The Superior School District (No. 1) was formed in 1863. Unfortunately, there aren’t any school census records for this district until 1876. Joseph Babcock was the Secretary for the district that year, and these were some of the families with children attending the school: Autrey, Babcock, Eggleston, Hake, Keef, Niver, Wilson and Wylam.


A welcome resource for genealogists who have exhausted local or state sources. Over 40,000 societies, museums, historical collections and archives listed. This useful reference books contains more than 22,000 genealogical and historical societies, 10,000 public and private libraries, archives and collections, and 15,000 historical, home, schoolhouse, pioneer and depot museums. Every state plus the District of Columbia is represented, along with the ten provinces and territories of Canada.

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The Boulder County, Colorado Probate Case Files Index: 1862–1978 is an index to the physical estate case files located at the Colorado State Archives. There are almost 20,000 estate case files listed in this index thanks to the work of staff at the Colorado State Archives and a tireless group of volunteers.

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Just released! Colorado’s Historical Assets: A Research Guide for Genealogists, Local Historians and History Buffs Containing a Treasure Trove of Museums, Ghost Towns, Courthouses, Historic Homes and Hotels, along with the Libraries and Archives Holding Colorado’s History
If you love Colorado history or do not know that you do … yet, you will enjoy this book. It is not a history lesson, rather a guide to help you research Colorado history so you can see it for yourself. If you have Colorado ancestors, this book is a road map to your family’s story. This book is full of information about Colorado you cannot find in any other single source.
Contains a chapter for each of Colorado’s 64 counties with information on:
Courthouses & County Government
County Records
County & Municipal Records Held at the State Level
School Districts
Historic School Districts
Fraternal Organizations
City Halls
Archives & Manuscript Collections
Historical & Genealogical Societies
Local Libraries
Historic Hotels
Museums & Historic Sites
Special Events & Scenic Locations
Ghost Towns & Other Sparcely Populated Places
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Suggested Reading
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Colorado's Historical Assets

New genealogical reference book available.


Map Your U.S. Research: A Workbook for Genealogists
This workbook is intended to help facilitate your locations-based research in the United States. Use the maps to see which counties you are researching at-a-glance. Then use the research notes pages to create a workable research plan. Take this handy workbook with you when you research as a reminder that county boundaries have changed over time. Even if your ancestors stayed in the same place, the county boundaries may have changed around them. Each state includes a list of all of the modern counties with their formation dates, the counties each was formed from, and the counties that were created from them. Often it is not a matter of whether there are records for your family, but discovering where they exist.
This workbook is an invaluable tool for genealogists who wish to take the next step in their research.
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Denver, Colorado Territory Wagon Sales & Repair Journal, 1867-1870: An Annotated Index


It appears that this merchant sold and repaired mostly Schuttler and Bain wagons that were brought in as far as they could by rail, most probably to the Cheyenne station, then driven to Denver by drayage companies. Among the items often repaired were yokes, rakes, tongues, boxes, bows, seatbacks and covers for the wagons.

The book includes accounts of a more personal nature as well, such as clothing he had on hand, including a fine black suit, a heavy beaver overcoat and a pair of Buffalo overshoes. Among the personal items he had on hand on 1 Jan 1868, were a watch and chain, gold and silver specimens, field glasses, Indian trinkets, a photograph album, four mountain scenes, an 8 inch Colt revolver and a pocket Derringer. On 31 December 1867, he subscribed to the Rocky Mountain News for $7.00, and lists his books, including a 2 Volume set of the Library of Mesmerism, Mines of Colorado, a Hand Book for Home Improvement, Esop’s [sic] Fables, Mayhew’s Book Keeping, a township map of Pennsylvania, and the History and Directory of Denver.

At some point, the book was given to most probably a daughter to use as a scrapbook of sorts, where she filled the first 30 or so pages with articles about homemaking, including a recipe for waterproof glue (adapted for Colorado), and advice such as that for “making sleeves of a different material for the dress as the effect is particularly good on women who are inclined to stoutness.”

