Denver Area & Colorado Genealogy Resources

a guide for colorado residents and visitors

This webpage lists some places to go in the Denver area for genealogy research. If you are looking for online genealogy records see:
Colorado Genealogy on the Internet - Online Records and Resources

Denver Public Library

10 W. Fourteenth Ave. Pkwy., Denver (on Broadway between 13th & 14th Avenues)

With the exception of the Family History Library in Salt Lake City and the Sutro Library in San Francisco, the Denver Public Library probably has the finest genealogical collection west of the Mississippi River. Here you can find an extensive collection of census book indexes (prior to 1880), many microfilm census records (strong prior to 1880), a large selection of US county resources, maps, periodicals and much more. The library also has a large selection of passenger list material including... The DPL has numerous Colorado resources, including microfilmed copies of the Denver Post and Rocky Mountain News (with microfilmed obituaries c. 1940-1960 grouped alphabetically), an alphabetical index of Colorado marriages 1900-1939 (also available from the Family History Library covers 1853-2006), Denver Naturalization records 1877-1952, Pueblo Naturalization records 1906-1949, and much more. The following Colorado census records are available...
  • 1860, 1870 & 1880 indexes in book form
  • 1900 & 1920 indexes (soundex) on microfilm
  • 1860 & 1870 territorial census records on microfilm
  • 1880, 1900, 1910 & 1920 census records on microfilm
The DPL has many resources for areas around Colorado like Kansas and New Mexico. It also has a collection of material for Native American and Hispanic research.

The DPL is subscribed to some online databases (such as Ancestry's Library Edition) and these can be accessed from the Internet computers at DPL branches.
Denver Area Family History Centers

Family History Centers (FHCs) have computer access to the the Latter Day Saints (Mormon) FamilySearch computer system. Many FHCs also have small collections of books, microfiche and microfilm on hand which you may use for free. There is a charge for photocopies. You do not have to be a Mormon to use a Family History Center.

Denver Area Family History Centers National Archives Rocky Mountain Region

17101 Huron Street
Broomfield, CO 80023

The Denver NARA branch has extensive microfilm holdings of value for genealogy research, among them:

All surviving Federal population censuses 1790-1930 on microfilm; microfilm indexes for the 1880, 1900, 1910, 1920 and 1930 censuses on microfilm (some states were not indexed for 1910 & 1930); many book indexes for census records prior to 1880 (the DPL has a larger collection of these books); military service records; pension and bounty land warrant applications; Native American censuses; Utah polygamy prosecution case files; Colorado naturalizations; all 675 rolls of M237 (New York Passenger Arrival Records 1820-mid June 1897); an incomplete collection of miscellaneous passenger records for other ports (and New York after mid June 1897) on microfilm; finding aids and maps for the 1930 census.

Colorado State Archives

1313 Sherman Street - Room 1B-20
Denver, CO

The Colorado State Archives has some Colorado vital records (for example: Denver birth and death records prior to 1900), naturalizations, military records, Colorado census records (including the special 1885 Colorado State Census and the special Indian Census [1885-1944]), court records, city directories (especially Denver) and other items. A microfiche index of approximately 3,000 Colorado births from 1863-1899 is available at the archives.

Colorado Genealogy on the Internet

Colorado Genealogy on the Internet (includes links to online records)

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