13 February 2009

Denver marriage applications available at DPL

In 2008, the City and County of Denver Clerk and Recorders Office transferred one hundred years of marriage applications, thirteen years of marriage licenses and certificates, and seventy-one years of voter registration records to the Denver Public Library (DPL). The record descriptions, collection numbers and restrictions are as follows:

  • Marriage License Applications 1903-1933, WH2052, no restrictions.
    The applications were filled out by the bride and groom before the ceremony. They are not proof that the marriage took place.
  • Marriage License Applications 1934-2003, WH2053, restricted for privacy issues.
    The applications description is the same as WH2052. Those that can order the records are bride, groom, mother, father, current legal spouse, adult children and siblings, grandparents, legal guardians, attorney. Proper identification and proof of relationship must be provided. Social Security numbers will be redacted.
  • Marriage Licenses and Certificates 1952-1965, WH2049, restricted for privacy issues.
    The licenses and certificates provide information about the marriage event. The restrictions are the same as for WH2053.
  • Voter Registration Records 1920-1991, WH2042, restricted for privacy issues.
    Voter registrations usually have name, address, date and place of birth, and other useful information. Access to the records is restricted to the voter named, and the same as for WH2053.
  • Copies of the records can be ordered by email, phone, mail, or in person from DPL, Western History/Genealogy Department, 5th floor.
    The cost is $2 per page for copies, $3 per page for certified copies. No search fee will be charged if the correct year is provided. They will search the year before and after at no charge. If the year is not provided, a $3 fee will be charged for the first year and $1 for each additional year.

    A request form must be filled out and the fees must be paid in advance. Requests are processed within three business days and the copies can be mailed or picked up in person.

    I made a request in person for four marriage applications last Saturday afternoon. I received the copies in the mail on Wednesday. Having the records at DPL certainly makes them more accessible to researchers.

    For more information contact DPL at (720) 865-1821.

    25 January 2009

    Evergreen Cemetery records online

    The online database for the Evergreen Cemetery Records is available to view at: http://usgwtombstones.org/colorado/elpaso.html
    The database includes all burials from 1856 to 2006. The data is alphabetical and includes the birth date; death date; burial date; block; lot; space; funeral home; and comments such as marriage and military information, organizations (Masons, IOOF, etc.), and if an individual was moved to a different cemetery.
    If you have any questions, please contact the Evergreen Cemetery Project Coordinator – Valerie Eichler Lair-Smith at 720-886-9096 or email valsroots@yahoo.com.

    Thanks to Valerie Lair-Smith for sending us this item.

    9 December 2008

    500,000 entries in Pikes Peak NewsFinder

    The Special Collections Staff at Penrose Library, Colorado Springs celebrated the 500,000th index entry into the Pikes Peak NewsFinder at a reception on Monday, 8 December 2008. Special Collections volunteer, Melba Mayall, had the honor of entering the index record marking the milestone.

    Pikes Peak NewsFinder is one of the largest, free to access, newspaper indexes available on the Internet and has half-a-million citations to local news articles and obituaries for newspapers of the Pikes Peak Region, some dating back to the 1870s.

    Indexing the Colorado Springs Gazette is an ongoing project of Special Collections in the 1905 Carnegie Library. Dozens of Pikes Peak Library District staff, members of the Pikes Peak Genealogical Society and other dedicated volunteers have contributed to this online resource over the years.

    Newspapers indexed in Pikes Peak NewsFinder include the: Colorado City Iris, Colorado Springs Gazette-Telegraph, Colorado Springs Gazette, Colorado Springs Sun, Fountain Valley News, Free Press, El Paso County Democrat, Out West, and Security Advertiser. Many of the citations link directly to the full-text of the article. Those not currently linked can be ordered, free of charge, directly from the index.

    Thanks to Gordon Gray for sending us this item.

    23 October 2008

    CSU Germans from Russia Project

    Yesterday, Gary Routh posted a story on his genealogy-bits blog about the oral histories from the Colorado State University (CSU) Sidney Heitman Germans from Russia Collection.

    CSU has posted online the audio and transcript files of twenty of the sixty interviews that were conducted in 1975-78 as part of the Germans from Russia in Colorado Study Project. CSU Libraries has dedicated an entire section of their Web site to this collection which includes a photo gallery, full-text finding aid for the collection, and additional resources.

    It’s a great site and I’d recommend that you take a look and listen to some of the interviews. They are well worth the time even if you don’t have German from Russia ancestors.

    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).