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Denver Public Library Digital Collections has large collections of free genealogy records online, including:

African Americans

American Woodmen Insurance Index
“Index to life insurance files of insured and beneficiaries 1901 to 1907. American Woodmen’s Life was founded in Denver, Colorado in 1901 as a Fraternal Benefit Society established to provide life insurance for the “un-insurable” Black Community. The register shows in chronological order the name of the insured, “camp and state” of residence, age, name of beneficiary or beneficiaries, and their relationship to the insured. States covered in this first ledger include Alabama, Colorado, Florida, Georgia, Indian Territory [Oklahoma], Kentucky, Louisiana, Mississippi, New Jersey, South Carolina, Texas, and Washington, D.C. This register represents the first of 40 ledgers. The company went out of business in 1993.”

Colorado Statesman Index
“Index of funeral notices, obituaries, and news articles from the leading weekly newspaper serving the African American community from 1904 to 1954.”

Colorado World War I Draft Registrations – Minorities
“Index to World War I draft registration cards on microfilm.”

 

Biography Indexes

Bromwell Colorado Portrait and Biographical Index
“Henrietta Bromwell, noted local historian and genealogist, indexed local, county and regional Colorado histories, newspapers, magazines and early land records. In 4 volumes and 2 supplements.”

Real Pioneers of Colorado
“List of some 1400 names of pioneers who arrived in Colorado prior to February 26, 1861. Names are organized alphabetically and include short biographical sketches.”

Sons of Colorado Index 1906 – 1908
“Index of articles including biographies and obituaries of Colorado pioneers which appeared in the pages of the Sons of Colorado. This was published by the pioneer society, Sons of Colorado. The title was changed to The Trail.”

Trail Index 1908 – 1929
“Index of articles including profiles and obituaries of pioneers that was published 1908 – 1929 by the Sons of Colorado.”

 

Census Indexes

1885 Colorado State Census – Arapahoe County “Schedules of population, agriculture, manufactures and mortality for Arapahoe County, Colorado, which later became Denver County.”

 

Hispanics

Families of New Mexico
“This register reports 142 pioneer Hispanic families of New Mexico and southern Colorado. Created by LaDeane W. Miller, many of these compiled family histories detail generations stretching from the early twentieth century back to European progenitor ancestors in the 15th and 16th centuries.”

 

Marriage Records

Colorado Marriages 1858-1939
“A special project of the Western History/Genealogy Department of the Denver Public Library and the Colorado Genealogical Society. Volunteers have generated an index to over 456,000 marriages cross listing the names of both bride and groom, the date and place of marriage and the license number.”

 

Military

Civil War Grand Army of the Republic – Colorado
“Listing of Colorado veterans who served in the United States military during the Civil War.”

Record of U.S. Soldiers for the Suppression of the Rebellion
“Members of the Grand Army of the Republic from Colorado who were buried in the G.A.R. burial ground at Riverside Cemetery. Includes those buried and later removed from Calvary [Catholic], Hebrew, and Old City [Mount Prospect] cemeteries, Denver.”

Roster of General Henry W. Lawton Camp No. 1 United Spanish War Veterans
“Digitization of these directories is ongoing, and they will be made available as they are completed.”

Colorado World War I Casualties in Europe
“Location of the burial place of each fallen soldier is given.”

Colorado World War I Draft Registration Cards
“Index to World War I draft registration cards on microfilm.”

Colorado World War I Draft Registration Cards-Minorities
“Index to World War I draft registration cards on microfilm.”

Counties Outside of Denver Draft Quotas 1917
“Names of men who were drafted for active service for World War I from Colorado counties, except Denver.”

Fallen Heroes of World War I from Denver, Colorado
“Names of men and women from Denver who lost their lives during WWI. List taken from the article, “Hail, Heroes! Hail!” which appeared in the Denver Post, November 11, 1920.”

Nebraska Civil War Veterans Records
“Lists of members of the Grand Army of the Republic and the name of their post in Nebraska.
Composed of 2 files:”

Nebraska WWI Draft Registration Cards 1917 – 18
“Alphabetical index of draft registration cards for men living in Nebraska.”
World War II Honor List of Dead and Missing; State of Colorado
“Listing of Colorado’s war dead and those missing in action during World War II.”

 

Mortuary and Cemetery

Farmer and Hale Mortuary Index 1889 – 1909
“Index to registers by the Farmer and Hale Mortuary.”

Horan Burial Index 1900 – 1956
“Index to registers of burial by the Horan Mortuary.”

Rogers and Nash Mortuary Records 1873 – 1979
“Index to registers of burial by Rogers and Nash Mortuary.”

