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


Weld County, Colorado
Map of Colorado highlighting Weld County
Location in the state of Colorado
Map of the U.S. highlighting Colorado
Location of Colorado in the U.S.
Founded November 1, 1861
County Seat Greeley
Address Weld County Courthouse
1402 17th Street
Greeley, CO 80631-1123
Phone: 970.353.3840
Weld County Website

County Courthouse

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

Clerk and Recorder
1402 North 17th Avenue
Greeley, CO 80631
Phone: (970) 353-3840
Website: Weld Co. Clerk and Recorder

Weld County Birth and Death Information
Department of Public Health and Environment
1555 North 17th Avenue
Greeley, CO 80631
Phone: 970 304-6410
Website: Weld Co. Public Health and Environment

Historical Facts

Beginning dates for major county records
1888 [2]*
1864 [3]*
1877 [2]*


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

County Seat

Greeley [4]

Parent County

1861--Weld County was created 1 November 1861 as an original county.

Neighboring Counties


Record Loss

There is no known history of courthouse disasters in this 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.

See Colorado Vital Records.


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 Weld County Department of Public Health 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 970 304-6410.


The Weld 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 970 353-3840.


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 Weld County Department of Public Health office at 970 304-6410.


Weld County divorces take place in Colorado’s 19th Judicial District. To obtain copies of divorce records there are fees for searching and for copies.

Weld County Combined Courts 970 475-2400.


African Americans

There was a small colony between Greeley and Fort Morgan. To learn more, see Dearfield, a Weld County Genealogical Society project.

1909-1946 The Colorado State Archives has school records available in this online database Archives Search.
Dearfield and surrounding area School Census 1909 - 1946


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


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

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



For a brief history with a list of churches and their organization date, click on Congregational Church in Colorado.


  • Records of Our Savior Lutheran Church, Greeley, in Evangelical Lutheran Church in America database at Archives.com ($).

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.


1902 and 1911 For 1902 medical directories and 1911 business directories click on UsGenWeb Weld County Directories.

Also see Weld County Directories from the Weld County Genealogical Society.



For some Weld County names and sources, see Weld County Master Index courtesy of the Weld County Genealogical Society.

Local History

Local histories are available for Weld 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 Weld County, Colorado Genealogy newspapers in online catalogs like:

Poor Records

1902-1913 Colorado State Archives has put an Index to the Weld County Poor Records for 1902-1913 on-line.

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 Weld 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

(1876-1981) Weld County Probate Cases
1902-1913 Weld County Poor Record
1931 Weld County Old Age Pensions
Weld County WW1 Vets

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.




Northeastern Colorado Heritage League
PO Box 337241
Greeley, CO 80633

Weld County Genealogical Society
P.O. Box 278
Greeley, CO 80632

The Johnstown Historical Society
701 Charlotte St.
Johnstown, Colorado 80534
Telephone: 970-587-0278

South Platte Valley Historical Society
PO Box 633
Fort Lupton, CO 80621


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.


Populated Places in Weld County
Brighton *
Berthoud ***
Fort Lupton
Erie **
Longmont **
Northglenn *
Garden City
Thornton *



Johnstown ***



La Salle

Lochbuie *









Windsor ***

* partly in Adams County
** partly in Boulder County
*** partly in Larimer County

Web Sites


  1. Handybook for Genealogists: United States of America, 10th ed. (Draper, Utah: Everton Pub., 2002), Weld County, Colorado. Page 101 At various libraries (WorldCat); FHL Book 973 D27e 2002.
  2. 2.0 2.1 Earliest Colorado Vital Records on File in Colorado Counties, pub. by Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment, online at www.colorado.gov
  3. 3.0 3.1 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.
  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