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


Mesa County, Colorado
Map of Colorado highlighting Mesa County
Location in the state of Colorado
Map of the U.S. highlighting Colorado
Location of Colorado in the U.S.
Founded February 14, 1883
County Seat Grand Junction
Address Mesa County Courthouse
2424 Hwy 6 & 50
PO Box 20,000-5010
Grand Junction, CO 81502
Phone: 970.244.1607
Mesa County Website


County Courthouse

County Clerk has marriage and land records from 1883;
County Health Department has birth, death and burial records;
1885 census taken[1]

Historical Facts

Beginning dates for major county records
1883-1909 [2]*
1883 [2]*
1893-1901 [2]*


*For earlier dates, try... Church | Obituaries | Cemeteries

Early birth and death records are stored in the courthouse.[2]

County Seat

Grand Junction [3]

Parent County

  • 1883--Mesa County was created 14 February 1883 from Gunnison County.

Neighboring Counties

Record Loss



Memorial Gardens of the Valley, Grand Junction BillionGraves

Mesa County Genealogical Society Cemetery Website Project -

Elmwood Cemetery FindaGrave

Tombstone Transcriptions Online Tombstone Transcriptions in Print List of Cemeteries in the county Family History Library
COGenWeb WorldCat Billion Graves
COGenWeb Archives
Tombstone Project
Colorado Gravestones
Billion Graves
See Colorado Cemeteries for more information.


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


LDS Ward and Branch Records

  • Fruita
  • Grand Junction

Court Records

An Index of many Court related cases (marriage, divorce, judgements, liens, etc.) are accessible on the Mesa County, Colorado home page. Through their Online Services: Record --Recorded Documents page. This is not by all means an inclusive list and Mesa County reminds users, "The Mesa County Recorder Office presents the information on this web site as a service to the public. While every effort has been made to ensure the accuracy of this information, no person or entity, including Mesa County, the Clerk or her staff, shall have any responsibility for any inaccuracies or omissions in the data at this site or at other sites to which we link. Use of this site is an acknowledgement of this disclaimer. The official records of the County are located in the Office."

Non-county residents do not have access to all the functions of the website.

There is also a direct link to the search page .



Local History

Local histories are available for Mesa 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.



Naturalization and Citizenship


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


An obituary index is maintained by the Mesa County Public Libraries.  An online index to obituaries is available through the library catalog at Use the drop-down menu to search only genealogy records. The index includes birth and death dates, and occasionally information on spouses.  A few entries include the full text of the obituary. 

Obituaries which are not available full text online can be requested using your local public library's interlibrary loan service.


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



The Colorado State Archives has the following records available for Mesa 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

Mesa County CCC Enrollments 1934 - 1942
Mesa County Divorce Cases 1950 - 1970
Mesa County Inheritance Tax 1920 - 1934
Mesa County Motor Vehicle Licenses 1913 - 1917
Mesa County Persons Subject to Military 1885 - 1887
Mesa County Persons Exempt from Military 1887
Mesa County Probate 1883 - 1910

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.


Mesa County Public Library District
530 Grand Ave
Grand Junction, CO 81502
Telehone: 970-243-4783


Mesa County Genealogical Society
P. O. Box 1506
Grand Junction, Colorado 81502-1506
Telephone 970-242-0971


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.

Colorado State Archives has put the Mesa County Inheritance Tax Records Index for the years 1920-1934 on-line.

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.

Colorado Vital Records Search


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]


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



Populated Places

Populated Places in Mesa County
Clifton *
Grand Junction
De Beque






Orchard Mesa *

Plateau City



'*'also check for records in Grand Junction

Ghost Town


Web Sites


  1. Handybook for Genealogists: United States of America, 10th ed. (Draper, Utah: Everton Pub., 2002), Mesa County, Colorado. Page 100 At various libraries (WorldCat); FHL Book 973 D27e 2002.
  2. 2.0 2.1 2.2 2.3 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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