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Before 1900 the largest religious groups in [[Colorado]] were the Catholic, Methodist-Episcopal, Presbyterian, and Baptist.  
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''[[United States|United States ]] [[Image:Gotoarrow.png]]  [[Colorado|Colorado ]] [[Image:Gotoarrow.png]]  [[Colorado_Church_Records|Church Records]]''
  
An inventory that can help you find church records is ''Guide to Vital Statistics Records in Colorado'', Volume 2. Church Archives (Denver: Colorado Historical Records Survey W.P.A., 1942; Family History Library [http://www.familysearch.org/eng/library/fhlcatalog/supermainframeset.asp?display=titlefilmnotes&columns=*%2C0%2C0&titleno=193114&disp=Guide+to+vital+statistics+records+in+Col++ book 978.8 A3h; film 897482 item 9]). This book lists churches that existed about 1940.  
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[http://net.lib.byu.edu/fslab/researchoutlines/US/Colorado.pdf Before 1900 the largest religious groups] in [[Colorado]] were the [[Roman Catholic Church in the United States|Catholic]], [[Methodist Church in the United States|Methodist]], [[Episcopal Church in the United States|Episcopal]], [[Presbyterian Church in the United States|Presbyterian]], and [[Baptist Church in the United States|Baptist]].  
  
The Family History Library has records of some Catholic and Presbyterian congregations and pre-1949 LDS ward records, but few other church records. The library also has histories of the Episcopal, Latter-day Saint, and Presbyterian groups in the state.  
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An inventory that can help you find church records is:
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*''Guide to Vital Statistics Records in Colorado, Volume 2. Church Archives''. Denver: Colorado Historical Records Survey W.P.A., 1942; {{FHL|193114|item}} book 978.8 A3h; film 897482 item 9. This book lists churches that existed about 1940.
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The [[Family History Library|Family History Library]] has records of some Catholic and Presbyterian congregations and pre-1949 LDS ward records, but few other church records. Check the [https://familysearch.org/search/search/index/catalog-search#searchType=catalog&filtered=true&collectionId=&fed=false&page=1&catSearchType=subject&searchCriteria=Colorado+Church+Records&placeName=&author_givenName=&author_surname= FHL catalog ]for a complete listing of church records in the collection.  The library also has [https://familysearch.org/search/search/index/catalog-search#searchType=catalog&filtered=true&collectionId=&fed=false&page=1&catSearchType=subject&searchCriteria=Colorado+Church+History&placeName=&author_givenName=&author_surname= histories] of the Episcopal, Latter-day Saint, Presbyterian and other religious groups in the state.  
  
 
Many denominations have collected their records into central repositories. You can write to the following addresses to learn where their records are located:  
 
Many denominations have collected their records into central repositories. You can write to the following addresses to learn where their records are located:  
  
'''Baptist'''  
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=== '''Baptist''' ===
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[http://www.abhsarchives.org/ American Baptist Historical Society]<br>P.O. Box 851<br>Valley Forge, PA 19482-0851<br>Phone: (610) 768-2374
  
American Baptist Historical Society<br>P.O. Box 851<br>Valley Forge, PA 19482-0851<br>Telephone: 610-768-2374 <br>http://www.baptisthistory.us/
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=== Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints (Mormons)  ===
  
'''Episcopal'''  
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'''Early Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, Church records for&nbsp;Colorado''' <br>Ward and Branch records can be found on microfilm at the LDS Family History Library in Salt Lake City. The film numbers for each ward are listed in the Family History Library Catalog. A good reference is:<br>
  
Diocese of Colorado<br>1300 Washington St<br>Denver, CO 80203-2008<br>Telephone: 303-837-1173<br>http://www.coloradodiocese.org/contactus.html
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*Jaussi, Laureen R., and Gloria D. Chaston. ''Register of Genealogical Society Call Numbers''. 2 vols. Provo, Utah: Genealogy Tree, 1982. (FHL book 979.2258 A3j; fiche 6031507 2 fiche).
  
'''Methodist'''
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These volumes contain the film numbers for many (but not all) membership and temple record films.
  
