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''[[United States|United States]] > [[Portal:Colorado|Colorado ]]> Colorado Vital Records''  
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[[United States|United States]] [[Image:Gotoarrow.png]] [[Colorado]][[Image:Gotoarrow.png]] [[Colorado_Vital_Records|Vital Records]]'' [[Image:1024px-Colorado rocky mtns.JPG|thumb|center|400px|1024px-Colorado rocky mtns.JPG|Colorado Rocky Mountains]]
  
 
<br>'''Introduction to Vital Records'''  
 
<br>'''Introduction to Vital Records'''  
  
[[United States Vital Records|Vital Records]] consist of [[United States Birth Records|births]], adoptions, [[United States Marriage Records|marriages]], divorces, and [[United States Death Records|deaths]] recorded on registers, certificates, and documents. [[Locating United States Vital Records|United States Vital Records]]&nbsp;has&nbsp;additional research guidance&nbsp;on researching and using vital records. A copy or an extract of most original records can be&nbsp;purchased from&nbsp;the [http://www.cdc.gov/nchs/w2w/california.htm Colorado Vital Records State Department of Health] or the&nbsp;County Clerk's office of the county where the event occurred. See also [http://www.familysearch.org/Eng/Search/RG/frameset_rg.asp?Dest=G1&Aid=&Gid=&Lid=&Sid=&Did=&Juris1=&Event=&Year=&Gloss=&Sub=&Tab=&Entry=&Guide=CO_BMDT3_Statewide_Indexes.ASP#Step Colorado Statewide Indexes and Collections] at the Family History Library.  
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[[United States Vital Records|Vital Records]] consist of [[United States Birth Records|births]], adoptions, [[United States Marriage Records|marriages]], divorces, and [[United States Death Records|deaths]] recorded on registers, certificates, and documents. [[Locating United States Vital Records|United States Vital Records]]&nbsp;has&nbsp;additional research guidance&nbsp;on researching and using vital records. A copy or an extract of most original records can be&nbsp;purchased from&nbsp;the [http://www.cdphe.state.co.us/certs/ Colorado Vital Records State Department of Health] or the&nbsp;County Clerk's office of the county where the event occurred. See also [http://www.familysearch.org/Eng/Search/RG/frameset_rg.asp?Dest=G1&Aid=&Gid=&Lid=&Sid=&Did=&Juris1=&Event=&Year=&Gloss=&Sub=&Tab=&Entry=&Guide=CO_BMDT3_Statewide_Indexes.ASP#Step Colorado Statewide Indexes and Collections] at the Family History Library.  
  
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== Colorado&nbsp;Birth, Marriage and Death Records Online  ==
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== Colorado Birth, Marriage and Death Records Online  ==
 
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The following is a list of online resources useful for locating Colorado Vital Records which consist of [[United States Birth Records|births]], adoptions, [[United States Marriage Records|marriages]], divorces, and [[United States Death Records|deaths]].&nbsp; Most online resources for Colorado Vital Records are indexes. After locating a person in an index always consult the original record to [[Contradictions and discrepancies|confirm the information]] in the index. '''<br>'''
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The following is a list of online resources useful for locating Colorado Vital Records which consist of [[United States Birth Records|births]], adoptions, [[United States Marriage Records|marriages]], divorces, and [[United States Death Records|deaths]].&nbsp; Most online resources for Colorado Vital Records are indexes. After locating a person in an index always consult the original record to [[Contradictions and discrepancies|confirm the information]] in the index. '''<br>'''
  
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*[http://www.genealogybuff.com/co/state/webbbs_config.pl Colorado Obituary Collection] Free from GenealogyBuff.com. From Various Funeral Homes in the State of Colorado.
 
