“Researching Colorado: Gems From the Centennial State,” by Dina C. Carson

March 3, 2020 @ 7:00 pm – 8:30 pm

Researching in a frontier territory can be tricky, but not impossible. New tools have come along to help you find materials related to what would become Colorado when only explorers, Native Americans and mountain men roamed the plains. Once the gold rush began, more records were created, but figuring out where the records are, and what they were called can be challenging when the same spot in modern Colorado could have been in Kansas or Nebraska Territories, the extralegal Jefferson Territory, or eventually in the Colorado Territory. Something as simple as a Post Office can help you locate a long-gone mining settlement. Railroads once reached remote mining communities, but before there were railroads, there were toll roads and freighters who carried goods and ore along them. Brand books can help you locate cattlemen across the plains, and early newspapers show that Colorado had a diverse ethnic population. Even if you don’t have Colorado ancestors, come learn about how records were created and deposited to help you locate records in the places you are researching.