Yuma County, Colorado Genealogy

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


Yuma County, Colorado
Map of Colorado highlighting Yuma County
Location in the state of Colorado
Map of the U.S. highlighting Colorado
Location of Colorado in the U.S.
Founded March 15, 1889
County Seat Wray
Address Yuma County Courthouse
310 Ash St
Po box 467
Wray, CO 80758-0426
Phone: 970.332.5809
Yuma County Website

County Courthouse

County Clerk has marriage records from 1889
and land records from 1897[1]

Historical Facts

Beginning dates for major county records
1893-1907 [2]*
1889 [2]*
1893-1907 [2]*

1889 [2]
*For earlier dates, try... Church | Obituaries | Cemeteries

County Seat


Parent County

Neighboring Counties


Record Loss

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



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

  • 1860-1940 Colorado Census Records from 1860 to 1940 at FamilySearch.org — 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 Yuma 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 Yuma 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



The Colorado State Archives has the following records available for Yuma 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

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.

  • Wray Public Library
    301 W. 7th. St.
    Wray, CO 80758
    Phone: (970) 332-4744
    Website: Wray Public Library
  • Yuma Public Library
    910 S. Main St.
    Yuma, CO 80759
    Phone: (970) 848-2368
    Website: Yuma Public Library

Yuma Area Genealogical Society
PO Box 454
Yuma, CO 80759

Yuma County Genealogical Society
PO Box 24
Yuma 80759

Wray Heritage Association
205 E 3rd St
Wray, CO 80758-1106

East Yuma County Historical Society
PO BOX 161
Wray, CO 80758-0161


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. [3]


Death records may become public records when 75 years have elapsed after the date of death. [3]



Web Sites


  1. Handybook for Genealogists: United States of America, 10th ed. (Draper, Utah: Everton Pub., 2002), Yuma County, Colorado. Page 101 At various libraries (WorldCat); FHL Book 973 D27e 2002.
  2. 2.0 2.1 2.2 2.3 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 92.
  3. 3.0 3.1 Letter from Colorado State Registrar, Dated September 1, 2011. Policy Number 2011- 08. http://www.colorado.gov