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My name is Linda Cornell. My permanent home is (inside the loop) in Houston, Texas; I also live part-time in Aspen, Colorado (Pitkin County) in a restored miner's cabin in the East End (it has a historical registration for the early 1900s).|
I started genealogy after my mother died in 1995, my father having died in 1993. Being an only child I began to wonder who I really was! Genealogy has helped me find the stock from which I came . . . it is a fun pasttime, although time consuming.
When my husband and I first bought our home in Aspen and I discovered the Ute and Aspen Grove Cemeteries I realized that many people may not even know they have relatives buried here. Aspen's history is rich with pioneers and hardy-stock folks seeking riches and adventures West. Some may have goals of getting to California but only got as far as Aspen . . . after all, this is beautiful country. And in the mid 1860s it was rich with silver and gold; many settled here to mine their riches. Aspen has endured many wealth feasts and famines. So my first project was to transcribe the Ute and Aspen Grove Cemeteries. The Ute was public; Aspen Grove is private and is where many of Aspen's early founders and wealthy are buried.
Red Butte Cemetery is the main cemetery of Aspen now, beautifully set on the immediate outskirt of the town overlooking a beautiful valley and up to Red Mountain (an upscale residential area). Red Butte Cemetery is also my husband's resting place, since December 2008.
If you are searching for lost family in the Aspen area, I would encourage you to seek out the Aspen Historical Society. They have wonderful archives. Also, the city and county renovated the Ute Cemetery around 2005 and did a wonderful job of pulling together records from multiple sources.
Good luck in your root digging.