Dollarhide Censuses & Substitute Name Lists Guides AL-MI 80% Off! – NEW AL & MN-WY Guides 20% Off! With FREE Downloads!

Bill Dollarhide started a series of what he called “Name List” guides in the Summer of 2013. He wrote steadily on them until sometime in 2015, when life caught up with him, and he had to put the project aside. Well, he went back at it several months ago, and completed new guides for all the rest of the states, alphabetically Minnesota through Wyoming. He also wrote a full book on the U.S. Territories. Finally, Bill went back and updated an earlier volume – choosing Indiana – to test whether enough changes had taken place to make it worthwhile to do Second Editions. Bill found that a number of URL addresses had changed, which he expected, and he found additional data that expanded the volume by another 10 pages. Since that time, Bill also produced a Second Edition for Alabama.

So we have now released 30 NEW volumes – Alabama and Minnesota through Wyoming, plus U.S. Territories and Indiana Second Edition.

To celebrate, we’re pricing all of the new 2017 volumes at 20% off, making them $15.16 (or $10 for the PDF eBook alone). As before, we’re throwing in a FREE instantly downloadable PDF eBook version with any paperback book being purchased. See my Super-Saver shipping note below.

To clear out the earlier printed books, those written between 2013 and 2017, FRPC has discounted the price 80%! That makes them only $3.79 each! We will most likely do Second Editions for those volumes sometime in the Fall or Winter. Note that if you only desire the PDF eBook alone, we’ve discounted them, Alabama through Michigan, by 60%, making them just $5. Again – this is for all volumes Alabama through Michigan.

To make this offer even more attractive, we’re offering Super-Saver (USA Only) USPS shipping on all 53 printed books. That’s $4.50 for the first book, and only 50 cents for each thereafter.

With the completion of this series of genealogical guides, William Dollarhide continues his long tradition of writing books that family historians find useful in their day-to-day United States research. Bill’s Name List guides give a state-by-state listing of what name lists, censuses, and census substitutes are available, where to find them, and how they can be used to further one’s research.

Censuses & Substitute Name Lists are key to success in any genealogical endeavor. Name lists, be they national, state, county, or even city or town in scope, can help nail down the precise place where one’s ancestor may have lived. And if that can be done, further records, usually found on a local level, will now be accessible to research. But success depends on knowing where the ancestor resided. This is where Dollarhide’s Name List guides can make the difference.

Not only do these this volumes give a detailed bibliography of Censuses and Substitute Names Lists available for each state, but links to websites, FHL book & microfilm numbers, archive references, maps, and key historical information make this volume invaluable to the researcher looking to extend their lines and fill in the family tree.

The following Censuses & Substitute Name Lists Guides, all written by William Dollarhide, may be purchased from Family Roots Publishing Co. Click on the appropriate links to purchase.

Volunteers at the Colorado Society of Hispanic Genealogy Help Others Locate Their Ancestors

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The following teaser is from the July 28, 2016 edition of TheDenverChannel.com:

DENVER – Many Colorado Hispanics who have reached retirement age aren’t ready to stop working. Some want to continue contributing to their community, so they do volunteer work.

Pat Manalo is one of them. She’s a genealogist at the Colorado Society of Hispanic Genealogy.

“In the 1970s, you asked your aunties and uncles about your family,” she said. “Now, there are other resources available.”

Manalo told Denver7 that she never got to retire. She said she’s still a fulltime homemaker, but added that that job gave her the opportunity to go to libraries and to other people’s homes, to learn about family histories.

“Back then, you did everything by charts,” she said. “Now, it’s a little easier because we have more resources and we have a computer.”

The society maintains a library at Christ the King Lutheran Church in Southwest Denver.

Society President Joe Gallegos said most of the reference materials are church records.

“They include baptisms, marriages, deaths and confirmations,” he said. “A lot of information is also available on the internet.”

Read the full article.

NGS Research in the States Series: Colorado

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“’Gold! Gold!! Gold!!! Gold!!!! Hard to Get and Heavy to Hold. Come to Kansas!’ read the headlines in 1858 when gold was discovered at the foot of the Rocky Mountains in the region later to be named Colorado. Thousands of adventurous souls reacted to such headlines by crossing the plains in wagons inscribed ‘Pikes Peak or Bust!’”

This Issue: NGS Research in the States Series: Colorado; written by Kathleen W. Hinckley.

“Men and women of commerce, gamblers, outlaws, runaway slaves, fancy ladies, and speculators followed closely behind the argonauts—the gold seekers. They organized settlements that included assayer offices, legal services, general stores, stables, saloons, and inns. These fledgling communities vied for the argonauts’ business and attracted morticians, journalists, doctors, and ministers—as well as government clerks who began the record and sources cherished by genealogists.” These are your Colorado ancestors

Each guide in this series offers a bit of history behind each type of record or resource as well as names and descriptions for specific archives.  For example, under the heading Ethnic Records, you will find the following:

“Germans were the largest group of early immigrants to Colorado, followed by Irish, English, Scandinavians (Swedish, Danes, and Norwegians), Scots, and Italians. Numerous printed sources offer histories of particular ethnic groups represented among the settlers of Colorado. The Colorado Magazine, for example, has published articles on African Americans, Chinese, Hispanics, Indians, German-Russians, Irish, Italians, Poles, and Swedes. The Helen Karrer Guide to the Colorado Magazine directs researchers to the appropriate articles.

“A unique way to get a glimpse of ethnic groups in Colorado in the early twentieth century is to study the index of…”

In the guide, each section is handled in like manner. Plenty of specific information on what records are available and where to find them.

About the Series

Beginning in 1987, the National Genealogical Society began publishing a series of state guides in the organization’s magazine, the Quarterly. These guides were later re-issued as special publications designed to support genealogical research in each state. Eventually those guides became outdated and out of print. The current set of guides represents a refresh of those publications, updated and improved for today’s traditional and digital research resources.

About the Authors

“Kathleen W. Hinckley, Certified Genealogist, is past president and honorary life member of the Colorado Genealogical Society.”  Currently, she is the executive director of the Association of Professional Genealogists and business manager of the International Society for British Genealogy and Family History. She has served in several key roles in many major societies and organizations, and has written at least two additional guides/books on genealogical research topics.

