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


Fremont County, Colorado
Map of Colorado highlighting Fremont County
Location in the state of Colorado
Map of the U.S. highlighting Colorado
Location of Colorado in the U.S.
Founded November 1, 1861
County Seat Canon City
Address Fremont County Courthouse
615 Macon Rm 100
Canon City, CO 81212
Phone: 719.276.7330
Fremont County Website

County Courthouse

County Clerk has marriage and land records; Clerk district Court has divorce, probate and court records [1]

Historical Facts

Beginning dates for major county records
1865 *

1874 [2]
*For earlier dates, try... Church | Obituaries | Cemeteries

County Seat

Canon City [3]

Parent County

1861--Fremont County was created 1 November 1861 as one of the 17 original counties of the Territory of Colorado. It was created in 1859 from the old Arapahoe County in the territory of Kansas.

Places / Localities

Cities and towns in Fremont County

Cities and towns to be found in Fremont County include:

Coal mining history

  • Williamsburg.

Neighboring Counties


Records and Resources

Bible Records


Business Records and Commerce


Sources for information and tombstone photos for Fremont County, Colorado cemeteries:

Colorado GravestonesPhoto Project. Lists some Fremont County cemeteries by name; includes links to the cemetery with names and links to tombstone photos. A site with good general information about cemeteries and tombstones, plus links to a list of Fremont County cemeteries.

The Tombstone Transcription Project. This is so far (updated Jan 2014) the most complete site for Fremont County cemetery information, including photos. Note: Many if not most of the tombstone photos are copyrighted, so they cannot be copied for use without permission at websites like or

Cemeteries of Canon City, Fremont County, CO

This is not an all-inclusive list. All links in this section, unless otherwise noted,to the USGenWeb Tombstone Transcription Project, Colorado, Fremont Co.

Other Cemeteries of Fremont County

All links to Tombstone Transcription Project unless otherwise noted.

Tombstone Transcriptions Online Tombstone Transcriptions in Print List of Cemeteries in the county Family History Library
COGenWeb WorldCat Billion Graves
COGenWeb Archives
Tombstone Project
Colorado Gravestones
Billion Graves
See Colorado Cemeteries for more information.


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

  • 1860-1940 Colorado Census Records from 1860 to 1940 at — index/images

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.

LDS Ward and Branch Records

  • Canon City

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.


Emigration and Immigration

Ethnic, Political, or Religious Groups

Gazetteers and Other Print Sources



Local History

1813-1890 The county is named for explorer and presidential candidate John C. Fremont (1813-1890), called by historians the Great Pathfinder.

Crossing The Plains in 1864 and Early History of Fremont County, by William H. Callen.

Land and Property



Colorado in the Civil War, a FamilySearch wiki page.

Colorado Military Records, a FamilySearch wiki page.

Military Records, Colorado State Archives

Colorado Grand Army of the Republic (G.A.R.), Western History and Genealogy, Denver Public Library

Mortality Schedules

  • 1880 Mortality Schedule for Fremont County. This schedule is available at
Persons who died the year ending May 31, 1880.
Name; age; sex; color; whether single, married, widowed, or divorced
place of birth; where father born; where mother born;
profession, occupation, or trade;
month in which the person died;
disease or cause of death;
how long a resident of the county?;
place where disease was contracted, if not Fremont County;
name of attending physician.

Naturalization and Citizenship

See the FamilySearch wiki page for Colorado Naturalization and Citizenship.

Newspapers and Obituaries

Microfilm of years of the Canon City Daily Record are housed at the Royal Gorge Museum and History Center. Contact them for specific years.

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


  • The Colorado Magazine was published by the Colorado Historical Society from 1923 to 1980 and contains hundreds of articles about significant Colorado and Western people and events. Since 1980, the quarterly has been titled Colorado Heritage. (Denver)
  • Pinon Whispers, published quarterly by the Southeastern Colorado Genealogy Society. (Pueblo)

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

Public and Vital Records


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. [4]



Death records may become public records when 75 years have elapsed after the date of death. [4]


1900-1930 Colorado Statewide Divorce Index, 1900-1930. These records are found at FamilySearch. The index is arranged in alphabetical order.

School Records

Record Loss

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

Tax Records



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


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. See Family History Center for more information. Search the online FHC directory for a nearby family history center.


  • Canon City Public Library

516 Macon Ave

Canon City,CO 81212

Phone: (719) 269-9020

Canon City Public Library website

  • Cotopaxi School/Community Library

0345 County Road 12

Cotopaxi, CO 81223

Phone: (719) 942-4131

Cotopaxi School/Community Library website

  • John C. Fremont Library District (Florence)

130 Church Ave

Florence, CO 81226

Phone: (719) 784-4649

John C. Fremont Library Dist. website

  • Penrose Library District

555 4th Ave

Penrose, CO 81240

Phone: (719) 372-0606

Penrose Library Dist. website


612 Royal Gorge Blvd. Canon City, CO 81215

Maintains and provides public access to records and artifacts of Fremont and Custer counties in Colorado.
"a showcase of the atmosphere and exhibits of days, staff and inmates gone by."
Located on the west end of Canon City, one block off Hwy 50 on 1st Street.

100 Pikes Peak Ave. Florence, Colorado 81226

"To collect, preserve and interpret the rich historical heritage of Florence, Colorado, the surrounding mining towns and eastern Fremont County.


Fremont County Genealogy Society
Canon City Public Library
516 Macon Ave
Canon City, CO 81218

Fremont County Historical Society
PO Box 965
Canon City, CO 81215

Southeastern Colorado Genealogical Society
PO Box 1407
Pueblo, CO 81002
Telephone: 719-362-0380
covers the following Colorado counties: Baca, Bent, Crowley, Custer, Fremont, Huerfano, Kiowa, Las Animas, Otero, Prowers, and Pueblo.

Wetmore-Hardscrabble Genealogical and Historical Society
PO Box 211
Wetmore, CO 81253

Fremont County Genealogical Society
1836 Flora Court
Canon City 81212

Canon City Heritage Association
612 Royal Gorge Blvd
Canon City CO 81212-3751

Fremont County Historical Society
PO Box 965
Canon City, CO 81212
Telephone: 719-285-8284



  1. Handybook for Genealogists: United States of America, 10th ed. (Draper, Utah: Everton Pub., 2002), Fremont County, Colorado. Page 98 ; .
  2. Alice Eichholz, Red Book: American State, County and Town Sources (Salt Lake City, Utah : Ancestry Pub., 2004), ppp. At various libraries (WorldCat); FHL Book 973 D27rb 2004.
  3. The Handybook for Genealogists: United States of America,10th ed. (Draper, UT:Everton Publishers, 2002).
  4. 4.0 4.1 Letter from Colorado State Registrar, Dated September 1, 2011. Policy Number 2011- 08.