Taos County, Colorado Genealogy

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The southern part of present-day [[Colorado]] east of the [http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Continental_Divide_of_the_Americas Continental Divide] was the northern part of [[Taos County, New Mexico|Taos County, New Mexico Territory]] from its creation in [[New Mexico]] Territory in 1852 until 1861 when it was one of the four pieces of other territories used to create the new Colorado Territory.<ref name="HBG">''Handybook for Genealogists: United States of America'', 9th ed. (Logan, Utah: Everton Pub., 1999), 274. {{WorldCat|48077118|disp=At various libraries (WorldCat)}}; {{FHL|1362899|item|disp=FHL Book 973 D27e 1999}}.</ref>  
 
The southern part of present-day [[Colorado]] east of the [http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Continental_Divide_of_the_Americas Continental Divide] was the northern part of [[Taos County, New Mexico|Taos County, New Mexico Territory]] from its creation in [[New Mexico]] Territory in 1852 until 1861 when it was one of the four pieces of other territories used to create the new Colorado Territory.<ref name="HBG">''Handybook for Genealogists: United States of America'', 9th ed. (Logan, Utah: Everton Pub., 1999), 274. {{WorldCat|48077118|disp=At various libraries (WorldCat)}}; {{FHL|1362899|item|disp=FHL Book 973 D27e 1999}}.</ref>  
  
:*'''1852''' [[Taos County, New Mexico]] Territory created as an original county from an old Mexican ''partido''. In theory it extended west to the [[California]] border including parts of [[Arizona]] and later [[Nevada]]<ref>Wikipedia contributors, "Taos County, New Mexico" in ''Wikipedia: the Free Encyclopedia'' at http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Taos_County,_New_Mexico (accessed 8 August 2011).</ref><ref>''Original Counties of New Mexico Territory'' (map) at http://www.nmgs.org/Graphics/nmcoun-orig.jpg (accessed 9 August 2011).</ref>  
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:*'''1852''' [[Taos County, New Mexico]] Territory created as an original county from an old Mexican ''partido''. It included part of present-day southern Colorado. In theory it also extended west to the [[California]] border including parts of [[Arizona]] and later [[Nevada]]<ref>Wikipedia contributors, "Taos County, New Mexico" in ''Wikipedia: the Free Encyclopedia'' at http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Taos_County,_New_Mexico (accessed 8 August 2011).</ref><ref>''Original Counties of New Mexico Territory'' (map) at http://www.nmgs.org/Graphics/nmcoun-orig.jpg (accessed 9 August 2011).</ref>  
:*'''1 February 1860''' [[Mora County, New Mexico|Mora County, New Mexico Territory]] was erected from the eastern part of Taos County.<ref name="HBG" />  
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:*'''1 February 1860''' [[Mora County, New Mexico|Mora County, New Mexico Territory]] was erected from the eastern part of Taos County including part in present-day southern Colorado.<ref name="HBG" />  
 
:*'''28 February 1861''' The northern parts of Taos and Mora counties, formerly New Mexico Territory, were transferred to the newly created Colorado Territory.<ref>Wikipedia contributors, "Colorado Territory" in ''Wikipedia: the Free Encyclopeida'' at http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Colorado_Territory (accessed 19 June 2012).</ref>
 
:*'''28 February 1861''' The northern parts of Taos and Mora counties, formerly New Mexico Territory, were transferred to the newly created Colorado Territory.<ref>Wikipedia contributors, "Colorado Territory" in ''Wikipedia: the Free Encyclopeida'' at http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Colorado_Territory (accessed 19 June 2012).</ref>
  

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For a map of New Mexico Territory in 1852, click here.

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The southern part of present-day Colorado east of the Continental Divide was the northern part of Taos County, New Mexico Territory from its creation in New Mexico Territory in 1852 until 1861 when it was one of the four pieces of other territories used to create the new Colorado Territory.[1]

  • 1852 Taos County, New Mexico Territory created as an original county from an old Mexican partido. It included part of present-day southern Colorado. In theory it also extended west to the California border including parts of Arizona and later Nevada[2][3]
  • 1 February 1860 Mora County, New Mexico Territory was erected from the eastern part of Taos County including part in present-day southern Colorado.[1]
  • 28 February 1861 The northern parts of Taos and Mora counties, formerly New Mexico Territory, were transferred to the newly created Colorado Territory.[4]
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A few of the earliest settlers in what is now southern Colorado may have conducted their county business such as recording land deeds in Taos via the Santa Fe Trail. For records of residents in what later became southern Colorado, check:

Colorado eventually turned former New Mexico land into parts of these modern Colorado counties:

References

  1. 1.0 1.1 Handybook for Genealogists: United States of America, 9th ed. (Logan, Utah: Everton Pub., 1999), 274. At various libraries (WorldCat); FHL Book 973 D27e 1999.
  2. Wikipedia contributors, "Taos County, New Mexico" in Wikipedia: the Free Encyclopedia at http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Taos_County,_New_Mexico (accessed 8 August 2011).
  3. Original Counties of New Mexico Territory (map) at http://www.nmgs.org/Graphics/nmcoun-orig.jpg (accessed 9 August 2011).
  4. Wikipedia contributors, "Colorado Territory" in Wikipedia: the Free Encyclopeida at http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Colorado_Territory (accessed 19 June 2012).