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Finding Colorado Marriage Records

Colorado was admitted to the Union as the state 38th state in 1876 and is known as the Centennial State. Registration of marriages with the County Clerk and Recorder was not required until 1881 yet many earlier records do exist.


Next Step: When did the marriage occur?

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Marriages Early to 1900


If you cannot locate your ancestor in the databases below, try searching for marriage information in other records.

1. Look first in 2. Then search
Church Records

Newspapers
Military Records
Obituaries

Census Records

Cemetery Records
Death Records
Bible Records


STEP ONE: Find Marriage Information

Colorado Marriage Database - Includes Index and Digital Images
Try 1st:
Colorado Territorial Marriage Index, 1861-1868

Free; Marriage certificates from Arapahoe County, which was a more extensive area then the county today and included Denver.

Records include such information as names of bride and groom, their residence, name of the officiator, names of witnesses, certificate number and the date of marriage.

Colorado Marriage Database - Includes Digital Images Only
Try 2nd:
Colorado, County Marriages, 1864-1995

Free; browse images by county online at FamilySearch.

Records include such information as names of bride and groom, date and place of marriage, officiator and witnesses and parents, ages, residences and martial status of bride and groom.

Marriages for Clear Creek, Fremont, Kit Carson, Logan, Moffat, Phillips, Saguache, Sedgwick, Washington, and Yuma counties. The content varies by county.

Colorado Marriage Databases - Includes Index Only
Try 3rd:
Western States Marriage Index

Free; search index by groom's or bride's name. Some counties have records as early as 1864.

Record content varies by county.

Or Try:
Ancestry Database - Choose one of the following:

Colorado Marriages, 1859-1900 - use Ancestry Institution at FamilySearch Centers/Libraries Free; at FamilySearch Centers and Libraries; Find your local FamilySearch Center

Colorado Marriages, 1859-1900 - use your Ancestry subscription   ($); To obtain a subscription to Ancestry; Ancestry is often available for free through your local public library
Can't find your ancestor in the online index? Tips for searching online indexes
No marriage record for your ancestor?

Search for Gretna Greens-- locations away from the home county where marriage laws were less restrictive.

Other records with marriage information

STEP TWO: Obtain the Certificate 

If you were able to locate the county where the marriage took place contact the county offices to obtain a copy of the marriage certificate.

For a list of Colorado County offices and the dates of the marriage records they hold visit Colorado State Archives Marriage Records

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Marriages 1900 to Present

STEP ONE: Find Marriage Information

Colorado Marriage Database - Includes Index and Digital Images of Index Cards
Try 1st:
Colorado Statewide Marriage Index, 1870-1939

Free; name index with images of the card index online at FamilySearch. The index cards are arranged by groom's surname.

Colorado Marriage Database - Includes Digital Images Only
Try 2nd:
Colorado, County Marriages, 1864-1995

Free; browse images by county online at FamilySearch.

Records include such information as names of bride and groom, date and place of marriage, officiator and witnesses and parents, ages, residences and martial status of bride and groom.

Marriages for Clear Creek, Fremont, Kit Carson, Logan, Moffat, Phillips, Saguache, Sedgwick, Washington, and Yuma counties. The content varies by county.

Colorado Marriage Databases - Includes Index Only
Try 3rd:
Western States Marriage Index

Free; search index by groom's or bride's name. 

Record content varies by county.

Can't find your ancestor in the online index? Tips for searching online indexes
No marriage record for your ancestor?

Search for Gretna Greens-- locations away from the home county where marriage laws were less restrictive.

Other records with marriage information

STEP TWO: Obtain the Certificate

Step A: You know the exact date of the marriage

Step B: You do not know the exact marriage date

If you do not know the exact date of the marriage the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment will conduct a search for $1.00 per year.



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