Mountain States Resources: Colorado

colorado-mountainsClaire V. Brisson-Banks, BS, MILS, AG

Colorado’s culture has influences from its earliest inhabitants, Native Indians, and the Spanish explorers. Spain sold a vast area of Colorado in 1800 to Napoleon Bonaparte and the French who then three years later, sold the same piece of land to the United States as part of the ‘Louisiana Purchase’.  This state has a history rich with many events that helped to shape it to what we know it as today.

Being the 38th state to be admitted to the Union in 1875, means that earlier census records would have included this area as part of Kansas, Nebraska, and New Mexico territories. This is important to know if your ancestors were part of the early settlers to this area.

The FamilySearch Research Wiki provides a table showing all of the “Online Statewide Genealogical Records” to aid researchers, click here to view it. If one has Native Americans in their ancestry, it is worth noting there is a whole section covering 14 different tribes from this area, click here to view it. The information covers Allotment records, Indian Schools, vital records and much more.

The Colorado State Archives has a large variety of records in different formats. From birth records to school records, this is a good resource to begin a search. They have a great resource that covers what they have available here.

Newspapers play an important part in recording genealogical events. The Colorado State Library and the Colorado Historical Society along with generous donors worked together to publish the Colorado Historic Newspapers Collection which covers 1859 to 1923.

There are many historical and genealogical societies that have collections to aid research with compiled genealogies. The DAR (Daughters of the American Revolution) and the Spanish-American Mission Collections, are two of these collections. The DAR is on FHL film number 849910-13 and the Spanish-American Collection is on FHL film 94001-5. One can order these films through a Family History Center.

A few additional links to check out for those researching in Colorado.

Don’t forget that FamilySearch has 6 online databases to search, has 102 online databases one can search all specific to Colorado.

With a little bit of effort, one can find much to aid their researching in Colorado.

AG® Researchers needed for Coach’s Corner at RootsTech 2017


This year a new initiative is being tested at RootsTech that will provide conference registrants the opportunity to sit down with a genealogical expert or ‘coach’ who will provide them with professional advice on any research problems they wish to have examined. Each session will be twenty minutes in length with the coach committing to at least three consecutive session during one hour (or more) during the conference. Coach and registrant will sit at a table in the Coach’s Corner which will be open and available for three days (Thursday-Saturday) of RootsTech 2017. Organizers will post an online registration opportunity allocating times when geographical expertise (ie. United States, Italy, France, etc.) and coaches will be available.

Please note that coaches are NOT expected to conduct research for the registrants, but only to review the problems presented and to advise on further research avenues and resources.

Coaches will be allowed to promote their professional services, whether individual or corporate, but we must be sensitive to the appearance of the ‘hard sell’ during the conference. RootsTech organizers are appreciative of the free service rendered by coaches, but this opportunity is not designed to acquire clients. A sign can be posted at the table and business cards can certainly be distributed.

Coaches will be supplied with snacks and water during their time assisting registrants. A name tag with area of expertise will also be provided. A timer on the table will ensure that each session begins and ends on time. Computer stations and Internet connections will be provided at each station.

Once registered as a coach, please make every effort to fulfill your time slot as it will be very difficult to find a replacement at the last minute. Our registrants will sign up beforehand and will arrive with the expectation of having someone there to help them with their research questions.

If you have any questions, please contact Stephen Young at:  801-240-5593

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