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Colorado Genealogy Resources

Because of its natural resources of mountains, rivers, streams, and timberland, Colorado drew early explorers and fur trappers. Prospectors arrived after the 1858 discovery of gold, and they were followed by settlers interested in farming, mining, and the prospects of good health.

  • City of Colorado Springs Evergreen and Fairview Cemeteries
  • Colorado Clues.

  • Colorado, County Marriages, 1864-1995. Images of county marriages from Clear Creek, Fremont, Kit Carson, Logan, Moffat, Phillips, Saguache, Sedgwick, Washington, and Yuma counties. FamilySearch.

  • Colorado, Denver County Probate Case Files, 1900-1925. Probate case files acquired from the Colorado State Archives in Denver. The collection begins with case number 6407. Files regarding insanity records and adoption material were restricted by the state when the records were acquired and are missing from this collection. FamilySearch.
  • Colorado GenWeb Project.
  • Colorado's Historic Newspaper Collection: Covering Colorado from 1859 to 1925. Colorado's Historic Newspaper Collection is a joint endeavor of the Colorado State Library, Colorado Historical Society and the Collaborative Digitization Program and uses Olive Software.
  • Colorado Historical Records Index. The Colorado State Archives is endeavoring to provide on-line indexes to many of its collections. This searchable database is an effort to provide an index that is searchable by name, record type or by time span.

  • Colorado Historical Society.
  • Colorado Marriages Search Engine. Includes marriages from 1975 to present.

  • Colorado Newspaper Archives from 1859-1923. The Colorado Historic Newspapers Collection (CHNC) currently includes more than 500,000 digitized pages, representing 163 individual newspaper titles published in Colorado from 1859 to 1923. Due to copyright restrictions, CHNC does not generally include newspapers published after 1923.
  • Colorado State Archives.

  • Colorado State Archives Digital Records.

  • Colorado State Archives Family History Page.

  • Colorado, State Census, 1885. Name index and images of population schedules listing the inhabitants of the state of Colorado. The 1885 census was taken with the assistance of the United States Government. FamilySearch.

  • Colorado, Statewide Divorce Index, 1900-1939. Colorado Department of Health card index of divorces in Colorado from 1900-1939. The index is arranged in alphabetical order. FamilySearch.

  • Colorado, Statewide Marriage Index, 1900-1939. Card index created by the Division of Vital Statistics, Department of Health in Colorado. The index is arranged alphabetically by groom's name providing county, names of husband and wife, age, race, date and place of marriage, certificate number. Some cards are out of order. FamilySearch.
  • Columbia Cemetery Burial Index. Columbia Cemetery, Boulder, Colorado, 1870 to the Present, Index of Burials, Updated December 2001. Compiled by Mary McRoberts for the Boulder Genealogical Society, Boulder, Colorado.

  • Colorado State Census 1885 –  (FamilySearch) Imaged Records – Images of population schedules listing the inhabitants of the state of Colorado. The 1885 census was taken with the assistance of the United States Government. Included are the Population, Agricultural, Manufacturing, and Mortality Schedules.
  • Denver Public Library: Genealogy and Obituaries.
  • Denver Public Library. Colorado Marriages, 1858-1939. CD-ROM. Denver, Colorado: Colorado Genealogical Society, 2004.

  • Denver Public Library. The West Made Digital. This renowned online collection contains a selection of photographs, maps, broadsides, architectural drawings and other documents from the collections of the Western History/Genealogy Department chronicling the people, places, and events that shaped the settlement and growth of the Western United States.
  • 1885 Colorado State Census. Includes both state and federal copies. Federal set was microfilmed by NARA and is missing Fremont and Garfield counties. The state copy has Fremont, but is missing Garfield and 18 other counties. Microfilm copies of both can be borrowed through the Family History Centers.
  • Ghostseekers. This site is devoted to Colorado Genealogy. Here you will find historical and genealogical records for the State of Colorado.  In addition to the online indices of vital records such as wills, probates, naturalizations, birth, death and cemetery transcriptions, you will also find a history timeline, Colorado maps, research tips, and a tutorial on how to read legal land descriptions.
  • The History of East Morgan County, Colorado: A Project of the Friends of East Morgan County Library. Dallas, Texas: Curtis Media Corp., 1987-

  • Sheeler, Jim. Obit: Inspiring Stories of Ordinary People Who Led Extraordinary Lives. Boulder, Colorado: Pruett Publishing, 2007. A collection of forty-two Colorado obituaries that Sheeler calls "inspiring stories of ordinary people who led extraordinary lives."
  • Statewide Divorce Index, 1900-1992. Records of the Colorado Health Department now at the Colorado State Archives, Denver, Colorado, microfilmed by the archives, 1975-1992. 1900-1939 is a card index; 1975-1992 is a computer print-out.
  • Voices of the Colorado Plateau. Choose by person, place, or topic an oral history taken from an area encompassing parts of Utah, Arizona, New Mexico, and Colorado. Then listen as the story plays, alone or complemented by period photographs.
  • Western States Marriage Record Index.  For more than two decades, the BYU-Idaho (formerly known as Ricks College) Arthur Porter Special Collections area in Rexburg, Idaho has been extracting early marriage records from counties in the western part of the United States. Virtually all of the pre-1900 marriages are included in the index for Arizona , Idaho and Nevada . Many counties for those same states have been extracted into the 1930's and some, much later. A significant number of marriages from selected counties in California , western Colorado , Montana , Oregon , Utah , eastern Washington , and Wyoming are also included.