Conejos County, Colorado Genealogy
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Guide to Conejos County Colorado genealogy. Birth records, marriage records, death records, census records, family history, and military records.
|Conejos County, Colorado|
Location in the state of Colorado
Location of Colorado in the U.S.
|Founded||January 9, 1852|
|Address|| Conejos County Courthouse|
6683 County Rd 13
PO Box 157
Conejos, CO 81129-0157
Called Guadalupe County for six days before the name was changed to Conejos County 7 Nov 1869.
Clerk of Courts has probate records; County Clerk has birth, marriage and death records; County assessor has land records.
|Beginning dates for major county records|
|*For earlier dates, try... Church | Obituaries | Cemeteries|
- Before 1861 the settled part of this modern Colorado county was in New Mexico.
- 9 January 1852 it was created part of Taos County in New Mexico Territory. 
- 28 February 1861 it was transferred to Colorado  (1 Nov 1861 Guadalupe County).
- 7 November 1861 the name was changed from Guadalupe County to Conejos County.
- Look for pre-1861 records in New Mexico. For further explanation see Taos County.
- 1 November 1861: Conejos County was created as an original county under the name of Guadalupe. The name was changed to Conejos 7 November 1861.
The original boundaries of the county included a large portion of southwestern Colorado. In 1874, most of the western and northern portions of the county were broken away to form parts of Hinsdale, La Plata and Rio Grande counties, and Conejos County achieved its modern borders in 1885 when its western half was taken to create Archuleta County.
The county records 1878-1936 were lost when the courthouse burned in 1980; except for the Grantee and Grantor books, which are at the clerk’s office. The county has digitized the land records and they are on a paid subscription website by the county. A few marriage records of the late 1940's also remain in the county clerk’s office. Marriage records for 1858-1936 have been published by “The Colorado Genealogical Society, Inc.” Denver Colorado. The older birth and death certificates that were kept in the Local Registrar, are now available at the courthouse in Alamosa, Colorado.
Business Records and Commerce
- Antonito Cemetery (Northwest side of Dahilia and 19th St.)
- Assembly of God Cemetery (In church yard in Antonito)
- St. Joseph Church Cemetery (In church yard in Capulin)
- Gomez-Capulin Cemetery (North of Capulin)
- St. Joseph Capulin Cemetery (Hwy 15)
- Conejos Cemetery (South side of Conejos)
- Fox Creek Cemetery (North side of Fox Creek)
- La Jara Cemetery (US Hwy 285, North of La Jara)
- Las Mesitas Cemetery (West of Mogote)
- New Conejos & Los Cerritos Cemetery "Gate To The Heaven) (Southeast of Manassa, just east of the Manassa Cemetery)
- LaSauses Cemetery "Gate To Heaven" (In the foothills West of Los Sauces)
- LaSauses Pinacostal Cemetery (Westside of Los Sauces, just south of Main Cemetery)
- Lobatos Cemetery (East of Antonito)
- New Manassa Cemetery, (Southeast side of "M" Mountain)
- Old Manassa Cemetery, (South end of Fifth Street, at the foot of "M" Mountain, Manassa)
- Martinez Cemetery
- Mogote Cemetery
- Nance Cemetery, (West and South of the Old Manassa Cemetery)
- Ortiz Cemetery
- New Ortiz Cemetery
- San Antonio Cemetery
- Sanford Cememtery, 1881-current, (South of Sanford on County Rd. 19) (for burial info. call 719-274-5261)
- Sowards Cemetery, (West of the Old Manassa Cemetery at the foot of "M" Mountain)
- Valdez Cemetery
For tips on accessing Conejos County, Colorado Genealogy census records online, see: Colorado Census.
Church records vary significantly depending on the denomination and the record keeper. They may contain information about members of the congregation, such as age, date of baptism, christening, or birth; marriage information and maiden names; and death date. For general information about Colorado denominations, view the Colorado Church Records wiki page.
