This index was built from the microfilm reels 1 through 18 (volumes 11 through 63) housed at the Denver Public Library, Western History/Genealogy Department, and is a joint Denver Public Library (DPL) and Black Genealogy Search Group (BGSG) volunteer project under the direction of James K. Jeffrey, Genealogy Collection Specialist, DPL. Clipping and data entry by Iris Agard Hawkins, BGSG.
The funeral and death notices indexed frequently contained the name of the deceased, and listed survivors, funeral arrangements, and place of burial. Obituary notices contain more detailed information about the deceased such as their occupation, education, church affiliation, clubs, and organizations of which they were members, and background about their family and survivors. This index may have gaps due to missing issues or an inability to read the copy. It should be noted that a funeral notice might state that arrangements are incomplete, but no further information was found, or the funeral notice was never printed. When deemed helpful to the researcher, the duplicate funeral notice is indicated as additional information was noted. Obituaries that chronicled the passing of community leaders, and news articles relating to incidents which led to the death of some individuals, are included in this project. These news articles are identified by an asterisk (*) next to the page number and the date when a funeral notice is included in the same column.
|HALL, George Daniel||Mar 24 & 31*, 1917 pg 5||Mar 24, 1917 pg 5/*News article|
The funeral notice and obituary are found on page 5 of the March 24th issue. (*) A news article is found on page 5 of the March 31st issue.
Cards of Thanks by the families to the community for their support surrounding the loss of their loved ones are not included in this index. These are scattered throughout the newspaper although most often found on the same page as the death notices. It is advisable for researchers to read Cards of Thanks submitted by family members, as these often list additional relatives of the deceased. A Card of Thanks may be found within a month of the individual's death. Besides Cards of Thanks, there are estate settlements that may also provide supplemental information regarding the survivors and the property left to them. All issues do not indicate page numbers. At times it was necessary to count from page one to arrive at a page number for this listing. There are missing issues, as well as pages that are difficult to read. It should be noted that in the earlier issues (1904-1915) the death notices were not titled as such, and were located in the two or three columns that were devoted to local community goings-on. The original issues of the Colorado Statesman are available, upon request, in the Western History Department, if the microfilmed copy is unreadable.
A leading weekly newspaper serving the African American community, The Colorado Statesman began in 1895 and ceased publication in 1961. It is available from October 29, 1904 through April 17, 1954 on microfilm in the Western History/Genealogy Department of the Denver Public Library. This index covers eighteen microfilm reels, rolls 1 to 18, (Volumes 11 to 63) for the period October 29, 1904 through April 17, 1954. This index makes available information about African Americans who died here during World War II and the Korean War. It also provides information regarding pioneers, civic and community leaders deceased during the 1900s through the late 1930s, 1940s, and early 1950s. The purpose of this index is to provide a tool useful to researchers who have not been able to locate information on ancestors and others in the daily newspapers of the day.
Copyright © 1999 by the compiler. Permission to reproduce, all or part of this index is hereby given to any not-for-profit organization or individual provided this introduction is included.
LISTING OF THE MICROFILM REELS LOCATED ON THE FIFTH LEVEL OF THE DENVER PUBLIC LIBRARY WESTERN HISTORY/GENEALOGY DEPARTMENT
Microfilm Reels 1 through 18 (volumes 11 through 63) October 29, 1904 - April 17, 1954
The Black Genealogy Search Group of Denver would like to thank the Denver Public Library, Western History and Genealogy Department, for their assistance in enabling the completion of this indexing project.
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