Building a detailed, well-documented and well-researched family tree can be fun and enlightening for the entire current generations of the family. Colorado genealogy records, like many other states, are accessible through various county and state locations and on the internet.
Perhaps you would like to begin your family tree research with Colorado genealogy records. If this is the case, then you can definitely begin your search online. The state of Colorado's Department of Personnel and Administration website has a very helpful section in this regard. It will be worth your while to visit the Colorado State Archives Family History Page. There you can access vital records, city directories, corrections records, and business incorporations.
If you wish to find the birth and death records of ancestors prior to the 20th century, you are in luck. The Colorado State Archives contain thousands of these records on microfiche. Local registrars are likely to be of the most help to you in your genealogical research.
Adoption records are also a valuable resource if you are investigating Colorado genealogy records. This is not only important if you yourself were adopted, but if someone in the generations before you was adopted. If you know for certain that you or a deceased relative adopted someone or they themselves were adopted, you may be able to locate a public record that can verify this information. As a matter of fact, these documents could lead you to a completely different family history path. If you are interested, you may want to study the biological links and trace that family history back as well to see what type of ethnicity your family is mixed with.
In general, when you are conducting this type of research, you should keep in mind that there are two types of sources that you can use to gather information from. If is good to have an understanding of these types of resources because you can find information related to your family in place that you did not consider looking before. There are original, also called primary sources, and there are secondary sources.
Original sources are documents or digitized files that are direct points of reference. Original sources, primary records, include vital records such as birth certificates, death certificates, marriage licenses and divorce decrees. Personally written records such as memoirs, diaries, and journals as well as deeds and wills are also considered primary documents. Certain public records such as those from the government, military, and immigration are also original sources. Institutional records, for example, those coming from the cemetery, a church or a school also fall under this category.
Secondary source materials are indirect points of reference, meaning that these resources reference original sources and they are not original sources themselves. You might find other genealogies done by someone else in your family or newspapers, directories, abstracts, or transcripts of records. These would fall under the secondary source category.
You can gather information from both primary and secondary resources to compile a complete family tree, and many of these can be located online.
A family's past can be a key to its future. Stories about our ancestors provide anecdotes and offer comfort. For those who are searching for a family, genealogy research offers a sense of being.
Colorado has a rich history that can lead to a genealogical gold mine. The Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment oversees the Vital Records Section which keeps most of the important records in the state. This is the best place to start searching for Colorado genealogy records.
The Office of the State Registrar of Vital Statistics has, since 2003, kept a website where any member of the public can access marriage or divorce records. As a result of growing concern about identity theft, though, vital records are now treated as confidential. For records prior to 2003 which are not accessible via the website, the best method for obtaining a marriage certificate or dissolution decree is either through the county clerk's office (if you know the county), the Denver Public Library, or the Colorado State Archives.
Local registrars are typically the best sources for early birth and death records in Colorado. A microfiche index of Colorado births from 1863-1899 is available at the Colorado State Archives. More current birth and death records are available either by ordering over the website or in person at a County Clerks and Recorders office. Colorado genealogy records are relatively easy to search.