Rocky Mountain Conference Historical Society<br>Ira J. Taylor Library<br>Iliff School of Theology<br>2201 S. University Boulevard<br>Denver, CO 80210-4798<br>Telephone: 303-744-1287<br>Fax: 303-777-3387 or 303-777-0164 <br>email: [mailto:info@iliff.edu info@iliff.edu]<br>http://historicalsocietyunitedmethodistchurch.org/
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=== '''Episcopal'''  ===
  
'''Presbyterian'''
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[http://www.coloradodiocese.org/contactus.html Diocese of Colorado]<br>1300 Washington St<br>Denver, CO 80203-2008<br>Phone: (303) 837-1173
  
Presbyterian Historical Society<br>425 Lombard Street<br>Philadelphia, PA 19147<br>Telephone: 215-627-1852<br>Fax: 215-627-0509 <br>[mailto:refdesk@history.pcusa.org refdesk@history.pcusa.org]<br>http://www.history.pcusa.org/
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=== '''Methodist'''  ===
  
=== '''Roman Catholic''' ===
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[http://historicalsocietyunitedmethodistchurch.org/ Rocky Mountain Conference Historical Society]<br>Ira J. Taylor Library<br>Iliff School of Theology<br>2201 S. University Boulevard<br>Denver, CO 80210-4798<br>Phone: (303) 744-1287<br>Fax: (303) 777-3387 or (303) 777-0164 <br>email: [mailto:info@iliff.edu info@iliff.edu]
  
Diocese of Colorado Springs
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=== '''Presbyterian'''  ===
  
The diocese includes the counties of: Chaffee, Cheyenne, Douglas, Elbert, El Paso, Kit Carson, Lake, Lincoln, Park and&nbsp;Teller
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[http://www.history.pcusa.org/ Presbyterian Historical Society]<br>425 Lombard Street<br>Philadelphia, PA 19147<br>Phone: (215) 627-1852<br>Fax: (215) 627-0509 <br>[mailto:refdesk@history.pcusa.org refdesk@history.pcusa.org]
  
Archives of the Archdiocese of Denver<br>1300 South Steele St.<br>Denver, CO 80210-2599<br>Telephone: 303-722-4687<br>Fax: 303-331-8071 <br>[mailto:archives@archden.org archives@archden.org]&nbsp;<br>[http://www.archden.org/index.php?option=com_content&task=section&id=11&Itemid=421 http://www.archden.org/index.php?option=com_content&amp;task=section&amp;id=11&amp;Itemid=421]
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=== '''Roman Catholic'''  ===
  
The Archdiocese includes the counties of: Adams, Arapahoe, Boulder, Clear Creek, Denver, Eagle, Garfield, Gilpin, Grand, Jackson, Jefferson, Larimer, Logan, Moffat, Morgan, Phillips, Pitkin, Rio Blanco, Routt, Sedgewick, Summit, Washington, Weld and Yuma
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[http://www.diocs.org/DepartmentsMinistries/ChanceryTribunalOffice/Archives.aspx Archives of the Diocese of Colorado Springs]<br>228 North Cascade Ave.<br>Colorado Springs, CO 80903<br>Phone: (719) 636-2345
  
Diocese of Pueblo<br>1001 No. Grand Avenue<br>Pueblo, CO 81003<br>Telephone: 719-544-9861<br>Fax: 719-544-5202&nbsp;<br>&nbsp;[mailto:info@dioceseofpueblo.com info@dioceseofpueblo.com]  
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The diocese includes the counties of: [[Chaffee County, Colorado|Chaffee]], [[Cheyenne County, Colorado|Cheyenne]], [[Douglas County, Colorado|Douglas]], [[Elbert County, Colorado|Elbert]], [[El Paso County, Colorado|El Paso]], [[Kit Carson County, Colorado|Kit Carson]], [[Lake County, Colorado|Lake]], [[Lincoln County, Colorado|Lincoln]], [[Park County, Colorado|Park]] and [[Teller County, Colorado|Teller]]  
  
[http://www.dioceseofpueblo.com/ http://www.dioceseofpueblo.com/]
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[http://www.archden.org/index.php?option=com_content&task=section&id=11&Itemid=421 Archives of the Archdiocese of Denver]<br>1300 South Steele St.<br>Denver, CO 80210-2599<br>Phone: (303) 722-4687<br>Fax: (303) 331-8071
  
