Colorado Fast Facts and Key Resources

By Dana Schmidt Premium


? Statehood: 1876


? US territory status: 1861

? First federal censuses:. 1860 (as four territories), 1870 (as Colorado Territory), 1880 (as a state)

? Statewide birth, marriage and death records begin: 1907

? Counties: 64

? Contact for vital records:
Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment
Vital Records Section

4300 Cherry Creek Drive S.
HSVRD-VR — A1 Denver

Denver, CO80246

(303) 692-2200


Web Sites

? Blair-Caldwell African American Research Library Finding Aids

? Colorado Clues


? Colorado GenWeb Project


? Colorado Historic Newspaper Collection


? Colorado Places by County


? Colorado State Archives: Digital Records

< archives/digital>

? Cyndi’s List: Colorado


? Ghostseekers


? Western States Marriage Records lndex



? Arizona, Colorado, Nebraska, New Mexico, Oregon, & Washington, 1727-1900 Marriage lndex CD (Genealogical Publishing Co.)

? Colorado and Its People by LeRoy R. Hafen (Lewis Historical Publishing Co.)

? Colorado Families: A Territorial Heritage (Colorado Genealogical Society)

? A Colorado History by Carl Ubbelohde, Maxine Benson and Duane A. Smith (Pruett Publishing Co.)

? Colorado: A History of the Centennial State by Carl Abbott, Stephen J. Leonard and Thomas J. Noel (University of colorado Press)

? From Fort Massachusetts to the Rio Grande: A History of Southern Colorado and Northern New Mexico from 1850 — 1900 by Douglas B. Thomas (Thomas International)

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

? Guide to Colorado Newspapers, 1859 to 1963 by Donald E. Oehlerts (Bibliographical Center for Research)

? Homesteading Women: An Oral History of Colorado, 1890-1950 by Julie Jones-Eddy (Twayne Publishers)

? Pioneers of the Territory of Southern Colorado, 2 volumes, by the Territorial Daughters of Colorado (Offset Printing)

Organizations and Archives

? Colorado Genealogical Society

Box 9218, Denver, CO 80209, <>


? Colorado Historical Society

1300 Broadway, Denver, CO 80203, (303) 866-3682, <>

? Colorado Society of Hispanic Genealogy

2300 S. Patton Court, Denver, CO 80219, <>

? Colorado State Archives

1313 Sherman, Room 1 B20, Denver, CO 80203, (303) 866-2358, <www.colorado gov/dpa/doit/archives>

? Denver Public Library

Western History and Genealogy Department, Central Library, Level 5, l0 W. 14th Ave. Parkway, Denver, CO 80204, (720) 865-1821, <>

?NARA Rocky Mountain Regional Archives

Building 38, Denver Federal Center, West Sixth Avenue and Kipling Street, Box 25307, Denver, CO 80225, (303) 407-5740, <>

? Norlin Library

Western Historical Collection, University of Colorado, 18th Street and Colorado Avenue, Boulder, CO 80301,


From the March 2008 Family Tree Magazine

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