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Genealogy: Digging Deeper

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Use these resources to dig deeper into your family genealogy.  Our history resources will help you understand the times in which those ancestors lived.


Birth, Marriage, Death, and Burial Records

 Material/Source  Description
  • Guidelines for finding and ordering vital records (such as birth certificates, death records, marriage licenses, divorce decrees) from every state in the U.S. plus links to international vital records web sites.
Billion Graves
  • The world’s largest resource for searchable GPS cemetery data.
  • Search the free index to locate graves of ancestors and link those records to an online family tree.
  • Searchable database of 138 million grave records.
  • Virtual memorials may include portraits of the deceased, photos of tombstones, and images of documents like obituaries or death certificates.
Local Cemetery Records
  • Includes cemetery records published by the Longmont Genealogical Society and records for Burlington Cemetery on Sunset St. in Longmont.

Census Records and Big Research Databases

 Material/SOURCE  Description for Libraries

Use the database in the library.

  • Available for free in the library, only with your library card
  • This is the same database that you can access for a fee, but we provide it for free in your library!
  • Search military records, census data, photographs, and a host of other information at your fingertips.
  • Search billions of historical records collected by the Mormon Church from around the world.
  • Most of these records are indexed and many of the original documents images can now be viewed online.




  • Search genealogy and heritage information from anywhere, only with your library card.
  • Access digital images of family and local history books, Revolutionary War Pension Files, Freedman’s Bank records, and U.S. Federal Census records.
  • Plus, search PERSI, the largest and best subject index of genealogy and family history articles.
National Archives Census Records
  • Explains where to find census records.
  • Describes what information is included in census records and ways to search for that information within the records.
U.S. Gen Web Project
  • Focuses on family history research in the locations where ancestors lived.
  • Provides information and links to genealogy websites for each county in every state of the U.S.

Ethnic Heritage and Immigration

 Material/Source  Description
Castle Garden
  • Searchable database of 11 million immigrants arriving in New York between 1820 and 1892.
Ellis Island
  • Searchable database of passenger lists including 51 million immigrants coming through Ellis Island and the Port of New York between 1892 and 1957.
Ethnic Heritage in the National Archives
  • Many links to websites helpful for genealogical research related to specific ethnic and cultural groups.
Colorado Society of Hispanic Genealogy
  • Help with researching the roots of Hispanic families who were located in the southern Colorado and New Mexico region.
Mexico Genealogy Research Group
  • Help with researching the roots of Hispanic families who were located in Mexico or other Latin American countries.

Genetic Genealogy

 Material/Source  Description
Beginner's Guide to Genetic Genealogy
  • Introduction to Genetic Genealogy plus links to in-depth lessons on specific topics within that subject area.
DNA Testing for Genealogy
  • CeCe Moore’s first article in a 4 part series on “Getting Started” with Genetic Genealogy.
DNAeXplained Genetic Genealogy
  • Roberta Estes’ brief overview of the 4 kinds of DNA and how they can be used for genealogy research.
Hiring a DNA Testing Company
  • Family Search Wiki article about DNA testing for genealogical purposes.
  • Includes links to the major commercial DNA testing companies, various DNA projects, and other informative websites.

Land Records and Maps

 Material/SOURCE  Description
General Land Office Records
  • Searchable database of Federal Land Patents issued from 1820 forward.
  • Allows the researcher to associate an individual with a specific location and patent issue date.
  • Also provides some mapping functions.
U.S. Land Records
  • An introduction to land records from the National Archives and links to resources about land entry case files and where to find them.
Maps of the U.S.
  • Rotating maps showing U.S. state and county formation; ability to click on individual states listed on left side of page for formation of counties within each state.
Sanborn Maps
  • Sanborn Maps is an American publisher of historical and current maps of U.S. cities and towns.  The maps were initially created to estimate fire insurance costs, and are frequently used for historical research and for preservation and restoration efforts.
  • Longmont maps from 1890 to 1930.
  • Available through the library catalog.

Local and Regional History Resources

 Material/Source  Description
Carnegie Branch Library for Local History
  • Boulder County collections documenting early geographic, cultural and social history, including photographs, newspapers, oral interviews and obituary indexes (1859-1925 and 1960-present).
History Colorado
  • Research tools, indexes, maps, photographs, documents and other materials that explore the history of Colorado and its people.
Longmont Museum Archives
  • Contains historic documents, letters, diaries, maps, business records, school records, and more.
  • Available by appointment at the Museum only, Monday through Friday, (303) 651-8969.
Longmont Museum Photo Archives
  • Historic photographs of Longmont and the surrounding areas, dating back to the City's founding in 1871.
  • Copies of photos can be ordered directly from the website.
  • Online archives represent a small percentage of the total collection, which can be accessed by appointment through the Longmont Museum by calling (303) 651-8374.

Military Records

 Material/SOURCE  Description
Civil War Soldiers & Sailors Database
  • Information on those who served in the Union and Confederate armies during the Civil War.
  • Other information on the site includes histories of Union and Confederate regiments, links to descriptions of significant battles, and selected lists of prisoner-of-war records and cemetery records.
Daughters of the American Revolution
  • The DAR Genealogical Research System (GRS) has information about thousands of American Revolution patriots and many of the patriots’ descendants, as well as a vast array of genealogical resources collected by the DAR Library.
Veterans Service Records
  • Learn how to use military records for genealogical research, locate military and veterans’ records online or request specific military service records directly from the National Archives.
Nationwide Gravesite Locator
  • Search for burial locations of veterans and their family members in VA National Cemeteries and various other military cemeteries as well as for veterans buried in private cemeteries when the grave is marked with a government marker.
  • Database is updated each day.


