History & Genealogy

Start your history search here. Find biographical details, historical facts, and even info about your own ancestry. You can also explore various collections of historical information housed at the Salida Archive—a free resource for researching people, places and events with ties to Chaffee County.

Ancestry

A network of genealogical websites focused on the U.S. and nine foreign countries. Discover your genealogy with the world’s largest collection of online family history records.

In-Library use only.

Colorado Historic Newspapers

A service of the Colorado State Library, the CHNC currently includes more than 2 million digitized pages, representing more than 553 individual newspaper titles published in Colorado from 1859 up to 2020.

Heritage Quest

Discover your family history today with this easy-to-use ancestry site. Access city directories, census maps, mortality schedules, and more.

MyHeritage

One of the largest, most internationally diverse genealogy databases of its kind. Access billions of historical documents, millions of historical photos, and other resources in thousands of databases that span the past five centuries.

Salida Archive

Explore local collections of images, history, interviews, and more at the library’s archive.