More About the State Guides (from the Introduction)

“Readers should be aware that every effort has been made to include current web addresses throughout the publication and all were verified immediately prior to release…”

“Two research facilities used by many genealogists are the Family History Library (FHL) and the National Archives and Records Administration (NARA). Most genealogists are familiar with the abbreviations used for these two facilities and they are used in these publications. Otherwise the use of abbreviations and acronyms is kept to a minimum.”

Table of Contents

Early History and Settlements

  • Early History
  • Settlement
  • Migration

Archives, Libraries, and Societies

  • Black American West Museum
  • Boulder Genealogical Society
  • Carnegie Branch, Boulder Public Library
  • Colorado Genealogical Society
  • Colorado Society of Hispanic Genealogy
  • Colorado Sate Archives
  • Denver Public Library Blair-Caldwell African American Research Library
  • Denver Public Library Western History & Genealogy Department
  • Lloyd Files Research Library–Museum of Western Colorado
  • Norlin Library–University of Colorado
  • National Archives–Rocky Mountain Region
  • Olibama Lopez-Tushar Hispanic Legacy Research Center
  • Penrose Library, Pikes Peak Library District
  • Robert Hoag Rawlings Public Library, Pueblo  City-County Library District
  • Rocky Mountain Jewish Historical Society
  • Stephen H. Hart Library, Colorado Historical Society

Major Resources

  • Atlases, Gazetteers, and Maps
  • Biographical Guides
  • Cemetery Records
  • Censuses and Census Substitutes
    • 1860 Territorial Censuses
    • 1861 Territorial Election Records
    • 1866 Territorial Enumeration
    • 1870 and 1880 Federal Censuses–Auxiliary or Non-Population Schedules
  • City and County Directories
  • Court Records
  • Ethnic Records
    • African American
    • Chinese from California
    • Germans from Russia
    • Hispanic
    • Japanese
    • Jewish
    • Native American
  • Land Records
    • Spanish and Mexican Land Grants
    • Mexican Land Records
    • Federal Land Records
    • County-Level Land Records
  • Military Records and Benefits
    • Federal Level Military Records
    • State Level Military Records
    • Grand Army of the Republic (GAR) Records
    • Colorado Veterans’ Grave Registration, 1862-1949
    • 10th Mountain Division Collection (WWII)
  • Naturalization Records
  • Newspapers
    • Colorado Obituary Project
    • Denver (Denver County)
    • Colorado Springs (El Paso County)
    • Longmont (Boulder County)
    • Mesa County
    • Pueblo (Pueblo County)
    • Weld County
  • Probate Records
    • Denver City and County
    • El Paso County
    • Pueblo County
  • Railroad Employee Records
  • Religious Records
    • Catholic (Roman)
    • Episcopalian
    • Methodist
  • Tax Records
  • Territorial Records
  • Vital Records
    • Birth and Death Certificates
    • Marriage and Divorce Records
  • Women of Colorado
  • Conclusion

These guides are an excellent resource for state by state research. Available guides, including NGS Research in the States Series: Colorado, are available from Family Roots Publishing.

Other guides in series reviewed to date (in alphabetical order):

New FamilySearch Database Collections as of October 19, 2015

The following is from FamilySearch:

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Apart from a very significant addition to the Italy Napoli Civil Registration (State Archive) 1809-1865 collection, this week is predominantly about new, free US marriages and passenger lists collections. Search marriage records from 11 states, including Louisiana Parish Marriages 1837-1957, New York County Marriages 1847-1848; 1908-1936, Ohio County Marriages 1789-2013, and Pennsylvania Civil Marriages 1677-1950. Check out all of the new collections below.

COLLECTION – INDEXED RECORDS – DIGITAL RECORDS – COMMENTS

Italy Napoli Civil Registration (State Archive) 1809-1865 – 0 – 1,628,616 – Added images to an existing collection
Russia Tatarstan Church Books 1721-1939 – 0 – 2 – Added images to an existing collection

UNITED STATES DATABASES
Colorado County Marriages 1864-1995 – 129,976 – 0 – Added indexed records to an existing collection
Iowa County Marriages 1838-1934 – 35,637 – 0 – Added indexed records to an existing collection
Kentucky County Marriages 1797-1954 – 331,212 – 0 – Added indexed records to an existing collection
Louisiana New Orleans Passenger Lists 1820-1945 – 1,340,028 – 0 – Added indexed records to an existing collection
Louisiana Parish Marriages 1837-1957 – 1,023,241 – 0 – Added indexed records to an existing collection
New Hampshire Marriage Certificates 1948-1959 – 96,665 – 0 – Added indexed records to an existing collection
New York County Marriages 1847-1848; 1908-1936 – 474,679 – 0 – Added indexed records to an existing collection
North Carolina County Marriages 1762-1979 – 794,839 – 424,145 – Added indexed records and images to an existing collection
Ohio County Marriages 1789-2013 – 79,936 – 0 – Added indexed records to an existing collection
Oklahoma County Marriages 1890-1995 – 49,517 – 0 – Added indexed records to an existing collection
Pennsylvania Civil Marriages 1677-1950 – 241,745 – 0 – Added indexed records to an existing collection
Tennessee County Marriages 1790-1950 – 8,307 – 0 – Added indexed records to an existing collection
United States Passport Applications 1795-1925 – 521,587 – 0 – Added indexed records to an existing collection
Vermont St. Albans Canadian Border Crossings 1895-1924 – 110,120 – 0 – Added indexed records to an existing collection
Washington County Marriages 1855-2008 – 328,604 – 0 – Added indexed records to an existing collection

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About FamilySearch International
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50% Off! $hide Name List-Census Substitute #Genealogy Books AL-KS with Free eBook & Super-Saver USA Shipping

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To celebrate the Christmas Season, FRPC is discounting all seventeen Dollarhide Name List printed books by 50%, making them just $9.48 each (including a FREE immediate download of the eBook). The eBooks themselves are also discounted 40%, making them just $7.50 (with no shipping charges). We’ve also put together a Super-Saver USA shipping arrangement for these books. The first book in an order ships for just $4 – and each book thereafter is only 50 cents each! Order 2 Name List books, shipping is $4.50; three books, just $5; four books, just $5.50. Mix or match your Name List books. All 17 books currently in print are included in the sale with no limits on numbers to be ordered. Dealer purchases are welcome. Sales are subject to books in stock and on hand, as reprinting of the volumes will take too long for Christmas sales. This offer is good through Christmas Eve, December 24, 2014.

