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Colorado Repositories


Archives/Libraries
Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment: Birth, Death, and Other Vital Records website for retrieving vital records. Includes applications for death records for the entire state 1900 to present. Certified copies of birth certificates are available in the county where birth occurred for birth years 1910 to present. Marriage records for the entire state are available for 1900 to 1939, and 1975 to present. Verifications for the years 1940 to 1974 are not available from this office and must be obtained from the county where the license was obtained. Dissolution (divorce, separation and annulment) records for the entire state are available for 1851 to 1939 and 1968 to present. Verifications for the years 1940 to 1967 are not available from this office and must be obtained from the county where the dissolution was decreed. Some county vital records predate this office's collection and should be contacted directly.

Colorado State Archives: Search the Historical Records Database by name, county, time span or record type (over 450,000 entries and growing including the Statewide Divorce Index 1880-1939). Includes numerous holdings including 1870 Federal Census Records, Bar Admission Files 1899-1950, Birth Records (Pre-1907), Civil War Casualties, Colorado Court of Appeals 1891-1911, Denver Death Index 1870-1905, Divorce Records, Inheritance Tax Record, Land Patent Records, Old Age Pension, Probate Records, School Records, Teacher Certificate Applications, Teacher Experience Records, and Vietnam War Casualties.

National Archives and Records Administration (NARA) Rocky Mountain Regional Facility archival holdings include federal population censuses for all states, 1790-1930, indices for the 1880, 1900, 1910, and 1920 censuses, ship’s passenger lists, and Colorado naturalizations.

History Colorado: The holdings of the Stephen H. Hart Library include the largest newspaper collection in Colorado for birth, marriage and death records; books, maps, architectural drawings to identify early buildings; private and business correspondence, family albums, photographic prints, postcards, city directories, magazines and newspapers, and a wealth of other historical resources. Online library catalog, other indices and services available.

Denver Public Library (DPL) Western History and Genealogy Department website includes an online catalog, access to WorldCat for interlibrary loan, photography collection, historical maps and a variety of microfilmed indices. Collection on 5th floor at DPL Central Branch has extensive book collection for researching family history.
 
 
 
Denver Area Family History Centers (Mormon Libraries):
  • Arvada: 7080 Independence 303-421-0920
  • Aurora: 950 Laredo 303-367-0570
  • Boulder: 701 W South Boulder Road 303-665-4685
  • Brighton: 1454 Myrtle 303-659-8489
  • Columbine: 6705 S Webster 303-973-3727
  • Denver: 2710 S Monaco (at Yale) 303-756-0220
  • Golden: 610 Coors St 303-233-6304
  • Lakewood: 6465 W Jewell 303-935-3003
  • Littleton: 1939 E Easter Ave (just West of Southglenn Mall) 303-798-646
  • Louisville: 701 S Boulder Rd 303-665-4685
  • Northglenn: 100 E Malley Drive 303-451-7177
  • Parker: 7160 Bayou Gulch Rd 720-851-0916

Newspapers/Journals  

Intermountain Jewish News (IJN) – Published since 1913, online index for 2000-present. Morgue can be visited in person. (303) 861-2234.

Denver Post Archives - Published since 1892, all issues on microfilm. Archives online since 1993. The entire Post from 1895 to present is also available on microfilm at the Western History and Genealogy Department of the Denver Pu blic Library's Main Branch in downtown Denver.

Rocky Mountain News - Published 1859-2009. 1860-1922 searchable on Genealogy Bank. 

The Jewish Outlook – A weekly journal devoted to the Jewish communities of the Rocky Mountain Region in 10 volumes 1903-1911.  Vols. 1-4 in hardcopy and vols. 5-11 on microfilm held at the Denver Public Library.

Historic Colorado Synagogue Still in Operation

Note: For a complete listing of all synagogues currently operating in Colorado, check http://jewishcolorado.org.

