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Schedules of population, agriculture, manufacturers and mortality for the 1885 Colorado State Census.
The Denver Directory of 1887 arranged alphabetically by name.
The Denver Directory of 1887 arranged by address.
Statistical Abstract of Denver in 1887 containing listings of the data by occupation, race, gender and employer.
Full-text of the Denver Post, the Denver Rocky Mountain News and hundreds of newspapers nationwide. Denver coverage from June 1989. Other papers' coverage varies.
A comprehensive genealogical resource repository for family history research with more than 1 billion searchable names from America and beyond.
Index to life insurance files of insured and beneficiaries 1901 to 1907. American Woodmen’s Life was founded in Denver, Colorado in 1901 as a Fraternal Benefit Society established to provide life insurance for the “un-insurable” Black Community. The register shows in chronological order the name of the insured, “camp and state” of residence, age, name of beneficiary or beneficiaries, and their relationship to the insured. States covered in this first ledger include Alabama, Colorado, Florida, Georgia, Indian Territory [Oklahoma], Kentucky, Louisiana, Mississippi, New Jersey, South Carolina, Texas, and Washington, D.C. This register represents the first of 40 ledgers. The company went out of business in 1993.
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.
Images of the U.S. Federal Census from 1790 forward, the American Genealogical Biographical Index, immigration lists and over 9,000 more databases.
Index of Arapahoe County Coroner reports, including death and inquest dates.
Index to biographical information on people from all time periods, geographical locations, and fields of endeavor.
Calvary Cemetery Listings are an index to lot purchases in Denver’s first Roman Catholic Cemetery from
1889 to 1893.
Churches listed by denomination for the years 1859, 1866, 1873, 1875, 1880, 1885, 1890, 1900, 1905, 1910, 1916, 1920, 1925, 1930 and 1940.
Denver City Directories date from 1873 and are arranged by name of resident or business name. Many also list occupations. Denver Householder Directories date from 1924 and are arranged by address and show owners, residents, and business names.
Meeting minutes from the Denver City Council meetings, 1850-1876.
Selected Print Sources Available to the Researcher in the Western History and Genealogy Department of the Denver Public Library.
List of Colorado veterans who served in the United States on land or sea during the Civil War.
Index of pioneers taken from Annals of Clear Creek County, Colorado by J. S. Randall. Listing includes the pioneer's name, place and year of birth, residence or place and date of death.
List of Colorado voters, boundaries, and poll locations in the 1861 territorial election.
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.
Descriptions of the mines, mills and the mining and milling corporations of Colorado. Arranged alphabetically by counties.
An index to Colorado divorces listing the names of the plaintiff and defendant, the county, date and court where the divorce was granted, and the docket number.
A service of the Colorado State Library, the Colorado Historic Newspapers Collection (CHNC) currently includes more than 2 million digitized pages, representing more than 553 individual newspaper titles published in Colorado from 1859 up to 2020.
An index to over 456,000 marriages cross listing the names of both bride and groom, the date and place of marriage, and the license number.
Indexes of mining accidents occurring in Colorado from 1884 to 1981. Includes first and last name, county, name of mine, date of accident, and type of accident.
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.
A Genealogical & Historical Guide to Colorado Sites.
Henrietta Bromwell, local historian and genealogist, indexed local, county and regional Colorado histories, newspapers, magazines and early land records from 1859-1933. Around 31,000 entries over 4 volumes and 2 supplements provides information on Coloradans from a wide spectrum of society. This PDF contains the original 4-volume set, but not the appendices.
Index of funeral notices, obituaries, and news articles from the leading weekly newspaper serving the African American community from 1904 to 1954.
Listed by name, residence, duty/license/article, month/year, frame number, division number, and microfilm roll number.
Location of the burial place of each fallen soldier given.
Index to draft registration cards on microfilm.
Index to draft registration cards on microfilm.
Position in list of names Indicates the probability of immediate service in army.
Detailed data from 1924-1961. Name index for students in Custer County, Colorado schools from 1893-1964. Includes name, place of birth, data of birth, school district, parent or guardian, and years attended.
Naturalizations created in the Denver and Pueblo, Colorado, including:
- Federal District Courts. Declaration of Intentions, 1877 - 1952
- Denver, Colorado. Naturalizations, 1906 - 1950
- Pueblo, Colorado. Declarations of Intentions, 1906 - 1949
- Pueblo, Colorado. Naturalizations, 1912 - 1949
- Pueblo, Colorado Soldier's Petition for Naturalization, 1918 - 1928
This index references microfilm reels available in the Western History and Genealogy Department: Naturalization records created by the United States District courts in Colorado, 1877-1952 [microform].