Existing LDS Wards and Branches:
- La Jara 1 Ward
- Fox Creek Branch
- Manassa 1 Ward
- Manassa 2 Ward
- Manassa 3 Ward
- Sanford 1 Ward
- Sanford 2 Ward
- San Luis Branch
- Lady of the Valley in La Jara
- Our Lady of Guadalupe Parish in Conejos
- St. Anthony in Los Sauces (Special Mass once a month)
- St. Augustine in Antonito
- St. Joseph’s Parish in Capulin
- St. Teresa in Manassa
- St. Andrew in La Jara (closed and replaced with Lady of the Valley)
- In Lobatos
- In Romeo
- In Ortiz
- In San Antonio
- In Sanford (closed and replaced with Lady of the Valley)
- Conejos Canyon Community Chapel (26727 Hwy 17)
- Presbyterian Church in San Rafael
- Presbyterian Church in Antonito
- Seventh Day Adventist in Antonito
- United Church in La Jara (522 Walnut)
The folowing LDS Ward and Branch Records are on micro film at the Family History Center in La Jara.
- Conejos Branch 1878-1879
- Eastdale Ward 1894-1908
- La Jara Ward (see Richfield Ward)
- Fox Creek Branch 1893-1894
- Manassa Ward 1892-1897, 1907-1948
- Manassa 1 Ward
- Manassa 2 Ward 1920-1928
- Morgan Branch 1934-1942
- Mountain View Branch 1889-1896
- Richfield Ward 1884-1941
- Romeo Ward 1936-1948
- Sanford Ward 1888-1948
Emigration and Immigration
Ethnic, Political, or Religious Groups
The records of the "Rogers Family Mortuary" and the "Romero's Funeral Home" are in the process of being entered into a database. This database is located at the Family History Center, located in La Jara, Colorado, at 719-274-4032. This database includes records from the Brown & Lorton Undertaking Co. (1926-1928) and the Lorton & Miracle Mortuary (1929-1939). This project is in the begining stages.
The first European know to visit this area was Don Diego de Vargas in 1694, but he left behind no colonists. In 1708, Juan de Uribarri passed through searching for run away Indian slaves.
Conejos County's name comes from the Spanish word "conejo", meaning rabbit, for the large abundance of rabbits in the area. Also early in its existence, the county seat was moved from the town of Guadalupe to Conejos.
- Misc. Family Collection in Family History Center, La Jara, Colorado, 719-274-4024
Local histories are available for Conejos County, Colorado Genealogy. County histories may include biographies, church, school and government history, and military information. For more information about local histories, see the wiki page section Colorado Local Histories.
Land and Property
Land and property records can place an ancestor in a particular location, provide economic information, and reveal family relationships. Land records include: deeds, abstracts and indexes, mortgages, leases, grants and land patents.
See Colorado Land and Property for additional information about early Colorado land grants.
After land was transferred to private ownership, subsequent transactions were usually recorded at the county courthouse, where current records are also housed.
- 1878 - current, Grantee & Grantor books, Conejos County Clerk, 719-274-5422.
- Land records 1936 - current, ibid
The Colorado State Archives has put an Index to the Conejos County World War II Enlistments on-line.
Memorial of World War II Veterans - located on US Hwy 285, just north of Romeo, Colorado
Naturalization and Citizenship
Additional newspapers abstracts can sometimes be found using search phrases such as Conejos County, Colorado Genealogy newspapers in online catalogs like:
The following are on microfilm located in the Family History Center, located in La Jara, Colorado. 719-274-4032.
- The Antonito Ledger (June 1892 - Oct 1972)
- The La Jara Chronicle (Oct 1904 - Dec 1911)
- The La Jara Enterprise (April 1914 - April 1917)
- The La Jara Gazette (April 1916 - Dec 1982)
- The Conejos County Citizen (Jan 1983 - Oct 1993)
- The Conejos County Citizen (July 1996 - Oct 1997)
Probate records have been kept by the county courts. Colorado probate records include bonds, affidavits, letters, claims, appraisals, fee accounts, minutes, judgments, dockets, calendars, case files, and wills. The Family History Library does not have copies of probate records from Colorado.
