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Colorado Genealogical Research Locations

Are you planning to visit Colorado for genealogical research? Here are some of the locations you will certainly want to consider visiting:

Denver Public Library
10 West 14th Avenue Pkwy.
Denver, CO 80204-2731
The Denver Public Library is rated the Number One public library in the country serving populations over 500,000, and the Genealogy Collection is consistently ranked among the top ten public library genealogy collections in the country. A stop here is a must! Hint: Save time during your visit by looking up the availability of materials of interest to you before you leave home. Go to the Denver Public Library Catalogs. And don't forget to search for photographs, too! Go to the Historic Photograph Collection.
Stephen H. Hart Library
History Colorado Center

1200 Broadway
Denver, Colorado 80203
The Hart Library has moved. It is now in the new History Colorado Center, 1200 Broadway, Denver. To view collection go to Hart Library at History Colorado.
Jefferson County Public Library
Lakewood Branch
10200 West 20th Avenue
Lakewood, CO 80215
This west-suburban library has the best genealogical holdings in the Jefferson County Library system, including the films of the 1885 Colorado state census. Search the library catalog at JeffCo Library Catalog.
Bemis Public Library
6014 South Datura Street
Littleton, CO 80120
This south-suburban library is the Littleton city library. Its holdings including the films of the 1885 Colorado state census. Search the library catalog at Bemis Catalog, or visit the library online at Bemis Public Library.
Other Public Libraries
Statewide
Public libraries, especially in rural locations, are often the best source of information about the people and places of the local area. Locate Colorado libraries by visiting the Virtual Library site at Colorado Virtual Libraries.
Colorado State Archives
1313 Sherman Street, Room 1B-20
Denver, CO 80203.
The State Archives is only a two or three block walk from the Denver Public Library or the Hart Library. It is open only weekdays. It is cash-funded, so you should expect to pay a modest fee for records searches and retrievals using staff assistance. The holdings are massive, but are not cataloged online. You can get some idea of what is available by visiting the Archives Website at Colorado State Archives, and especially its
Genealogy Page.
U. S. National Archives and Records Center
New Location!> Rocky Mountain Region
17101 Huron Street
Broomfield, Colorado 80023
The Rocky Mountain Regional center of NARA is now in the northern suburb of Broomfield. It is open Monday through Friday from 7:30 am - 3:45 pm. Free access to Ancestry Library Edition is available at the archives. Coin operated film printers (50¢ per copy) are available. For a general description of holdings and directions and hours of operation, visit the Rocky Mountain Region online at NARA Rocky Mountain Region.
County Records
Statewide
The counties often hold the records you need, and may not be available any place else. Be sure to remember that, especially in larger metropolitan counties, the courts and court records may be in a different facility (such as a "Justice Center") which is separate from the county's administrative offices and records, such as those of the Clerk and Recorder. Sometimes these buildings may even be many miles apart. Locate county information by visiting the counties' Websites, indexed here on the State of Colorado homepage: Colorado County Governments.
Family History Centers
Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints.
Family History Centers often hold locally donated materials which may not be widely available. Locate Colorado Family History Centers here.