Boulder County Probate Records

The Boulder County, Colorado, County Court Probate Record, Vol 1, 1875-1884 records the activities of a decedent’s estate including, the settlement, any guardianship of minors, the names of heirs, who held the will, the witnesses to the will, the bond sureties for the executor, any debtors or creditors to the estate, what claims were pain, what debts were uncollectible and who the deceased’s attending physician was. The record may also include the actual death date of the estate owner, and the birth dates of minors showing whether they were over or under age 14 for the purposes of assigning a guardian.

Available at: http://www.irongate.com/pages/Probate_Vol1.html

Boulder County Will Record

This record book is made up of pre-printed forms that a clerk could use to record wills. Each record names the deceased, the petitioner who is bringing the will to the probate court, and the names of the witnesses and executors to the will.
The decedent’s date of death is recorded in a section entitled Proof of Death. The will was recorded (copied from the original by the clerk), and signed by the executor, the clerk and the probate judge.

Available at: http://www.irongate.com/pages/Will_Record_VolA.html

Early Land Owners Along the St Vrain Creek

The Early Land Owners Along the St. Vrain Creek, Colorado Territory, 1860-1861 is comprised of the recorded land records from four different sources of the same area and time period.
The Record Book of Franklin Township Land Claims (along St Vrain Creek), 1860.
The Record Book of Troy District Land Claims (along St Vrain Creek), 1861
The St Vrain’s Land Club’s Land Claims, 1861
The St Vrain County Land Claims, 1858-1861

These original land club claims records are available for research in the Carnegie Branch Library for Historical Research in Boulder, Colorado and the archives of the Denver Public Library in Denver, Colorado.

The men and women in these claims were among the first to build cabins and begin farming and ranching in what is now Boulder and Weld Counties, Colorado.

Available at: http://www.irongate.com/pages/St_Vrain.html

Guardians Bonds

The Boulder County, Colorado, District Court Guardians Bonds, Vol. A, 1876-1902 is a District Court record of the men and women who posted bonds in their roles as guardians for children who were due an inheritance. Often a surviving parent would petition to act as the guardian of their own children, but sometimes guardians were assigned by the court if the child was under the age of 14. Minors over the age of 14 were allowed to choose their own guardians during this period. The journal names the deceased, often details the relationships between the deceased and his or her heirs, frequently gives the ages of the children at the time of the bond hearing and occasionally gives the child’s exact birthdate. The journal also names the guardians, the sureties, the judges who heard the cases, and the clerks who recorded the bonds.

Available at: http://www.irongate.com/pages/guardian_1876.html

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The Boulder County, Colorado Probate Court Fee Book, 1874-1890 records the fees paid to and by the estates of the probate cases listed in the book. The records show the names of the deceased and the administrators or executors of the estate along with the judges and clerks who recorded each transaction. Oftentimes, guardians were assigned to children under the age of 14 even if a parent was still living to ensure that any inheritance was protected and preserved for the child. Minors over the age of 14 had the right to request their own guardian. The journal also shows the names of debtors who owed an estate money, and the creditors who were paid by the estate.

Available at: http://www.irongate.com/pages/probate_fee_1874.html

Brainard's Hotel Register 1880

This index of the hotel’s register gives the names of hotel guests, their residence, the date of their stay, the meal service and what room number they were given. Each guest register page is separated by a blotter page with advertisements for businesses. Some of the more notable events are the P.T. Barnum’s Show stay on August 1st to 3rd, and the hotel’s reception given to former President Ulysses S. Grant and his wife on August 21st, where more than one hundred guests were treated to a ten course dinner, cocktails and desserts while being entertained by the Cremona Park Brass Band of Denver. Some of the more notable signatures in the register are those of Philadelphia financier Charles Yerkes, businessmen Herman and Charles Boettcher, and Colorado Governor John L. Routt.

Available at: http://www.irongate.com/pages/brainards_hotel.html

The original records of the Boulder City Town Company show the initial land lottery of 11 Aug 1859 along with the sale and transfer of different lots beginning just after the town’s beginning on 10 Feb 1859 until 1864. This map index details the land sales and shows each lot sold or transferred. Because no original survey map of Boulder City exists, a map was created using the plat map of 1864, an 1868 map that shows a partial view of downtown, and the 1871 and 1887 maps that use the old numbering system from the original survey. None of the extant maps shows the entire original survey, but the blocks and block numbers of the created map are almost exactly the same. The two exceptions are an unnumbered block where the courthouse stands currently (between 13th and 14th Streets, and Pearl and Spruce Streets), and an unnumbered block between 16th and 17th Streets, and Hill [now Mapleton] and Bluff Streets. I believe these two lots were intended to be left unnumbered and used as public squares—one for the courthouse, the other for a school, perhaps. This book shows each land sale along with a mini-view of the block in question with the street names along all four sides of the block for reference.
ISBN 978-1-879579-87-3        $15.95 + $4.00 S&H, available here.

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