You may obtain copies of documents from the clerk's office in the county courthouse.
Family History Centers
Conejos County Library District
17703 Hwy 285
La Jara, CO 81140
Phone: (719) 274-5858
Sanford Pioneer Museum - located on Main St., Sanford, Colorado, 719-274-4024
Jack Dempsey Museum - located on Main St., Manassa, Colorado, 719-843-
Cumbres & Toltec Narrow Gauge Railroad - Antonito, Colorado
Colorado tax records complement land records and can be used as supplements to censuses. There may be gaps of several years in the records. To find tax records in the FamilySearch Catalog, do a Catalog/frameset_fhlc.asp Place Search for the county.
Colorado State Archives has the Conejos County Inheritance Tax Records Index (1918-1923) online.
Vital Records consist of births, adoptions, marriages, divorces, and deaths recorded on registers, certificates, and documents. A copy or an extract of most original records can be purchased from the Vital Records Section Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment or the County Clerk's office of the county where the event occurred.
For some online statewide indexes, see the FamilySearch Historical Record Collections for Colorado.
- Conejos County Old Vital Records, are kept in the Alamosa County Courthouse, 719-589-6681.
The Colorado State Archives has put a name only index to the Conjeos County Divorce Records for the period 7/13/1899 to 9/20/1915 on-line.
- Antonito (Town, Hwy 285 & 17)
- Bountiful (settlement, Hwy 285 South of La Jara)
- Capulin (Town, Hwy 15)
- Conejos (County Seat / Town, 1 mile West of Hwy 285)
- Ephraim (old settlement South of Sanford, No longer exists)
- Espinoza (old settlement North of Manassa)
- Florida (old settlement East of Antoito)
- Fox Creek (settlement, Hwy 17 West of Antonito & Mogote)
- Guadalupe (settlement North of Conejos)
- La Isla (old settlement)
- La Jara (Town, Hwy 285 & 136)
- Las Mesitas (old settlement, Hwy 17 West of Mogote)
- Lobatos (settlement East of Antonito)
- Los Cerritos (old settlement Southeast of Manassa)
- Los Sauces (settlement East of Sanford)
- Los Pinas (old settlement)
- Manassa (Town, Hwy 142)
- Mogote (settlement, Hwy 17 West of Antonito)
- Nortonville (old settlement Northeast of Sanford)
- Ortiz (settlement Southwest of Antonito)
- Paisaje (old settlement)
- Richfield (settlement East of La Jara)
- Romero (Town, Hwy 285)
- San Acacio (settlement, Hwy 142 East of Manassa)
- San Antonio (settlement Southwest of Antonito)
- San Miguel (old settlement Southwest of Ortiz in New Mexico)
- San Rafael (old settlement West of Antonito)
- Sanford (Town, Hwy 136)
- Track City (old settlement Northwest of Antonito)
- Conejos County COGenWeb
- Family History Library Catalog
- Conejos County, Colorado Genealogy and Family History (Linkpendium)
- The Town of Manassa Project
- ↑ 1.0 1.1 Handybook for Genealogists: United States of America, 10th ed. (Draper, Utah: Everton Pub., 2002), 97, Conejos County, Colorado, and 99, Guadalupe County, Colorado. At various libraries (WorldCat); FHL Book 973 D27e 2002.
- ↑ 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.
- ↑ Brief County Histories (New Mexico) in RootsWeb (accessed 21 June 2012).
- ↑ Wikipedia contributors, "Colorado Territory" in Wikipedia: the Free Encyclopeida at http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Colorado_Territory (accessed 19 June 2012).
- ↑ 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.
- ↑ Handybook, 97, Conejos County, Colorado, and 99, Guadalupe County, Colorado.
- ↑ Wikipedia contributors, "Guadalupe County, Colorado Territory" in Wikipedia: the Free Encyclopedia at http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Guadalupe_County,_Colorado_Territory (accessed 23 June 2012).
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