Larimer County, Colorado Genealogy

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Larimer County

Guide to Larimer 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: Fort Collins
Organized: November 1, 1861
Parent County(s): Original county[1]
Neighboring Counties
Albany (WY)  • Boulder  • Grand  • Jackson  • Laramie (WY)  • Weld
See County Maps
Courthouse
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Location Map
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Adoption
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Wagon trail pass near Fort Collins, Colorado, from a 7 June 1859 sketch

County Information

Description

County Courthouse

Larimer County Courthouse
200 W Oak Street
PO Box 1190
Fort Collins, CO 80522-1190
Phone: 970.498.7860
Larimer County website
Larimer County Clerk and Recorder website

County Clerk has marriage and land records from 1862;
County Health Department has birth and death records[2]

Larimer County, Colorado Record Dates

Beginning Dates for Major County Records
Birth* Marriage Death* Court Land Probate Census
1902 - 1908[3] *
1862[3] *
1902 - 1908[3] *
1862 [3]
1862 [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 Larimer County, Colorado:

History Timeline

Resources

Bible Records

Biographies

Business, Commerce, and Occupations

Cemeteries

Cemeteries of Larimer 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.  %±
1870 838
1880 4,892 483.8%
1890 9,712 98.5%
1900 12,168 25.3%
1910 25,270 107.7%
1920 27,872 10.3%
1930 33,137 18.9%
1940 35,539 7.2%
1950 43,554 22.6%
1960 53,346 22.5%
1970 89,900 68.5%
1980 149,184 65.9%
1990 186,136 24.8%
2000 251,494 35.1%
2010 299,630 19.1%
Source: "Wikipedia.org".

State and Territory Census Records

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

Federal Census Records

In 1860, present-day Colorado was enumerated in the Kansas, Nebraska, New Mexico, and Utah Territories. Colorado Territory was created in 1861 and was enumerated as such in the 1870 Census. The 1880 Census was the first federal census after Colorado became a state in 1876. [4] For links to Federal census indexes, see Colorado Census

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.

1920-1933 Larimer County Mothers' Compensation Records 1920-1933. An Index compiled from the offical record of the applications granted by the Larimer County Commissioners during these years. Record may show the following:

  • Name of Applicant
  • Date and Amount of Compensation payment
  • Any adjustments to the pension
  • Person's age
  • Town nearest to where they lived
  • Other Actions done by the County.

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.


Online Land Records

For more information see Colorado Land and Property

Local Histories

Local histories are available for Larimer 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

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Migration

Military Records

Naturalization and Citizenship

Online Records

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

For more information see Colorado Newspapers.

Obituaries

Larimer County, Colorado Obituary Collection Free from Larimer County Obituary Collection From various funeral homes in the Loveland and surrounding areas.

Other Records

Periodicals

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.

The Larimer County Vital Statistics Office is on the first floor of the Fort Collins Office of the Department of Health and Environment, at 1525 Blue Spruce Drive, Fort Collins, CO, 80524-2004. Larimer County Courts

See also the Colorado State Archives, Historical Records Index.

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]

For in-state births from 1900 to present, certificates can be obtained from Larimer Vital Statistics office. For birth certificates before 1900 contact the County where the birth occurred or the State Health Department at (303) 756-4464.

If you are obtaining a birth certificate for a sibling, parent, grandparent, etc., you will need to show chain of relationship. Examples are: A sibling could provide their birth certificate to show same parents. If you are trying to get a grandparent's birth certificate you will need to show your birth certificate, plus your parent's birth certificate to show chain of relationship. If you have questions on this please call our office at 970-498-6710.

Marriage

The Larimer County Recorder's office will search their indexes if you call or come in to the office. If a record is found, a copy can be purchased in person or by mail. Call 970-498-7860.

Online Records

Death

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

To obtain a recent death certificate, you must show a direct and tangible interest to the deceased. Relatives include wife, mother, father, child (if they are listed on the death certificate). If they are not listed on the death certificate they must show proof of relationship. This would include maternal grandparents, paternal grandparents, siblings if they can prove chain of relationship. If you have questions on this please call the Larimer County Vital Statistics office at 970-498-6710.

Divorce

All divorces and divorce records are handled by the Larimer County Courts. Please contact their office directly at (970) 494-3500 or visit Larimer CountyCourts

Online Records

Research Facilities

Archives

The Colorado State Archives has the following records available for Larimer 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

1885-1958 Larimer County Naturalization Index
1899-1926 Larimer County Water Cases
1920-1933 Larimer County Mothers Compensations
1933-1936 Larimer County Old Age Pensions

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


Berthoud Public Library
236 Welch Ave
Berthoud, CO 80513
Phone: (970) 532-2757
Website

Estes Valley Public Library District
335 E Elkhorn Ave
Estes Park, CO 80517
Phone: (970) 586-8116
Website

Fort Collins Regional Library District
201 Peterson Street
Fort Collins, CO 80524
Phone: (970) 221-6740
Website

Loveland Public Library
300 N Adams Avenue
Loveland, CO 80537
Phone: (970) 962-2665
Website

Wellington Public Library
3800 Wilson Ave
Wellington, CO 80549
Phone: (970) 568-3040
Website

Red Feather Mountain Library District
71 Firehouse Lane
Red Feather Lakes, CO 80545
Phone: (970) 881-2664
Website

Museums


Estes Park Area Historical Museum
200 Fourth Street
Estes Park, CO 80517
(970) 586-6256
Website

Fort Collins Museum
200 Mathews
Fort Collins, CO 80524
(970) 221-6738

Loveland Museum and Gallery
503 N. Lincoln Ave.
Loveland, CO 80537
(970) 962-2410
Website

Societies

Larimer County Genealogical Society
PO Box 270737
Fort Collins, Colorado 80527-0737
E-mail: corresponding_secretary@lcgsco.org
Website

Pioneer Association
PO Box 1732
Fort Collins, CO 80522-1732
Telephone: 970-482-8590

Estes Park Genealogical Society
335 East Elkhorn Ave.
Estes Park, CO 80517
Telephone: 970-586-8116

Johnstown Historical Society
701 Charlotte St.
Johnstown, Colorado 80534
Telephone: 970-587-0278
E-mail: johnstownhistoricalsociety@yahoo.com
Website

Websites

Research Guides

References

  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), Larimer County, Colorado. Page 99 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 93.
  4. William Thorndale and William Dollarhide, Map Guide to the U.S. Federal Censuses (Bountiful, UT: American Genealogical Lending Library, 1985), page 51-54.
  5. 5.0 5.1 Letter from Colorado State Registrar, Dated September 1, 2011. Policy Number 2011- 08. http://www.colorado.gov