Historical background and a list of current cemeteries.
Denver City Directories date from 1873 and are arranged by name of resident or business name. Many also list occupations.
Denver Grantor Grantee Records
The Grantor Grantee deed books are the legal documentation concerning property transfers. These may give additional information about the property transfer.
1859 - 1861: Grantee
Denver Householder Directories date from 1924 and are arranged by address and show owners, residents, and business names.
An index to Denver marriages cross listing the names of both bride and groom, the license number, and the licence numbers and dates covered in the volume.
Published by the City and County of Denver from 1909 until 1931 the Denver Municipal Facts contains a wealth of general information about the City of Denver, from politics and elections to sewer lines and public health.
Index to the Denver Municipal Facts.
Denver Obituary Project
Index of obituaries and funeral notices that appeared in the Denver Post or Rocky Mountain News: 1913, 1914, 1915-1919, 1920-1924, 1925-1929, 1930-1934, 1935-1939, 1940-1944, 1945-1949, 1950-1954, 1955-1959, 1960-1964, 1965-1969, 1970-1974, 1975-1979, 1980-1984, 1985-1989, 1990-1994, 1995-1999, 2000-2004, 2005-2009, 2010-2014, 2015, 2016. 2016 is our last year of indexing. Obituaries after 2016 are available with a library card from America's Obituaries and Death Notices.
The names of the men and women from Denver who lost their lives during WWI. List taken from the article, “Hail, Heroes! Hail!” which appeared in the Denver Post, November 11, 1920.
Genealogical compilation on Fred Keechler and his wife, Clara Bowman (Bormann), who married in 1876. Lists descendants and major family events.
Genealogical compilation on William S. Burch and his wife, Nancy Jane Harper, who married in 1878. Lists descendants and major family events of the Burch, Harper, and Adams families.
Contains a selection of photographs, maps, broadsides, architectural drawings and other documents from the collections of the Western History/Genealogy Department.
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.
An index to Douglas County marriages listing the names of the bride and groom, the license number, the date of application and the date of marriage.
Name index for students in Douglas County schools from 1879 to 1946, with detailed tabular data from 1922-1946. Includes name, place of birth, data of birth, school district, parent or guardian, and years attended.
Detailed school census information for 1920-1946, with name index for students in Eagle County, Colorado schools from 1882-1960. Includes name, place of birth, data of birth, school district, parent or guardian, and years attended.
Name index for students in Elbert County schools from 1924 to 1961. Includes name, place of birth, data of birth, school district, parent or guardian, and years attended.
The Fairmount Sexton Records 1891–1953 are arranged in rough “alphabetical order” by age, sex, race, date of burial, and other information.
Recorded are the names of the men and women from Denver who lost their lives in service to their country during the European War, 1914-1918.
Index to registers by this mortuary. Registers are available for in library use only and require staff retrieval.
A Directory of their 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 Pike's Peak Region.
"Lest We Forget
The ox team; the covered wagon; the long trek; the hair-breadth escape from hostile Indians; the log house; the forts for defence [sic]; the many privations, these brief personal sketches will remind us of our obligation to the Old Pioneer"
Index and description of the records of the Society of Colorado Pioneers.
The Gunnison News-Champion printed many articles between 1935 and 1945 of historical interest in Gunnison County. This work is a transcription of many of these articles.
The material has been divided into 3 sections: 1. People; 2. Pioneer organizations and meetings with lists of those who attended; and 3. Articles of early history of the area including towns, explorers, Indians, mines and quarries, smelters, ranches and railroads.
Detailed school census information for 1920-1946, with name index for students in Hinsdale County, Colorado schools from 1891-1964. Includes name, place of birth, data of birth, school district, parent or guardian, and years attended.
A history of Denver, Denver Methodism and The University of Denver (Colorado Seminary) divided into four sections: Section I (1876-1884), Section II (1884-1890), Section III (1890-1900), and Section IV (1900-1912). Transcribed by Ruth Moore.
Index to registers of burial by this mortuary. Registers are available for in library use only and require staff retrieval.
Colorado Mining Directory includes mine name, county and page.
Search WorldCat to find items Denver Public Library does not own and and place a request. You can also submit a purchase suggestion by filling out a blank request form.
The index is composed of a number of columns of information, most taken directly from the IJN obituary, but many also supplemented from different sources. Associated cemetery (burial) information is also included when that information could be identified
in the obituary.
