African American Resources for Colorado

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Introduction[edit | edit source]

A list of resources for researching African American ancestors that lived in Colorado.

Online Resources[edit | edit source]

Record Collections

  • 1853-2006 Colorado Statewide Marriage Index, 1853-2006 at FamilySearch
  • 1876-2004 Riverside Cemetery African-American burials, 1876-2004 - database of African American cemetery records between 1876 and 2004.
  • 1904-1954Colorado Statesman: index of funeral notices, obituaries, and news articles: 29 October 1904 - 17 April 1954 - an index of funeral notices, obituaries, and news articles in the African American community between 1904 and 1954.
  • African American Digital Bookshelf - a growing list of digital books on FamilySearch and other websites
  • Lists of Sources

  • Colorado Genealogy - list of various genealogical collections for Colorado
  • Research Strategy[edit | edit source]

    History[edit | edit source]

  • Black Settlers of the Pikes Peak Region, 1850-1899. - Colorado Springs, Colo.: Negro Historical Association of Colorado Springs, 1986. - 34 p. : ill., ports.F782.P63 B58 1986
  • Westward Soul. [compiled and edited by Fray Marcos Purdue and Paul W. Stewart, in association with the research staff of the Black American West Foundation Museum]. - Historic centennial bicentennial ed. - Denver: Black American West Foundation, 1976 - . - ill. E185.93 C6 P87 FHL book 978.8 L532p
  • Resources[edit | edit source]

    Biographies[edit | edit source]

    Cemeteries[edit | edit source]

    Census Records[edit | edit source]

    • Colorado State Census, 1885 - lists name, race, gender, age, relationship to head of household, marital status, occupation, and nativity.

    Church Records[edit | edit source]


    • Zion Baptist Church (1865-) History
    • Shorter AME African Methodist Episcopal Church (1868-) History

    Emancipation Records[edit | edit source]

    Funeral Homes[edit | edit source]

    Genealogies[edit | edit source]

    Land and Property[edit | edit source]

    Plantation[edit | edit source]

    Oral Histories[edit | edit source]

    Other Records[edit | edit source]

    Military Records[edit | edit source]

    Newspapers[edit | edit source]

    Probate Records[edit | edit source]

    Reconstruction Records[edit | edit source]

    Freedman’s Bank[edit | edit source]

    Freedmen's Bureau[edit | edit source]

    School Records[edit | edit source]

    Slavery Records[edit | edit source]

    Vital Records[edit | edit source]

    Birth[edit | edit source]

    Marriage[edit | edit source]

    Death[edit | edit source]

    Divorce[edit | edit source]

    Voting Registers[edit | edit source]

    Archives and Libraries[edit | edit source]

    Blair-Caldwell African American Research Library
    Denver Public Library: Genealogy, African American & Western History Resources
    2401 Welton St
    Denver, CO 80205
    Phone: (720) 865-2115
    Website: Blair-Caldwell Library

    Societies[edit | edit source]

    References[edit | edit source]