Sorry – this offer is for USA sales only.

All Dollarhide state Name List books currently come with a FREE download of a PDF eBook. Upon placing your order, you will be able to download the FREE PDF eBook directly from the FRPC screen. You will also be sent an email from where you can click on the link and download the item. You can only download the PDF eBook once, so if you make your order from a computer other than your own, you might want to wait until you get to your computer and do the actual download from the email. Your book itself will be mailed by USPS media mail, and can be expected to arrive within 7 to 10 days within the United States.

After downloading the FREE full-color eBook, click on “File” in the Adobe Acrobat menu bar at the top of the screen, then click on “Save As,” and save to a location on your hard drive or other storage device.

William Dollarhide is best known as the co-author and cartographer of Map Guide to the U.S. Federal Censuses, a book of 393 census year maps, and one of the bestselling titles ever published in the field of genealogy. Mr. Dollarhide currently lives in Utah. He has written numerous guidebooks related to genealogical research.

With this series of genealogical guides, William Dollarhide continues his long tradition of writing books that family historians find useful in their day-to-day United States research. Bill’s Name List guides give a state-by-state listing of what name lists are available, where to find them, and how they can be used to further one’s research.

Name lists are key to success in any genealogical endeavor. Name lists, be they national, state, county, or even city or town in scope, can help nail down the precise place where one’s ancestor may have lived. And if that can be done, further records, usually found on a local level, will now be accessible to research. But success depends on knowing where the ancestor resided. This is where Dollarhide’s Name List guides can make the difference.

Not only does this volume give a detailed bibliography of Name Lists available for the state, but links to websites, FHL book & microfilm numbers, archive references, maps, and key historical information make this volume invaluable to the researcher looking to extend their lines and fill in the family tree.

These books are also available in an electronic PDF format also. See below – 40% off for this sale!

See Bill Dollarhide’s article, “What Are Name Lists?

The following Name List Guides, all written by William Dollarhide, may be purchased from Family Roots Publishing Co., and are being offered at 50% OFF FOR THIS CHRISTMAS 2014 PROMOTION:

  • Alabama

 

 

All 14 Dollarhide Name List books – Print & PDF eBooks Are On Sale for 20% Off – Sale extended through January 6

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FRPC has extended the sale of all 14 of the new Dollarhide Name Lists books, which are on sale for 20% off thorugh January 6. The sale includes both the printed volumes, as well as the PDF eBooks. Normally $18.95, the printed volumes are just $15.16, and include a FREE immediately downloadable PDF eBook of the same. The PDF eBooks alone normally sell for $12.50 – and are on sale for $10.00 each! All printed books currently come with a FREE download of the PDF eBook. Upon placing your order, you will be able to download the PDF eBook directly from the FRPC screen. You will also be sent an email from where you can click on the link and download the item. You can only download the PDF eBook once, so if you make your order from a computer other than your own, you might want to wait until you get to your computer and do the actual download from the email. Your book itself will be mailed by USPS media mail, and can be expected to arrive within 7 to 14 days within the United States.

After downloading the eBook, click on “File” in the Adobe Acrobat menu bar at the top of the screen, then click on “Save As,” and save to a location on your hard drive or other storage device.

The sale ends at midnight EST (not MST) January 6, 2014.

Books are now available for the states of Alabama through Illinois.

William Dollarhide is best known as the co-author and cartographer of Map Guide to the U.S. Federal Censuses, a book of 393 census year maps, and one of the bestselling titles ever published in the field of genealogy. Mr. Dollarhide currently lives in Utah. He has written numerous guidebooks related to genealogical research.

With this series of genealogical guides, William Dollarhide continues his long tradition of writing books that family historians find useful in their day-to-day United States research. Bill’s Name List guides give a state-by-state listing of what name lists are available, where to find them, and how they can be used to further one’s research.

Name lists are both censuses and census substitutes, and are key to success in any genealogical endeavor. Name lists, be they national, state, county, or even city or town in scope, can help nail down the precise place where one’s ancestor may have lived. And if that can be done, further records, usually found on a local level, will now be accessible to research. But success depends on knowing where the ancestor resided. This is where Dollarhide’s Name List guides can make the difference.

 Not only do these volumes give a detailed bibliography of Name Lists available for the state, but links to websites, FHL book & microfilm numbers, archive references, maps, and key historical information make this volume invaluable to the researcher looking to extend their lines and fill in the family tree.

The following Name List Guides, all written by William Dollarhide, may be purchased from Family Roots Publishing Co., the printed volumes, as well as the PDF eBooks alone all at a 20% discount with an immediately available PDF eBook during this sale: 

A Genealogist’s Historical Timeline for Colorado, 1541 – 2001

The following excerpt is from William Dollarhide’s new book, Colorado Name Lists, 1858 – 1998, with a selection of National Name Lists, 1600s – Present. Enjoy…
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For genealogical research in Colorado, the following timeline of events should help any genealogist understand the area with an historical and genealogical point of view:

1541. After months of searching for the Seven Cities of Gold from the Gulf of California and the Grand Canyon, and as far north as present Colorado and Kansas, Spanish Conquistador Vasquez de Coronado finally gave up, and headed back to Mexico via the southeastern corner of present Colorado. The route Coronado followed would later be called the Santa Fe trail.

1682. French explorer René-Robert Cavelier (Sieur de la Salle erected a cross near the mouth of the Mississippi River, claiming the entire Mississippi Basin for France, and naming the region Louisiana after King Louis XIV. The mostly unexplored Louisiana claim included all of present Colorado east of the Rocky Mountains.

1720. After several Spanish expeditions noted the existence of the river, the name Rio Colorado first appeared on a Spanish map in 1720. Colorado is Spanish for “red,” the color of the river water for most of its length.

1763. The Treaty of Paris ending the French and Indian War in North America removed France from Louisiana. The area west of the Mississippi River became Spanish territory, the area east of the Mississippi River became British territory.

