Teller County, Colorado Genealogy

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


Teller County, Colorado
Map of Colorado highlighting Teller County
Location in the state of Colorado
Map of the U.S. highlighting Colorado
Location of Colorado in the U.S.
Founded March 23, 1899
County Seat Cripple Creek
Address Teller County Courthouse
101 W Bennett Ave
Cripple Creek, CO 80813-0959
Phone: 719.689.2951
Teller County Website

County Courthouse

County Clerk has marriage and land records from 1899
Clerk District Court has divorce, probate and court records[1]

Historical Facts

Beginning dates for major county records
1904 [2]*
 1899 [2]*
1902-1908 [2]*

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

County Seat

Cripple Creek [3]

Parent County

  • 1899 March 23: Teller County was created from El Paso County.

Neighboring Counties


Record Loss

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



  • Tombstone Inscriptions of Teller County, Colorado, is a publication completed in 2002 by members of the Pikes Peak Genealogical Society. It includes information on all known burial sites in the county, maps, sexton records where available, and inscriptions. Because so many burials in the Cripple Creek mining district County are unmarked, it also includes known information on miners' deaths, prostitutes' deaths, indexes of extant mortuary books, and more.

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 Teller County, Colorado Genealogy census records online, see: Colorado Census.

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

Church Records

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.




Local History

Local histories are available for Teller 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 Teller 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 Teller 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

1894-1971 Teller County Wills
1917-1936 Teller County Inheritance Tax

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.

  • Southern Teller County School/Public Lib Dist
    410 B Street
    Cripple Creek, CO 80813
    Telephone: 719-689-2800
  • Rampart Library District/Woodland Park/Florissant
    218 E. Midland
    Woodland Park, CO 80863
    Telephone: 719-687-9281
    Website: Rampart Library District

Cripple Creek District Museum, P.O. Box 1210, Cripple Creek, CO 80813; (719) 689-2634; street address: 510 Bennett Dr., Cripple Creek. Holds early mortuary books, extensive family files, more.


Ute Pass Historical Society
222 East Midland Ave.
Woodland Park, CO 80863
PO Box 6875
Woodland Park, CO 80866
Telephone: 719) 686-7512


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 Teller County Inheritance Tax Records Index for 1917-1936 online.

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.

Colorado Vital Records Search


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]





  1. Handybook for Genealogists: United States of America, 10th ed. (Draper, Utah: Everton Pub., 2002), Teller County, Colorado. Page 101 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 94.
  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.