Temple Emanuel – Founded in 1873, Reform, 51 Grape St., Denver, CO 80220, 303/388-4013

BMH-BJ Congregation – Founded in 1895, Orthodox, 560 S. Monaco Pkwy, Denver, CO 80224-1227, 303/388-4203

Hebrew Educational Alliance (HEA) – Founded in 1932, Conservative, 3600 S. Ivanhoe St., Denver, CO 80237, 303/758-9400

Temple Shalom – Jewish community created in 1895, Reform and Conservative, 1523 E. Monument St., Colorado Springs, CO 80909, 719/634-5311

Colorado Jewish Cemeteries

NOTE: All data from Jewish gravestones in the following Colorado cemeteries have been indexed by JGSCO volunteers and added to the JewishGen Online Worlwide Burial Registry (JOWBR) where you can search free by name and/or cemetery. 

Denver: Rose Hill Cemetery (burials 1892-present): 303/288-1414, 6841 E. 62nd Ave., Commerce City, CO 80022. Established 1891 as United Hebrew Cemetery Association. @7,000 graves. 100% Jewish. 

Denver: Mount Nebo Cemetery (burials 1904-present): 303/366-8264, 11658 East Colfax Ave., Aurora, CO 80010. Owned by BMH-BJ Congregation since 1898. 100% Jewish. 6000-7000 graves.

Denver: Golden Hill Cemetery (burials 1908-present): 303/237-0573, 12000 W. Colfax Avenue, Lakewood, CO 80215. Established as West Side Benevolent Society. 3787 Burials. 100% Jewish.

Denver: Emanuel at Fairmount Cemetery (burials 1911-present): 303/399-0692, 430 South Quebec St., Denver, CO 80231. Founded in 1911 and still owned by Congregation Emanuel.  About 6% of all burials are Jewish. 1000+ Jewish graves. 

Denver: Pioneer Cemetery “Old Jewish Section” (burials 1867-1910): Located east of Cheesman Park.  Most Jewish bones and gravestones moved to Fairmount, Riverside, Golden Hill and Rose Hill Cemeteries in early 1900s.

Denver: Riverside Cemetery (1896-1901): 303/293-2466. 5201 Brighton Blvd., Denver, CO 80216. Less than 1% of all burials are Jewish. 7 gravestones survive.  Plot book available for review but does not contain burials transferred from Old Jewish Section at Pioneer Cemetery. Affiliated with Congregation Emanuel and Fairmount Cemetery. 

Aspen: Red Butte Cemetery 
Boulder: Green Mountain Cemetery 
Boulder: Mountain View Cemetery 
Colorado Springs: Evergreen Cemetery Sons of Israel 
El Paso: Jewish Cemetery  
Fort Collins: Rose Lawn Cemetery 
Grand Junction: Congregation Ohr Shalom Cemetery 
Greeley: Beth Israel Congregation 
Greeley: Linn Grove Cemetery 
Leadville: Jewish Cemetery 
Pueblo: B'nai Jacob Cemetery  
Pueblo: Rose Lawn Cemetery 
Steamboat Springs: Municipal Cemetery 
Trinidad: Congregation Aaron Cemetery 
Trinidad: Masonic Cemetery

Jewish Funeral Homes 

Feldman Mortuary – Serving 1936-present - 303/322-7764, 1673 York, Denver, Colorado 80206.  Records available – recent burials listed on website. 100% Jewish.

Horan and McConaty Shalom Funeral Services – Serving 1998-present – 303/504-6266.

Always With You, Inc. – Serving 2003-present - 303/283-1700, services conducted in Russian, Yiddish, and Polish – clientele mostly immigrants – records available to genealogists.  100% Jewish.

Jewish Memorial and Gravestone Cutters 

Erickson Monuments – Serving 1925-present - 303/571-5151 – records available to genealogists.

Norman’s Memorials Inc. – Serving 1912-present – 303/422-3425.

Fairmount Monuments and Memorials – Serving 1988-present - 303/399-0692.

Ted Ruskin Memorials – Serving 2003-present - 303/738-1755 or 303/246-8221. 

Watson Memorial Company – Serving 1897-2011. Records began 1970.