Mesa County, Colorado Genealogy
Guide to Mesa County, Colorado ancestry, family history, and genealogy birth records, marriage records, death records, census records, family history, and military records.
|Mesa County, Colorado|
Location in the state of Colorado
Location of Colorado in the U.S.
|Founded||February 14, 1883|
|County Seat||Grand Junction|
|Address|| Mesa County Courthouse|
2424 Hwy 6 & 50
PO Box 20,000-5010
Grand Junction, CO 81502
Mesa County Website
- 1 County Courthouse
- 2 Historical Facts
- 2.1 County Seat
- 2.2 Parent County
- 2.3 Neighboring Counties
- 2.4 Record Loss
- 2.5 Resources
- 2.5.1 Cemeteries
- 2.5.2 Census
- 2.5.3 Church
- 2.5.4 Court Records
- 2.5.5 Gazetteers
- 2.5.6 Genealogy
- 2.5.7 Local History
- 2.5.8 Land and Property
- 2.5.9 Maps
- 2.5.10 Military
- 2.5.11 Naturalization and Citizenship
- 2.5.12 Newspapers
- 2.5.13 Obituaries
- 2.5.14 Periodicals
- 2.5.15 Probate Records
- 2.5.16 Repositories
- 2.5.17 Taxation
- 2.5.18 Vital Records
- 2.6 Places
- 3 Web Sites
- 4 References
|Beginning dates for major county records|
Early birth and death records are stored in the courthouse.
Grand Junction 
- 1883--Mesa County was created 14 February 1883 from Gunnison County.
There is no known history of courthouse disasters in this county.
Memorial Gardens of the Valley, Grand Junction BillionGraves
Mesa County Genealogical Society Cemetery Website Project - http://www.mesadwellers.org
Elmwood Cemetery FindaGrave http://www.findagrave.com/cgi-bin/fg.cgi?page=gsr&GScid=57255
|Tombstone Transcriptions Online||Tombstone Transcriptions in Print||List of Cemeteries in the county|
|Findagrave.com||Family History Library||Findagrave.com|
|See Colorado Cemeteries for more information.|
For tips on accessing Mesa County, Colorado Genealogy census records online, see: Colorado Census.
- 1860-1940 Colorado Census Records from 1860 to 1940 at FamilySearch.org — index/images
LDS Ward and Branch Records
- Grand Junction
An Index of many Court related cases (marriage, divorce, judgements, liens, etc.) are accessible on the Mesa County, Colorado home page. Through their Online Services: Record --Recorded Documents page. This is not by all means an inclusive list and Mesa County reminds users, "The Mesa County Recorder Office presents the information on this web site as a service to the public. While every effort has been made to ensure the accuracy of this information, no person or entity, including Mesa County, the Clerk or her staff, shall have any responsibility for any inaccuracies or omissions in the data at this site or at other sites to which we link. Use of this site is an acknowledgement of this disclaimer. The official records of the County are located in the Office."
Non-county residents do not have access to all the functions of the website.
There is also a direct link to the search page .
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.
Local histories are available for Mesa 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 Mesa County, Colorado Genealogy newspapers in online catalogs like:
An obituary index is maintained by the Mesa County Public Libraries. An online index to obituaries is available through the library catalog at Mesa County Library. Use the drop-down menu to search only genealogy records. The index includes birth and death dates, and occasionally information on spouses. A few entries include the full text of the obituary.
Obituaries which are not available full text online can be requested using your local public library's interlibrary loan service.
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.
- 1875–1974 Colorado Wills and Probate Records 1875-1974 at Ancestry.com — index and images $
- 1883-1900 Colorado State Archives has put the Mesa County Probate Index for the years 1883-1900 online.
The Colorado State Archives has the following records available for Mesa 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
1936-1942 Civilian Conservation Corps Enrollments
1966-1968 Vietnam Deaths
Mesa County CCC Enrollments 1934 - 1942
Mesa County Divorce Cases 1950 - 1970
Mesa County Inheritance Tax 1920 - 1934
Mesa County Motor Vehicle Licenses 1913 - 1917
Mesa County Persons Subject to Military 1885 - 1887
Mesa County Persons Exempt from Military 1887
Mesa County Probate 1883 - 1910
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.
- Grand Junction Colorado Family History Center
- Delta Colorado Family History Center
- Rifle Colorado Family History Center
Mesa County Public Library District
530 Grand Ave
Grand Junction, CO 81502
Mesa County Genealogical Society
P. O. Box 1506
Grand Junction, Colorado 81502-1506
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.
Colorado State Archives has put the Mesa County Inheritance Tax Records Index for the years 1920-1934 on-line.
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. 
- 1853-2006 Colorado Statewide Marriage Index, 1853-2006 at FamilySearch.org — index/images
- 1859-1900 Colorado Marriages, 1859-1900 at Ancestry.com — index $
- 1864-1995 Colorado, County Marriages, 1864-1995 at FamilySearch — index and images
- 1900-1939 Colorado, Statewide Marriage Index, 1900-1939 at Ancestry.com — index $
Death records may become public records when 75 years have elapsed after the date of death. 
|Populated Places in Mesa County|
'*'also check for records in Grand Junction
- Handybook for Genealogists: United States of America, 10th ed. (Draper, Utah: Everton Pub., 2002), Mesa County, Colorado. Page 100 At various libraries (WorldCat); FHL Book 973 D27e 2002.
- 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.
- The Handybook for Genealogists: United States of America,10th ed. (Draper, UT:Everton Publishers, 2002).
- Letter from Colorado State Registrar, Dated September 1, 2011. Policy Number 2011- 08. http://www.colorado.gov