*[http://fhlfavorites.info/Links/USA_States/States_Frames/Colorado/Colorado_Frame.htm Colorado Links] from [http://fhlfavorites.info/ fhlfavorites.info] -&nbsp;Free  
 
*[http://fhlfavorites.info/Links/USA_States/States_Frames/Colorado/Colorado_Frame.htm Colorado Links] from [http://fhlfavorites.info/ fhlfavorites.info] -&nbsp;Free  
*[http://userdb.rootsweb.ancestry.com/regional.html#Colorado Colorado Databases] listed on [http://www.rootsweb.ancestry.com/ Rootsweb.org]&nbsp;- Free  
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*[http://userdb.rootsweb.ancestry.com/regional.html#Colorado Colorado Databases] listed on [http://www.rootsweb.ancestry.com/ Rootsweb.com]- Free  
 
*USGenWeb.org [http://cogenweb.com/ Colorado Site] - Free  
 
*USGenWeb.org [http://cogenweb.com/ Colorado Site] - Free  
 
*The Vital Records Search and Information Directory for [http://www.daddezio.com/records/room/RR-CO-NDX.html Colorado] - Free/$  
 
*The Vital Records Search and Information Directory for [http://www.daddezio.com/records/room/RR-CO-NDX.html Colorado] - Free/$  
*Wee Monster Links for Colorado [http://home.att.net/~wee-monster/vitalrecords.html#Colorado Birth &amp; Marriage]&nbsp;and [http://home.att.net/~wee-monster/deathrecords.html Death] Records -&nbsp;Free/$  
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*Wee Monster Links for Colorado [http://www.germanroots.com/vitalrecords.html#Colorado Birth &amp; Marriage]&nbsp;and [http://www.germanroots.com/deathrecords.html Death] Records -&nbsp;Free/$  
 
*Linkpendium Links for [http://www.linkpendium.com/genealogy/USA/CO/ Colorado Genealogy and History], including individual Counties&nbsp;-&nbsp;Free/$&nbsp;  
 
*Linkpendium Links for [http://www.linkpendium.com/genealogy/USA/CO/ Colorado Genealogy and History], including individual Counties&nbsp;-&nbsp;Free/$&nbsp;  
 
*Progenealogists Links for the [http://progenealogists.com/genealogysleuthb.htm United States]. Press '''Ctrl + F''' on the keyboard to search for '''Colorado''' or '''CO''' -&nbsp;Free/$  
 
*Progenealogists Links for the [http://progenealogists.com/genealogysleuthb.htm United States]. Press '''Ctrl + F''' on the keyboard to search for '''Colorado''' or '''CO''' -&nbsp;Free/$  
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*[http://www.wargo.org/grandcomarriages.htm Marriages of Grand County, Colorado The First Hundred Years]  
 
*[http://www.wargo.org/grandcomarriages.htm Marriages of Grand County, Colorado The First Hundred Years]  
 
*[http://swcenter.fortlewis.edu/inventory/LaPlataCouMarr.htm La Plata County marriages records from 6/19/1877 through 7/2/1959]
 
*[http://swcenter.fortlewis.edu/inventory/LaPlataCouMarr.htm La Plata County marriages records from 6/19/1877 through 7/2/1959]
 
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== Births and Deaths  ==
 
== Births and Deaths  ==
 
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'''Early - 1907'''  
 
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The current fees for records are at the above website and at [http://www.vitalrec.com VitalRecords.com].&nbsp; State your relationship to the individual you want information about and your reason. Certificates are released only to members of the immediate family.  
 
The current fees for records are at the above website and at [http://www.vitalrec.com VitalRecords.com].&nbsp; State your relationship to the individual you want information about and your reason. Certificates are released only to members of the immediate family.  
  
