9 August 2007

Divorce data is back

In May we reported that the Colorado Department of Public Health and Enviroment had removed marriage and divorce indexes from their Web site. This week there is good news for Colorado researchers who have been feeling the loss of that divorce index.

Because of the efforts of a Colorado State Archives volunteer, Gerald Sherard, a new divorce index is now becoming available on the Archives Web site as part of the Colorado Historical Records Index. The cases range from the 1870s to 1939. As of today, the database includes only the plaintiff entries, but the defendant entries will be added soon, making a total of 160,000 entries.

According to the Records Description, researchers will often be able to follow up by ordering or viewing original case files at the Archives:

The case files normally have the complaint, the decree, names of children and other documentation in them. The State Archives has a large portion of the divorce cases from throughout the state during the time span of the index. It is likely that we can find divorce court case files in Adams, Boulder, Chaffee, Clear Creek (to 1927), Conejos, Costilla, Custer, Denver, Dolores, Douglas, Eagle, Elbert, El Paso, Fremont, Garfield, Gilpin, Grand, Jefferson, Kit Carson (1904-1910 with many missing), Lake, LaPlata, Larimer, Lincoln, Mesa, Mineral, Moffat, Montezuma (to 1923), Montrose (to 1934), Morgan (to 1922), Otero, Ouray (to 1935), Pitkin, Pueblo, Rio Grande, Routt, Saguache, Summit, Teller, Weld, and Yuma counties.

29 May 2006

Colorado veterans in grave registration databases

For researchers looking for veterans who served in Colorado units, or those who have lived or died in Colorado, here are some helpful Web sites:

Colorado State Archives: Colorado Veterans Grave Registrations, 1869-1949 (Index)

  • This index is the result of the Colorado Graves Registration project of the 1930s, which involved the American Legion and Works Project Administration, and was financially supported by the Colorado legislature.
  • Search by finding the appropriate alphabetic section on this page, which includes an explanation of the index.
  • Here is a sample of the results, showing the entry for Stephen S. Horton:
  • Stephen Horton entry

Sons of Union Veterans of the Civil War (SUVCW) National Grave Registration Database

  • As of Memorial Day 2006, this database contains details about 5,204 veterans who have been buried in Colorado. Most of them served from other states. It also includes 836 veterans who served in Colorado units during the Civil War, though 445 of those are buried outside Colorado.
  • According to the site’s About Project page, the project was begun in 1996 and went online in 2005. Hundreds of members and non-members of SUVCW have contributed information, and anyone can apply for an account to submit additional information.
  • Search by filling out this form.
  • Although the SUVCW data is not complete, it is more detailed than the data in the VA Nationwide Gravesite Locator below.
  • Here is a sample of the results, showing the entry for the same Stephen Horton as above. There is some additional information not included in the Colorado State Archives index:
  • Stephen Horton entry

U.S. Department of Veteran’s Affairs Nationwide Gravesite Locator

[1] Amos Burtnett record [link], 8th Regiment, Indiana Cavalry, National Park Service Civil War Soldiers and Sailors System. Internet <http://www.civilwar.nps.gov/cwss/>.
[2] Eddy Burtnett entry [link], Report of the Board of Trustees of the Institution for the Education of the Deaf and the Blind of the State of Colorado for the Biennial Term, Ending Nov. 30, 1890 (Denver: Collier & Cleaveland Lith. Co., State Printers, 1890).
[3] Amos Burtnett entry, 1890 U.S. census, Special Schedule Enumerating Union Veterans and Widows of Union Veterans of the Civil War, Cass County, Nebraska, E.D. 118, entry 25; National Archives microfilm M123, roll 38. [Link to Ancestry.com image]
[4] 1900 U.S. census, Pueblo County, Colorado, E.D. 98, sheet 11B (99 back), dwelling & family numbers unspecified, lines 75-76 (Lucy Burtnett household); National Archives microfilm T623, roll 128. [link to Ancestry.com image, indexed as Bruntnell]
[5] 1900 U.S. census, Seward County, Nebraska, Precinct O, E.D. 154, sheet 8A (144 front), dwelling 160, family 165 (Soldiers and Sailors Home, with inmate Amos “Burtrell”); National Archives microfilm T623, roll 940. [link to Ancestry.com image]

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.

1 December 2005

Denver deaths added to State Archives database

The Colorado State Archives has added a new set of records to their Colorado Historical Records Index. There are now over 47,000 entries from “Denver Death Index 1870-1905.” There is only one entry from 1870, and no more than four entries for any year until 1886. But by 1889 there are two or three thousand entries each year. The highest number of deaths – 3397 – was reported in 1904.

Although the city of Denver was part of Arapahoe County until 1901, you need to enter “Denver” into the County field when you fill out the form:

Search form

Here is a sample of the results:

Search results

According to the Archives’ description of these records, the original records have additional information which commonly “includes name of person, date of death, age, sex, address, marital status, occupation, nativity, doctor or coroner, place of internment, undertaker, and cause of death.” To purchase copies of the records, you need to visit the Archives in person, or correspond with them; see their Web site for contact information.