If your ancestors hailed from Colorado, you do not want to miss the Colorado Historic Newspapers Collection:

Newspapers are one of the most versatile and heavily used sources of information for researchers, genealogists, students and the general public. Feature stories, society news, classified and picture advertisements, school and church announcements, news from surrounding towns, editorials and cartoons, all give the reader the sense of “being there.” Often the papers contain historical information that is not available in any other source.

About Colorado Historic Newspapers from 1859 to 1923

The Colorado Historic Newspapers Collection (CHNC) currently includes more than 500,000 digitized pages, representing 163 individual newspaper titles published in Colorado from 1859 to 1923. Due to copyright restrictions, CHNC does not generally include newspapers published after 1923.

Ongoing support for maintaining and providing access to CHNC is paid for with state funds administered by the Colorado State Library and the Colorado Historical Society. CHNC continues to add new pages when community funding is located to pay the costs of digitization.

You can either browse the site by available newspaper and date, or do a more specific search. Before clicking “GO,” be sure to select which newspapers you wish to search (use the Ctrl key to pick more than one), or check the “Search in all Publications” box. I kept forgetting to check the box, and had “no results” returned several times. Oops.

I discovered this site while doing research for a client whose ancestor was a traveling minister stationed in Colorado. I found tons of great information, not only about him, but also about a few other family members. The CHNC turned out to be a gold mine for me/us.

I hope it proves helpful for you, too!

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Copyright © by Elizabeth O’Neal

Elizabeth is a professional genealogist and California native living in the Santa Barbara area. She has been researching her own family for almost three decades, and providing research services to others for about 8 years.

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