'''[[Colorado Vital Records Search|Colorado Vital Records Search]]''' <br>
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'''[[Colorado Vital Records Search|Colorado Vital Records Search]]'''  
  
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|+ '''Information&nbsp;in Colorado Birth Records'''  
 
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| bgcolor="#99ccff" height="50" valign="middle" width="52%" align="center" | '''Types of Information'''  
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| bgcolor="#99ccff" valign="middle" width="16%" align="center" | '''early - 1907'''&nbsp;  
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| valign="middle" width="16%" bgcolor="#99ccff" align="center" | '''early - 1907'''&nbsp;  
| bgcolor="#99ccff" valign="middle" width="16%" align="center" | '''1907&nbsp;- present'''
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| valign="middle" width="16%" bgcolor="#99ccff" align="center" | '''1907&nbsp;- present'''
 
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| bgcolor="#99ccff" height="25" valign="middle" width="52%" align="center" | '''Name of Child'''  
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| height="25" valign="middle" width="16%" align="center" | &nbsp;
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| valign="middle" width="16%" height="25" align="center" | &nbsp;
 
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| bgcolor="#99ccff" height="25" valign="middle" width="52%" align="center" | '''Sex'''  
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| valign="middle" width="52%" height="25" bgcolor="#99ccff" align="center" | '''Sex'''  
| height="25" valign="middle" width="16%" align="center" | &nbsp;
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| valign="middle" width="16%" height="25" align="center" | &nbsp;  
| height="25" valign="middle" width="16%" align="center" | &nbsp;
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| valign="middle" width="16%" height="25" align="center" | &nbsp;
 
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| bgcolor="#99ccff" height="25" valign="middle" width="52%" align="center" | '''Race'''  
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| valign="middle" width="52%" height="25" bgcolor="#99ccff" align="center" | '''Race'''  
| height="25" valign="middle" width="16%" align="center" | &nbsp;
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| valign="middle" width="16%" height="25" align="center" | &nbsp;  
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| bgcolor="#99ccff" height="25" valign="middle" width="52%" align="center" | '''Parents' Names'''  
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| valign="middle" width="52%" height="25" bgcolor="#99ccff" align="center" | '''Parents' Names'''  
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| valign="middle" width="16%" height="25" align="center" | &nbsp;  
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| bgcolor="#99ccff" height="25" valign="middle" width="52%" align="center" | '''Midwife/Doctor'''  
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| valign="middle" width="52%" height="25" bgcolor="#99ccff" align="center" | '''Midwife/Doctor'''  
| height="25" valign="middle" width="16%" align="center" | &nbsp;
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| valign="middle" width="16%" height="25" align="center" | &nbsp;  
| height="25" valign="middle" width="16%" align="center" | &nbsp;
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| valign="middle" width="16%" height="25" align="center" | &nbsp;
 
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| bgcolor="#99ccff" height="25" valign="middle" width="52%" align="center" | '''Date &amp; Place of Birth'''  
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| valign="middle" width="52%" height="25" bgcolor="#99ccff" align="center" | '''Date &amp; Place of Birth'''  
| height="25" valign="middle" width="16%" align="center" | &nbsp;
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| valign="middle" width="16%" height="25" align="center" | &nbsp;  
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| valign="middle" width="16%" height="25" align="center" | &nbsp;
 
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| bgcolor="#99ccff" height="25" valign="middle" width="52%" align="center" | '''Residence'''  
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| valign="middle" width="52%" height="25" bgcolor="#99ccff" align="center" | '''Residence'''  
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=== Adoption  ===
 
=== Adoption  ===
  
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Adoptions after Sept. 1, 1999 are available to the adoptee if over 18, the adoptive parents and the birth parents among others. Records for births prior to Sept. 1, 1999 are harder to obtain. These records are available through a confidential intermediary who must obtain consent from the parties before release of information.<ref>Adoption.com [http://laws.adoption.com/statutes/colorado-laws.html Colorado Laws]</ref>
  
 
== Marriages Records  ==
 
== Marriages Records  ==
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Each county has kept marriage records since the date it was organized. A few records date from 1860. You can write to the appropriate county clerk for information.  
 
Each county has kept marriage records since the date it was organized. A few records date from 1860. You can write to the appropriate county clerk for information.  
  
The [http://www.cdphe.state.co.us/certs/index.html Colorado Department of Health]&nbsp;has a statewide index to marriages from 1900 to 1939 and from 1975 to the present. <ref>Family History Library [http://www.familysearch.org/eng/library/fhlcatalog/supermainframeset.asp?display=titlefilmnotes&amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;columns=*%2C0%2C0&amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;titleno=565974&amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;disp=Statewide+marriage+index%2C+1900-1939++ films beginning with 1690047, years 1900-1939, 1975-1992]. </ref>They will check the index and then forward the inquiry to the correct county office.  
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The [http://www.cdphe.state.co.us/certs/index.html Colorado Department of Health]&nbsp;has a statewide index to marriages from 1900 to 1939 and from 1975 to the present. <ref>Family History Library {{FHL|CD-ROM no.2425}} years 1900-1939, 1975-1992.</ref>They will check the index and then forward the inquiry to the correct county office.  
  
 
The [http://www.colorado.gov/dpa/doit/archives/ Colorado Division of State Archives and Public Records]&nbsp;also has copies of marriage records for 20 counties, including Denver from 1861 to 1952.  
 
The [http://www.colorado.gov/dpa/doit/archives/ Colorado Division of State Archives and Public Records]&nbsp;also has copies of marriage records for 20 counties, including Denver from 1861 to 1952.  
  
Some county marriage records have been extracted and published. For example, many early marriage records have been published in ''The Colorado Genealogist ''see the [[Colorado Periodicals|Periodicals]] page. The earliest Denver and Arapahoe County marriage records have recently been published in ''Marriages of Arapahoe County, Colorado'', 1859-1901: Including "Territory That Became Adams, Denver, and Other Counties" <ref>Denver: Colorado Genealogical Society, 1986; Family History Library boo[http://www.familysearch.org/eng/library/fhlcatalog/supermainframeset.asp?display=titlefilmnotes&amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;columns=*%2C0%2C0&amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;titleno=197661&amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;disp=Inventory+of+the+county+archives+of+Colo++ k 978.882, V2m, fiche 6087871]. </ref>
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Some county marriage records have been extracted and published. For example, many early marriage records have been published in ''The Colorado Genealogist ''see the [[Colorado Periodicals|Periodicals]] page. The earliest Denver and Arapahoe County marriage records have recently been published in ''Marriages of Arapahoe County, Colorado'', 1859-1901: Including "Territory That Became Adams, Denver, and Other Counties" <ref>Denver, Colorado Genealogical Society, 1986: Family History Library {{FHL|978.882 V2m}}.</ref>  
  
 
Many of the early marriages for the western part of the state are searchable online at no cost in the [http://abish.byui.edu/specialCollections/westernStates/search.cfm Western States Marriage Index].  
 
Many of the early marriages for the western part of the state are searchable online at no cost in the [http://abish.byui.edu/specialCollections/westernStates/search.cfm Western States Marriage Index].  
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'''A wiki article describing an online collection is found at:'''
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[[Colorado, Statewide Marriage Index (FamilySearch Historical Records)|Colorado Statewide Marriage Index (FamilySearch Historical Records)]]
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:*{{RecordSearch|1932434|Colorado Statewide Marriage Index, 1900-1939}} Browse images at FamilySearch Historical Records. [[Colorado, Statewide Marriage Index (FamilySearch Historical Records)|Learn more.]]<br>
  
 
'''[[Colorado Vital Records Search|Colorado Vital Records Search]]'''  
 
'''[[Colorado Vital Records Search|Colorado Vital Records Search]]'''  
  
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| valign="middle" width="52%" height="50" bgcolor="#99ccff" align="center" | '''Types of Information'''  
| bgcolor="#99ccff" valign="middle" width="16%" align="center" | '''1860 - 1900'''  
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| valign="middle" width="16%" bgcolor="#99ccff" align="center" | '''1860 - 1900'''  
| bgcolor="#99ccff" valign="middle" width="16%" align="center" | '''1900&nbsp;- present'''
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| valign="middle" width="16%" bgcolor="#99ccff" align="center" | '''1900&nbsp;- present'''
 
