Parker Colorado Family History Center

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FamilySearch This article describes the services and resources available at a Family History Center, a branch facility of the Family History Library.

The Parker Family History Center is open to the public and serves Parker, Franktown, Elizabeth, Castle Rock, Centennial, Aurora, and surrounding southeast Denver area.

Center Contacts and Hours

  • Location Map
  • Address: 7160 E Bayou Gulch Rd, Parker, CO 80134 United States
  • Language:English
  • Phone: 1-720-851-0916
  • E-mail: CO_Parker@ldsmail.net

Open Hours:

  • Tuesday: 9:00am-4:00pm and 6:00pm-9:00pm
  • Wednesday: 6:00pm-9:00pm
  • Thursday: 9:00am-4:00pm

Holiday Schedule: Closed all major holidays and snow days.

Calendar and Events

  • Monthly German-Prussian-Polish-Jewish Genealogy (Central- Eastern European) is offered by Mark Rabideau - ManyRoads  on the 2nd Thursday of every month between 1:00- 2:30. Workshop supporting materials are available here.
  • Monthly Roots Magic User's Group meets every 2nd Wednesday 1:00 pm.
  • Monthly Center Staff and Consultant Training meets every 3rd Thursday evening at 7:00 pm. This discussion/presentation/workshop focuses on what's new in FamilySearch, and regular presenters dig deeper into various tools and resources for ward temple and family history consultants, ward priesthood leaders and center staff. We regularly cover the FamilySearch 'partner sites' and genealogy related software. This meeting is open to all interested persons.

2017 Family History Workshop Series

Beginning in January we will be offering a series of discussion/hands-on workshops. These sessions will be offered on the 2nd and 4th Thursdays at 7:00pm and then repeated the 2nd and 4th Saturdays at 9:00am. The center will be open for normal operations during these workshops, so bring your own laptop computer if you have one.

  • Getting Started With FamilySearch Thursday Jan 12 & Saturday Jan 14 New to family history/genealogy?  FamilySearch is the largest, most advanced free genealogy research and documentation tool on the web.  Learners will get an introduction to this remarkable resource and basic family history research techniques.
  • Adding Photos & Memories to Familysearch  Thursday Jan 26 & Saturday Jan 28 Learn how to add pictures, stories, copies of family documents, and even voice recordings from family members that will be preserved for generations to come.  Bring along your scanned photos or scan them during the hands-on session to make your ancestors more than just facts and data.
  • Intermediate Family History Using Familysearch  Thursday Feb 9 Saturday Feb 11 Learn how to find unindexed records and other information on Familysearch, and how to use the Familysearch wiki to learn about additional resources available to you.  This is great info since only about one third of all Familysearch data is indexed and directly searchable.  You will learn how to get to the rest of it.
  • Finding Lost Family Members Using Apps & Descendency Research  Thursday Feb 22 & Saturday Feb 25 Well Done!  You’ve traced your direct ancestors back to the tenth generation, but what about their brothers and sisters, they had families too, and they are your cousins.  Learn how to find them and add them to your family tree using FamilySearch and other applications.
  • Making Family History Mobile  Thursday Mar 16, 7:00pm & Saturday Mar 18, 9:00am.  Bring your tablets and smart phones and we’ll help you get your family history ready for a road trip to visit your Grandma in Springville or Uncle Ed in Florida, or even that summer European vacation.
  • Capturing You Story    Thursday Mar 22, 7:00pm & Saturday Mar 25, 9:00am.  Few people would argue the value of creating a story about a life lived. In fact, it’s really quite a noble idea to create your life’s story. From it, your descendants will likely learn something valuable and endearing from things you experienced and will get to know you as an individual.  It’s not as hard as it sounds, and this workshop can help you get started, or break through your writer’s block.
  • Resources for English Research  Thursday Apr 13, 700pm & Saturday Apr 15, 9:00am  We will introduce you to the best online resources for England research from the PRO to COE parish records, and everything in between.
  • Resources for Hispanic Research  Thursday Apr 27, 7:00pm & Saturday Apr 29, 9:00am  There are 22 Spanish speaking countries in the world and when it comes to family history research, every one if unique.  We will help you find the best online resources available to get you started.
  • Gather and Preserve Family Memories  Thursday May 11, 7:00pm & Saturday May 13, 9:00am More to come on this one.

Center Resources

The Parker Family History has 10 computer stations with internet connection access. Personal laptops can also be connected to the internet.

There is a "Reading Room" to view microfilms that have been ordered from the Family History Library in Salt Lake City. There are 6 microfilm readers and 1 microfiche reader.

Coming soon there will be a "Record My Story Room" to record your families stories.

Your family photos, documents and records can be digitized at the Parker Family History Center. Bring your pictures, slides, and use one of two scanners to digitize your families memories and treasured documents.

Collections

  • FamilySearch Catalog: This center has the ability to order any of the films and fiche available through the FamilySearch Catalog.
  • Daughters of the American Revolution Index, Daughters of Utah Pioneers: Faith and Fortitude vol. 1-4, and other collections.

Databases and Software

Premium Websites with Free Family History Center Access

  • 19th Century British Library Newspaper Digital Archive
  • Access Newspaper Archive
  • Alexander Street Press
  • The American Civil War Research Database with Letters, Diaries, Images, & Photographs
  • Women and Social Movements in the United States
  • Ancestry.com - Institution version
  • ArkivDigital Online
  • Create Your Who Do You Think You Are? - for free!
  • Findmypast.com - Institution version
  • Fold3
  • The Genealogist
  • Godfrey Memorial Library
  • Heritage Quest Online
  • Historic Map Works - Library Edition
  • Legacy Stories
  • My Heritage - Library Edition
  • Origins.net
  • Paper Trail
  • ProQuest Obituaries Listings
  • Puzzilla.org - Premium Services
  • World Vital Records

Center Services

  • Personal Assistance
  • Schedule group visits - 720-851-0916
  • Discovery experiences for the whole family

Staff Research Specialties

The Parker Family History Center has over 15 volunteer workers available to assist patrons. Each volunteer has their specialties of research; European, Swedish, Scottish, Maps, colonial, etc. Call to find which time and day a volunteer will be available for the specific area you are researching.

Resources in the Local Area

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Links

Denver Public Library Genealogy Collections

The Colorado Genealogical Society The CGS is the largest genealogical society in Colorado. They invite members and visitors who want to share their interest in family history and genealogical research to their meetings, classes, and special events. Visitors are always welcome at meetings, classes, and activities of the Colorado Genealogical Society

The Parker Genealogical Society of Colorado The PGSC's mission is "To inspire the membership in the pursuit of family history by collecting, preserving, and sharing of genealogical information."

Volunteer at the Center

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