Boulder County, Colorado District Court, Grand Jury Records, 1867-1922: An Annotated Index

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The Boulder County, Colorado District Court, Grand Jury Records, 1867-1922  is an annotated index of the records of District Court requesting men for service as grand jurors. Grand Jurors were summoned to examine cases in order to issue indictments but they were also used to examine public financial records and the safety of public buildings. Several special cases are found in this record set, including those investigating “considerable lawlessness especially in the illicit traffic of liquor and gambling,” and the Grand Jury statements of May Bradford Oles who was the adopted daughter of Andrew J Macky (a prominent Boulder citizen) and her attempt to claim a part of his large estate.

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June 2, 2017

Boulder County, Colorado District Court, Petit Jury Records, 1867-1936: An Annotated Index

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The Boulder County, Colorado District Court, Petit Jury Records, 1867-1936 is an annotated index of the District Court’s call for men to serve as petit jurors mostly for trials, but occasionally for coroner’s inquests. There are more than 20,000 entries during this time period. Often the record gives the place where the juror lives and the miles from his home to the courthouse. Many records indicate that a potential juror was “not a resident,” which could mean that the person lived outside of the county (even just across the county line), or that the person was away from home, had moved to a new location within the county or had moved from the area. Some records give specific details as to why the juror cannot be located or cannot serve.

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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.

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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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New book. Boulder County, Colorado Teachers, 1878-1900: An Annotated Index has been compiled from the annual reports to the Superintendent of Public Instruction. The introduction lists the 66 school districts in Boulder County prior to 1900. This book includes the names, years and school districts where each teacher taught.

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New book. Boulder County, Colorado District Court Execution Docket, 1875-1885: An Annotated Index is a register of the court asking the sheriff to execute the judgment of the court. It’s an interesting look at the winners and losers of both civil and criminal cases, and the actions taken to satisfy the court’s judgment against the losers.

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The Boulder County Commissioner’s Journal, 1871-1874, continues where the first Journal left off. Citizens in Boulder built new roads and fixed up old ones, paid for the care and keep of paupers, and maintained law and order. The County Commissioners hired and paid for work on behalf of the county, chose grand and petit jurors, appointed road viewers and overseers, and took applications for business licenses. If you had ancestors in Boulder during this time period, chances are pretty good that they’re mentioned in this journal.

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