 Material/Source  Description
Longmont Times-Call Archives
  • Digitized photos of paper pages from 1925 to 1927.  This is a pilot project; more will be digitized if demand warrants it.
  • Additional years, from 1978 to 2009, will follow shortly.
  • Library database, generously funded by the Friends of the Longmont Library.
Longmont Newspapers on Microfilm
  • A large collection of Longmont newspapers on microfilm can also be viewed by visiting the Library.
  • Located on the second floor.
  • Titles include The Boulder County News, Daily Times, Longmont Call, Longmont Ledger, and Longmont Times as well as the Longmont Times-Call.
  • Three microfilm reader/printers are available for public use, including one that allows the user to digitize newspaper articles.
  • Digital files can be saved to a flash drive or attached to an email.
Longmont Ledger Archives
  • Extractions of Birth, Marriage, and Death dates from the Longmont Ledger newspaper, published beginning January 15, 1897.
  • Compiled and maintained by the Longmont Genealogical Society.
Colorado Historic Newspaper Collection
  • Includes more than 690,000 digitized pages from more than 200 individual newspaper titles published in Colorado between 1859 and 1923.
  • Papers include the Longmont Ledger, beginning in 1897, the Longmont Press from October 2, 1872 to July 22, 1882, and one issue of the Longmont Times on June 23, 1888.
  • Browse by title, date, or county.
  • Due to copyright restrictions, the collection does not include newspapers published after 1923, except where publisher permissions have been obtained.
  • Funded by the Colorado State Library
Ancestor Hunt
  • Links to free digitized historic newspaper images listed by state and county.
  • These have been made available by Advantage Archives and funded by grants obtained by many libraries and historical societies throughout the United States.
Chronicling America
  • Researchers can search for ancestors on the pages of many newspapers published in the U.S. from 1836 to 1922 or use the U.S. Newspaper Directory to find information about American newspapers published between 1690 to the present.

Local Directories and Yearbooks

 Material/Source  Description
Longmont City Directories by Polk
  • City of Longmont city directories, published by R.L. Polk & Co. between 1903-1991 and 1999-present. Publication ceased between 1991-1999.
  • Available through the library catalog.
Boulder County Directories by Polk
  • Boulder County directories, published by R.L. Polk & Co. 
  • Includes general Boulder County directory, 1904-1989, 1987- present.
  • Includes Boulder County directory of child care and preschools, 1992-present.
  • Includes Tech and Manufacturers directory for Boulder & Broomfield counties, 2010-present.
  • Available through the library catalog.
Phone Books for Longmont and Surrounding Areas
  • Includes various phone books for Longmont and surrounding areas from 1918, and 1970-present. Collection is incomplete.
  • Available through the library catalog.
Colorado City Directories at BYU
  •  City of Longmont directories for Colorado for 1881 through 1978 may be ordered.  Not available for viewing online.
  • Compiled and maintained by Brigham Young University Library
Local High School and Junior High School Yearbooks
  • Yearbooks for local high schools and junior high schools.
  • Includes Skyline High School (1980 to present); Longmont High School (1909-1911, 1933 to present); Silver Creek Middle/Senior High School (2002 to present); Berthoud Junior-Senior High (1978 to 1980); and Olde Columbine High School (1994).
  • Includes Longs Peak Junior High School (1975); Northeast Junior High School (1975); Longmont Junior High School (1975).
  • Available through the library catalog.


Source Description
Adult Nonfiction History of Longmont
  • 100+ materials about the history of Longmont, including architecture, people, and buildings.
  • Includes books, microfilm.
  • Available through the library catalog.
Nonfiction eBooks to Download from our Online Catalog
History - American
  • Spans more than 500 years of political, military, social and cultural history in America.
  • Primary source texts and images
  • Maps and charts, timelines, videos
  • Biographies of important and interesting individuals
  • Database:  American History Online, Infobase Learning
History - Ancient and Medieval
  • Presents the full scope of world history from prehistory through the 1500's, with special topic centers on key civilizations and regions.
  • Primary source texts and images
  • Maps and charts, timelines, videos
  • Biographies of important and interesting individuals
  • Database:  Ancient and Medieval History Online, Infobase Learning
History - Modern World
  • Covers the broad expanse of world history from the mid-15th century to the present.
  • Primary source texts and images
  • Maps and charts, timelines, videos
  • Biographies of important and interesting individuals
  • Database:  Modern World History Online, Infobase Learning
History Reference Center
  • Most comprehensive full-text history reference database designed for middle schools, high schools, junior/community colleges, and undergraduate research
  • More than 1,600 reference books, encyclopedias and non-fiction books, more than 150 leading history periodicals, nearly 57,00 historical documents, more than 37,000 historical photos and maps, and more than 80 hours of historical video
  • Database:  History Reference Center, EBSCO

Still Need More Help?

We've got that!  Make an appointment with a librarian for some one-on-one assistance. Whether you're stumped about getting started or have hit a roadblock in your search, let us try to help you. If you don't have an email address, make your appointment by phone by calling (303) 774-4439 and leaving a message.


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