20 April 2006

New births database at State Archives

Another new database at the Colorado State Archives (CSA) allows you to locate birth entries in the “Denver, Boulder and Elbert County Pre-1907 Birth Index.” Kit Carson County is also included. (Note: births shown in Denver County prior to 1901 actually occurred in Arapahoe County.)

Here is part of the database description at the CSA Web site:

The kind of information usually found on these early birth records is the baby’s name … date of birth, physician, the father’s name and occupation and the mother’s maiden name. If someone applied for a delayed birth certificate for a pre-1908 Denver birth, there may also be a court file available which is referenced on the birth record.

There are currently over thirty-two thousand entries in the database:

Boulder 1,150
Denver 30,048
Elbert 722
Kit Carson 270

The earliest birth recorded in the database occurred in 1863 (William Clarence Hamilton), but there are only ten births indexed for all of the 1860s. The first year which includes more than a thousand entries is 1893. Here are two sample entries:

   Name                    Record Type  County  Date
   MALONE, DWIGHT PATRICK  Birth        Denver  1898-NOV-4
   MALONE, ETHEL MARY      Birth        Denver  1901-JUN-1

Both Dwight and Mary were the children of Ernest J. and Jessie Malone, as seen in the 1900 (Denver)[1] and 1910 (Portland, Oregon)[2] censuses.

You can search this database at kiwi.state.co.us/archive/publicrecordsearch.do. Specify “Birth” as the Record Type. Tip: To search for a surname which is also a given name (such as Gordon), include the comma in the Name field (Gordon, ). Instructions for accessing or ordering the original records can be found on the CSA Web site.

[1] 1900 U.S. census, Arapahoe County, Colorado, Denver ward 12 precinct 2, E.D. 100, sheet 11A (27 front), dwelling 235, family 249 (Ernest J. Malone); National Archives microfilm T623, roll 119. See image at Ancestry or Heritage Quest.

[2] 1910 U.S. census, Multnomah County, Oregon, Portland ward 7 precinct 45, E.D. 178, sheets 8A & 8B (75 front & back), dwelling 181, family 181 (Jessie Malone); National Archives microfilm T624, roll 1288. See image at Ancestry or Heritage Quest.

New WWI civilian database at State Archives

One of the new databases at the Colorado State Archives (CSA) will allow you to locate “WWI Civilian Service Questionnaires (1917-1922).” Here is a description from the CSA Web site:

Following World War I the State of Colorado Historical and Natural History Society through the Governor’s Office compiled surveys concerning the home front services civilians provided during the war. Information found on these questionnaires may include: name; city and county of residence; detail of service of any kind in aid of the war; names of organizations and offices held in aid of war; nature of duties performed; drives participated in; names of others who did notable civilian war work; and date of record.

The database currently contains 514 entries, including many women. A typical entry looks like this:

   Name                   Instrument Type    County      Date
   Jameyson, Mrs. Champe  WWI Questionnaire  Las Animas  1919-Dec-30

Mrs. Jameyson was probably Anna Bradford Baker who married Champe Jameyson in Denver in 1888.[1] In 1920, about two weeks after the date of the civilian questionnaire, they are found in the Las Animas County census.[2]

You can search this database at kiwi.state.co.us/archive/publicrecordsearch.do. Specify “WWI Questionnaire” as the Record Type. Instructions for accessing or ordering the original records can be found on the CSA Web site.

[1] Denver Public Library, Index to Colorado Marriages 1859-1939, CD-ROM (Denver, Colorado: Colorado Genealogical Society, 2004). Based on microfilmed Marriage Record Report cards, State of Colorado, Bureau of Vital Statistics. Available from CGS (order form).

[2] 1920 U.S. census, Las Animas County, Colorado, Trinidad ward 3 precinct 43, E.D. 138, sheet 7A (49 front), dwelling 141, family 144 (Champe Jameyson); National Archives microfilm T625, roll 167. See image at Ancestry (indexed as Champs Jameyson) or at Heritage Quest.

5 April 2006

Former Lt. Governor George Brown dies

George Brown, Colorado Lt. Governor from 1975-1979, died on 30 March 2006 in Florida. Mr. Brown was the first black person to win a statewide office in Colorado and the nation’s first black lieutenant governor.

According to his World War II Enlistment Record [1], George L. Brown was born 1 July 1926 in Kansas. He served in pilot training during WWII.

When the 1930 U.S. Census was taken in April of 1930, George was living in Kansas City, Missouri with his parents, George L. and Alberta H. Brown and sister, Herriet. The family rented a house in the 11th ward at 1931 Mongall, paying $25 a month for rent. [2]

  • Brown, George L., age 24, born Kansas, parents born Kansas
  • Brown, Alberta H., age 26, born Kansas, father born Louisiana, mother born Texas.
  • Brown, George L. Jr., age 3, born Kansas.
  • Brown, Herriett M., age 1, born Missouri.[2]

George’s father, who was a porter for a Recreation Hall, married at the age of 19 and his mother, Alberta, married when she was 21.

Before going into politics, George Jr. was a reporter and a city editor for the Denver Post.

While serving as Lt. Governor, he pardoned an inmate while Governor Lamm was out of state. Sylvester Lee Garrison, who was serving a life sentence for murder, had his pardon rescinded when Lamm returned to Colorado.

[1] National Archives and Records Administration, “World War II Army Enlistment Records ca. 1938 – 1946,” database, National Archives and Records Administration (http://aad.archives.gov/aad/: 5 April 2006), for George L. Brown, Jr.
[2] George L. Brown household, 1930 U.S. Census, Kansas City, Jackson Co., Missouri, E.D. 48-161, page 8B, dwelling 163, family 157; National Archives microfilm T626, roll 1199. Digital image at Ancestry.com.

4 April 2006

Spring Workshops at National Archives

The National Archives-Rocky Mountion Region will be offering six workshops on May 8, 9 & 10.

The topics will be:

Monday, 8 May
9:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. “Genealogical Research Using Census Records”
1:00 p.m. – 3:30 p.m. “Non-Census Research at NARA’s Rocky Mountain Region”

Tuesday, 9 May
9:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. “Foreswearing All Other Allegiances: Naturalization in the United States from 1790-Present”
1:00 p.m. – 3:30 p.m. “Using Bureau of Indian Affairs Records to Trace Your Native American Ancestry”

Wednesday, 10 May
9:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. “Using Federal Land Records: How to Find Homestead and Other Land Entries”
1:00 p.m. – 3:30 p.m. “Modern Tools for Historical Records: Using Government Computer Resources to Research Ancestors”

Classes will held in Building 48 of the Denver Federal Center, 6th Ave. and Kipling Streets, Lakewood. Pre-registration is required and the cost is $10 per class. For more information, call (303) 407-5740.

April-May 2006 Events

Here are some importants event coming up in the next two months:

8 & 9 May-The Computer Interest Group of the Colorado Genealogical Society (Dick Eastman)

8,9 & 10 May-Workshops at the National Archives-Rocky Mountain Region