Montrose County, Colorado Genealogy

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Montrose County

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

County Facts
County seat: Montrose
Organized: February 11, 1883
Parent County(s): Gunnison [1]
Neighboring Counties
Delta  • Grand (UT)  • Gunnison  • Mesa  • Ouray  • San Juan (UT)  • San Miguel
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Location Map
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County Information


County Courthouse

Montrose County Courthouse
320 S 1st Street
Montrose, CO 81401
Phone: 970.249.3362
Montrose County Website

County Clerk has birth and death records from 1907,
marriage records from 1883 and land records from 1882[2]

Montrose County, Colorado Record Dates

Beginning Dates for Major County Records
Birth* Marriage Death* Court Land Probate Census
1900-1907 [3]*
1883 [3]*
1883-1907 [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 Montrose County, Colorado:[4]

Unincorporated communites
  • Maher
  • Mountain View
  • Oak Grove
Census-designated places
Ghost towns

History Timeline


Bible Records


Business, Commerce, and Occupations


Cemeteries of Montrose 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 3,980
1900 4,535 13.9%
1910 10,291 126.9%
1920 11,852 15.2%
1930 11,742 −0.9%
1940 15,418 31.3%
1950 15,220 −1.3%
1960 18,286 20.1%
1970 18,366 0.4%
1980 24,352 32.6%
1990 24,423 0.3%
2000 33,432 36.9%
2010 41,276 23.5%
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State and Territory Census Records

For tips on accessing Montrose 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. [5] 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.

LDS Ward and Branch Records

  • Montrose

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.

Online Land Records

For more information see Colorado Land and Property

Local Histories

Local histories are available for Montrose 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.

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. [6]


Online Records


Death records may become public records when 75 years have elapsed after the date of death. [6]


Online Records

Research Facilities


The Colorado State Archives has the following records available for Montrose 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

1883-1939 Montrose County Probate Cases

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.


Montrose Genealogy Center
700 E. Main St., #103
P.O. Box 802
Montrose, CO 81402
Telephone: 970-240-1755

Montrose Regional Library District
320 South 2nd Street
Montrose, CO 81401
Telephone 970-249-9656

Nucla Public Library
544 Main Street
Nucla, CO 81424
Telephone 970-864-2166


Montrose County Historical Museum
21 N. RIo Grande Ave
Monrtose, Colorado
Telephone: 970-249-2085


Montrose County Historical Society
Main St. & Rio Grand Ave
Montrose 81401

Fore-Kin Trails Genealogical Society
700 E. Main St.Suite 103
PO Box 802
Montrose, CO. 81402
Telephone: 970-240-1755


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), Montrose County, Colorado. Page 100 At various libraries (WorldCat); FHL Book 973 D27e 2002.
  3. 3.0 3.1 3.2 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.
  4. Wikipedia contributors, "Montrose County, Colorado," in Wikipedia: the Free Encyclopedia,,_Colorado, accessed 17 May 2017.
  5. William Thorndale and William Dollarhide, Map Guide to the U.S. Federal Censuses (Bountiful, UT: American Genealogical Lending Library, 1985), page 51-54.
  6. 6.0 6.1 Letter from Colorado State Registrar, Dated September 1, 2011. Policy Number 2011- 08.