The diocese includes the counties of: Alamosa, Archuleta, Baca, Bent, Conejos, Costilla, Crowley, Custer, Delta, Dolores, Fremont, Gunnison, Hinsdale, Huerfano, Kiowa, Las Animas, Mesa, Mineral, Montezuma, Montrose, Otero, Ouray, Prowers, Pueblo, Rio Grande,&nbsp;Saguache, San Juan, San Miguel
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The Archdiocese includes the counties of: [[Adams County, Colorado|Adams]], [[Arapahoe County, Colorado|Arapahoe]], [[Boulder County, Colorado|Boulder]], [[Clear Creek County, Colorado|Clear Creek]], [[Denver County, Colorado|Denver]], [[Eagle County, Colorado|Eagle]], [[Garfield County, Colorado|garfield]], [[Gilpin County, Colorado|Gilpin]], [[Grand County, Colorado|Grand]] , [[Jackson County, Colorado|Jackson]], [[Jefferson County, Colorado|Jefferson]], [[Larimer County, Colorado|Larimer]], [[Logan County, Colorado|Logan]], [[Moffat County, Colorado|Moffat]], [[Morgan County, Colorado|Morgan]], [[Phillips County, Colorado|Phillips]], [[Pitkin County, Colorado|Pitkin]], [[Rio Blanco County, Colorado|Rio Blanco]], [[Routt County, Colorado|Routt]], [[Sedgwick County, Colorado|Sedgwick]], [[Summit County, Colorado|Summit]], [[Washington County, Colorado|Washington]], [[Weld County, Colorado|Weld]] and [[Yuma County, Colorado|Yuma]]
  
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[http://www.dioceseofpueblo.org/ Diocese of Pueblo]<br>1001 No. Grand Avenue<br>Pueblo, CO 81003<br>Phone: (719) 544-9861<br>Fax: (719) 544-5202
  
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The diocese includes the counties of: [[Alamosa County, Colorado|Alamosa]], [[Archuleta County, Colorado|Archuleta]], [[Baca County, Colorado|Baca]], [[Bent County, Colorado|Bent]], [[Conejos County, Colorado|Conejos]], [[Costilla County, Colorado|Costilla]], [[Crowley County, Colorado|Crowley]], [[Custer County, Colorado|Custer]], [[Delta County, Colorado|Delta]], [[Dolores County, Colorado|Dolores]], [[Fremont County, Colorado|Fremont]], [[Gunnison County, Colorado|Gunnison]], [[Hinsdale County, Colorado|Hinsdale]], [[Huerfano County, Colorado|Huerfano]], [[Kiowa County, Colorado|Kiowa]], [[Las Animas County, Colorado|Las Animas]], [[Mesa County, Colorado|Mesa]], [[Mineral County, Colorado|Mineral]], [[Montezuma County, Colorado|Montezuma]], [[Montrose County, Colorado|Montrose]], [[Otero County, Colorado|Otero]], [[Ouray County, Colorado|Ouray]], [[Prowers County, Colorado|Prowers]], [[Pueblo County, Colorado|Pueblo]], [[Rio Grande County, Colorado|Rio Grande]], [[Saguache County, Colorado|Saguache]], [[San Juan County, Colorado|San Juan]] and [[San Miguel County, Colorado|San Miguel]]
  
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For a history of the Catholic church in [[Colorado|Colorado]], see:
  
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*Salpointe, Rev. Jean Baptiste. ''Soldiers of the Cross: Notes on the Ecclesiastical History of New-Mexico, Arizona and Colorado.'' Banning, Calif.: St. Boniface's Industrial School, 1898; digital version at [http://books.google.com/books?id=ouHQAAAAMAAJ Google Books]; 1967 reprint: {{FHL|282345|item}} book 973 K2sj
  
For a history of the Catholic church in Colorado, see Rev. Jean Baptiste Salpointe, ''Soldiers of the Cross'' . . . , 1898, Reprint (Albuquerque, New Mexico: Calvin Horn Publishers, 1967; Family History Library [http://www.familysearch.org/eng/library/fhlcatalog/supermainframeset.asp?display=titledetails&titleno=282345&disp=Soldiers+of+the+cross%20%20&columns=*,0,0 book 973 K2sj]). {{Colorado|Colorado}}  
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{{Colorado|Colorado}}  
  
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[[Category:Colorado|Church]][[Category:U S States Church records]]

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United States  Gotoarrow.png  Colorado  Gotoarrow.png  Church Records

Before 1900 the largest religious groups in Colorado were the Catholic, Methodist, Episcopal, Presbyterian, and Baptist.

