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The Genealogy Collection, begun in 1910 under the direction of City Librarian Chalmers Hadley, offers an extensive collection of genealogical and historical sources numbering about 60,000 volumes and 75,000 pieces of microform, as well as magazines, charts, clippings, and manuscripts. The Library also has many useful online Genealogy Resources.

This constitutes the largest collection in the Rocky Mountain area, and the second largest between the Mississippi River and the West Coast. The Genealogy Collection is the official depository of materials from the Colorado Genealogical Society, the Colorado Council of Genealogical Societies, Colorado Chapter of Palatines to America, the Colorado Chapter of the Ohio Genealogical Society, the Olibama Lopez Tushar Hispanic Heritage Research Center, and Wales, Ireland, Scotland, England Family History Society, as well as many hereditary and patriotic societies.

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The Genealogy Collection is primarily a U.S. research collection. The past few years have seen an emphasis on acquiring Southern, African American, American Indian, and Hispanic resources. There is a sizable number of works on Great Britain and Europe. Special features of the Collection include:

  • Obituary indexes, 1939 to the present, for The Denver Post and the Rocky Mountain News
  • Index to Obituaries from Various Colorado Newspapers, (1950s - 1990)
  • Index of Funeral Notices, Obituaries, and News Articles from The Colorado Statesman Newspaper, (African American, 1904-1954)
  • Colorado Index to Marriages and Divorces, 1900-1939 and 1975-current
  • Naturalization Records - Denver (1877-1952)
  • Indian Census Rolls, 1885-1940 and Dawes Rolls, 1898-1914

    Some of the Genealogical publications at the Denver Public Library

    The Library's E-Branch - Genealogy page has many useful resources, and the Western History Photo Database has thousands of named subjects. Find out about classes, discussions, and other genealogical learning opportunities at the Western History / Genealogy Department, see our Events Calendar.

    The Library has many useful online Genealogy Resources.
    For Research Questions, Ask Us.


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