Denver County, Colorado Genealogy

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Guide to Denver County Colorado genealogy. Birth records, marriage records, death records, census records, family history, and military records.

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Online Records

Denver County, Colorado
Map of Colorado highlighting Denver County
Location in the state of Colorado
Map of the U.S. highlighting Colorado
Location of Colorado in the U.S.
Founded March 18, 1901
County Seat Denver
Address Denver County Courthouse
1437 Bannock Street Ste 200
Denver, CO 80202
Phone: 303-630-3012
Denver County Website


County Courthouse

Denver County has annexed territory from Arapahoe, Adams and Jefferson Counties on several occasions.  The county clerk has marriage records from 1902 and land records from 1859. 
The clerk of the district court has divorce records from 1967, probate and court records from 1858.[1]

Historical Facts

Beginning dates for major county records

*For earlier dates, try... Church | Obituaries | Cemeteries

County Seat

Denver [2]

Parent County

1901--Denver County was created 18 March 1901 from Arapahoe County.

Neighboring Counties

Record Loss


Bible Records


Business Records and Commerce



For tips on accessing Denver County, Colorado Genealogy census records online, see: Colorado Census.

Church Records

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.

  • Records of Trinity Lutheran Church, Denver, in Evangelical Lutheran Church in America database at ($).


Denver County Old Age Pension Records 1933-1936. An Index compiled from the offical record of the applications granted by the Denver County Commissioners during these years. Record may show the following:

  • Name of Applicant
  • Date and Amount of pension payment
  • Any adjustments to the pension
  • Person's age
  • Town nearest to where they lived
  • Other Actions done by the County

Directories ($) has Denver City Directories 1862, 1866, and 1871-1923 (only 2 yrs. missing) available online. Fold3 is free at some libraries.

Emigration and Immigration

Ethnic, Political, or Religious Groups




Local History

Local histories are available for Denver 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.




Colorado State Archives has put the Denver War Risk Insurance Applicants Index for the years 1916-1919 on-line.

Naturalization and Citizenship


Additional newspapers abstracts can sometimes be found using search phrases such as Denver County, Colorado Genealogy newspapers in online catalogs like:




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.

Public Records

School Records


Family History Centers

Denver Public Library
10 W 14th Avenue
Parkway Denver, CO 80204
Telephone: 720-865-1111

  • WISE Family History Society (Wales, Ireland, Scotland, England)
    P.O. Box 40658
    Denver, CO 80204-0658


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 put the Denver County Inheritance Tax Records Index for the years 1909-1912 on-line.

Vital Records

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.

Colorado Vital Records Search



Web Sites


  1. Handybook for Genealogists: United States of America, 10th ed. (Draper, Utah: Everton Pub., 2002), Denver County, Colorado. Page 98 At various libraries (WorldCat); FHL Book 973 D27e 2002.
  2. The Handybook for Genealogists: United States of America,10th ed. (Draper, UT:Everton fckLRPublishers, 2002).