Start Your Research
Don't know where to begin? Looking for Douglas County History goodies? Here are the Douglas County History resources to get you started researching your house or family.
Collection Guides - Materials available in the DCHRC such as organizational records, manuscripts, and scrapbooks from individual families (not everything we have).
Naturalization and Immigration Records for Douglas County - A list of Douglas County immigrants from 1871 to 1938. Includes country of origin, date of naturalization, and page in the DCHRC's book so you can ask for a photocopy.
Recommended Douglas County History Books - Recently (and not so recently) published books to start your research (including links to the DCL catalog.)
Local Government Records - Douglas County officials from 1861 to the present, Castle Rock Town Council Minutes, and other local government materials.
Douglas County Schools Information - Graduates of Douglas County High School, 8th Grade Graduates from Douglas County, school censuses, and website about the history of Douglas County Schools.
Business Directories - Lists of Douglas County Businesses, 1886-1888, information about finding more historical information on Douglas County Businesses.
Douglas County Fair Books, 1891-1998 - An index of the program books produced by the Douglas County Fair. A good place to find advertising for businesses throughout Douglas County's early years.
Douglas County Censuses - Indexes to the 1870 and 1880 federal censuses, and information about searching for Douglas County residents and more via federal, state, and school censuses.
Databases and Links - Ancestry Plus and Heritage Quest available FREE in Douglas County Libraries! Also, links to Historic Newspapers Project, Rootsweb, and others.
Biography Files - [LARGE] A list of over 3000 biography files cataloged at the Philip S. Miller Library in Castle Rock. If you would like more information about any of the files listed, contact the DCHRC.
Ephemera and Newsletters - Current and recent materials collected by the DCHRC to document the period from 1992 to the present. The DCHRC collects newsletters from HOAs, Metro Districts, historical organizations and other community groups throughout Douglas County.
Clippings Notebooks - A list of binders available in the Douglas County History Research Center on a variety of history topics.
If you would like more information on resources available in the DCHRC, or would like to volunteer to help us, call (303) 688-7730.