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''[[United States|United States ]] [[Image:Gotoarrow.png]]  [[Colorado|Colorado ]] [[Image:Gotoarrow.png]]  [[Colorado_Church_Records|Church Records]]''  
 
''[[United States|United States ]] [[Image:Gotoarrow.png]]  [[Colorado|Colorado ]] [[Image:Gotoarrow.png]]  [[Colorado_Church_Records|Church Records]]''  
  
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]], [[Presbyterian Church in the United States|Presbyterian]], and [[Baptist Church in the United States|Baptist]].{{cn}}
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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]].  
  
 
An inventory that can help you find church records is:  
 
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.
 
*''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.
  
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. The library also has histories of the Episcopal, Latter-day Saint, and Presbyterian groups in the state.  
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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:  
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=== '''Baptist'''  ===
 
=== '''Baptist'''  ===
  
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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[http://www.abhsarchives.org/ American Baptist Historical Society]<br>P.O. Box 851<br>Valley Forge, PA 19482-0851<br>Phone: (610) 768-2374  
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=== Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints (Mormons)  ===
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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>
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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).
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These volumes contain the film numbers for many (but not all) membership and temple record films.  
  
 
=== '''Episcopal'''  ===
 
=== '''Episcopal'''  ===
  
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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[http://www.coloradodiocese.org/contactus.html Diocese of Colorado]<br>1300 Washington St<br>Denver, CO 80203-2008<br>Phone: (303) 837-1173  
  
 
=== '''Methodist'''  ===
 
=== '''Methodist'''  ===
  
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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[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]  
  
 
=== '''Presbyterian'''  ===
 
=== '''Presbyterian'''  ===
  
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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[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]  
  
 
=== '''Roman Catholic'''  ===
 
=== '''Roman Catholic'''  ===
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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