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Genealogy Help @Your Library
Every Thursday, 1:00 PM - 5:00 PM
1st floor, Lula Pulliam Colwell Local History & Genealogy
Members of the Larimer County Genealogical Society are available Thursdays, 1-5pm to assist the public with Ancestry.com, World Vital Records databases, and other genealogical research. No appointment necessary.  For more information please contact the Adult Reference Desk, (970) 962-2404  or reference@cityofloveland.org


The library subscribes to two databases for genealogical research: 
• World Vital Records, available with your library card login information (name & card #) 
• Ancestry.com, available in the library.

Additional suggestions for online genealogical searching include: 
• RootsWeb
• National Archives to Start Your Research

Local contacts and websites for GENEALOGICAL RESEARCH include:
Larimer County Genealogical Society
   PO Box 270737, Fort Collins, CO 80527-0737, www.lcgsco.org 
• Larimer County Clerk & Recorder
• Colorado Birth, Death, Marriage, & Divorce Certificates    
• Colorado State Archives 


•Index To Ken Jessen’s Published Works, 1975 - 2014:  Ken Jessen Updated Press Release

Click here for an index of Kenneth Jessen’s articles, spanning 38 years of newspaper journalism. His articles are kept in three-ring binders in the Lula Pulliam Colwell Local History and Genealogy Room in the library. Within 4,000 entries, are subjects covering local history to ghost towns. The development of industry as well as transportation is included along with Colorado mines, homesteads and town histories. Of great importance are the stories of 260 local artists and those associated with the art industry.

Zethyl Gates’ research materialsZethyl Gates Collection Finding Aid

Local historian Zethyl Gates’ materials contain a wealth of  information on the history of Loveland & its early settlers, with an emphasis on Mariano Medina, Loveland’s first settler. They include: handwritten notes, correspondence, newspaper clippings, scrapbooks, pamphlets, photographs, slides & audio cassettes.

1.) Local Newspapers on Microfilm and Digitized  

The Loveland Public Library has the following newspapers on microfilm. We do not necessarily have continuous copy between the earliest and latest copy dates. The microfilm is considered a reference item and as such is for in-house use.* 
·Daily Herald  -  October 30, 1914  -December 31, 1921
·Herald  - February 4, 1908 - December 28, 1911
·Leader - January 1, 1892 - August 25, 1893
·Register - December 20, 1894 - June 28, 1906
·Reporter - January 1, 1891 - December 31, 1921
·Reporter-Herald - January 2, 1923 - Present

The Library is working on digitizing its collection of newspapers.  These and other Colorado newspapers can be found at Colorado Historic Newspapers Collection

*We have a card file that has been compiled over the years by staff and volunteers that indexes articles from the above newspapers covering death notices, along with marriages, births and some notable events. 
2. ) Local Cemetery Records
·Cemeteries of Larimer County  [Reference Collection]
·Volume I: Grandview Cemetery, Fort Collins, Colorado, (1989)
·Volume II: Roselawn and Resthaves Cemeteries (1991)
·Volume III. Greenlawn Cemetery, Berthoud, (1992)
·Volume IV: Lakeside Cemetery, Loveland, Colorado, (1993).   First burial in this cemetery was ·Mrs. Matthew Burnett on February 22, 1880; earlier burials were also moved here from other burial grounds.
·Volume V. Loveland Burial Park, Loveland, Colorado, (2001). First burial in this cemetery was Willard Ranson in 1912.
·City of Loveland Burial Park 1702 North Cleveland, Loveland 80538-3840 970-962-2430 
3. ) City Directories & Historic Telephone Books

In addition to resident and business listings, these directories may include a miscellaneous information section with such information as city, county, state and federal officers, secret and benevolent orders, etc. Resident entries may include their occupation. If you know an address and want to know who resided there, you can refer to the reverse listing section if it has been included. Search in our online catalog using the subject terms:

Larimer County (Colo.) – Directories or  Loveland (Colo.) – Directories [Reference Collection – Locked Case]

Some of our directories cover just the city of Loveland, others include additional towns located in Larimer County:
1904, 1907-11, 1917, 1919, 1922, 1925, 1927, 1929, 1931, 1933, 1935-36, 1940, 1947,1950-51, 1954, 1956-58, 1960-62, 1964-79, 1981 (missing 83) to present

·Larimer County, Colorado Farm & Ranch Guide - 1982/83
·Fort Collins, Loveland and Berthoud Districts - 1921-22
·Numerical Telephone Classified Directory - 1921-22
·Loveland, Berthoud, Johnston & Milliken - 1934-35, 1940-41, 1947-55, 1957-59
·Loveland & Berthoud - 1960
·Big Thompson Canyon Road - 1958, 1960, 1964, 1967
·Larimer County Telephone Directory - 1978-85, 1989
·Berthoud Loveland (Mountain Bell) - 1961-85, 1988/89-1997/98
·Loveland Berthoud (USWest Dex) - 1998/99-2001/02 

Fort Collins and Loveland city directories are also availabel on line from the City of Fort Collins
 4. ) High School Year Books

High school yearbooks provide interesting source material for names of the graduating class with photographs, activities and student involvement, along with faculty names. Informative and fun – [In Adult Reference – locked case] 

    Loveland High School: 
        ·Senioran, 1909 
        ·Redskin, 1926 
        ·Pine Cone, 1922, 1923 
        ·Indian Trails, 1937 
        ·LHS Class of 1939 
        ·Chieftain, beginning with 1940 - present (a few missing volumes)

    Mountain View High School: Summit from 2001- present 

    Thompson Valley High School: 
        ·Echoes, beginning with 1977 - present (a few missing volumes) 
        ·Video Yearbook- 1994-1995 

5.) Oral Histories

The library has several oral histories of Loveland citizens.  These have been transcribed and are available to read or listen to.  In 2015,  the Library will be focused on gathering oral histories about people's experience in the 2013 flood.  If you are interested in participating as a volunteer to be interviewed, do the interviewing, or  help with transcribing the interviews please contact Jay Boyle at 970-962-2588  or jay.boyle@cityofloveland.org.

Lula Pulliam Colwell Local History and Genealogy Room’s Purpose

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