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Guide to Fremont 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: Canon City
Organized: November 1, 1861
Parent County(s): Original county[1]
Neighboring Counties
Chaffee  • Custer  • El Paso  • Park  • Pueblo  • Saguache  • Teller
See County Maps
Courthouse
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Location Map
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County Information

Description

County Courthouse

Fremont County Courthouse
615 Macon Rm 100
Canon City, CO 81212
Phone: 719.276.7330
Fremont County Website

County Clerk has marriage and land records;
Clerk district Court has divorce, probate and court records [2]

Fremont County, Colorado Record Dates

Beginning Dates for Major County Records
Birth* Marriage Death* Court Land Probate Census
1884-1907*
1865 *
1884-1907*
1862
1874 [3]
*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 Fremont County, Colorado:

Cities and towns

Cities and towns to be found in Fremont County include:

History Timeline

Resources

Bible Records

Biographies

Business, Commerce, and Occupations

Cemeteries

Cemeteries of Fremont 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

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.
Colorado-Cemeteries.com. 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 Ancestry.com or find-a-grave.com.

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.

Census Records

Historical populations
Census Pop.  %±
1870 1,064
1880 4,735 345.0%
1890 9,156 93.4%
1900 15,636 70.8%
1910 18,181 16.3%
1920 17,883 −1.6%
1930 18,196 1.8%
1940 19,742 8.5%
1950 18,366 −7.0%
1960 20,196 10.0%
1970 21,942 8.6%
1980 28,676 30.7%
1990 32,273 12.5%
2000 46,145 43.0%
2010 46,824 1.5%
Source: "Wikipedia.org".

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

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

Mortality Schedules

  • 1880 Mortality Schedule for Fremont County. This schedule is available at Ancestry.com.
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.

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.

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.


Local Histories

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.

Maps and Gazetteers

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Migration

Military Records

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

Naturalization and Citizenship

Online Records

See the FamilySearch wiki page for Colorado Naturalization and Citizenship.

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

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

For more information see Colorado Newspapers.

Obituaries

Other Records

Periodicals

  • 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

School Records

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.

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. [5]

Marriage

Online Records

Death

Death records may become public records when 75 years have elapsed after the date of death. [5]

Divorce

Online Records

Research Facilities

Archives

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.
(Statewide)
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.

Libraries

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

Museums

Societies

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
Website

Southeastern Colorado Genealogical Society
PO Box 1407
Pueblo, CO 81002
Telephone: 719-362-0380
E-mail:secogensoc@gmail.com
Website
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
Website

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
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), Fremont County, Colorado. Page 98 ; .
  3. 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.
  4. The Handybook for Genealogists: United States of America,10th ed. (Draper, UT:Everton Publishers, 2002).
  5. 5.0 5.1 Letter from Colorado State Registrar, Dated September 1, 2011. Policy Number 2011- 08. http://www.colorado.gov