1765. Spanish explorer Juan Maria Rivera led an expedition into the San Juan and Sangre de Cristo Mountains in search of gold and silver.

1776. Fathers Silvestre Velez de Escalante and Francisco Atanasio Dominguez searched for a new route from New Mexico to California, and in doing so, they explored parts of present southern Colorado and Utah.

1802. Napoleon defeated Spain in battle. As spoils of war, France took ownership of Louisiana again in exchange for a couple of duchies in northern Italy.

1803 Louisiana Purchase. The United States acquired Louisiana from France, a vast area which had as a legal description, “the drainage of the Mississippi and Missouri rivers,” including all of Colorado east of the Rocky Mountains. However, Spain disagreed with that description and still claimed much of the Louisiana tract, including most of present Colorado. From their base in Santa Fe, the Spanish vowed to vigorously defend the area from any American intruders.

1804. Lewis and Clark’s Corps of Discovery left St. Louis via the Missouri River in search of a passage to the Pacific Ocean. Soon after, Spanish troops were dispatched from Santa Fe to Colorado to intercept and arrest them, but Lewis and Clark found the route north of Colorado to be more convenient. They were well into present South Dakota by the time the Spanish troops finally gave up looking for them.

1806-1807. Captain Zebulon Pike and a party of about 20 U.S. soldiers were sent to explore routes across the area of the Louisiana Purchase to the Rocky Mountains. Pike crossed the Sangre de Cristo Mountains to the Conejos River in the San Luis Valley, where he built Pike’s Stockade. He was soon placed under arrest by Spanish troops and taken to Santa Fe; but he and his men were released after a short time, and escorted back to the Arkansas River. In 1810, Pike’s published narrative of his expedition was the first English language description of the Spanish culture in North America. It was a best seller in America and Europe, and became an important source of information to a new breed of would-be trappers curious about routes to the Rocky Mountains.

1819 The Adams-Onís Treaty set the boundary between American and Spanish territory, which included the Red River as the boundary between Spanish Texas and U.S., then north to the Colorado River as the division between the Spanish Province of Nuevo Mexico and U.S. Missouri Territory, and then north along the Continental Divide to the 42nd Parallel, and finally, west to the Pacific Ocean. Before the treaty, the Spanish claims were loosely defined as everything west of the Mississippi River to the Pacific Ocean and north to at least the 42nd Parallel. As a result of the treaty, the northeastern section of present Colorado was first recognized by Spain as part of the United States (the area east of the Continental Divide and north of the Arkansas River).

1820. Major Stephen H. Long was sent by President James Monroe to explore the present Colorado region of the Louisiana Purchase. Long’s party came by way of the Platte and South Platte Rivers. Long’s Peak was named for him. Dr. Edwin James, historian of Long’s expedition, led the first recorded ascent of Pike’s Peak. James Peak, west of Denver, was named for him. Before entering present Colorado, Long and James established the main route to the Rocky Mountains via the Platte River through present Nebraska, on what would become known as the Oregon Trail.

1821. Mexico gained independence from Spain and soon after, Mexico reaffirmed the 1819 Spanish-U.S. treaty line as the Mexican-American boundary. Mexican lands were from the Louisiana line at the Sabine River, including all of present Texas, New Mexico, Arizona, and California; all of present Utah and Nevada; and present Colorado west of the Continental Divide and south of the Arkansas River. Also in 1821, the first traders from the United States came into the Mexican Province of Nuevo Mexico via southeastern Colorado on what would become known as the Mountain Route of the Santa Fe Trail.

1825. Fur-traders, trappers and Mountain Men began operations in present Colorado, including the Bent brothers, Ceran St. Vrain, Louis Vasquez, Kit Carson, Jim Baker, James Bridger, Thomas Fitzpatrick, “Uncle Dick” Wooten, and Jim Beckworth. The first trading posts they established were located in either the Arkansas River Valley or the South Platte Valley.

1832. Bent’s Fort was built by the Bents and St. Vrain near the present city of La Junta. For anyone following the Colorado River from Fort Dodge, Bent’s Fort became an important stop on the Santa Fe Trail.

1836. The new Republic of Texas asserted a claim to all land east of the Rio Grande through present New Mexico and a narrow strip of mountain territory extending into present Colorado as far north as the 42nd parallel.

1841. Texas soldiers invaded Nuevo Mexico, but were never successful in taking political control away from Mexico.

1842. Lieutenant John C. Fremont undertook the first of his five exploration trips into the Rocky Mountains and beyond.

1845. As a condition of the annexation of Texas to the United States, the Texas Claim to parts of New Mexico and Colorado was taken over by the United States. A war with Mexico resulted from this action.

1846. General Stephen W. Kearney led troops along the Santa Fe Trail through southeastern Colorado en route to the conquest of New Mexico during the Mexican War. Kearney established the provisional New Mexico Territory, which operated under U.S. protection until officially established by Congress four years later. The provisional New Mexico Territory included a sizeable portion of present Colorado south of the Arkansas River.

1848 Mexican Cession. At the Treaty of Guadalupe Hidalgo ending the war with Mexico, the United States annexed the area of present California, Nevada, Utah, Arizona (north of the Gila River), New Mexico, and that part of Colorado west of the Continental Divide. The U.S. paid Mexico a sum of eighteen million dollars for an area that was over half of the Republic of Mexico and comparable in size to the Louisiana Purchase.

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1850. The 1850 Federal Census was taken in New Mexico Territory (Jun 1850) and Utah Territory (Apr 1851). New Mexico Territory included present Colorado south of the Arkansas River; Utah Territory included present western Colorado; and eastern Colorado was in the “Unorganized Territory” of the great plains. No population was returned from any of the Colorado areas.

1851. The first permanent white settlement in present Colorado was founded at Conejos in the San Luis Valley; irrigation was begun; and Fort Massachusetts was established. The settlement was actually in New Mexico Territory at its founding.

1853. In May, Captain John W. Gunnison led an exploring party across southern and western Colorado to survey a feasible route for a railroad through the Rocky Mountains. He was successful in mapping much of the area between the 38th and 39th parallels, but was killed in an Indian attack in October 1853. Much of Gunnison’s survey work was the completion of surveys begun by John C. Fremont’s 1847 expedition.