Detailed school census information for 1920-1946, with name index for students in Kiowa County, Colorado schools from 1900-1964. Includes name, place of birth, data of birth, school district, parent or guardian, and years attended.
Index to residents of the old ladies home from 1897 to 1980.
Detailed school census information for 1920-1946, with name index for students in Lincoln County, Colorado schools from 1915-1964. Includes name, place of birth, data of birth, school district, parent or guardian, and years attended.
The Denver Clerk and Recorder’s Office Denver County marriage license applications from 1903-2003 are housed at the Denver Public Library. All of these records are restricted for privacy by Colorado state law (C.R.S. 24-72) and require a photo ID and proof of relationship to those named in the record for access.
Please fill out the Request Form for Records of the Clerk and Recorder of the City and County of Denver.
To find marriage dates & license numbers, check the resources below:
Ancestry Library Edition (Search for marriage licenses 1950-2017)
MyHeritage (Search for marriages from 1970s - present)
Index lists name, residence, arrival date, from which state, date born, and date died.
Membership roster as well as past commanders, 1899-1930. Digitization of these directories is ongoing, and they will be made available as they are completed.
Names of the mine owners/operators, mine or mill name, mining company name, page, county, and type of mine (metalliferous or coal).
Title of report, years, call numbers and more.
Personal information, dates of persons killed or injured, mine and more.
Mine name and location, date of disaster, number of deaths and more.
Index to Henderson, Hollister, and Canfield mining histories. Names of mines, mining companies, mining districts, lodes, veins, claims, and tunnels are indexed with page number.
Explore the lives of your ancestors and discover your family's history.
List of members of the Grand Army of the Republic from Nebraska, compiled by Gerald Sherard. Includes name, unit and GAR Post if available for the entire state, but does not include all names, being a partial extract of some records.
Includes name, place of birth, data of birth, school district, parent or guardian, and years attended for 1908-1942, and 1950-1964.
A directory of places in Colorado. Includes town/location name, county, type, notes, whether in the 1949 and/or 1996 atlas, seat, section/township/range, and reference.
Lists the employee’s name, occupation, birth date, birthplace, railroad, and archive box number containing the employee record, file number, and remarks. Publication is marked as Volume III, though it combines the information from Volumes 1-3 into one aggregated list. More detailed versions of these records are housed at the Colorado Railroad Museum Library.
List of some 1400 names of pioneers who arrived in Colorado prior to February 26, 1861. Names organized alphabetically and include short biograhpies.
Members of the Grand Army of the Republic from Colorado who were buried in the G.A.R. burial ground at Riverside Cemetery. Includes those buried and later removed from Calvary [Catholic], Hebrew, and Old City [Mount Prospect] cemeteries, in Denver.
Index to over 5240 burial records in Riverside cemetery.
The index includes date of burial, name of deceased, age, location of burial and some additional information.
Index to registers of burial by Rogers and Nash Mortuary.
This collection contains over 705 individual scores for a large variety of music for many different instruments and vocal parts. Dating from the 1890s into the 1960s, genres include cowboy ballads, movie theme songs, two-steps, foxtrots, polkas, tangos, waltzes, piano studies and rags, choral pieces, school marches, Christmas and religious music, Spanish, Mexican, Native American, and Hawaiian songs, military and patriotic pieces, romantic classics and parlor music. Many titles are about Colorado and Denver, and many other western states are included.
An index to articles from the monthly publication of the pioneer society Sons of Colorado. The title of the publication was later changed to The Trail.
An index to obituaries of Colorado pioneers that appeared in the monthly publication of the pioneer society Sons of Colorado. The title of the publication was later changed to The Trail.
Index of articles including profiles and obituaries of pioneers that was published 1908-1929 by the Sons of Colorado.
The WHSI includes abbreviations to a wide variety of indexed sources. While the full title for the abbreviated title or work is sometimes easy to discern -- e.g., RMN for the Rocky Mountain News or DP for the Denver Post -- others are more obscure or refer to materials or collections whose designations or call numbers have since changed. To simplify use of the Index, these abbreviations have been linked to the catalog records for the indexed items. Users may then follow the hyperlink to the Denver Public Library's catalog for a full description of the item and its availability.
Western History and Genealogy's YouTube channel presents a welcoming introduction video to the department and how to do research here, numerous oral histories and other features highlighting some of our collections.
Index to World War I draft registration cards on microfilm.
Includes name, rank, cemetery and burial location of each fallen soldier.
Names of men who were drafted for active service for World War I from Colorado counties, except Denver.
Listing of Colorado's war dead and those missing in action during World War II.