Denver, Colorado Territory Wagon Sales & Repair Journal, 1867-1870: An Annotated Index

Colorado Territorial Penitentiary, Board of Managers Reports, 1871-1877: An Annotated Index of Marshals, Wardens, Guards, Board Members, Prisoners, and Local Businesses


The Colorado Territorial Penitentiary, Board of Managers Reports, 1871-1877: An Annotated Index of Marshals, Wardens, Guards, Board Members, Prisoners, and Local Businesses contains the names of the penitentiary’s first one hundred prisoners (including escapees), a physical description of the person, why they were in the penitentiary, which county sentenced them and where they were born.

In addition, the Board of Managers Reports included the services provided to the prison by local businesses, the names of each member of the Board, along with the names of US Marshals, wardens, guards, nurses and other personnel.

An inventory dated 1 Dec 1874 shows a prison (40’x70’), a guard’s sleeping apartment, a guard’s dining room and prison kitchen, the warden’s residence (brick, 6 rooms and hall, one outhouse and store house), a shoemaker’s shop (adobe with cellar), a carpenter’s show (wood 15’x20’), a blacksmith’s shop (wood 14’x17’), a stone cutter’s shop (wood, 15’x32’), two outhouses for general use, a bake oven (10’x12’), 360’ of stone embankment in front of the prison, 330’ of picket fence with 2 single gates and 1 double gate, 700’ of board fence around the garden, all on 40 acres of land.

Colorado Territorial Penitentiary, Board of Managers Reports, 1871-1877


Check out this new book about Gold Hill by my friend Chellee Courtney.


Digging Up Dirt: The Gold Hill Cemetery, Gold Hill, Colorado

I have learned that the Carnegie Branch Library for Local History is facing draconian cuts in staff and hours. David Farnan, the Boulder library director, is proposing that they cut the archivist’s position entirely, and that they scale back the hours at the library to a few hours one day a week, with a few more hours available only by appointment.

I believe that David Farnan deliberately kept this information from interested parties by telling staff that they were not allowed to discuss this situation with anyone until they had issued the press release, August 30th. The Library Commission meets on Wednesday, September 5th, at 6 PM in the Canyon Meeting Room at the main library. My understanding is that there is an opportunity for public comment at the beginning of the meeting, but that they aren’t expecting anyone to show … by design. I believe that they are planning to meet and make this decision final without anyone who is interested in local history knowing. It would be great if we could have many people show up to the meeting on Wednesday evening.

I know that you’re interested in local history, and I’m hoping you will help. Please make a phone call, write an email or a letter to the editor. Every voice counts if we’re to save public access to the Carnegie Library.

Below is the contact information for the library director, the Library Commission members, the Boulder City Council (who will hold a budget meeting on September 11th), the County Commissioners (because this decision affects people in the County as well as the City), and the email for the letters to the Editor at the Boulder Daily Camera.

The Carnegie Branch Library holds most of the archival material necessary for local history research … we can’t just let this library director shutter the library.
Boulder Library Director
David Farnan, 303-441-3104,
Library Commission Members
Jane Sykes Wilson,
Joni Teter, 303-499-8970,
Joel Koenig, 720-979-1104,
Tim O’Shea,
Juana Gomez, 303-499-9505,

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Boulder City Council
General Contact: 303-441-3002

Mayor Suzanne Jones, 720-633-7388,
Mayor Pro Tem Aaron Brockett, 720-984-1863,
Bob Yates, 720-310-5829,
Cindy Carlisle, 303-434-1456,
Jill Adler Grano, 303-917-6810,
Lisa Morzel, 303-815-6723,
Mary D Young, 303-501-2439,
Mirabai Kuk Nagle, 303-818-4128,
Sam Weaver, 303-416-61340,

Boulder County Commissioners

Cindy Dominico
Deb Gardner
Elise Jones

Boulder Daily Camera Letters to the Editor email: