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Online Records


County Courthouse

Bent County Courthouse
PO Box 350
Las Animas, CO 81054-0350
Phone 719.456.1353

County Clerk Recorder has marriage and land records
from 1888 and military discharge records; Nursing Service
has birth and death records; Combine Court has
divorce, probate and records[1]

Quick Facts

Wikipedia has more about this subject: Bent County, Colorado

Parent County

  • Before 1861 the southwestern quarter of this modern Colorado county was in New Mexico.
Look for pre-1861 records in New Mexico. For further explanation see Taos County.
  • 11 February 1870: Bent County was created from Pueblo and Greenwood Counties. Greenwood County was abolished 1874. County seat: Las Animas.[1]

Boundary Changes

Record Loss

Places / Localities

Populated Places

Neighboring Counties


Archives and Libraries

  • Las Animas-Bent County Library District
    306 5th Street
    Las Animas, CO 81054
    Phone: (719) 456-0111



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

Church History and Records

Court Records


The Colorado State Archives has put a name only Index to the Bent County Divorce Records for the period 1907 to 1919 on-line.

Land and Property



Military History and Records


Probate Records


Vital Records

Colorado Vital Records Search

Societies, Libraries and Museums

Family History Centers



  1. 1.0 1.1 Handybook for Genealogists: United States of America, 10th ed. (Draper, Utah: Everton Pub., 2002), 97, Bent County, Colorado. At various libraries (WorldCat); FHL Book 973 D27e 2002.
  2. 2.0 2.1 William Thorndale and William Dollarhide, Map Guide to the U.S. Federal Censuses, 1790-1920 (Baltimore: Genealogical Publ., 1987), 52. At various libraries (WorldCat); FHL Book 973 X2th.
  3. Brief County Histories (New Mexico) in RootsWeb (accessed 21 June 2012).
  4. Wikipedia contributors, "Colorado Territory" in Wikipedia: the Free Encyclopeida at (accessed 19 June 2012).
  5. Adrian B. Ettlinger, AniMap 3.0 : with SiteFinder U.S. place name database (Alamo, Calif.: Gold Bug, 2008), Colorado 1861 map. At various libraries (WorldCat); FHL CD-ROM no. 4903.
  6. Handybook, 99, Huerfano County, Colorado.


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