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Genealogy: General Resources

Find both the library's and the internet's genealogy resources here, with links to local interests, research advice, and topical newsletters.

Find Obituaries in our Catalog

You can find obituary source information for an individual through the library catalog.

1. Start at our catalog.

2. From the dropdown menu, which says "Mesa County Libraries", select "Genealogy Records." (see this screenshot for more details: To search, you can choose name or keyword. The initial screen displays matching names with birth and death date information below. If you click on the person's name, you will see the information you need - date and page number - to retrieve the obituary from the Sentinel's microfilm.  Let us know if you would like a demonstration.



The library has a large magazine collection and you can check out all but the most current issue. Get up to date on recent genealogy updates with:

Ancestry Magazine

Family Chronicle

Newspapers on Microfilm

Located just outside of history room entrance at the Central Library:

  • 2 dedicated computers with auto microfilm readers
  • Daily Sentinel: 1893-2010.  2010 - present (with a brief lag) is in electronic PDF format and accessible on the microfilm computers.  (Please note we are missing the following reels of film: January 1950, February 1950, March 1950, February 1981, and January 1993.  CMU may have access).
  • Grand Junction News: 1882-1918
  • Weekly Sentinel: 1897-1918

Genealogy Assistance

Mesa County Genealogy Society members will be available for one-on-one research assistance at various library locations throughout the year.  The sessions rotate between Central, Fruita and Palisade.  Registration is limited, but drop-ins are welcome, as time permits.  Please check these dates on our event calendar for registration details.


Library's Databases

General Genealogy Websites and Directories

Book a librarian