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Leslie Family Memorial Research Library 


The Hayden Heritage Center is home to the Leslie Family Memorial Research Library. This is a non-circulating research library established in the Museum on the Main Floor in 2016 through a Routt County Museum and Heritage Fund grant and donations from the Leslie Family. 


The Library contains numerous resources for local history and genealogical research including published and out of print books, family files, obituary collection, catalogue files, quarter horse archive, school records, obituary collection, bound newspaper collection of the Routt County Republican and The Hayden Valley Press, as well as the Jan Leslie Collection of unpublished research on various aspects of Hayden & West Routt County history.

The Museum has over 4,000 digitalized photos which can be searched in the museum database on two public computers.

Call or email the museum with any questions!  We are happy to help!

Museum Online Collection Database! 

Thanks to a technology grant thru Colorado Dept. of Transportation, the Museum was able to acquire an extension of our Museum database which allows us to put a searchable database online.

We currently have a majority of our photographs online and will eventually include a large portion of our collections: artifacts, library and archives so be sure to check back! 


If you see any errors or would like to add information or purchase/request a digital file of a photo without a watermark- please contact the Museum and include the photographs number.

Bear River/ Fraker Mine employee records online

Employee records offer a great deal of genealogy information from peoples nationalites, places they lived previously, family members names , sometimes parents and sibling names to physical descriptions


Work in progress......some links may not work please check back



Helpful Off site Links:

The following links will take you to free sites NOT managed by the Museum but are helpful for research/ genealogy resources.


Historic Newspapers are wonderful resources for doing genealogy research. There are a number of free sites that can be accessed online. Keep in mind when doing your searches to do various spellings of names were often mispelled. Check the state for which you are looking for information to see if they have a free online newspaper database. We have included links to the Colorado Historic Newspapers and  Wyoming Historic Newspaper projects


Census records

Census records, both federal and state, are another helpful source in locating ancestors and discovering information. Different years held different information from land or home value, place of birth, names of children, parents nationality, number of children born, years married, birth years, occupations, even addresses, and disabilities. Again when doing searches do variant spellings on name spelling.

The US Genweb site has links to various different states and what records are available for free online including census records

Routt County Historical Records

This site is maintained by Routt County. Deed books are on this site as well as a few other County records. You can register and subscribe to have more access or you can hit the middle bar and use as a free public user.  

Other Helpful Resources

Article: How to interview elderly relatives for genealogical research

Check back as we will be adding more to this page!!

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