Colorado Histories

Praise for CHNC and some Genealogy Tips

The Colorado Historic Newspapers Collection has been named one of the 101 Best Genealogy Websites for 2014 by Family Tree Magazine.  Many people use CHNC for genealogy research, so this seems like a good time for a few family history searching tips:

Remember that articles about milestones (birth, death, marriage) were probably not published the date the event happened.  Check the newspapers for the general time period instead.

Durango's First Baby
Saguache Chronicle
June 3, 1881
Note: The baby was born on January 31; the news was re-published in a nearby newspaper on June 3.

Early newspapers did not always include column headings like "births" or "obituaries," so try searching by last name instead of "Smith" and "obituary." Sometimes, an obituary may not even include the word "died."

Gen. Dave Cook Suddenly Summoned
Fort Collins Courier
May 1, 1907
"A few minutes after the first symptoms of approaching death he entered into the valley of the shadow. "

First names were seldom used for married women. Typically, the husband’s first name was used: Mrs. J. J. Brown vs. Molly Brown

First names and titles were often abbreviated to save time and space, (Jas. = James, Geo. = George, Gen. = General), so try searching by just last name.

Posted by Mary on Jul. 28, 2014

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