Fairmount Sexton Records 1891 – 1953
“An index of Sexton [grave diggers] ledgers microfilmed by the Genealogical Society of Utah in 1959. The index includes name of deceased, date of burial and location within the cemetery. Additional notes detail cremations, removals from other cemeteries or shipments to other sites.”

Riverside Cemetery African-American burials, 1876 – 2004
“Index to over 5000 African-American burials in Riverside Cemetery 1876-2004.”

Calvary Cemetery Listing
“Index to lot purchases in Denver’s first Roman Catholic Cemetery from 1889 to 1893. Calvary, also known as Mount Calvary was the catholic section of Old City Cemetery located on the site of the current Denver Botanic Gardens. Listings include name of purchaser or deceased, date, lot and plot. Most famous listing is Horace Tabor.”
Arapahoe County Coroner’s Reports, 1876 – 1891 Index
“The ledger contains entries for deaths examined by the coroner that occurred in Arapahoe County, Colo. and the city of Denver 1876 – 1891.”

 

Naturalization

Denver and Pueblo Naturalization Records
“Naturalizations created in the Denver and Pueblo, Colorado Federal District Courts. Declaration of Intentions, 1877 – 1952; Denver, Colorado. Naturalizations, 1906 – 1950; Pueblo, Colorado. Declarations of Intentions, 1906 – 1949; Pueblo, Colorado. Naturalizations, 1912 – 1949; and Pueblo, Colorado Soldier’s Petition for Naturalization, 1918 – 1928.”

 

Obituaries

Denver Obituary Indexes
“Index of obituaries and funeral notices that appeared in the Denver Post or Rocky Mountain News in 1900, 1918 – 1919, and 1928 through 2010.”

Colorado Obituary Project
“Statewide index of approximately 50,000 non-Denver obituaries mostly from the 1970s through 1990.”

Colorado Statesman Index
“Index of funeral notices, obituaries, and news articles from the leading weekly newspaper serving the African American community from 1904 to 1954.”

Intermountain Jewish News Obituary Index
“Index spans October 1918 to June 2011 and includes names of deceased, date and place of burial, age, date and place of birth, surnames of relatives, notation of photograph in obituary and if obit is available online.”

 

Photographs

 

Pioneers

Bromwell Colorado Portrait and Biographical Index
“Henrietta Bromwell, local historian and genealogist, indexed local, county and regional Colorado histories, newspapers, magazines and early land records. In 4 volumes and 2 supplements.”

Sons of Colorado Index 1906 – 1908
“Index of articles including biographies and obituaries of Colorado pioneers which appeared in the pages of the Sons of Colorado. This was published by the pioneer society, Sons of Colorado. The title was changed to The Trail.”

Trail Index 1908 – 1929
“Index of articles including profiles and obituaries of pioneers that was published 1908 – 1929 by the Sons of Colorado.”

1885 Colorado State Census – Arapahoe County
“Schedules of population, agriculture, manufactures and mortality for Arapahoe County, Colorado, which later became Denver County.”

Clear Creek Pioneers Index
“Index of pioneers taken from Annals of Clear Creek County, Colorado by J. S. Randall. Listing includes the pioneer’s name, place and year of birth, residence or place and date of death.”

Colorado 1861 Territorial Election Index
“List of Colorado voters, boundaries, and poll locations in the 1861 territorial election.”

Real Pioneers of Colorado
“List of some 1400 names of pioneers who arrived in Colorado prior to February 26, 1861. Names are organized alphabetically and include short biographical sketches.”

59ers’ Directory – Colorado Argonauts
“A directory of prospector arrivals, removals, deaths, marriages, children, property, mines, and ranches, with names of old towns, mining camps, gulches, mountains, rivers, creeks, and other matters relating to the setting of their lives in the Pikes Peak Region.”

McGrath’s – Men and Women Who Arrived in What is Now Colorado Prior to January 1, 1861
“Lists of miners, farmers and ranchers, builders, teachers and students; people who were the first arrivals in what became Colorado Territory.”

Genealogical Index to the Records of the Society of Colorado Pioneers
“Abstract of names including dates of arrival, occupations, geographic location and interests of men and women who joined the Society of Colorado Pioneers and other pioneer associations.”

Ladies Relief Society Index
“Ladies must own one good black dress and be of high moral standards. Index to residents of the old ladies home from 1897 to 1980.”

Colorado Tax Assessment Lists 1862 – 1866
“Federal Internal Revenue Assessment Lists for the Territory of Colorado 1862, 1863, 1864, 1865, and 1866. Listings include resident and absentee property holders. A useful resource for those who invested in Colorado with their time and energy or financial resources.”

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