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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CU Trustees Minute Book

The Minutes of the Board of Trustees of the University of Colorado, 1870-1876 chronicles the establishment of the University, donation of land,  struggles with the legislature over funding, and efforts to raise funds in the community and beyond. The Minutes identify many of those involved in the building of the first building on the University campus, now affectionately known as Old Main.

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The Boulder County, Colorado District Court Civil Appearance Docket, 1878-1882 is a a brief synopsis of the cases heard before the District Court.

The majority of cases in this record are civil cases including a few guardianship cases, along with a few criminal cases.

There are quite a number of water rights cases along with a synopsis of who had water rights, for how much water, and in what order.

The first section of this book is a list of cases in the order that they appear in the ledger along with the case number, the primary plaintiffs and defendants in the case, as well as the cause of action, if one was given.

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Widow's Relinquishments

The Boulder County, Colorado District Court Widow’s Relinquishment, Volume 1, 1889–1926, and Volume 2, 1926–1937 record what household items and other property that were given to the widow as a part of her assignment of property from the estate before any debts were paid.

The records show the names of the deceased, the widow or orphan and the administrators or executors of the estate along with the judges and clerks who recorded each transaction.

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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.

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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.

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