Colorado Research Guide Digital Download

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You'll love this if:

  • You're getting started tracing your ancestors in Colorado
  • You want new ideas and resources to get past a Colorado brick wall
  • Your genealogy search is focused mainly on Colorado

Trace your Colorado ancestors with the advice and resources in our State Research Guide! This four-page download includes:

  • a how-to article detailing Colorado's history and records, with helpful advice on tracking your family there
  • the best websites, books and other resources for Colorado research, handpicked by our editors and experts
  • listings of key libraries, archives and organizations that hold the records you need
  • timeline of key events in the state's history

Here's a sampling of the helpful tips you'll get in the Colorado guide:

  • Colorado is made up of land from several former US territories: Kansas, Nebraska, Utah and New Mexico. As such, early settlers in what is now Colorado may appear in pre-1860 censuses as denizens of other territories.
  • Official vital registration began in 1907, but some counties began as early as 1876. The state archives maintains an index of vital records from across the state.
  • The Coloroado Historic Newspapers Collection holds more than 3.5 million pages from papers in the Centennial State.

Plus, each guide contains active web links for one-click access to every recommended online resource. You can view this PDF on your computer and print pages for reference.

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