Colorado Archives and Libraries

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The following archives, libraries, and societies have collections or services helpful for genealogical research.

Colorado Division of State Archives and Public Records
1313 Sherman Street
Floor 1B, Room 20
Denver, CO 80203
Telephone: 303-866-2358 or 303-866-2390
Fax: 303-866-2257
http://www.colorado.gov/dpa/doit/archives/

National Archives and Records Administration—Rocky Mountain Region (Denver)
Denver Federal Center Building 48
P.O. Box 25307
Denver, CO 80225-0307
Telephone: 303-407-5740
Fax: 303-236-9354
http://www.archives.gov/rocky-mountain/

Colorado Genealogical Society
P.O. Box 9218
Denver, CO 80209-0218
Telephone: 303-571-1535
info@cogensoc.us

http://www.rootsweb.com/~cocgs/

Colorado Historical Society
Colorado Heritage Center
1300 Broadway
Denver, CO 80203
Telephone: 303-866-3682
Fax: 303-866-4464
http://www.coloradohistory.org/

Denver Public Library
Western History and Genealogy Department
10 West 14th Avenue Parkway
Denver, CO 80204
Telephone: 720-865-1111
http://www.denverlibrary.org/

To learn more about the history and record-keeping systems of Colorado counties, use the 16 inventories of county archives published by the Historical Records Survey around 1940. Copies of these inventories are at the Family History Library, and most are on microfilm.

Computer Networks and Bulletin Boards

Computers with modems can be useful tools for obtaining information from selected archives and libraries. In a way, computer networks themselves serve as a library. The Internet, certain computer bulletin boards, and commercial on-line services help family history researchers:

Locate other researchers

  • Post queries
  • Send and receive E-mail
  • Search large databases
  • Search computer libraries
  • Join in computer chat and lecture sessions

You can find computerized research tips and information about ancestors from Colorado in a variety of sources at local, state, national, and international levels. The list of sources is growing rapidly. Most of the information is available at no cost.

Addresses on the Internet change frequently. As of April 2007, the following sites are important gateways linking you to many more network and bulletin board sites:

USGenWeb

http://www.usgenweb.com/

A cooperative effort by many volunteers to list genealogical databases, libraries, bulletin boards, and other resources available on the Internet for each county, state, and country.

Roots-L

http://www.rootsweb.com/roots-l/usa/

A useful list of sites and resources. Includes a large, regularly-updated research coordination list.

For further details about using computer networks, bulletin boards, and news groups for family history research, see the United States Research Outline , 2nd ed., "Archives and Libraries" section.

FamilySearch™

The Family History Library and some Family History Centers have computers with FamilySearch™. FamilySearch is a collection of computer files containing several million names. FamilySearch is a good place to begin your research. Some of the records come from compiled sources; some have been automated from original sources.