Colorado Genealogy Resources

I’ve covered over half of the United States now in creating pages for genealogy resources online.  I haven’t proceeded in any particular order and the project is continuing in a somewhat random path.

Colorado isn’t a big state population-wise, but it did have its fair share of settlers passing through, or arriving and staying, on westward treks.

Colorado is also one of the more difficult states from which to obtain vital records, as I’ve been told by friends who had family living there at one time or another. For example, there is a lengthy list of restrictions on obtaining death records.

Where would I begin if researching an ancestor in Colorado?:

FamilySearch Research Wiki for Colorado – The wiki has links to all of Colorado’s counties as well as for information on obtaining vital records. There are also links to info about migration routes through Colorado and to other resources.

COGenWeb – GenWeb is manned and supported by volunteers who contribute genealogical information. Sometimes the info is quite unique. Some counties are well represented with lots of contributed material, while others are sparse. It’s definitely worth a visit and it’s free.

Cyndi’s List

Colorado Genealogical Society– Scroll down past the boxed table and there are links to societies, government offices, and much more

Colorado Genealogical Society – Facebook page

Denver Public Library– Photos, which can be browsed and some apparently can be purchased for use

Denver Public Library – Genealogy links and other website resources

Denver Public Library – Digital Collections

Pikes Peak Library District – links to regional history and genealogy

Colorado Genealogy Trails

Colorado State Archives – genealogy holdings and links

History Colorado Online Collection

Colorado Historic Cemetery Association

RAOGK – Colorado Archives, Historical and Genealogical Societies

Colorado Historic Newspaper Collection

Colorado State Archives and Libraries

University of Colorado – Digital Library

Colorado State University – Digital Collections

Chronicling America – includes Colorado historical newspapers

Free Colorado Digital Archives for Genealogy on Sassy Jane Genealogy Blog

University of Northern Colorado – Digital Archives

These should get you started. However, be sure to check local libraries in counties and towns of interest.

Also, the National Archives has a facility in Denver.

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