Gunnison County, Colorado Genealogy

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


Gunnison County, Colorado
Map of Colorado highlighting Gunnison County
Location in the state of Colorado
Map of the U.S. highlighting Colorado
Location of Colorado in the U.S.
Founded March 9, 1877
County Seat Gunnison
Address Gunnison County Courthouse
200 E Virginia Ave
Gunnison, CO 81230-2297
Phone: 970.641.1516
Gunnison County Website

County Courthouse

County Clerk has marriage records from 1874 and land records
from 1879; Clerk County Court has divorce and probate records from 1877
and court records from 1900; Gunnison Department of Social Services has
birth, death, and burial records from 1910[1]

Historical Facts

Beginning dates for major county records
1895-1908 [2]*
1877 [2]*
1894-1897 [2]*

*For earlier dates, try... Church | Obituaries | Cemeteries

County Seat

Gunnison [3]

Parent County

1877--Gunnison County was created 9 March 1877 from Lake County.

Neighboring Counties


Record Loss

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


Bible Records


Business Records and Commerce


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 Gunnison 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

  • Barnum
  • Somerset

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




Local History

Local histories are available for Gunnison 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.

Land and Property

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.



Naturalization and Citizenship


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



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 Records

School Records



The Colorado State Archives has the following records available for Gunnison 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.


Gunnison County Public Library
307 N Wisconsin
Gunnison, CO 81230
Telephone: 970-641-3485
Gunnison Co. Public Library District website


Gunnison County Historical Society
‎ 803 East Tomichi Avenue
Gunnison, CO 81230
Telephone: 970-641-4530


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 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]



Web Sites


  1. Handybook for Genealogists: United States of America, 10th ed. (Draper, Utah: Everton Pub., 2002), Gunnison County, Colorado. Page 99 At various libraries (WorldCat); FHL Book 973 D27e 2002.
  2. 2.0 2.1 2.2 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 93.
  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.