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Colorado Genealogy Resources

This section is dedicated to the pursuit of genealogical research in Colorado. We could not possibly give you every link, but this will give you some places to start. The best way to keep up with the latest genealogical research, for Colorado or any of your other research, is by joining other family historians at local events and classes. It’s a great way to connect with other family researchers to learn and share. Another place to connect is the Colorado Genealogical Society Facebook page where current articles and links related to genealogy are posted with education and learning in mind. See our FAQ page for some answers about Colorado research.

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Local Archives and Repositories

Denver Public Library

10 West 14th Avenue Parkway, Denver
The Genealogy Collection is consistently ranked among the top ten public library genealogy collections in the country. A stop here is a must! Hint: Save time during your visit by looking up the availability of materials of interest to you before you leave home.


Historic Photograph & Digital Collection

Colorado State Archives 1313 Sherman Street, Room 120, Denver
The State Archives is only a two or three block walk from the Denver Public Library or the Hart Library. It is open only weekdays. It is cash-funded, so you should expect to pay a fee for records searches and retrievals using staff assistance. The holdings are massive, but are not totally cataloged online.
Genealogy Holdings
Stephen H. Hart Library History Colorado Center, 1200 Broadway, Denver
History Colorado's Archives collection includes books, manuscript collections, maps, newspapers, serial publications, subject collections, indexes, and more.
Rocky Mountain Region
17101 Huron Street, Broomfield
Free access to Ancestry Library Edition. Films no longer on file in the research room.
Jefferson County Public Libraries Main Branch, 10200 West 20th Avenue, Lakewood
There are various branches, but the main library has the best genealogical holdings in the Jefferson County Library system.
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Bemis Public Library 6014 South Datura Street, Littleton
This south-suburban library is the Littleton city library. Its holdings including the films of the 1885 Colorado state census. Check the catalog from the main page.
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Pikes Peak Library
20 N. Cascade Ave, Colorado Springs (Penrose Library)
Check Special Collections for regional history and genealogy collections.
Genealogy Holdings


General Information

Ancestry Wiki for Colorado

Family Search Wiki for Colorado

Denver Public Library Research Guides for Genealogy

Vital Record Sites

Colorado Department of Public Health & Environment (Vital Records) Colorado is a closed record state. There are no indexes for these records available to the public except those done by individuals and societies.

List of Colorado County Clerks and Records (PDF)

Finding Aids and Indexes for Vital Records

Colorado Marriages 1858-1939 - Project of the Denver Public Library and Colorado Genealogical Society

Denver Marriage Applications Index 1940-1974 - Denver Public Library (pdf)

Colorado Divorce Index 1861-1941 - Denver Public Library (pdf)

Denver Obituary Project - Denver Public Library databases index various years of Denver Post or Rocky Mountain News

Redbook Online - material

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Other Colorado Government Web Sites

Find a County Courthouse - does not have all counties shown

Colorado Municipal League - city contacts

Cemeteries, Newspapers and More

Fairmount Heritage Foundation - a link to both Fairmount and Riverside Cemeteries

Friends of Historic Riverside Cemetery

Historic Riverside Cemetery - New Dec 2017!

Fort Logan National Cemetery

Colorado Historic Cemetery Association - working on a listing of pre-1910 cemeteries in Colorado

Colorado Historic Newspapers Collection - from Colorado State Library and History Colorado

Colorado Online Historical Newspapers - listing of newspapers and where to find them

USGenWeb Archives- Colorado - various records of all kinds done by volunteers

Colorado GenWeb

Google Colorado

Societies and Associations

Colorado Council of Genealogical Societies - listing with links of Colorado member societies

History Colorado

Black Genealogy Search Group

Jewish Genealogical Society of Colorado

Rocky Mountain Jewish Historical Society

Colorado Society of Hispanic Genealogy

Swedish Genealogical Society of Colorado

Wales, Ireland, Scotland, England Family History Society

Palatines to America - Colorado Chapter

Colorado Chapter of Association of Professional Genealogists

Message Boards and Mailing Lists

Rootsweb Mailing Lists - Colorado

Rootsweb Message Boards - Colorado

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