Lookup Requests

Query Committee

Our Query Committee provides research services for available Colorado records at local sources in the Denver area. A minimum donation of $20.00 per surname is requested which will be applied to our library book purchase fund.

It is important that you clearly state exactly what genealogy information you are requesting along with as many details as possible to assist our researchers.

Send your written request and S.A.S.E along with a book purchase donation check payable to CGHS, Inc. at the following address:

CHGS Query Coordinator
Woody Trosper
P.O. Box 2074
Centennial, CO 80161-2074

Please allow a few weeks for us to fully research and reply to your request.

Success Story

A query was received that cited the Colorado Cemetery Index. The initial search indicated that the subject of the query was not in the Denver newspaper obituaries.

Melva L. (variously written as Lorraine or Lorreine or Lorene) Standlea was located on the Social Security Death Index. She was also found on the website www.findagrave.com, which reinforced the idea that she had died in Springfield, Baca County, Colorado, on 27 Feb 1992. With this location and date in mind, the newspaper microfilms of the Plainsman Herald (of Springfield, CO) at the Denver Public Library were successfully searched for an obituary. Melva was buried in the Springfield Cemetery alongside her husband, Carl Standlea (1921 – 1984), and his granddaughter, Ruthie Lorene Standlea (1951 – 1964), died of burst appendix, child of Carl’s son, Carl, and wife, Anna).

This younger Carl was the child of the older Carl and Betty (her maiden name is unknown). Betty was evidently the first wife of Carl, Sr., since she was listed as living in Madill, OK (and not in Springfield), when her granddaughter Ruthie died. When Melva died, Carl, Jr., and two sisters were listed as step-children, suggesting that Melva and Carl had no children.

The obituary for Melva stated that she was born in Yakima, Washington, on 19 Jun 1919 (the original query and the SSDI show 20 June 1919 as her birth date). She moved to Pueblo, Colorado, in 1963, where she met and married Carl Standlea – if she was married before, no ex-husband or children were listed in her obituary. Carl and Melva moved to the Springfield area after Carl retired.

Hooray for a successful search!