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| bgcolor="#99ccff" height="25" valign="middle" width="52%" align="center" | '''Name of Bride/Groom'''  
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| valign="middle" width="52%" height="25" bgcolor="#99ccff" align="center" | '''Name of Bride/Groom'''  
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| bgcolor="#99ccff" height="25" valign="middle" width="52%" align="center" | '''Date of Marriage'''  
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| valign="middle" width="52%" height="25" bgcolor="#99ccff" align="center" | '''Date of Marriage'''  
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| bgcolor="#99ccff" height="25" valign="middle" width="52%" align="center" | '''Location of Marriage'''  
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| valign="middle" width="52%" height="25" bgcolor="#99ccff" align="center" | '''Location of Marriage'''  
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| bgcolor="#99ccff" height="25" valign="middle" width="52%" align="center" | '''Presiding Official'''  
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| valign="middle" width="52%" height="25" bgcolor="#99ccff" align="center" | '''Presiding Official'''  
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| valign="middle" width="16%" align="center" | &nbsp;  
 
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| bgcolor="#99ccff" height="25" valign="middle" width="52%" align="center" | '''Date of Birth'''  
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| valign="middle" width="52%" height="25" bgcolor="#99ccff" align="center" | '''Date of Birth'''  
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| valign="middle" width="16%" align="center" | &nbsp;
 
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| bgcolor="#99ccff" height="25" valign="middle" width="52%" align="center" | '''Place of Birth'''  
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| valign="middle" width="52%" height="25" bgcolor="#99ccff" align="center" | '''Place of Birth'''  
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| valign="middle" width="16%" align="center" | '''&nbsp;'''
 
| valign="middle" width="16%" align="center" | '''&nbsp;'''
 
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| bgcolor="#99ccff" height="25" valign="middle" width="52%" align="center" | '''Residence at Time of Marriage'''  
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| valign="middle" width="52%" height="25" bgcolor="#99ccff" align="center" | '''Residence at Time of Marriage'''  
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| valign="middle" width="16%" align="center" | '''&nbsp;'''
 
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=== Divorces  ===
 
=== Divorces  ===
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Divorce records are available from the clerk of the district court in the county where the decree was granted. The [http://www.cdphe.state.co.us/certs/ Colorado Department of Health] has a statewide index of divorce records for the years 1900 to 1939 and 1968 to the present. The index identifies the county that granted the divorce. The department of health does not provide certified copies. You can write to the county clerk for copies of the records.  
 
Divorce records are available from the clerk of the district court in the county where the decree was granted. The [http://www.cdphe.state.co.us/certs/ Colorado Department of Health] has a statewide index of divorce records for the years 1900 to 1939 and 1968 to the present. The index identifies the county that granted the divorce. The department of health does not provide certified copies. You can write to the county clerk for copies of the records.  
  
'''&nbsp;[[Colorado Vital Records Search|Colorado Vital Records Search]]'''
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'''[[Colorado Vital Records Search|Colorado Vital Records Search]]'''  
  
 
== Death Records  ==
 
== Death Records  ==
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'''[[Colorado Vital Records Search|Colorado Vital Records Search]]'''  
 
'''[[Colorado Vital Records Search|Colorado Vital Records Search]]'''  
  
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| bgcolor="#99ccff" height="40" valign="middle" width="52%" align="center" | '''Types of Information<br>'''
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| valign="middle" width="52%" height="40" bgcolor="#99ccff" align="center" | '''Types of Information<br>'''  
| bgcolor="#99ccff" valign="middle" width="16%" align="center" | '''before&nbsp;- 1900<br>'''
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| valign="middle" width="16%" bgcolor="#99ccff" align="center" | '''before&nbsp;- 1900<br>'''  
| bgcolor="#99ccff" valign="middle" width="16%" align="center" | '''1900 - present<br>'''
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| valign="middle" width="16%" bgcolor="#99ccff" align="center" | '''1900 - present<br>'''
 
