28 July 2006

Hours change at NARA-Rocky Mountain Region

The National Archives and Records Administration (NARA), Rocky Mountain Region has announced new hours for the microfilm research room located in Building 46. The research room will no long be opened Saturdays or Thursday evenings until 7pm.

The new hours are:
Monday through Friday, 7:30 am to 3:45 pm.

NARA is located in the Denver Federal Center, West 6th Avenue & Kipling St., Denver.

24 July 2006

COGenWeb Colorado Places By County directory has moved

Lee Zion, COGenWeb Colorado Places By County Webmaster, has announced that the project pages have moved to a new URL. Colorado Places By County is a directory of Colorado place names. The directory provides the county in which the place exists or existed, years the place existed, and other related remarks. The authors have attempted to include every settlement, trading post, military post, mining camp, ghost town, stage station, railroad stop, post office, rural community, town and city from the earliest known into the present.

The following example is a typical entry:

City/Town/Place Name Dates/County/Remarks
Aaby Est 1907, Cheyenne Co.
also see Brownsville
Est 1921, Yuma Co.
PO 1923-1947

The new address is — www.rootsweb.com/~coplaces/

21 July 2006

Colorado’s Historic Newspaper Collection adds to collection

Colorado’s Historic Newspaper Collection (CHNC) added two newspapers to their collection in June. The Glenwood Post and Weekly Ledger and the Glenwood Post joined the growing collection along with additional issues of the Fort Collins Courier and the New Castle Nonpareil. CHNC is a collection of historic newspapers that have been digitized and made available for free on the Internet. The collection currently includes 93 newspapers published in Colorado from 1859 to 1923. The newspapers, which were published in English, German, Spanish, and Swedish, are from 36 counties and 50 cities throughout the state.

CHNC has made the full-text of each newspaper searchable by using Optical Character Recognition (OCR) technology. Browsing individual issues is also an option.

The CHNC website includes a sortable list of newspaper titles, guide for using CHNC, tips on searching historical newspapers, genealogy help, and a “My Collection” section. The “My Collection” section allows individual articles to be saved.

CHNC is a joint project of the Colorado State Library, Colorado Historical Society, and the Collaborative Digitization Program. There are over 200 Colorado newspapers available through 1923 and the goal of CHNC is to digitize them all.

Thanks to Kathy Hinckley, CG for the tip on CHNC.

8 July 2006

July Genealogy Column

Julie Miller’s monthly column is in the 8 July 2006 edition of the Broomfield Enterprise. The topic for July is Effective Use of Libraries (and other repositories). The article provides five practical tips on the use of repositories. It also lists several Colorado repositories that can be useful for genealogy research.