Douglas County, Colorado Genealogy

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

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Douglas County, Colorado
Map
Map of Colorado highlighting Douglas County
Location in the state of Colorado
Map of the U.S. highlighting Colorado
Location of Colorado in the U.S.
Facts
Founded November 1, 1861
County Seat Castle Rock
Courthouse
Address Douglas County Courthouse
301 Wilcox St
Castle Rock, CO 80104-2454
Phone. 303.660.7446
Douglas County Website

Contents

County Courthouse

County Clerk has marriage records from 1867
and land records from 1864[1]

Historical Facts

Beginning dates for major county records
Birth
Marriage
Death
Tax
Land
Probate
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*For earlier dates, try... Church | Obituaries | Cemeteries

County Seat

County seat: Castle Rock [2]

Parent County

1861--Douglas County was created 1 November 1861 as an original county.

Neighboring Counties

Record Loss

Resources

Bible Records

Biography

Business Records and Commerce

Cemeteries

Major Cemeteries

  • Bear Canon Cemetery
  • Cedar Hill Cemetery
  • Fonder Cemetery
  • Franktown Cemetery
  • Glen Grove Cemetery
  • Parker Cemetery
  • Spring Valley Cemetery

Census

For tips on accessing Douglas 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.

Court Records

Douglas County Old Age Pension Records 1933-1936. An Index compiled from the offical record of the applications granted by the Douglas 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

Emigration and Immigration

Ethnic, Political, or Religious Groups

Gazetteers

Genealogy

History

Local History

Local histories are available for Douglas 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.

Douglas County History Research Center - http://douglascountyhistory.org/

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.

 

Maps

Military

Naturalization and Citizenship

Newspapers

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

Obituaries

Periodicals

Probate

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.


Colorado State Archives has put an Index to the Douglas County Will Records for the years 1886 to 1961.

Public Records

School Records

Repositories

Archives
Courthouse
Family History Centers
Libraries

Douglas County Libraries
100 South Wilcox
Castle Rock, CO 80104
Phone: (303) 688-7603
Website www.douglascountylibraries.org/

Museums
Societies

Taxation

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 Douglas County Inheritance Tax Records Index for 1911-1944 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

Birth
Marriage
Death
Divorce

Places

Web Sites

References

  1. Handybook for Genealogists: United States of America, 10th ed. (Draper, Utah: Everton Pub., 2002), Douglas 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 Publishers, 2002).