1854. Kansas and Nebraska Territories were established. Both extended from the Missouri River to the Continental Divide. The area of present Colorado was now within four U.S. Territories: Utah, New Mexico, Kansas, and Nebraska Territories.

1858. Green Russell’s discovery of placer gold deposits near the confluence of the South Platte River and Cherry Creek, precipitated a gold rush from the East. The “Pikes Peak or Bust” slogan began. Montana City, St. Charles, Auraria, and Denver City were founded. Pueblo was founded as Fountain City. Arapahoe County, Kansas Territory was organized.

1859. In October, Jefferson Territory was organized to govern the first mining camps and towns of present Colorado. Officers were elected, several counties were established, and in 1860, the territorial capital was established at Golden, where it would return in 1862 after Colorado City was named the first capital of Colorado Territory in 1861. Although the territorial government was never sanctioned by the U.S. Congress, Jefferson Territory operated with the consent of the local population. Also in this year, prospectors spread throughout the mountains and established camps at Boulder, Colorado City, Gold Hill, Hamilton, Tarryall, and Pueblo. Gold was found by George A. Jackson along Chicago Creek on the present site of Idaho Springs. John Gregory made his famous gold-lode strike on North Clear Creek, stimulating a rush of prospectors, who established camps of Black Hawk, Central City and Nevadaville.

1860. For the 1860 federal census, the U.S. Census Office ignored Jefferson Territory, but included an enumeration of any inhabitants of present Colorado as part of four U.S. territories: New Mexico, Nebraska, Kansas, and Utah Territories. Also in 1860, rich placer discoveries caused a stampede of miners to California Gulch at the present site of Leadville. The Colorado region continued to be administered by Jefferson Territory officials, Miners’ Courts, and People’s Courts. See the 1860 Colorado Map on page CO-10 (of the Colorado Name Lists book).

1861. After a successful invasion of the Rio Grande Valley by Confederate troops, the Confederate Territory of Arizona was declared with the capital at Mesilla. The territory included the southern half of present New Mexico and Arizona.

1861. In February, Colorado Territory was established by the U.S. Congress with the same boundaries as the present state, ending the ephemeral reign of Jefferson Territory. The first Colorado Territorial Assembly met, created 17 counties, authorized a university, and selected Colorado City as the capital. The wild west town of Colorado City was a bit too wild for even early Colorado, where saloons outnumbered churches 20 to 1. After a year, the capital was moved to Golden, about 15 miles from Denver. As part of the organic act creating Colorado Territory, a territory-wide census was required. In late 1861, the territory conducted a census as part of an election poll taken by each of the county assessors, the combined county name lists at the state archives now called the 1861 Poll Book for Colorado.

1862. Colorado troops were instrumental in defeating Confederate General Henry H. Sibley’s Army at La Glorieta Pass. The confederate control of New Mexico/Arizona ended, and the U.S. Territory of New
Mexico continued, including the parts of present Colorado south of the Arkansas River.

1863. Arizona Territory was created by the U.S. Congress. The northern boundary of Arizona Territory extended west to the California line, and included all of present Clark County, Nevada. When
Congress divided New Mexico Territory on the same meridian as Colorado Territory’s western line, the resulting map created the “four corners” of Colorado, Utah, Arizona, and New Mexico, still the only point in the U.S. where four states touch at their corners.

1866. A Colorado Territorial Census/Poll List was taken by county assessors. The lists included the names of all males over 21. Only two county lists survive.

1867. The Colorado Territorial capital was moved from Golden to Denver.

1870 Federal Census. Population of Colorado Territory at 39,864. Also in 1870, the Denver and Pacific Railroad was constructed to connect Denver with the Union Pacific at Cheyenne, Wyoming Territory.

1870-1886. The valley called North Park, which is in present-day Jackson County, Colorado, lies east of the Continental Divide, as shown on the 1860 map on page CO-10 (of the Colorado Name Lists book). The valley was not settled by whites in 1860 and 1870, but in 1870 was assumed by local officials to be part of Summit County. North Park in the 1880 and 1885 censuses was enumerated as part of Grand County, despite being claimed by Larimer. In 1886, the Colorado Supreme Court ruled that statutorily North Park had been in Larimer County since 1861.

1876. Colorado was admitted to the Union as the 38th State, one hundred years after the Declaration of Independence of the United States, hence, Colorado’s nickname became “The Centennial State.” The territorial capital of Denver became the state capital.

1880 Federal Census. Population of Colorado at 194,327.

1885. Colorado State Census was taken with federal assistance. This was the only state census taken in Colorado.

1900 Federal Census. Population of Colorado at 539,700. In 1900, Gold production reaches a peak of more than $20,000,000 annually at Cripple Creek, the second richest gold camp in the world.

2001 Broomfield County. The last county created in the U.S., in November, Broomfield County became the 64th and smallest county of Colorado.

From: Colorado Name Lists, 1858 – 1998, with a selection of National Name Lists, 1600s – Present.

Colorado Name Lists 1858-1998, with a selection of National Name Lists, 1600s – Present

According to Leland Meitzler:

“Name lists are key to success in any genealogical endeavor. Name lists, be they national, state, county, or even city or town in scope, can help nail down the precise place where one’s ancestor may have lived. And if that can be done, further records, usually found on a local level, will now be accessible to research. But success depends on knowing where the ancestor resided. This is where Dollarhide’s Name List guides can make the difference.”

What is the Real Value of Name Lists?

The short answer is greater than you think. The best answer to this question can be found in the following article by William Dollarhide: What are Name Lists?

 

What’s in the Colorado edition?

fr0219Continuing our review for each of William Dollarhide’s name lists books, we detail the contents of Colorado Name Lists 1858-1998, with a selection of National Name Lists, 1600s – Present. Currently, there are nine new names lists books, and we are providing details on each.

In this book, names lists are detailed in the following database categories (with 351 total links for the state of Colorado):

  • Territorial & State Census Records
  • State and County Court Records
  • Directories
  • State Militia Lists
  • State Veterans & Pensioners Lists
  • Tax Lists
  • Vital Records
  • Voter Lists

The contents of the Colorado section of the guide include:

  • 1860 Map of Pre-Territorial Colorado
  • Colorado Name Lists
  • Historical Timeline for Colorado, 1541-1900
  • Introduction to Colorado’s Territorial & Statewide Name Lists
  • Online Indexes at the Colorado State Archives
  • Bibliography of Colorado Name Lists, 1858-1998

Not only does this volume give a detailed bibliography of Name Lists available for the state, but links to websites, FHL book & microfilm numbers, archive references, maps, and key historical information make this volume invaluable to the researcher looking to extend their lines and fill in the family tree.

