Frontier Roots Toolkit

By Susan Wenner Premium

State Historical Societies

Colorado Historical Society

1300 Broadway Denver, CO 80203 (303) 866-2305 <>

Idaho State Historical Society

1109 Main St., Suite 250 Boise, ID 83702 (208) 334-2682 <>

Kansas State Historical Society

6425 SW Sixth Ave. Topeka, KS 66615 (785) 272-8681 <>

Minnesota Historical Society

345 W. Kellogg Blvd. St. Paul, MN 55102 (651) 296-6126 <>

Montana Historical Society

Box 201201 225 N. Roberts Helena, MT 59620 (406) 444-2694 <>

Nebraska State Historical Society

Box 82554 1500 R St. Lincoln, NE 68501 <>

State Historical Society of North Dakota

612 E. Boulevard Ave. Bismarck, ND 58505 (701) 328-2666


South Dakota State Historical Society

900 Governors Drive Pierre, SD 57501 (605) 773-3458 <>

Utah State Historical Society

300 S. Rio Grande Salt Lake City, UT 84101 (801) 533-3500 <>

Wyoming State Historical Society

PMB#184 1740H Dell Range Blvd. Cheyenne, WY 82009 <>
On the Bookshelf

From the Grave: A Roadside Guide to Colorado’s Pioneer Cemeteries by Linda Wommack (Caxton Press)

Frontier House by Simon Shaw with Linda Peavy and Ursula Smith (Pocket Books)

• The Far West and the Great Plains in Transition 1859-1900 by Rodman Paul and Martin Ridge (University of Oklahoma Press)

Feels Like Far: A Rancher’s Life on the Great Plains by Linda Hasselstrom (Mariner Books)

The American West by Dee Brown (Touchstone Books)

Battles and Skirmishes of the Great Sioux War, 1876-1877: The Military View edited by Jerome A. Greene (University of Oklahoma Press)

Kansas and the Homestead Act, 1862-1905 by Lawrence Bacon (Ayer Co.)

All That Glitters: Class, Conflict, and Community in Cripple Creek by Elizabeth Jameson (University of Illinois Press)

Land in Her Own Name: Women As Homesteaders in North Dakota by H. Elaine Lindgren (University of Oklahoma Press)

The Women’s West by Susan Armitage (University of Oklahoma Press)

Writing the Range: Race, Class, and Culture in the Women’s West edited by Elizabeth Jameson and Susan Armitage (University of Oklahoma Press)

Kansas Territorial Settlers of 1860 Who Were Born in Tennessee, Virginia, North Carolina and South Carolina by Clara Hamlett Robertson (Clearfield Co.)

Continuing Your Genealogical Research in Minnesota by Marilyn Lind (Linden Tree)

Tracing Your Dakota Roots: A Guide to Genealogical Research in the Dakotas by Cathy A. Langemo and Jo Ann B. Winistorfer (Dakota Roots)

Custer, Come At Once! The Fort Hays Years of George and Elizabeth Custer, 1867-1870 by Blaine Burkey (Thomas More Prep, out of print)

Indian Raids in Lincoln County, Kansas, 1864 and 7869I by C. Bernhardt (The Lincoln Sentinel Print, out of print)

Beyond the Far Ridge: Pioneering in the Rocky Mountain High Country by Edward Mark McGough (High Plains Press)

Little House on the Prairie by Laura Ingalls Wilder (HarperCollins Children’s Books)

The Gold Rush Widows of Little Falls by Linda Peavy and Ursula Smith (Minnesota Historical Press)

Find it on the Web


Sons and Daughters of Montana Pioneers




Pioneer Sod Houses


Women Pioneers of the Northern Great Plains


Index to the 1895 Kansas State Census


Nebraska History and Record of Pioneer Days


Genealogy Data Files, Denver Public Library


Mountain Men and the Fur Trade


Diary of a Wyoming Pioneer Woman



Colorado GenWeb


Idaho GenWeb


Kansas GenWeb


Minnesota GenWeb


Montana GenWeb


Nebraska GenWeb


North Dakota GenWeb


South Dakota GenWeb


Utah GenWeb


Wyoming GenWeb



<>: Choose a state, then click the Sources tab.

Cemeteries of the United States


Cyndi’s List


FamilySearch Research Outlines



RootsWeb County Resources


RootsWeb State Resources





Gen Forum



Buffalo Soldiers and Indian Wars


Northern Cheyenne Sand Creek Massacre


Washita Battlefield National Park


Little Big Horn Associates


The Sioux Uprising of 1862


Crazy Horse

From the June 2002 issue of Family Tree Magazine