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Obituaries, Cemeteries & the Dead

Obituaries detail the death of an individual. Obituaries provide the deceased name, date of death and disposition of remains. Informative obituaries detail cause and place of death, list of survivors and their relationship to the deceased, biographical facts, employment, social activities and whether the person was a member of a faith community. Obituaries, death, burial and funeral notices along with memorials and notices of thanks from the family may contain any, all or none of the facts about the deceased. The two major obituary resources are the Denver Obituary Project from the Denver Public Library and the Colorado Obituary Project from the Colorado Genealogical Society. Read about how to find and order a Denver obituary

Cemeteries are the final resting place for many Coloradans. For our purposes we have included single burial sites, family and community graveyards and urban memorial gardens.

Funeral home and mortuary records usually give detailed information about the deceased. Information to be found may included the name of the deceased, date and place of birth and name of parents, date of death and burial, location of burial, payment, and clues to the type of funeral. Mortuary Records such as Horan Mortuary, Rogers and Nash Mortuary, and Farmer and Hale Mortuary are terrific indexes to archival records. 

Research Tools: 

American Woodmen Insurance Ledger: 5 June 1901 to 31 July 1907: Index

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.

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.

Record of United States Soldiers for the Suppression of the Rebellion, buried in G. A. R., Old Riverside, Catholic, and Hebrew Cemeteries at Denver, Colorado

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.

Clipping Files: Biography (WHG)

The clipping files are a large collection of articles of local interest which have been gathered from a variety of newspapers. The articles range in date from the early 1900's to the present. They are available for use on-site in the Library. The subject heading of Biography includes a list of the clippings of notables and lesser known persons.


Thank you for your index! I would like to get a copy of an obituary for: Walsh, Rose Ellen 09 Jan 1986 140 RMN Can you advise how I can do that. Thank you. Elaine Cecil
Hello Elaine, Thank you for your comment. To order an obituary, please use the Contact box you see in the top right corner of this page. You can select obituary from the drop down, enter the details of the request, and then submit.
Roshanda, we unpublish comments containing personal contact information like phone numbers or email addresses. If you have an obituary question, please click on the "Contact" link in the upper-right-hand corner of the each page on this site to submit a reference question to our staff. Thanks, and good luck with you search!
I am researching the life of Linda Lucille Green Miller (1892-1986). Though she lived most of her life in Amarillo Texas, her obit from Amarillo says she was buried "in a private cemetery in Denver, CO". How can I find her grave and any information on her death.
It might be useful to include links to other obituary indexes in the state. For example, Mesa County Public Library has its obituary index online as part of the catalog.
Hi Jude, Thank you for the suggestion. Rather than linking to all the indexes individually on this page, we included the link to "Other Colorado Death Indexes" under the Links section on the right of the page. I hope this helps!
How would I go about purchasing two copies of burial records from the William P. Horan Burial Records?
Hi Jennifer, please use the contact form on the top right of the page to submit a request for burial records.
I am trying to locate an orphanage i was in between 1943-1949. It was called TUCK AWAY HOME. I'm pretty sure it was ;located in the Denver county area. I need an address if possible and any kind of public records there may be archived. I am 73 yrs old and I have issues I need to resolve. My name was Shirley Williams and my brother Fred Williams would have been fostered out to other homes as well. Thank you.
Hi Shirley, I've sent you the limited information we were able to find on the Tuckaway Home. Unfortunately, we don't have any records of children who were there.


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