National Names Lists information included with every volume:

The National Names Lists have these categories (244 entries in all):

  • Federal Census Records
  • Immigration Lists
  • U.S. Military Lists
  • U.S. Veterans Records
  • U.S. Pension Records
  • National Vital Record

There are also a number of maps, including:

  • 1899 Alaska & Klondike Region
  • 1880-1940 Alaska Census Jurisdictions
  • 1763 British North America
  • 1784-1802 Western Land Cessions
  • 1790 United States
  • 1800 United States
  • 1810 United States
  • 1820 United States
  • 1830 United States
  • 1840 United States
  • 1850 United States
  • 1860 United States
  • 1870-1880 United States
  • 1890-1940 United States

This new series is bound to be a big hit with genealogists. Don’t forget, the introductory offer. If you order a print copy of the book you not only get 15% off, but you also will receive a FREE copy of the eBook version in  .PDF (Adobe Acrobat) format. The .PDF version is fully hyperlinked to take you quickly to each site, and can be viewed on any device or computer supporting Acrobat files, which is virtually every computer, laptop, tablet, and smart device on the market.

Order your copy of Colorado Name Lists 1858-1998, with a selection of National Name Lists, 1600s – Present while the deals are good, from Family Roots Publishing; Temporary Price: $16.11 for both the paper and electronic versions together. Or, get the eBook version alone for just $12.50.

A Review of the FamilySearch Colorado Statewide Marriage Index 1900-1939

My mother was born in Canon City, Colorado in 1911. The Feller family had moved to the area from Missouri in the 1880s and were well settled in by my mother’s birth. Mother was the daughter of Hazel Feller and Neal Cornett. However, when mom was about 5 years old, her parents separated (I never have found a divorce), and she and her little brother (Merle) were adopted by her Great-Uncle and Aunt, Fred and Rosa Feller. So mom officially became a Feller.

I noted a few days ago that the Colorado Statewide Marriage Index 1900-1939 was updated early in June, so thought it was about time I did a review of the site. The Marriage Index is actually a card index created by the Division of Vital Statistics, Department of Health in Colorado. The index is arranged alphabetically by groom’s name providing county, names of husband and wife, age, race, date and place of marriage, and certificate number. It should be noted that some cards are out of order, but if you’re using the FamilySearch Index instead of just browsing, this will not be an issue. There are 452,357 records and 907,007 images as of 7 June 2013, when the update was made.
For the purposes of this review, I chose to make a search for all those with the Feller surname for the entire time period of 1900 to 1939. I got 115 results, with the first 27 actually being for the surname, Feller. Of the 27, nine of them are my family, with a couple other possibilities. To see the page itself, click on the illustration below.

CO-Marriage-Index-1

Clicking on the link for Virginia Feller, I got the following index image (again, click on the image for to go to the site):
CO-Marriage-Index-2

The above screen led me directly to an image of the original index card for the marriage of Virginia Feller to Maynard Claussen. Maynard was mom’s first husband, who died young of Hodgkin’s disease. By clicking on “View Image,” I got the following:
CO-Marriage-Index-3

This is a great resource. Check it out for yourself.

There is also a Colorado, County Marriages, 1864-1995 Database at FamilySearch, which contains the imaged records of county marriages from Clear Creek, Fremont, Kit Carson, Logan, Moffat, Phillips, Saguache, Sedgwick, Washington, and Yuma counties. There were 49,690 images as of 15 June 2012, when the data was posted.

For those interested in Colorado research, I might also note that Dollarhide just completed a new Colorado Name Lists 1858-1998 volume, which gives lists census & census substitutes for the state. The are hundreds of references in the book. However, just links alone to online resources totals 351! Click on the link for more information. Click here to read Dollarhide’s new blog article, What are Name Lists?

Finally – if you have an interest in what Marriage Record Databases may be found at FamilySearch, see GenealogyBlog’s own “United States Marriage Documents & Indexes Found at FamilySearch.org.” There you will find an updated listing of 148 databases of marriage records, by state, with descriptive information and links.

9 New Dollarhide Research Guides (AL – DC) Now Available at Introductory Prices with FREE PDF eBook & Nearly 50% Savings!

Connecticut Name Lists
With this new exciting series of genealogical guides, William Dollarhide continues his long tradition of writing books that family historians find useful in their day-to-day United States research. Bill’s Name List guides give a state-by-state listing of what name lists are available, where to find them, and how they can be used to further one’s research.

As of today, there are currently nine new volumes in print, each coverng a different state. Alabama, Alaska, Arizona, Arkansas, California, Colorado, Connecticut, Delaware, and the District of Columbia are in print. Others will follow as published.

Name lists are key to success in any genealogical endeavor. Name lists, be they national, state, county, or even city or town in scope, can help nail down the precise place where one’s ancestor may have lived. And if that can be done, further records, usually found on a local level, will now be accessible to research. But success depends on knowing where the ancestor resided. This is where Dollarhide’s Name List guides can make the difference.

Not only does this volume give a detailed bibliography of Name Lists available for the state, but links to websites, FHL book & microfilm numbers, archive references, maps, and key historical information make this volume invaluable to the researcher looking to extend their lines and fill in the family tree.

To celebrate the introduction of these new research guides, Family Roots Publishing is, for a LIMITED TIME, offering them to the public at 15% off (Reg. $18.95 ea.) with a FREE fully-hyperlinked pdf eBook of the guide or guides available by download immediately upon purchase. That’s a savings of nearly 50% for the book and PDF eBook combined! Start your Name List research in any of these 9 states now! No waiting for the book itself to arrive!

Internet hyperlinks alone for each of the volumes is as follows:

  • Alabama – 400 links
  • Alaska – 270 links
  • Arizona – 298 links
  • Arkansas – 424 links
  • California – 415 links
  • Colorado – 351 links
  • Connecticut – 336 links
  • Delaware – 307 links
  • District of Columbia – 380 links

The National Name List portion of each book includes 244 links.