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| bgcolor="#99ccff" height="25" valign="middle" width="52%" align="center" | '''Name of Deceased<br>'''
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| valign="middle" width="16%" align="center" | '''<br>'''
 
| valign="middle" width="16%" align="center" | '''<br>'''
 
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| bgcolor="#99ccff" height="25" valign="middle" width="52%" align="center" | '''Date of Death'''  
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| valign="middle" width="52%" height="25" bgcolor="#99ccff" align="center" | '''Date of Death'''  
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| valign="middle" width="16%" align="center" | '''<br>'''&nbsp;  
 
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| bgcolor="#99ccff" height="25" valign="middle" width="52%" align="center" | '''Place of Death'''  
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| valign="middle" width="52%" height="25" bgcolor="#99ccff" align="center" | '''Place of Death'''  
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| bgcolor="#99ccff" height="25" valign="middle" width="52%" align="center" | '''Date of Birth/Age'''  
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| bgcolor="#99ccff" height="25" valign="middle" width="52%" align="center" | '''Place of Birth'''  
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| valign="middle" width="52%" height="25" bgcolor="#99ccff" align="center" | '''Place of Birth'''  
| valign="middle" width="16%" align="center" | '''<br>'''
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| valign="middle" width="16%" align="center" | '''<br>'''  
 
| valign="middle" width="16%" align="center" | '''<br>'''&nbsp;
 
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| bgcolor="#99ccff" height="25" valign="middle" width="52%" align="center" | '''Place of Burial'''  
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| valign="middle" width="52%" height="25" bgcolor="#99ccff" align="center" | '''Place of Burial'''  
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| valign="middle" width="16%" align="center" | '''<br>'''  
 
| valign="middle" width="16%" align="center" | '''<br>'''&nbsp;
 
| valign="middle" width="16%" align="center" | '''<br>'''&nbsp;
 
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| bgcolor="#99ccff" height="25" valign="middle" width="52%" align="center" | '''Parents' Names/Maiden'''  
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| valign="middle" width="52%" height="25" bgcolor="#99ccff" align="center" | '''Parents' Names/Maiden'''  
| valign="middle" width="16%" align="center" | '''<br>'''
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| valign="middle" width="16%" align="center" | '''<br>'''  
 
| valign="middle" width="16%" align="center" | '''<br>'''&nbsp;
 
| valign="middle" width="16%" align="center" | '''<br>'''&nbsp;
 
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| bgcolor="#99ccff" height="25" valign="middle" width="52%" align="center" | '''Occupation of Deceased'''  
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| valign="middle" width="52%" height="25" bgcolor="#99ccff" align="center" | '''Occupation of Deceased'''  
| valign="middle" width="16%" align="center" | '''<br>'''
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| valign="middle" width="16%" align="center" | '''<br>'''  
 
| valign="middle" width="16%" align="center" | '''<br>'''&nbsp;
 
| valign="middle" width="16%" align="center" | '''<br>'''&nbsp;
 
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'''Marital''' '''Status'''
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'''Marital''' '''Status'''  
  
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| valign="middle" width="16%" align="center" | '''<br>'''&nbsp;
 
| valign="middle" width="16%" align="center" | '''<br>'''&nbsp;
 
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== Substitute Records  ==
 
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== Sustitute Records  ==
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*[[Colorado Church Records|Colorado-Church Records]]  
 
*[[Colorado Church Records|Colorado-Church Records]]  
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*'''[[Colorado Vital Records Search|Colorado Vital Records Search]]'''
  
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Learn more about the history and availability of vital records in [http://books.google.com/books/about/Guide_to_vital_statistics_records_in_Col.html?id=Ux5iewAACAAJ ''Guide to Vital Statistics Records in Colorado'', Volume 1] <ref>Denver: Historical Records Survey, 1942; Family History Library {{FHL|897482}}</ref>&nbsp;Click on the Guide to Vital Statisticcs records in Colorado.  
 
