Garfield County, Colorado Genealogy

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Garfield County

Guide to Garfield County Genealogy and family history, birth records, marriage records, death records, census records, family history, and military records.

County Facts
County seat: Glenwood Springs
Organized: February 10, 1883
Parent County(s): Summit [1]
Neighboring Counties
Eagle  • Grand (UT)  • Mesa  • Pitkin  • Rio Blanco  • Routt  • Uintah (UT)
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County Information


County Courthouse

Garfield County Courthouse
109 8th St Ste 200
Glenwood Springs, CO 81601
Phone: 970.945.5004
Garfield County Website

County Clerk has birth, marriage, death and land records from 1883 and military records from 1910;
District Court has divorce, probate and court records[2]

Garfield County, Colorado Record Dates

Beginning Dates for Major County Records
Birth* Marriage Death* Court Land Probate Census
1893-1909 [3]*
1884 [3]*
1883-1889 [3]*
1883 [3]
1883 [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 Garfield County, Colorado:

History Timeline


Bible Records


Business, Commerce, and Occupations


Cemeteries of Garfield 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.  %±
1890 4,489
1900 5,935 32.2%
1910 10,144 70.9%
1920 9,304 −8.3%
1930 9,975 7.2%
1940 10,560 5.9%
1950 11,625 10.1%
1960 12,017 3.4%
1970 14,821 23.3%
1980 22,514 51.9%
1990 29,974 33.1%
2000 43,791 46.1%
2010 56,389 28.8%
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For tips on accessing Garfield 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.

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, and Religious Groups

Funeral Homes



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

Local histories are available for Garfield 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



Military Records

Naturalization and Citizenship

Online Records


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.


Other Records


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.

1909-1919 & 1926-1942 Colorado State Archives has put the Garfield Inheritance Tax Records Index for 1909-1919 & 1926-1942 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 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]


1906-1916 The Colorado State Archives has put a name only Index to the Garfield County Divorce Records for the period 7/26/1906 to 3/17/1916 on-line.

Research Facilities


The Colorado State Archives has the following records available for Garfield 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

1906-1916 Garfield County Divorce Record
1909-1919, 1926-1942 Garfield County Inheritance Tax

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.


Garfield Co Public Library District
796 Megan Avenue
Telephone: 970- 625-4270
Garfield Co. Public Library Dist. website



Frontier Historical Society
1001 Colorado Avenue
Glenwood Springs, Colorado, 81601
Telephone: 970-945-4448

Silt Historical Society
Po Box 401
707 Orchard Ave
Silt, CO 81652


Research Guides


  1. 1.0 1.1 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), Garfield County, Colorado. Page 98 At various libraries (WorldCat); FHL Book 973 D27e 2002.
  3. 3.0 3.1 3.2 3.3 3.4 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.
  4. 4.0 4.1 Letter from Colorado State Registrar, Dated September 1, 2011. Policy Number 2011- 08.