17 June 2008

June Genealogy Column

Julie Miller’s monthly column is in the 15 June 2008 edition of the Broomfield Enterprise. The topic for June is “New Program could open access to wealth of records.” The column discusses the new genealogy program at U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS).

12 June 2008

State Insane Asylum database now online

A database listing patients and personnel from the Colorado State Insane Asylum was recently posted to the Pueblo County USGenWeb website.

The database was compiled over the past two years by a dedicated group of volunteers, headed by Jean Griesen as the volunteer coordinator. Karen Mitchell, coordinator of the Pueblo County GenWeb pages, has done a nice job of weaving the history of the Hospital and Legislation with the data.

Historic newspapers, census, interviews, and researcher contributions were used to assemble the more than 11,886 entries. Each entry in the database has the source noted.

Thanks to Karen and all the volunteers for making this outstanding resource available to Colorado researchers.

6 June 2008

Colorado Tombstone Transcription Project moving

The site for the Colorado Tombstone Transcription Project is moving from its old address of <http://www.rootsweb.ancestry.com/~cemetery/colorado/colorado.html> to its new home at <http://www.usgwtombstones.org/colorado/colorado.html>.

Thanks to Valerie Eichler Lair-Smith for passing on this information. Valerie is in the final phase of preparing updated burial listings for Evergreen Cemetery in Colorado Springs. The Tombstone Transcription Project currently has Evergreen’s listings for 1856 to 1995, and 2001. When complete, the listings from 1996 to 2008 will be included. If you would like to help, contact Valerie at <valsroots @yahoo.com>.

4 June 2008

June edition of “Western History/Genealogy Newsletter” available

The June 2008 edition of Denver Public Library’s Western History/Genealogy Newsletter is now available at the DPL Web site. Beginning in February this newsletter’s name was changed from “Manuscript Collection News” to reflect its newly expanded coverage.

Some highlights from this issue are:

  • Archives Collection News
    • New Archive Finding Aids (4 collections: David F. Barry Papers, Mary Murphy Gold Mining Records, Robert Leaman Brown Papers, Ralph G. Norvell collection)
    • Hidden Treasures (17 boxes of menus arranged by city and town, as early as 1875; Tom Currigan papers)
    • Archives and Photo Donations (5 collections)
    • Western History Donations (12 items)
    • Conservation Collection Donations (3 items)
    • 10th Mountain Division Donations (9 items
  • New Books in the Western History Collection (many items are described, with a focus on food)
  • New Books in the Genealogy Collection (17 new items, including books on passenger lists, Civil War, cemetery records, colonial clergy, and several family histories)
  • The newsletter also has links to past issues and numerous calendar events. If you haven’t looked at this newsletter lately, you’ll be impressed by its expansion. You can receive the newsletter by e-mail by clicking on the “Sign up now” link near the top of the newsletter.

    New genealogy society organized in Brush

    The first meeting of a new genealogy society in Brush was held at East Morgan County Library on Monday. The organizers, Karen Chabot and Sally Allen, recognized the need for a local group when they joined other genealogy societies but were not able to attend many meetings because of the distance they had to travel.

    The event was covered by The Fort Morgan Times and the article can be found at “Genealogy group can help reveal family history, find lost relatives.”

    Best of luck to this newest addition to the Colorado genealogical community.