An inventory that can help you find church records is:

  • Guide to Vital Statistics Records in Colorado, Volume 2. Church Archives. Denver: Colorado Historical Records Survey W.P.A., 1942; FHL Collection book 978.8 A3h; film 897482 item 9. This book lists churches that existed about 1940.

The Family History Library has records of some Catholic and Presbyterian congregations and pre-1949 LDS ward records, but few other church records. Check the FHL catalog for a complete listing of church records in the collection.  The library also has histories of the Episcopal, Latter-day Saint, Presbyterian and other religious groups in the state.

Many denominations have collected their records into central repositories. You can write to the following addresses to learn where their records are located:

Contents

Baptist

American Baptist Historical Society
P.O. Box 851
Valley Forge, PA 19482-0851
Phone: (610) 768-2374

Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints (Mormons)

Early Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, Church records for Colorado
Ward and Branch records can be found on microfilm at the LDS Family History Library in Salt Lake City. The film numbers for each ward are listed in the Family History Library Catalog. A good reference is:

  • Jaussi, Laureen R., and Gloria D. Chaston. Register of Genealogical Society Call Numbers. 2 vols. Provo, Utah: Genealogy Tree, 1982. (FHL book 979.2258 A3j; fiche 6031507 2 fiche).

These volumes contain the film numbers for many (but not all) membership and temple record films.

Episcopal

Diocese of Colorado
1300 Washington St
Denver, CO 80203-2008
Phone: (303) 837-1173

Methodist

Rocky Mountain Conference Historical Society
Ira J. Taylor Library
Iliff School of Theology
2201 S. University Boulevard
Denver, CO 80210-4798
Phone: (303) 744-1287
Fax: (303) 777-3387 or (303) 777-0164
email: info@iliff.edu

Presbyterian

Presbyterian Historical Society
425 Lombard Street
Philadelphia, PA 19147
Phone: (215) 627-1852
Fax: (215) 627-0509
refdesk@history.pcusa.org

Roman Catholic

Archives of the Diocese of Colorado Springs
228 North Cascade Ave.
Colorado Springs, CO 80903
Phone: (719) 636-2345

The diocese includes the counties of: Chaffee, Cheyenne, Douglas, Elbert, El Paso, Kit Carson, Lake, Lincoln, Park and Teller

Archives of the Archdiocese of Denver
1300 South Steele St.
Denver, CO 80210-2599
Phone: (303) 722-4687
Fax: (303) 331-8071

The Archdiocese includes the counties of: Adams, Arapahoe, Boulder, Clear Creek, Denver, Eagle, garfield, Gilpin, Grand , Jackson, Jefferson, Larimer, Logan, Moffat, Morgan, Phillips, Pitkin, Rio Blanco, Routt, Sedgwick, Summit, Washington, Weld and Yuma

Diocese of Pueblo
1001 No. Grand Avenue
Pueblo, CO 81003
Phone: (719) 544-9861
Fax: (719) 544-5202

The diocese includes the counties of: Alamosa, Archuleta, Baca, Bent, Conejos, Costilla, Crowley, Custer, Delta, Dolores, Fremont, Gunnison, Hinsdale, Huerfano, Kiowa, Las Animas, Mesa, Mineral, Montezuma, Montrose, Otero, Ouray, Prowers, Pueblo, Rio Grande, Saguache, San Juan and San Miguel

For a history of the Catholic church in Colorado, see:

  • Salpointe, Rev. Jean Baptiste. Soldiers of the Cross: Notes on the Ecclesiastical History of New-Mexico, Arizona and Colorado. Banning, Calif.: St. Boniface's Industrial School, 1898; digital version at Google Books; 1967 reprint: FHL Collection book 973 K2sj