Elbert County, Colorado Genealogy

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Elbert County


Guide to Elbert County, Colorado ancestry, genealogy and family history, birth records, marriage records, death records, census records, family history, and military records.

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County Facts
County seat: Kiowa
Organized: February 2, 1874
Parent County(s): Douglas and Greenwood [1]
Neighboring Counties
Arapahoe  • Douglas  • El Paso  • Lincoln  • Washington
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Location Map
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County Information

Description

County Courthouse

Elbert County Courthouse
215 Comanche Street
Kiowa, CO 80117-0037
Phone 303.621.3129
Elbert County Website

County Clerk has marriage records from 1893 and land records from 1874
Clerk of Combined Courts has divorce, probate and court records[2]

Elbert County, Colorado Record Dates

Beginning Dates for Major County Records
Birth* Marriage Death* Court Land Probate Census
1880 [3]*
1874 [4]*
1900 [3]*
1874 [4]
1874 [4]
*For earlier dates, try... Church | Obituaries | Cemeteries

Record Loss

There is no known history of courthouse disasters in this county.

Boundary Changes

Populated Places

The following are locations in Elbert County, Colorado:[6]

Towns
Unincorporated communites
Census-designated places

See Also:

History Timeline

Resources

Bible Records

Biographies

Business, Commerce, and Occupations

Cemeteries

Cemeteries of Elbert County, Colorado online and in print
Tombstone Transcriptions Online
Tombstone Transcriptions in Print (Often more complete)
List of Cemeteries in the County
See Colorado Cemeteries for more information

 

Census Records

Historical populations
Census Pop.  %±
1880 1,708
1890 1,856 8.7%
1900 3,101 67.1%
1910 5,331 71.9%
1920 6,980 30.9%
1930 6,580 −5.7%
1940 5,460 −17.0%
1950 4,477 −18.0%
1960 3,708 −17.2%
1970 3,903 5.3%
1980 6,850 75.5%
1990 9,646 40.8%
2000 19,872 106.0%
2010 23,086 16.2%
Source: "Wikipedia.org".

State and Territory Census Records

Federal Census Records

In 1860, present-day Colorado was enumerated in the Kansas, Nebraska, New Mexico, and Utah Territories. Colorado Territory was created in 1861 and was enumerated as such in the 1870 Census. The 1880 Census was the first federal census after Colorado became a state in 1876. [7] For links to Federal census indexes, see Colorado Census

For tips on accessing Elbert 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

Numerous records are available at Colorado Archives. To use this link scroll down the page to where it asks for Record Type. Click there and scroll down the list to the records you want and select. The next field asks for county. Select the county you want and then click on Search. You can narrow the search by adding the additional information it asks for.

1933-1936 Elbert County Old Age Pension Records 1933-1936. An Index compiled from the offical record of the applications granted by the Elbert 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, and Religious Groups

Funeral Homes

Genealogies

Guardianship

Land and Property Records

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.


Online Land Records

For more information see Colorado Land and Property

Local Histories

Local histories are available for Elbert 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.

Maps and Gazetteers

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Migration

Military Records

Naturalization and Citizenship

Online Records

Newspapers

Colorado Newspapers Online

Colorado Newspaper Catalogs

  • U.S. Newspaper Directory, 1690-Present on Chronicling America - contains a list of all known newspapers and the dates they cover; once you locate a newspaper name, contact the local library to see if they have copies of the newspaper

For more information see Colorado Newspapers.

Obituaries

Other Records

Periodicals

Probate Records

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.


Online Records

School Records

Colorado State Archives has put an Index to the record of those students who achieved an eighth grade promotion for the years 1918 - 1930 on-line.  The Index shows the name, date, address, school name and district number.

Tax Records

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 Place Search for the county.


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

Birth records may become public records when 100 years have elapsed after the date of birth. EXCEPTION: The birth record of any individual who is known to be currently alive will remain confidential even if they are 100 years of age or greater. [8]

Recent records are available only to close kindred. Identification is required for birth and death certificates. For Birth and Death Certificate information call the Elbert County Coroner at 303-646-5599 or 303-646-4127.

Marriage

Online Records

Death

Death records may become public records when 75 years have elapsed after the date of death. [8]

Divorce

All divorces and divorce records are handled by the Elbert County Courts, Colorado Judicial District 18. Please contact their office directly at 303 621-2131.

Online Records

Research Facilities

Archives

The Colorado State Archives has the following records available for Elbert County, Colorado Genealogy in this online database Archives Search. For a full list of online holdings, click here.
(Statewide)
1880-1939 Divorce Index
1883-1900 Mine Accidents, Non - fatal
1897-1920 Horseshoers
1936-1942 Civilian Conservation Corps Enrollments
1966-1968 Vietnam Deaths

1869-1906 Elbert County Birth Index
1870-1910 Elbert County Divorce
1887-1966 Elbert County Wills
1918-1930 Elbert County 8th Grade Promotions
1922-1941 Elbert County Inheritance Proceedings
1928-1938 Elbert County Judges Docket
1933-1936 Elbert County Old Age Pension

Family History Centers

Family History Centers provide one-on-one assistance and free access to premium genealogical websites. In addition, many centers have free how-to genealogy classes.

Libraries

Elbert County Library District
239 Main Street
Elizabeth, CO 80107
Telephone: 303- 646-3792
Elbert Co. Library Dist. website

Museums

Societies

Elbert County Historical Society
515 Comanche Street (Highway 86)
PO Box 43
Kiowa, Colorado 80117
Website

Websites

Research Guides

References

  1. The Handybook for Genealogists: United States of America,10th ed. (Draper, UT: Everton Publishers, 2002).
  2. Handybook for Genealogists: United States of America, 10th ed. (Draper, Utah: Everton Pub., 2002), Elbert County, Colorado. Page 98 At various libraries (WorldCat); FHL Book 973 D27e 2002.
  3. 3.0 3.1 Earliest Colorado Vital Records on File in Colorado Counties, pub. by Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment, accessed on www.colorado.gov
  4. 4.0 4.1 4.2 The Red Book, American State, County, and Town Sources. Edited by Alice Eichholz. (Ancestry, Provo; 3d ed, 2004.) Colorado article by Birdie Monk Holzclaw and Marsha Hoffman Rising. page 92.
  5. The Handybook for Genealogists: United States of America,10th ed. (Draper, UT:Everton Publishers, 2002).
  6. Wikipedia contributors, "Elbert County, Colorado," in Wikipedia: the Free Encyclopedia, https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/E;bert_County,_Colorado, accessed 22 May 2017.
  7. William Thorndale and William Dollarhide, Map Guide to the U.S. Federal Censuses (Bountiful, UT: American Genealogical Lending Library, 1985), page 51-54.
  8. 8.0 8.1 Letter from Colorado State Registrar, Dated September 1, 2011. Policy Number 2011- 08. http://www.colorado.gov