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Guide to Larimer County, Colorado ancestry, family history, and genealogy birth records, marriage records, death records, census records, family history, and military records.


Larimer County, Colorado
Map of Colorado highlighting Larimer County
Location in the state of Colorado
Map of the U.S. highlighting Colorado
Location of Colorado in the U.S.
Founded November 1, 1861
County Seat Fort Collins
Address Larimer County Courthouse
200 W Oak Street
PO Box 1190
Fort Collins, CO 80522-1190
Phone: 970.498.7860
Larimer County Website


County Courthouse

Cherokee Pass2.jpg
Wagon trail pass near Fort Collins, Colorado, from a 7 June 1859 sketch

County Clerk has marriage and land records from 1862;
County Health Department has birth and death records[1]

Historical Facts

Beginning dates for major county records
1902 - 1908[2] *
1862[2] *
1902 - 1908[2] *
1862 [2]
1862 [2]
1862 [2]
*For earlier dates, try... Church | Obituaries | Cemeteries

County Seat

Fort Collins [3] 

Clerk and Recorder 200 W. Oak Street, First Floor, Fort Collins, CO 80521

Parent County

1861--Larimer County was created 1 November 1861 as an original county.

Neighboring Counties

Record Loss

Vital Records

Vital Records consist of births, adoptions, marriages, divorces, and deaths recorded on registers, certificates, and documents. A copy or an extract of most original records can be purchased from the Vital Records Section Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment or the County Clerk's office of the county where the event occurred.

For some online statewide indexes, see the FamilySearch Historical Record Collections for Colorado.

The Larimer County Vital Statistics Office is on the first floor of the Fort Collins Office of the Department of Health and Environment, at 1525 Blue Spruce Drive, Fort Collins, CO, 80524-2004.

See also the Colorado State Archives, Historical Records Index.


Birth records may become public records when 100 years have elapsed after the date of birth. EXCEPTION: The birth record of any individual who is known to be currently alive will remain confidential even if they are 100 years of age or greater. [4]

For in-state births from 1900 to present, certificates can be obtained from Larimer Vital Statistics office. For birth certificates before 1900 contact the County where the birth occurred or the State Health Department at (303) 756-4464.

If you are obtaining a birth certificate for a sibling, parent, grandparent, etc., you will need to show chain of relationship. Examples are: A sibling could provide their birth certificate to show same parents. If you are trying to get a grandparent's birth certificate you will need to show your birth certificate, plus your parent's birth certificate to show chain of relationship. If you have questions on this please call our office at 970-498-6710.


The Larimer County Recorder's office will search their indexes if you call or come in to the office. If a record is found, a copy can be purchased in person or by mail. Call 970-498-7860.


Death records may become public records when 75 years have elapsed after the date of death. [4]

To obtain a recent death certificate, you must show a direct and tangible interest to the deceased. Relatives include wife, mother, father, child (if they are listed on the death certificate). If they are not listed on the death certificate they must show proof of relationship. This would include maternal grandparents, paternal grandparents, siblings if they can prove chain of relationship. If you have questions on this please call the Larimer County Vital Statistics office at 970-498-6710.


All divorces and divorce records are handled by the Larimer County Courts. Please contact their office directly at (970) 494-3500 or visit




For tips on accessing Larimer County, Colorado Genealogy census records online, see: Colorado Census.

Church Records

Church records vary significantly depending on the denomination and the record keeper. They may contain information about members of the congregation, such as age, date of baptism, christening, or birth; marriage information and maiden names; and death date. For general information about Colorado denominations, view the Colorado Church Records wiki page.

Court Records

Larimer County Mothers' Compensation Records 1920-1933. An Index compiled from the offical record of the applications granted by the Larimer County Commissioners during these years. Record may show the following:

  • Name of Applicant
  • Date and Amount of Compensation payment
  • Any adjustments to the pension
  • Person's age
  • Town nearest to where they lived
  • Other Actions done by the County.

