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Watch here or in your CGS email for details of upcoming tours. Check below to find out what we learned at the latest tours.

Have a tour idea you'd like to see? Contact our Vice President, Christine Cochran.

Stephen H. Hart Library Tour

The Stephen H. Hart Library at the Colorado History Center in Denver, Colorado, recently provided tours to the members of the Colorado Genealogy Society on August 26th and September 9th, 2017. A total of 34 members attended. Several of the members met for lunch before the tour at the Rendezvous Café. For those who were not able to join us, here are some of the highlights.

What it is: The collection of materials for all people, places, events and things pertaining to Colorado State History. Think of it as representing the public side (as opposed to government) of the state archives. The library does not focus on genealogy research, but has many useful items to genealogists.

What it is not: It is not a repository for state and county records, but can the staff can provide directions on where to look.
Example: If you are researching Governor Hickenlooper

Cost: FREE!!!!!

Logistics: See their website for information on location, contact information, parking, and procedures for access to this non-circulating collection.

Research Tip: Come with specific questions and you will get specific answers, and get the faster!
Example: “I am looking for my great-grandmother’s obituary.”

How the library is funded:
Financing for the library is a hybrid of:

Staffing Information:

Classes offered like these:

Collection Contents: Board approval determines what donations will be accepted.

The collection contains both online and textual materials including

Research online:
From the Colorado History Website home page, click on the Research tab.

The online catalogue research engine in not intuitive.
Here are some suggestions on how to search:

  1. Start with a broad search – i.e. subject: Durango
  2. Newspaper Collection

What you can access from the Stephen H. Hart Library:

How you can access it:

What you have access to: (Note: Not all of the textual information is available online.)


Census Records

Periodicals and Books

Biographical Indexes

Manuscript Collections

Colorado Subject Collection


Get this information in a pdf here. Thanks, Christine!

CGS NARA Research Days Recap

The CGS NARA-Denver Research Days held on May 19th and June 2nd were a big success! We had 17 attendees on May 19th and 17 attendees on June 2nd.

Each research day began with a presentation by Maurine Baker and a tour of the facility. The rest of the day was spent in the computer lab where everyone received individual assistance with their genealogy research from members of the very capable volunteer staff. For those of you who were unable to attend, here are some highlights:

What is NARA?

The National Archives and Records Administration is where all federal records are archived.

Who archives records at NARA?

All federal government agencies. Some examples include the Bureau of Land Management, the Bureau of Indian Affairs, Bureau of Reclamation, Air Force Academy, National Parks Service, and more.

What kinds of records would be of use to a genealogist?

Land records, naturalization records, census records, and military service records, to name just a few.

Where is NARA?

There are 17 research facilities, 20 Federal Record Centers and 15 Presidential Libraries throughout the United States. The NARA – Denver Record Center is located at:

National Archives & Records
17101 Huron St.
Broomfield, CO 80023

What are the advantages of researching at NARA – Denver?

1) A computer laboratory with 32 computers available free for public use from 8:30 AM to 4:00 PM Monday through Friday, except holidays. Most public libraries offer free access to public computers, but have a 2-hour maximum time limit.
2) An experienced paid and volunteer staff who can assist you with determining which records you need and in finding those records.
3) Free use of online genealogy databases such as Ancestry.com and Fold3.com.
4) Access to textual records not available online. It is estimated that less than 5% of the records available to you are accessible online.
5) It’s free! Your tax dollars pay for this wonderful resource!