Aurora Colorado Family History Center

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Center Contacts and Hours

Location Map:

Address:

  • 950 Laredo St., Aurora CO 80011 United States
  • Language:English

Phone:

  • 1-303-367-0570

E-mail:

  • CO_Aurora@ldsmail.net

FHC Director: Vickie Smejkal

Open Hours:

  • Monday: 9:00 am - 3:00 pm
  • Wednesday: 5 pm - 8:00 pm
  • Thursday: 9:30 am - 1:30 pm
  • 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. We will post closures as soon as possible on this site, Face Book, and on the center's phone line 1-303-367-0570

Special Event: We will be hosting a Family Discovery Day event on the 6th of May from 9am to 4 pm.

Free - Family Discovery Day event, hosted by the Aurora Colorado Family History Center. Come learn how to make your Family Tree Grow! Presentations for Beginner through Intermediate. Come and go as you please. Topics Include: Digging Deeper with FamilySearch; Military Records; The Descendancy View; Immigration and Naturalization; Where Do I Begin, and The FamilySearch Family Tree; and more. Throughout the Day we will have: Handouts; and Resources and Information from Genealogical Organizations. And the Family History Center will be open all day for your use -- to learn how to use FamilySearch, or to get access to various genealogical links free from our portal. This is a brown bag event so Bring Your Own Lunch. Refreshments will be provided. Presentations will begin at 9 am with the last one being presented at 3 pm. Our doors will open at 830 am to meet and greet you. So come on down and enjoy a genealogical day at our Family Discovery Day event from 9 am to 4 pm. (Come and go as you please). Also, so that we can get a 'headcount' if you are thinking of attending; please register at:http://tinyurl.com/AuroraFamilyDiscoveryDay2017 And, If you would like to be notified of a scheduled 2017 presentation and/or class, please see our Facebook page and click on 'subscribe'. Aurora Family History Center

If you are interested in attending our Aurora Colorado Family Discovery Day event, click on the link and register here:. http://tinyurl.com/AuroraFamilyDiscoveryDay2017


Special Event Closure:   We will be closed for General Conference on the 1st of April 2017 and again on the 7th of October 2017.

Due to Building Maintenance, we will be closed 25 & 26 September 2017.

Closed all major holidays:  We will be closed for the Christmas Holiday 20 December 2017 through the 1st of January 2018. We will return Wednesday the 3rd of January 2018 at 5 pm to 8 pm.

Presentation Schedule for 2017 -- FREE

Classes are at 7 p.m. usually every 1st Thursday and 2nd Sunday of the month, unless otherwise noted.

During the month of May, classes will take place during the 3rd Sunday of the month.

April 6 & 9, 2017 presented by Geri Barrus -- Using Ancestral Quest — A software program used to hold your personal family tree information. This program has connectivity features to FamilySearch – plus, Ancestral Quest 15 will find ‘hints’ from other online programs such as Find My Past, and My Heritage.

May 21, 2017, presented by Paul Mcgee -- Using Your Tablet / Smartphone as a Genealogical Tool (on the go) 

June 1 & 11, 2017, presented by Vickie Smejkal -- Digging Deeper with FamilySearch,

Of all the resource records that have been digitized, only 30% are indexed. How would you like to find the other 70%? Many records are waiting to be indexed, however, you do not have to wait to find them.

July – October to be announced later.

If you would like to be notified of a scheduled presentation and/or class, please see our Facebook page and click on 'subscribe'. Aurora Family History Center

Wards and Stakes Family History Meetings

Held every 1st Sunday of the month at 7 p.m., except for January 2017, it will be on the 2nd Sunday the 8th of January 2017.

(There are no meetings for November & December). These meetings are designed for all those responsible for Family History (Fam Hist Consultants, High Priest Group Leaders, & Fam Hist Ctr Staff).

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.

Next Meeting:

02 April 2017

07 May 2017

04 June 2017


Center Resources

Collections

  • 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 largest online collection of obits, marriage records, death records, news articles, etc. Searching by ‘keyword’ not so good. Searching by name is great. Can browse by state, maps, newspaper, 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 – If you are an LDS member, you have free access to this site from home. This site provides lots of records, state and federal censuses, news articles, military records, travel records, marriage records, books, and much more. Much like FamilySearch.org, it too offers hints, memories and photos.

  • Geneanet – “Geneanet offers every kind of genealogy record published by researchers, genealogy societies, commercial companies, etc.”

·       Find My Past – As an LDS member, you have free access to this site from home. 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 now owned by Ancestry.com. This site has Military records; Crews Registers (Ship Registers); and Civil War Pension records.

·       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. More of an informational site than a genealogical site.

·       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 it’s 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.” Kinpoint also “makes it easy to see ordinances that are ready or need more information to complete.”

·       MyHeritage – As an LDS member, you have free access to this site from home. A Family History Research site, easy to use – enter name of person for whom you are searching, location, and even 'keyword' if you like. I hear MyHeritage is the European equivalent of Ancestry.com. MyHeritage will even send you e-mails of 'matches' it may have found.

·       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.”. I noticed in the side bar of ProQuest the following newspapers listed: Atlanta Constitution (1868-1922); Boston Globe (1872-1922); Chicago Defender (1921-1975); Chicago Tribune (1852-1984); Los Angeles Times (1851-1994); and Washington Post (1877-1950). I also noticed (I did a test search) that even though an ancestor may have died in one state, such as New Jersey, a listing for them could show up in another state's newspaper, such as New York.

·       Puzzilla.Org – <www.puzzilla.org> Wow, has this site changed. The youth may get a kick out of this one. 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. Note: If you use this site from the Family History Center, you will have full use of ALL the color codes, otherwise from home, you will be very limited in the colors; mostly the blue, red, and yellow. (Male, female, died before age 16). To use the free version from home, you'll need to use your FamilySearch Account password. 

  • 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, Geneanet, & American Ancestors.  Follow this link and sign in with your FamilySearch/LDS Account for access to these excellent resources!   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.

Center Services

Staff Research Specialties

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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


Links

Denver Public Library

Denver Public Library, Genealogy tools A-Z

Rocky Mountain Regional NARA, 17101 Huron Street, Broomfield, CO 80023

National Archives Records Administration (NARA)

NARA Resources for Genealogists

Colorado Genealogical Society

Foothills Genealogical Society

African American Genealogy

The Freedman's Bureau Project -- Be sure to scroll down to see the whole page

German Research

Germany Genealogy

Native American Research

Mexico Genealogy

Wales, Ireland, Scotland, England (W.I.S.E.)


Volunteer at the Center

Yes, we are in need of 4-6 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.