Free Useful Websites
PERiodical Source Index (PERSI), a subject index searchable by keywords that can assist you in adding details to the social history of your ancestors.
Atlas of Historical County Boundaries Great website for reviewing content related to states.
Online Colorado Death Records and Indexes Includes links to Colorado obituaries and a variety of indexes listed by Colorado counties. (Note: this is an ongoing project and not all items have links to online databases.)
Genealogy page of the Colorado State Archives These are links to the holdings of the Archives that include lists and searchable databases. They do not have online images of documents but there are instructions on how to order individual documents of interest.
Colorado Historic Newpaper Collection "A service of the Colorado State Library, the Colorado Historic Newspapers Collection (CHNC) currently includes more than 1,200,000 digitized pages, representing more than 250 individual newspaper titles published in Colorado primarily from 1859 up to 1924"
Library of Congress, Chronicling America: Historic American Newspapers. Search digitized newspaper images from 1777-1963.
www.cyndislist.com "A comprehensive, categorized & cross-referenced list of links that point you to genealogical research sites online."
A One-Step finding aid created by Stephen P. Morse offers easy to use search pages for a wide variety of databases used for genealogy research including Ellis Island passengers manifests.
Bureau of Land Management Search site for Official Federal Land Records.
www.worldgenweb.org "The WorldGenWeb Project is a non-profit, volunteer-based organization dedicated to providing genealogical and historical records and resources for world-wide access."
www.rootsweb.com "The Internet's oldest and largest FREE genealogical community. An award winning genealogical resource with searchable databases."
Lisa Louise Cooke's Genealogy Gems "Many great learning categories to choose from. Lots of great articles, podcasts, videos, and a newsletter you can sign up for.
Mesa County Library District genealogy eResources The Mesa County Library District offers a variety of research options for those residents with a valid Mesa County library card. Ancestry.com (in library use only) and Heritage Quest (which can be used from your home computer) can be accessed here.
familysearch.org familysearch.org has one of the largest collections of genealogy related records. You will need to create a free account in order to get the most from their collection. You can access the search page with this link.
Mesa County Public Library District Catalog of genealogy subject related books at the Mesa County Public Library.
Find a Grave Over 226 million memorials. May included headstone images.
Billion Graves Another free site for locating your ancestors burial site.
Helpful Mesa County, Colorado Websites
***Note*** This webpage loads very slowly. This is an ongoing volunteer indexing project that includes obituaries from a wide variety of Western Slope newspapers, including 'The Grand Junction Daily Sentinel', 'The Grand Junction Free Press', 'The Eagle Valley Enterprise', 'Steamboat Today', etc.
The Loyd Files Research Library collects photographs, one-of-a-kind manuscripts, maps, city directories, high school annuals and rare books and provides access to primary sources of information about the region’s cultural and natural history. It is also the home to the Mesa County Genealogical Societies (MCGS) Library. The catalog for the MCGS collection (powered by LibraryThing) can be found on the MCGS Library page on this website.
Libraries, Societies, Associations, Etc.
Allen County Public Library (Fort Wayne, Indiana) This library has a wide variety of free online searchable databases.
Library of Congress This library shouldn't be overlooked in your search for the social history of your ancestors.