The following Name List Guides, all written by William Dollarhide, may be purchased today from Family Roots Publishing Co. Note that the pdf eBook link alone follows the listing for the book itself & a FREE pdf (download link sent immediately).

Click on the links below to read more about each book, including a table of contents, and/or to make a purchase. – or click on this link to go directly to the Dollarhide Name Lists section of Family Roots Publishing.

Alabama Name Lists 1702-2006, with a selection of National Name Lists, 1600s – Present

PDF eBook: Alabama Name Lists 1702-2006, with a selection of National Name Lists, 1600s – Present

Alaska Name Lists, 1732 – 1991, with a selection of National Name Lists, 1600s – Present

PDF eBook: Alaska Name Lists, 1732 – 1991, with a selection of National Name Lists, 1600s – Present

Arizona Name Lists 1684 – 2003, with a selection of National Name Lists, 1600s – Present

PDF eBook: Arizona Name Lists 1684 – 2003, with a selection of National Name Lists, 1600s – Present

Arkansas Name Lists, 1686 – 2005, with a selection of National Name Lists, 1600s – Present

PDF eBook: Arkansas Name Lists, 1686 – 2005, with a selection of National Name Lists, 1600s – Present

California Name Lists, 1700 – 2011, with a selection of National Name Lists, 1600s – Present

PDF eBook: California Name Lists, 1700 – 2011, with a selection of National Name Lists, 1600s – Present

Colorado Name Lists, 1858 – 1998, with a selection of National Name Lists, 1600s – Present

PDF eBook: Colorado Name Lists, 1858 – 1998, with a selection of National Name Lists, 1600s – Present

Connecticut Name Lists, 1600s – 2001, with a selection of National Name Lists, 1600s – Present

PDF eBook: Connecticut Name Lists, 1600s – 2001, with a selection of National Name Lists, 1600s – Present

Delaware Name Lists, 1609-1992, with a selection of National Name Lists, 1600s – Present

PDF eBook: Delaware Name Lists, 1609-1992, with a selection of National Name Lists, 1600s – Present

District of Columbia Name Lists, 1600s – 1997, with a selection of National Name Lists, 1600s – Present

PDF eBook: District of Columbia Name Lists, 1600s – 1997, with a selection of National Name Lists, 1600s – Present

Note that PDF eBooks alone are available above at a total cost of $12.50 each – with immediate download available upon purchase.

FamilySearch Adds More Than Half a Million Index Records and Images to New Ireland Calendar of Wills and Administrations Collection

The following is from FamilySearch:
FamilySearch.org
FamilySearch has recently added more than 2.7 million images from BillionGraves, Canada, Colombia, Ireland, Mexico, Philippines, Portugal, Spain, and the United States. Notable collection updates include the 544,966 index records and images from the new Ireland, Calendar of Wills and Administrations, 1858-1920, collection, the 731,428 index records and images from the BillionGraves Index, and the 452,357 index records from the U.S., Colorado, Statewide Marriage Index, 1900-1939, collection. See the table below for the full list of updates. Search these diverse collections and more than 3.5 billion other records for free at FamilySearch.org.

Searchable historic records are made available on FamilySearch.org through the help of thousands of volunteers from around the world. These volunteers transcribe (index) information from digital copies of handwritten records to make them easily searchable online. More volunteers are needed (particularly those who can read foreign languages) to keep pace with the large number of digital images being published online at FamilySearch.org. Learn more about volunteering to help provide free access to the world’s historic genealogical records online at FamilySearch.org.

FamilySearch is the largest genealogy organization in the world. FamilySearch is a nonprofit, volunteer-driven organization sponsored by The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. Millions of people use FamilySearch records, resources, and services to learn more about their family history. To help in this great pursuit, FamilySearch and its predecessors have been actively gathering, preserving, and sharing genealogical records worldwide for over 100 years. Patrons may access FamilySearch services and resources for free at FamilySearch.org or through more than 4,600 family history centers in 132 countries, including the main Family History Library in Salt Lake City, Utah.

Collection – Indexed Records – Digital Images – Comments

BillionGraves Index – 365,714 – 365,714 – Added index records and images to an existing collection.
Canada, British Columbia, Crown Land Pre-emption Registers, 1860-1971 – 0 – 2,408 – Added images to an existing collection.
Canada, Quebec, Notarial Records, 1800-1900 – 0 – 24,443 – Added images to an existing collection.
Colombia, Catholic Church Records, 1600-2012 – 0 – 68,596 – Added images to an existing collection.
Ireland, Calendar of Wills and Administrations, 1858-1920 – 518,567 – 26,399 – New indexed records and images collection.
Mexico, México, Civil Registration, 1861-1941 – 0 – 149 – Added images to an existing collection.
Philippines, Civil Registration (Local), 1888-1982 – 0 – 77,206 – Added images to an existing collection.
Portugal, Braga, Priest Application Files (Genere et Moribus), 1596-1911 – 0 – 94,902 – Added images to an existing collection.
Spain, Province of Barcelona, Municipal Records, 1583-1936 – 0 – 41,206 – Added images to an existing collection.
Spain, Province of Lérida, Municipal Records, 1319-1959 – 0 – 86,691 – Added images to an existing collection.
U.S., Colorado, Statewide Marriage Index, 1900-1939 – 452,357 – 0 – Added index records to an existing collection.
U.S., Idaho, Bonneville County Records, 1867-2012 – 0 – 87,557 – New browsable image collection.
U.S., Montana, County Naturalizations, 1856-1979 – 0 – 46,602 – New browsable image collection.
U.S., New York, Queens County Probate Records, 1785-1950 – 0 – 57,742 – Added images to an existing collection.
U.S., North Carolina, Civil Action Court Papers, 1712-1970 – 0 – 36,078 – Added images to an existing collection.
U.S., Pennsylvania, Pittsburgh City Deaths, 1870-1905 – 63 – 0 – Added index records to an existing collection.
U.S., Washington, County Records, 1856-2009 – 0 – 368,047 – Added images to an existing collection.

FamilySearch Adds Collection Updates to Australia, BillionGraves, Canada, Colombia, Dominican Republic, Luxembourg, Slovakia, Spain, & the U.S.A.

