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Aurora 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.

Center Contacts and Hours[edit | edit source]

Location Map:


  • 950 Laredo St., Aurora CO 80011 United States (This is a physical location address. Mail cannot be received here)
  • Language:English


  • 1-303-367-0570



FHC Director: Vickie Smejkal; Asst Director: Jo Ellyn Kunz

Open Hours:

  • Monday: 9:30 am - 3:00 pm
  • Wednesday: 9:30 am - 1:30 pm and
  • Wednesday: 5:00 pm - 8:00 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

You can also call the center phone 303-367-0570 where a message is also posted as to openings, closures, and Hours of Operation.

Illness and/or weather related closures:

Due to pending inclement weather, The Aurora Colorado Family History Center will be closed Wednesday the 30th of October 2019.

Special Event Closure:   We will be closed for General Conference on Saturday the 5th of October 2019.

Closures for the year 2019:

Jan 1; Mar 11; Apr 6; May 27; Sep 2; Oct 5; Nov 11, 18 & 25-30; Dec 16 & Dec 21-31; Jan 1 (2020)

Presentation Schedule for 2019 -- FREE[edit | edit source]

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

May 19, 2019, Video presentation, by Lisa Louise Cooke, Rootstech 2018

Reconstruct Your Ancestor’s World With Google – It’s more than simply entering the name of an ancestor. This is about learning how to use Google more effectively in your Family History Research. Bring your pencil and notepad…

June 6 & 9, 2019, presented by Vickie Smejkal

FamilySearch – What is it? What does it do? Learn the many features of this wonderful program that contains a powerful search engine which brings to you hints, resources, and more. You’ll be amazed at what’s under the hood!

July 14, 2019, presented by Vickie Smejkal

Censuses – Those wacky, unusual, and possibly unheard of types. We will cover 26 varieties of these sometimes unheard of censuses that may be just the ticket for breaking down yet another wall.

August 1 & 11, 2019, Video presentation, by Robert Kehrer, Rootstech 2018

Finding Elusive Records at FamilySearch – Robert Kehrer will navigate you through the various search features of FamilySearch in search of those un-indexed elusive records.

September 5 & 8, 2019, presented by Vickie Smejkal

Using the FamilySearch Family Tree’s Birth by Counties and Research Helps Fan Charts – Learn what these fan chart views can do for you in filling in the blanks, and, using your best guess guesstimate to obtain more hints that may provide you those clues needed to learn more about your ancestor.

October 3, 2019, presented by Vickie Smejkal

Using the FamilySearch Family Tree’s Descendancy View – Have a growing or large Family Tree, or perhaps wishing there were a better way to find those hints, problems, duplicates, and Temple Ready items all in one place without having to go from record to record to find them. Then come check this out.

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

Also, for headcount purposes only, please feel free to register for any of our classes and/or events (even if it is just a thought or an intention): Type search word ‘Hobbies’ and then to the right of ‘any price’ click on the down arrow and select ‘free’. (You do not have to register in order to attend, just come on down). :-)

Stakes and Wards Temple and Family History Consultant Meetings for 2019[edit | edit source]

Held every 1st Sunday of the month at 7 p.m., as follows:

January 6; February 3; March 3; May 5; June 2; July 7; August 4; September 1

These meetings are designed for all those responsible for Family History (Temple and Fam Hist Consultants, Elders 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.

Center Resources[edit | edit source]

Collections[edit | edit source]

  • 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[edit | edit source]

  • 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 a member of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, 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, 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 a member of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, 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 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 a member of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, 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 MyHeritage will even send you e-mails of 'matches' it may have found.

·      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:, Find My Past, My Heritage, Geneanet, & American Ancestors.  Follow this link and sign in with your FamilySearch 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[edit | edit source]

  • 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[edit | edit source]

Staff Research Specialties[edit | edit source]

(Include sections for any other services your center provides. Add additional sections for those services. See the Bountiful and Chattanooga FHC pages for examples.)

Resources in the Local Area[edit | edit source]

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

Black Genealogy Search Group, 2401 Welton Street, Denver, Colorado 80205 -- 1st floor of the Blair-Caldwell African American Research Library

Links[edit | edit source]

Black Genealogy Search Group Denver

Blair-Caldwell African American Research Library

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

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[edit | edit source]

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.

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