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Learn more about the history and availability of vital records in ''Guide to Vital Statistics Records in Colorado'', Volume 1 <ref>Denver: Historical Records Survey, 1942; Family History Library [http://www.familysearch.org/eng/library/fhlcatalog/supermainframeset.asp?display=titlefilmnotes&amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;columns=*%2C0%2C0&amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;titleno=193114&amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;disp=Guide+to+vital+statistics+records+in+Col++ book 978.8 A3h; film 897482 item 10]. </ref>
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== Tips  ==
 
== Tips  ==
  
*Information listed on vital records is given by an informant.&nbsp; Learn the relationship of the informant to the subject(s) of the record.&nbsp; The closer the relatinship of the informant to the subjects(s) and whether or not the informant was present at the time of the event can hep determine the accuracy of the information found on the record.&nbsp;  
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*Information listed on vital records is given by an informant.&nbsp; Learn the relationship of the informant to the subject(s) of the record.&nbsp; The closer the relationship of the informant to the subjects(s) and whether or not the informant was present at the time of the event can hep determine the accuracy of the information found on the record.&nbsp;  
*If you are unable to locate vital records recorded by govenments, search for church records of chirstening, marriage, death or burial.&nbsp; A family Bible may have been used to record births, marriages and deaths.  
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*If you are unable to locate vital records recorded by governments, search for church records of christening, marriage, death or burial.&nbsp; A family Bible may have been used to record births, marriages and deaths.  
 
*Privacy laws may restrict your access to some vital records.&nbsp; Copies of some vital records recorded in the last 100 years may be unavailable to anyone except a direct relative.  
 
*Privacy laws may restrict your access to some vital records.&nbsp; Copies of some vital records recorded in the last 100 years may be unavailable to anyone except a direct relative.  
 
*Search for Vital Records in the Family History Library Catalog by using a '''Place Search '''and then choosing '''Vital Records.'''&nbsp; Search for Colorado to locate records filed by the State and then search the '''name of the county '''to locate records kept by that county.
 
*Search for Vital Records in the Family History Library Catalog by using a '''Place Search '''and then choosing '''Vital Records.'''&nbsp; Search for Colorado to locate records filed by the State and then search the '''name of the county '''to locate records kept by that county.
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*[[Colorado Archives and Libraries|Colorado Archives and libraries]]  
 
*[[Colorado Archives and Libraries|Colorado Archives and libraries]]  
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*'''[[Colorado Vital Records Search|Colorado Vital Records Search]]'''
 
*'''[[Colorado Vital Records Search|Colorado Vital Records Search]]'''
  
 
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Colorado Rocky Mountains


Introduction to Vital Records

Vital Records consist of births, adoptions, marriages, divorces, and deaths recorded on registers, certificates, and documents. United States Vital Records has additional research guidance on researching and using vital records. A copy or an extract of most original records can be purchased from the Colorado Vital Records State Department of Health or the County Clerk's office of the county where the event occurred. See also Colorado Statewide Indexes and Collections at the Family History Library.

Contents

 
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Great Colorado Records Index
Index

Colorado Birth, Marriage and Death Records Online

The following is a list of online resources useful for locating Colorado Vital Records which consist of births, adoptions, marriages, divorces, and deaths.  Most online resources for Colorado Vital Records are indexes. After locating a person in an index always consult the original record to confirm the information in the index.

Births and Deaths

Early - 1907

A law was passed in 1876 requiring counties and towns in Colorado to record births and deaths. In those counties where the clerks complied, the records are available at the local courthouse. Most early files are incomplete.

1907 - Present

Statewide registration began in 1907 and was generally complied with by 1920. Some of the earlier county records and delayed registrations of births since 1941 are at the Colorado Department of Health. To obtain copies of these records, write to:

Vital Records Section
Colorado Department of Health
4300 Cherry Creek Drive South
HSVRD-VR-A1
Denver, CO 80246-1530
Telephone: 303.692.2200
Fax: USA 1.800.423.1108;outside continental U.S. 303.691.9307
E-mail vital.records@state.co.us
Internet: Colorado Official Birth, Death, Marriage, and Divorce Records

The current fees for records are at the above website and at VitalRecords.com.  State your relationship to the individual you want information about and your reason. Certificates are released only to members of the immediate family.

