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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; Family History Library 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. The library also has histories of the Episcopal, Latter-day Saint, and Presbyterian 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:
American Baptist Historical Society
P.O. Box 851
Valley Forge, PA 19482-0851
Diocese of Colorado
1300 Washington St
Denver, CO 80203-2008
Rocky Mountain Conference Historical Society
Ira J. Taylor Library
Iliff School of Theology
2201 S. University Boulevard
Denver, CO 80210-4798
Fax: 303-777-3387 or 303-777-0164
Diocese of Colorado Springs
Archives of the Archdiocese of Denver
1300 South Steele St.
Denver, CO 80210-2599
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
Diocese of Pueblo
1001 No. Grand Avenue
Pueblo, CO 81003
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, San Miguel
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 book 973 K2sj).