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State Research Guide: Colorado
Summit a mountain of genealogical records in the Centennial State.

"Pikes Peak or bust!” If your ancestors were among the thousands who trekked to the Centennial State looking for gold in the 1800s, they may have cried this popular slogan. Between Green Russell's 1858 discovery of a gold deposit at the South Platte River and Cherry Creek, and the last major strike at Cripple Creek in the early 1890s, Colorado's population grew drastically — from around 25,000 to more than 400,000. Many of the new settlers came from the Northeast and Midwest, particularly New York, Pennsylvania, Illinois, Missouri and Ohio. Others were immigrants from all corners of the world, including Europe, Canada and China.

Tracing those settlers-and other Coloradans-won't be a tough uphill climb for you, thanks to the state's mountainous genealogical resources. Start your trek with these tips.

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