The following News Release is from FamilySearch.org dated January 15, 2013:

FamilySearch added an additional 7 million new, free indexed records and images this week to its collection. Notable additions include the 1,747,863 indexed records and images in the Slovakia Church and Synagogue Books collection from 1592-1910, the 1,308,956 indexed records from the United States General Index to Pension Files collection from 1861-1934, the 1,115,732 images for the Luxembourg Census Records collection from 1843-1900, and the 1,023,459 added to the United States Index to Passenger Arrivals, Atlantic and Gulf Ports, from 1820-1874. New searchable records were also added this week for Colombia and six states in the US collections. See the table below for the full list of updates. Search these diverse collections and more than 3.5 billion other records for free at FamilySearch.org.

Searchable historic records are made available on FamilySearch.org through the help of thousands of volunteers from around the world. These volunteers transcribe (index) information from digital copies of handwritten records to make them easily searchable online. More volunteers are needed (particularly those who can read foreign languages) to keep pace with the large number of digital images being published online at FamilySearch.org. Learn more about volunteering to help provide free access to the world’s historic genealogical records online at FamilySearch.org.

FamilySearch is the largest genealogy organization in the world. FamilySearch is a nonprofit, volunteer-driven organization sponsored by The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. Millions of people use FamilySearch records, resources, and services to learn more about their family history. To help in this great pursuit, FamilySearch and its predecessors have been actively gathering, preserving, and sharing genealogical records worldwide for over 100 years. Patrons may access FamilySearch services and resources for free at FamilySearch.org or through more than 4,600 family history centers in 132 countries, including the main Family History Library in Salt Lake City, Utah.

Collection – Indexed Records – Digital Images – Comments

Australia, Queensland Cemetery Records, 1802-1990 – 62,786 – 0 – Added index records to an existing collection.
BillionGraves Index – 103,261 – 103,261 – Added index records and images to an existing collection.
Canada, Merchant Marine Agreements and Accounts of Crews, 1890-1920 – 0 – 23,381 – Added images to an existing collection.
Colombia, Catholic Church Records, 1600-2010 – 0 – 111,662 – New browsable image collection.
Dominican Republic, Civil Registration, 1801-2010 – 0 – 91,250 – Added images to an existing collection.
Family Group Records Collection, Archives Section, 1942-1969 – 0 – 2,093 – Added images to an existing collection.
Luxembourg, Census Records, 1843-1900 – 0 – 1,115,732 – Added images to an existing collection.
Slovakia, Church and Synagogue Books, 1592-1910 – 1,729,549 – 18,314 – Added index records and images to an existing collection.
Spain, Diocese of Avila, Catholic Church Records, 1502-1975 – 17,593 – 0 – Added index records to an existing collection.
U.S., Colorado, Statewide Divorce Index, 1900-1939 – 0 – 82,674 – Added images to an existing collection.
U.S., Hawaii, Honolulu Index to Passengers, Not Including Filipinos, 1900-1952 – 255,042 – 452 – Added index records and images to an existing collection.
U.S., Indiana, Marriages, 1811-1959 – 48,867 – 0 – New indexed record collection.
U.S., Maryland, Register of Wills Books, 1629-1983 – 0 – 6,360 – Added images to an existing collection.
U.S., Ohio, County Marriages, 1789-1994 – 289,532 – 0 – New indexed record collection.
U.S., Washington, County Naturalization Records, 1850-1982 – 0 – 458 – Added images to an existing collection.
U.S., Washington, Seattle, Passenger Lists, 1890-1957 – 363,235 – 0 – Added index records to an existing collection.
United States, Civil War Widows and other Dependents Pension Files – 39,323 – 39,323 – Added index records and images to an existing collection.
United States, General Index to Pension Files, 1861-1934 – 1,308,956 – 0 – Added index records to an existing collection.
United States, Index to Indian Wars Pension Files, 1892-1926 – 51,709 – 0 – Added index records to an existing collection.
United States, Index to Passenger Arrivals, Atlantic and Gulf Ports, 1820-1874 – 1,023,459 – 0 – Added index records to an existing collection.
United States Social Security Death Index – 114,391 – 0 – Added index records to an existing collection.

Colorado Death Certificates Go Up to $20.

If you’re doing Colorado research, your cost for a death certificate just went up. Effective Aug. 1, the cost for death certificates went up to $20 for the first copy and $13 for additional copies of the same record ordered at the same time. This is an increase from $17 for the first copy and $10 for additional copies.

The change is a result of HB 12-1041 which directed the Office of Vital Records of the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment to begin providing electronic death records to vital records offices statewide. The improvement to the system allows customers to go to a vital records office in any county (or at the state office), and obtain a certified copy. Currently, the customer has to go to the vital records office in the county where the death was registered or the state office. The public will not be able to access death certificates electronically.

The above is from the August 9, 2012 edition of the Fruita Times. For more information, see the full article.

Colorado Raises Cost of Death Certificates

Here is an excerpt from an article out The Gazette, Colorado Springs:

Price of Colorado death certificates goes up Wednesday

July 31, 2012 11:29 AM
The Gazette

The price of a death certificate is going up beginning Wednesday to defray the cost of improvements to the electronic records system.

The cost for the first copy of a death certificate will be $20, up from $17. Additional copies of the same record, ordered at the same time, will be $13, up from $10.

Click here to read the full article.

Colorado State Archivist Terry Ketelsen Retires

The following excerpt is from the July 5, 2012 edition of the Denver Post.

The man who has helped safeguard many of Colorado’s most historical documents for nearly a half century has retired from state government.

State Archivist Terry Ketelsen, who had worked for the state for 45 years, retired last week at the age of 67.

Ketelsen’s job included maintaining documents as rare and valuable as the state 1876 constitution to tomes of records from courthouses. The state archives were created in the 1940s when then-Gov. Ralph Carr and his staff found documents collecting dust in the basement of the state Capitol and decided they needed to be preserved as a historical record.

Ketelsen’s work has brought him in contact with rare and interesting documents ranging from a letter from President Abraham Lincoln to a territorial governor and a letter from President Franklin Roosevelt after the start of World War II declaring tire rationing.

Read the full article.