|Abalos - Artzt||Arundle - Bates||Bates - Blain||Blaine - Briston|
|Brittingham - Butler||Butler - Chandler||Chandler - Collins||Collins - Crawley|
|Crays - Day||Day - Doyle||Doyle - Emert||Emery - Fitzgerald|
|Fitzgerald - Garcia||Garcia - Gorton||Gorton - Hall||Hall - Hayes|
|Hayes - Hobbs||Hobson - Hunter||Hunter - Jondro||Jones - Kibbey|
|Kickland - Lane||Lane - Lomax||Lombard - Marshall||Marshall - McCue|
|McCue - Melvin||Melvin - Moore||Moore - Nelson||Nelson - Owens|
|Owens - Philips||Philips - Ragland||Ragland - Risel||Rising - Ruybalid|
|Ryan - Seiler||Seitz - Sloan||Sloan - Springer||Springer - Sutherland|
|Sutphin - Todd||Todd - Vigil||Vigil - Weidman||Weiford - Williams|
|Williams - Zurwelle|
The Colorado Graves Registration was a project to locate and register the graves of all United State veterans buried in Colorado. It includes many out-of-state deceased veterans who were sent to Fitzsimons Army Hospital or came to Colorado to regain their health (3).
The project had its beginning when the American Legion embarked on a program to see that the graves of every deceased veteran resting in the United States were included in the Decoration or Memorial Day service. In May 1933 the National Grave Registration Plan was adopted by the American Legion. In 1935 the task got underway, depending almost entirely on voluntary assistance. In 1938 a project proposal was written to make the project a state-wide project for the Works Project Administration under the sponsorship of the Military Department of the State of Colorado with the cooperation of the American Legion and Veterans of Foreign Wars. Funds were provided by the Works Project Administration and special appropriation made by the Colorado State Legislature (3).
Permanent files were transcribed with each record being placed on a registration card. Information was gathered county by county from all sources possible. In conjunction with investigation of burial plots and cemetery records, the research included many public records, newspaper files, city and county records, assessors books, church records, morticians records, records of service and patriotic organizations, contact with friends and relatives of the deceased veterans and county histories when available. Service connections were checked with the Official Roster of Colorado Soldiers who served in the Civil War, local records of the Grand Army of the Republic and rosters of the the other states in the Union (3).
For more in-depth information on the formation and completion of the Colorado Grave Registration, consult The Manual of Instructions, written in 1940 under the sponsorship of the Military Department of the State of Colorado. Copies of the manual are available at the Jefferson County Library at 20th and Miller Streets, (R.929.3), Lakewood, CO 80215 (3).
Information requested on each grave registration card includes the following:
The original cards are currently filed in twenty volumes of books at the Colorado State
Archives. Because cause of death is included in the Grave Registration, the records are
not open for public inspection. However staff members can extract all the information
except for the cause of death. Permission to look at specific records can be obtained in
writing from the Colorado Adjutant Generals office, 6845 S. Revere Parkway,
Englewood, CO 80112, phone 720-250-8801. The cards are also on six rolls of microfilm by
county which are catalogued in the order given below. The total number of registrations
are given in parenthesis following the county listed below:
Information from these grave registration cards may be obtained by contacting:
The Colorado State Archives
Last modified April 20, 2007