collaborative Digitization Program.
  • Colorado Newspapers
    Links to Colorado newspaper, TV and radio station web sites.
  • In the Library or from home with a library card Denver Post
    Search for Post stories back to 1989. The entire Denver Post from the present to 1895 is available on microfilm in the Library’s Western History and Genealogy Department.
  • In the Library or from home with a library card Digital Microfilm
    Browse PDF images of New York Times and Wall Street Journal issues from January 2008 to two months ago. Browse by newspaper title and exact date. Use New York Times Current or Wall Street Journal Current to search by topic.

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Updated: September 17, 2013