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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, Ancestry.com 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.

Mountain States Resources

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by Claire V Brisson-Banks

When considering accreditation, one has to take into account many different things besides the location of the families you’ll be researching in your 4 generation report like knowing the resources available to conduct your research.

From the ICAPGen website, one can find a resource guide put together for each of the various regions available for accreditation. An individual can view the resource guide which covers the Mountain States, click here. This region covers Arizona, Colorado, Idaho, Montana, Nevada, New Mexico, Utah, and Wyoming.

In addition to knowing the variety of resources listed, one also has to learn to recognize various documents also from these same states. No one resource guide or website could have all of the possible set of records available for a particular location.

With old records being digitized, captured, and being made available on various websites, learning of new record sets coming online is helpful to all researchers regardless of what level they are at in the accreditation process. As record sets are brought to our attention, they will be shared in this blog and also on our Facebook page in hopes of helping others with their research.

The following are additional records available to help with research in Arizona. One of the oldest cemeteries in the Phoenix area is the Double Butte Cemetery, an online burial database has been created by the Family History Society of Arizona. This cemetery is located in Tempe, Arizona and was formally started in 1897 however, plot sales appear to date back to 1892. The history of this cemetery is provided along with other links to help with research in this area. There is a Surname Index where anyone can list their surname who has an email address and a section called Arizona Queries where you can send a message for guidance on research in this area.

Anyone having family in this area would be wise to check out their website. Look for future articles on various records for the different testing regions as they are made known to us. The Family History Society of Arizona has done a fine job of helping out researchers with ancestors in Maricopa County, Arizona.