Jackson County, Colorado Genealogy

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

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Jackson County, Colorado
Map of Colorado highlighting Jackson County
Location in the state of Colorado
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Location of Colorado in the U.S.
Founded May 5, 1909
County Seat Walden
Address Jackson County Courthouse
PO Box 337
Walden, CO 80480
Phone: 970.723.4334
Jackson County Website

County Courthouse

County Clerk has marriage and land records from 1909
County Register has birth and death records,  Clerk District
Court has divorce, probate and court records;  County Cemetery
officer has cemetery records from 1909[1]

Historical Facts

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The county is named after President Andrew Jackson (1767-1845).[2]

Beginning dates for major county records
1909 [3]*
*For earlier dates, try... Church | Obituaries | Cemeteries

County Seat

Walden [4]

Parent County

1909--Jackson County was created 5 May 1909 from Larimer and Grand Counties.

Neighboring Counties


Record Loss

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



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


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

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

Church Records

Court Records





Local History

Local histories are available for Jackson 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 Jackson 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



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


Jackson County Public Library
412 4th Street
Walden, CO 80480
Telephone: 970-723-4602
Jackson Co.Public Library website



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. [5]


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



Web Sites


  1. Handybook for Genealogists: United States of America, 10th ed. (Draper, Utah: Everton Pub., 2002), Jackson County, Colorado. Page 99 At various libraries (WorldCat); FHL Book 973 D27e 2002.
  2. "List of counties in Colorado," Wikipedia.
  3. 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.
  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