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Center Contacts and Hours
- 950 Laredo St., Aurora CO 80011 United States
FHC Director: Vickie Smejkal
- Monday: 9:00 am - 1:00 pm
- Wednesday: 9:00 am - 8:00pm
- Saturday: 9:00 am - 1:00 pm
We strive to staff our center, however, it is best to call ahead, especially during the winter season.
Special Event Closure: April 2, 2016
Closed all major holidays:
22 through 29 November 2015 and
20 December 2015 through 3 January 2016
Class Schedule for 2015 / 2016 -- FREE
Classes are held every 1st Thursday and 2nd Sunday of the month, except for May, it will be the 3rd Sunday of the month.
October 1 & 11 at 7 p.m. -- Intro to Ancestry.com Feel free to bring your laptop or tablet if you have one.
November 5 & 8 at 7 p.m. -- Ancestry.com II Feel free to bring your laptop or tablet if you have one.
December 3 & 13 at 7 p.m. -- 1) Records / Documentaion & 2) Organizing the Records
There are no classes during the months of January and February.
March 3 & 13 at 7 p.m. -- Using your I-Pad / Table as a family history research tool.
Wards and Stakes Family History Meetings
Held every 4th Thursday of the month at 7 p.m. (There are no meetings for November & December). These meetings are designed for all those responsible for Family History in one capacity or the other. It is our hope to keep you up-to-date with the latest changes and to offer bits and pieces of information that will benefit you and those you assist in your callings.
- FamilySearch Catalog: This center will assist patrons to order any of the films and fiche available through the FamilySearch Catalog. Patrons will place their orders on any computer with an internet connection using the Online Film Ordering system. The film ordering Web site is located at Online Film Ordering. There patrons can create a personal account and select the preferred family history center where the films they order will be sent. They can make payment using a credit or debit card, or by PayPal.
- The Aurora Family History Center has a collection of microfilms and microfiche on indefinite loan from the Family History Library in Salt Lake City, Utah.
Databases and Software
- FHC Portal This center has access to the Family History Center Portal page which gives free access in the center to premium family history software and websites that generally charge for subscriptions. Our Premium Family History Websites portal provides patrons access to the following:
- 19th Century British Library Newspaper Digital Archive – Site provides News Articles, Obits, marriage records, death records, military records, etc. by topic, name, and more.
- Access Newspaper Archive – Site provides online collection of obits, marriage records, death records, news articles, etc. Can browse by state, maps, news paper, location, and so on.
- Alexander Street Press - The Civil War – (The following are links within this site): Research Database / Letters and Diaries / Images, Photographs, Posters, and Ephemera / Social and Cultural History (Letters and Diaries Online) / Women and Social Moments in the United States, 1600-2000.
- Ancestry.Com – This site provides lots of records, state and federal censuses, news articles, military records, travel records, marriage records, books, and much more. It also has memories, photos, and hints.
- Find My Past – This site has British newspapers mostly for the U.K. area. Lots of English, Ireland, New Zealand records, passenger lists, etc. British Army Records; Records back to the year 1200. Site is expanding its US and Canada Records.
- Fold 3 – This site has Military records; Crews Registers (Ship Registers); and Civil War Pension records.
- Historic Map Works Library Edition – This site is a site of many maps. Maps of then and Now: Points of interest; boundary changes, etc.
- Paper Trail – This site lists classes; historical information (stories, data, etc.). Mostly information of the Oregon Trail – Info on things such as: How many people, by ox cart or Calistoga, diseases along the way, etc.
- World Vital Records – This site has censuses; obits, vital records, and photo year books.
- Create Your Who Do You Think You Are? Story, for free. (Brought to you by FindMyPast). As the site states: “Tell Your Family Story And Bring Your Past To Life”. “You add everything you know about your family to our Who Do You Think You Are? Story builder.”. “We add historical facts and events that tell you more about the world in which your ancestors lived. You can remove, swap and add to them throughout.”. “Together we'll create a unique visual timeline telling your Who Do You Think You Are?” story that you can share with family and friends.”.
- Kinpoint – Per the site: “Family History, Simplified.”. “Do family history in just a few minutes. Quickly see what to work on and get help finding new information.”. “Less searching, More Finding – with Premium, our kinpoint guide shows problems in your family tree and finds records for missing information.”. “Love To Grow Things? – So did your ancestors. Discover your ancestors occupation with the Explore Summary.”. “Love Mountains? – Maybe its in your blood. See where your ancestors came from with the Explore Summary.”. “Go Back in Time – See photos, stories and the events from a person's life with Memories and Timelines.”.
- MyHeritage – A Family History Research site, easy to use – enter name of person for whom you are searching, location, and even 'keyword' if you like.
- ProQuest Obituary Listings – Per the site: “The Proquest Obituaries collection is a premier resource for genealogical and historical research.”. “You can use the collection to search obituaries and death notices from prominent newspapers, such as The New York Times (dating back to 1851). The collection includes both famous and lesser-known individuals and can be searched by name or by keywords appearing in the body of the article.”.
- Puzzilla.Org – This site offers both “Free and Premium Service” subscription. The site does have a tutorial, which lasts about 15 minutes. I highly advise taking the tutorial. Puzzilla lets you see your line and cousin lines too. The colors found at the tips of the lines indicate if there is a possible duplicate; if a person died before reaching age 16; if a hint exists; and much more.
- Members of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints aged 13 and over can join five subscription websites for free: Ancestry.com, Find My Past, My Heritage, Family Me, & American Ancestors. Follow this link and sign in with your FamilySearch/LDS Account for access to these excellent resources! https://familysearch.org/ask/#/partners/ Be sure to open "Partners" and select one or all of the five sites listed.
Hardware and Equipment
- There are personal computers, printer, microfilm and microfiche readers available in this Center for patron use on a first come, first served basis.
- Wireless connections are available for personal laptops and tablets.
Staff Research Specialties
Resources in the Local Area
Denver Public Library, 10 West Fourteenth Ave. Pkwy, Denver, Colorado 80204 -- Western History & Genealogy Dept located on the 5th floor.
National Archives Records Administration, 17101 Huron Street, Broomfield, CO 80023
The Freedman's Bureau Project -- Be sure to scroll down to see the whole page
Volunteer at the Center
Yes, we are in need of 4-12 volunteers to assist at the Family History Center. If you are familiar with doing family history and/or genealogical research, we would love to have you join us. Not familiar with the FamilySearch Program, not to worry -- we will be happy to introduce you. Who knows, perhaps in the process you will see your own family tree grow.
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