Colorado Genealogy

Colorado Genealogy is being developed as a genealogical and historical resource for your personal use. It contains information and records for Colorado ancestry, family history, and genealogy. Specifically, it provides sources for birth records, death records, marriage records, census records, tax records, court records, and military records. It also provides some historical details about different times and people in Colorado history.


Prisoner Records Available at the Colorado State Archives
The Prisoner Record volumes consist of entries for both men and women with the inmate numbers in numeric order. This is an alphabetical name index of each inmate and their inmate number. The Prisoner Record and Record of Convicts may be obtained by contacting the Colorado State Archives. The entire set of material will be published daily during the month of June 2015.

True History of some of the Pioneers of Colorado
It is impossible for the rising generations to conceive but a remote idea of the privations and dangers from hostile Indians that the pioneers endured in the early settlement of the West.

Colorado History Volume I

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Colorado Trails, Routes & Post Roads 1881

The following is a list of trails, routes and post roads that existed in Colorado in 1881. These avenues of travel can assist genealogists in understanding their ancestors travel routes when they used a state coach in Colorado in the 1880s.
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A Brief History of Stagecoaches

A stagecoach is any public coach traveling regularly between stations, historically significant in England and the U.S. from the 19th century. Stagecoaches, reflecting ancient wheeled conveyances like carts and chariots, carried passengers, mail, and freight across difficult terrains. The rise of railways in the East by 1840 ended stagecoach use there, but they thrived in the West during the California Gold Rush, with expensive fares and government mail contracts ensuring profitability. Travelers faced numerous hardships, including harsh weather, treacherous routes, and occasional conflicts with Indigenous people. Many stage routes, especially in Colorado, became obsolete before modern development.
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Colorado Stage-Coach Companies

This article outlines the history of numerous stagecoach companies operating in Colorado primarily in the mid to late 1800s. A.J. Oliver & Company started in 1862 and extended to several cities, including Salt Lake City and Montana, but lost a mail contract to Ben Holladay. Other notable companies include Banning Stage Line, which operated between key California cities, and the Butterfield and Company, which established the Overland Mail service from St. Louis to San Francisco. The Leavenworth & Pikes Peak Express and Gilmer & Salisbury were significant routes in the Central Overland and Western Stage companies. Wells, Fargo & Company…
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1880 Denver Colorado Directory

This is an 1880 City Directory for Denver Colorado that was published by Corbett, Hoye & Co. City directories are frequently disregarded, yet they hold valuable information for genealogists. They go beyond the limited details found in census records and offer insights into the lives of our ancestors. Published annually, these directories serve as a window into urban life by documenting residents, businesses, and community institutions. Here’s a guide on utilizing their potential for your family history research:
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Biography of Charles McKinney

Charles McKinney is a prominent figure in the ranching and stock industries of Colorado with over two decades of experience. Born in North Carolina in 1859, he moved to Colorado and worked in farming, dairy, and mining before settling on a successful ranch near Mesa. He has contributed significantly to the growth and development of Mesa County and is a respected citizen.
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Biography of M.H. McKee

M.H. McKee is a prime example of American versatility and variation, having experienced both extremes of fortune in his interesting and varied career. Born in Pennsylvania in 1859, McKee moved to Colorado in 1880, and after trying his hand at various occupations, settled on a ranch in Plateau valley. He has built up a successful stock industry and fruit orchard on his ranch, and takes an active role in Republican politics and community affairs.
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Biography of George W. Masters

George W. Masters is a successful farmer in Mesa County, Colorado with a fine ranch and a comfortable home near the village of Snipes. He has been one of the substantial contributors to the development and improvement of the agricultural industry where he has lived and been engaged in it, as he has all of his mature life.
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Biography of Charles B. Masser, M.D.

Dr. Charles B. Masser (1839-?) was a Michigan-born physician who practiced in Kansas before settling in Fruita, Colorado, in 1888. He was a post-graduate student of medical schools in Denver and established a successful drug store alongside his medical practice. He was married to Gertrude A. Powers and had eight children, five of whom survived. Dr. Masser was a Prohibitionist in political belief.
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Biography of Judge William A. Marsh

This is a biographical sketch of William A. Marsh, a leading businessman in Grand Junction who has had an inspiring and varied career. Born in 1856 in Sonoma County, California, he attended school in California and Nevada, and later graduated from the law department of Michigan State University in 1883. After working as assistant cashier of the Mesa County State Bank, he became county judge and then started a successful real estate business. He is a prohibition Republican, active in church work and a member of the Masonic order. He is married with four children and has also helped to…
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Cemetery Research in Denver, Colorado

Locating the burial place of your ancestors in the Denver area may prove challenging due to certain factors. The earliest cemeteries, Mount Prospect and Acacia, have been relocated and their records are no longer available. Furthermore, death records in Denver were not required until 1900 and were not consistently recorded until about 1925. This article will help explain where your ancestor may now lie buried.
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