Local History

Local histories are available for Larimer County, Colorado Genealogy. County histories may include biographies, church, school and government history, and military information. For more information about local histories, see the wiki page section Colorado Local Histories.

Land and Property

Land and property records can place an ancestor in a particular location, provide economic information, and reveal family relationships. Land records include: deeds, abstracts and indexes, mortgages, leases, grants and land patents.

See Colorado Land and Property for additional information about early Colorado land grants.

After land was transferred to private ownership, subsequent transactions were usually recorded at the county courthouse, where current records are also housed.




Additional newspapers abstracts can sometimes be found using search phrases such as Larimer County, Colorado Genealogy newspapers in online catalogs like:


Larimer County, Colorado Obituary Collection Free from From various funeral homes in the Loveland and surrounding areas.


Probate Records

Probate records have been kept by the county courts. Colorado probate records include bonds, affidavits, letters, claims, appraisals, fee accounts, minutes, judgments, dockets, calendars, case files, and wills. The Family History Library does not have copies of probate records from Colorado.

You may obtain copies of documents from the clerk's office in the county courthouse.

Online Records


Colorado tax records complement land records and can be used as supplements to censuses. There may be gaps of several years in the records. To find tax records in the FamilySearch Catalog, do a Catalog/frameset_fhlc.asp Place Search for the county.



The Colorado State Archives has the following records available for Larimer County, Colorado Genealogy in this online database Archives Search. For a full list of online holdings, click here.
Civilian Conservation Corps Enrollments 1936 - 1942
Divorce Index 1880 - 1939
Horseshoers 1897 - 1920
Mine Accidents, Non - fatal 1883 - 1900
Vietnam Deaths 1966, 1968

Larimer County Mothers Compensations 1920 - 1933
Larimer County Naturalization Index 1885 - 1958
Larimer County Old Age Pensions 1933 - 1936
Larimer County Water Cases 1899 - 1926

Family History Centers

Family History Centers provide one-on-one assistance and free access to premium genealogical websites. In addition, many centers have free how-to genealogy classes. See Family History Center for more information. Search the online FHC directory for a nearby family history center.


  • Estes Valley Public Library District
    335 E Elkhorn Ave
    Estes Park, CO 80517
    Phone: (970) 586-8116
  • Fort Collins Regional Library District
    201 Peterson Street
    Fort Collins, CO 80524
    Phone: (970) 221-6740


Estes Park Area Historical Museum
200 Fourth Street
Estes Park, CO 80517
(970) 586-6256

Fort Collins Museum
200 Mathews
Fort Collins, CO 80524
(970) 221-6738

Loveland Museum and Gallery
503 N. Lincoln Ave.
Loveland, CO 80537
(970) 962-2410


Larimer County Genealogical Society
P. O. Box 270737
Fort Collins, Colorado 80527-0737

Pioneer Association
P.O. Box 1732,
Fort Collins, CO 80522-1732
Contact: Gayle Watkinson 970-482-8590
To preserve the history of Larimer County and to educate people in the history of northern Colorado.

Scottish Society of Northern Colorado
3200 Silverthorn Dr
Fort Collins, CO 80526
Contact: Jeff Davis, (970) 223-7730
For anyone interested in traditional Scottish culture and its related activities; Scottish ancestry not required.

Web Sites


  1. Handybook for Genealogists: United States of America, 10th ed. (Draper, Utah: Everton Pub., 2002), Larimer County, Colorado. Page 99 At various libraries (WorldCat); FHL Book 973 D27e 2002.
  2. 2.0 2.1 2.2 2.3 2.4 2.5 The Red Book, American State, County, and Town Sources. Edited by Alice Eichholz. (Ancestry, Provo; 3d ed, 2004.) Colorado article by Birdie Monk Holzclaw and Marsha Hoffman Rising. page 93.
  3. The Handybook for Genealogists: United States of America,10th ed. (Draper, UT:Everton Publishers, 2002).
  4. 4.0 4.1 Letter from Colorado State Registrar, Dated September 1, 2011. Policy Number 2011- 08.


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