Mesa County Genealogical Society

MCGS Library

During the COVID-19 Pandemic the MCGS is closed. We will re-open when it becomes safe to do so.

The Mesa County Genealogical Society Library (MCGS) is housed within the Loyd Files Research Library on the second floor of the Museum of the West, located at 462 Ute Ave., Grand Junction, Colorado

Research hours are:

Tuesday - Thursday, 10 am to 4pm

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Loyd Files Research Library

Click below for a PDF listing of our holdings. We will be working on more searchable indexing in the future, but at this time you can use your pdf viewers search capabilities to locate items of interest.

MCGS Library Preliminary Index

As is common in most research libraries, materials cannot be borrowed; however there is ample room for researchers to use the collection within the library.

The society library collection has been growing since the 1980's through society purchases and the donations of society and community members. Because of this it is a very diverse collection which includes materials that cover a wide variety subjects and areas.

Stop in for a visit and see what nuggets of information you might find to help you along in the search for your families history.

New Acquisitions


History of Marion County [Arkansas] - Earl Berry. Includes Pioneer Families biographies, list of newspapers 1873-1976, social history, county officers 1836-1976, list of churches.

Marion County Arkansas : Marriage Records - Books G and H: 1896-1905 - Marian Burnes and Vicki Roberts. Hand-drawn 1890 Township map. Indexed.

Early Days of Marion County, Arkansas - Marian and Lester Burnes. Indexed.

Cemeteries of Marion County [Arkansas] - Marian and Lester Burnes

Genealogies of Marion County [Arkansas] Families: 1811-1900. Indexed

Pioneer Life and Pioneer Families of the Ozarks - Earl Berry. Includes the following counties: Baxter, Boone, Marion. No index.

National Genealogical Society (NGS) Magazine

The articles in these magazines are brief (often less than 5 or 10 pages) and are filled with illustrations, charts, photos, and detailed source documentation.

April-June 2018, Vol 44 No 2 - Nationality

Missouri Was Central to Westward Expansion. Janet L. Powell. Brief overview of early Missouri History
Enemy Alien Registrations During WWI. Julie Miller, CG, CGL, FNGS. Information for those who had unnaturalized German ancestors within the United States during WWI.
Resources for Tracing Impressed American Seamen. Anne Morddel, MLIS, CG.
Gold Star Mother Pilgrimages of the 1930s. John W. Graham.
Overcoming the Language Barrier: The Genealogial Translation Process. Bryna O'Sullivan. Good information on hiring a professional genealogical translator.
Broadening Search Parameters: A Case Study. Shannon Green, CG. Learn to break through a brickwall by using wider search parameters. Finding Ann Ogilvie's father. How searching the same records as a previous search but with explanded parameters resolved the question.

July-Sept 2018, Vol 44 No 3 - Family Secrets

A Family Secret: Desertion, Scurvy, and Abraham Lincoln. Sydney F. Cruice Dixon "The best stories are often about ancestors who made mistakes or poor decisions." Tracking down the history of an ancestors court-martial.
Divorce Records in Genealogical Research. Pam Stone Eagleson, CG. Interesting article. Was your widowed ancestor in the census records actually divorced?
Finding the Records of the Mentally Ill. Jill Morelli, CG. should be your first stop.
Loose Women: Researching Prostitutes. Jane G. Haldeman. Resources and strategies that may help identify these women.
Thieves, Scoundrels, Impostors, and More. Claire Prechetel Kluskens. A fascinating look at those obtaining money from penioners or the government under false pretenses, 1862 - 1933.
1880 Supplemental Schedules: Defective, Dependent, and Delinquent Classes. Kathy Petlewski, MSLS. Interesting note: "The majority of those blinded in Calumet, Michigan were made so by expolsions in the numerous copper mines."
The Technology of Keeping Secrets. Jordan Jones. Being careful about how data is shared and secured.
Researching Eighteenth-Century German Immigrants. James M. Beidler.

Oct - Dec 2018, Vol 44 No 4 - Urban Research

St. Louis County Library: A Major Research Destination. Scott Holl, MA, MLIS. You can borrow from the NGS Book Loan Collection through your local library interlibrary loan service.
City Folk: Strategies for Urban Research. Meryl Schumacker, CG. Where urban and rural research techniques diverge. The 1880 census of one rural county in Illinois contained 7 men named 'John Smith'. Just one county over there were 271 'John Smiths.' Some of the techniques described in this article might help whittle them down.
Africa Americans in the Urban Landscape, 1865-1930. Timothy N. Pinnick.
Using Sanborn Maps for Family History. Rebecca Lowery, PhD. Sanborn fire insurance maps can give a fascinating glimpse into an ancestral neighborhood.
The Records of Ethnic Benevolent Societies in Urban America. Kathy Petlewski, MSLS. Sections on Scottish, Irish, German, and Jewish benevolent societies.
Urban Residents in Federal Records. Claire Prechtel Kluskens. Military draft registration records, Naturalization Records, Photographs of urban places and events.
Organizing Genealogy Files and Notes. Jordan Jones. Keeping record images and files organized and, most importantly, findable.
1918 Pandemic: Fighting Influenza during the Great War. Tina Beaird, MLIS. Pandemics are not a new occurence. This article gives insight into the struggle to keep influenza under control during WWI.

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