Colorado Vital Records Search

Information in Colorado Birth Records
Types of Information early - 1907  1907 - present
Name of Child  
Sex    
Race    
Parents' Names    
Midwife/Doctor    
Date & Place of Birth    
Residence

Adoption

Adoptions after Sept. 1, 1999 are available to the adoptee if over 18, the adoptive parents and the birth parents among others. Records for births prior to Sept. 1, 1999 are harder to obtain. These records are available through a confidential intermediary who must obtain consent from the parties before release of information.[1]

Marriages Records

Each county has kept marriage records since the date it was organized. A few records date from 1860. You can write to the appropriate county clerk for information.

The Colorado Department of Health has a statewide index to marriages from 1900 to 1939 and from 1975 to the present. [2]They will check the index and then forward the inquiry to the correct county office.

The Colorado Division of State Archives and Public Records also has copies of marriage records for 20 counties, including Denver from 1861 to 1952.

Some county marriage records have been extracted and published. For example, many early marriage records have been published in The Colorado Genealogist see the Periodicals page. The earliest Denver and Arapahoe County marriage records have recently been published in Marriages of Arapahoe County, Colorado, 1859-1901: Including "Territory That Became Adams, Denver, and Other Counties" [3]

Many of the early marriages for the western part of the state are searchable online at no cost in the Western States Marriage Index.

A wiki article describing an online collection is found at:

Colorado Statewide Marriage Index (FamilySearch Historical Records)

Colorado Vital Records Search

Information in Colorado Marriage Records
Types of Information 1860 - 1900 1900 - present
Name of Bride/Groom
Date of Marriage    
Location of Marriage    
Presiding Official    
Date of Birth
 
Place of Birth
 
Residence at Time of Marriage
 

Divorces

Divorce records are available from the clerk of the district court in the county where the decree was granted. The Colorado Department of Health has a statewide index of divorce records for the years 1900 to 1939 and 1968 to the present. The index identifies the county that granted the divorce. The department of health does not provide certified copies. You can write to the county clerk for copies of the records.

Colorado Vital Records Search

Death Records

Early to 1900

1900 - Present

Colorado Vital Records Search

Information in Colorado Death Records
Types of Information
before - 1900
1900 - present
Name of Deceased


Date of Death
 

 
Place of Death
 

 
Date of Birth/Age  
 
Place of Birth

 
Place of Burial

 
Parents' Names/Maiden

 
Occupation of Deceased

 

Marital Status



 

Substitute Records

Learn more about the history and availability of vital records in Guide to Vital Statistics Records in Colorado, Volume 1 [4] Click on the Guide to Vital Statisticcs records in Colorado.

Tips

  • Information listed on vital records is given by an informant.  Learn the relationship of the informant to the subject(s) of the record.  The closer the relationship of the informant to the subjects(s) and whether or not the informant was present at the time of the event can hep determine the accuracy of the information found on the record. 
  • If you are unable to locate vital records recorded by governments, search for church records of christening, marriage, death or burial.  A family Bible may have been used to record births, marriages and deaths.
  • Privacy laws may restrict your access to some vital records.  Copies of some vital records recorded in the last 100 years may be unavailable to anyone except a direct relative.
  • Search for Vital Records in the Family History Library Catalog by using a Place Search and then choosing Vital Records.  Search for Colorado to locate records filed by the State and then search the name of the county to locate records kept by that county.

Archives, Libraries and Societies

References

  1. Adoption.com Colorado Laws
  2. Family History Library FHL CD-ROM no.2425 years 1900-1939, 1975-1992.
  3. Denver, Colorado Genealogical Society, 1986: Family History Library FHL 978.882 V2m.
  4. Denver: Historical Records Survey, 1942; Family History Library FHL 897482