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''[[United States|United States]][[Image:Gotoarrow.png]][[Colorado|Colorado]][[Image:Gotoarrow.png]][[Arapahoe County, Colorado|Arapahoe County]]''  
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''[[United States Genealogy|United States]][[Image:Gotoarrow.png]] [[Colorado Genealogy|Colorado]]'' [[Image:Gotoarrow.png]] '''Arapahoe County'''
  
== County Courthouse  ==
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Guide to '''Arapahoe County, Colorado ancestry, genealogy and family history''', birth records, marriage records, death records, census records, family history, and military records.
  
[http://www.co.arapahoe.co.us/ Araphaoe – Arapahoe County Courthouse]<br>5334 S Prince Street <br>Littleton, CO 80166-0001 <br>Phone: 303.795.4200
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{{Infobox U.S. County 2016
  
&nbsp;<br>First formed in 1855 as Territorial County. See Kansas 1860 for census records) <br>County Clerk&nbsp;has marriage and land records from 1902 burial records to 1941; County Court has divorce, probate and court records<ref name="HBG">''Handybook for Genealogists: United States of America'', 10th ed. (Draper, Utah: Everton Pub., 2002), Alraphoe County, Colorado. Page 97{{WorldCat|50140092|disp=At various libraries (WorldCat)}}; {{FHL|1049485|item|disp=FHL Book 973 D27e 2002}}.</ref>  
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|organized=  November 1, 1861
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|county seat= Littleton
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|parent county= Original county<ref name="Handybook">''The Handybook for Genealogists: United States of America'',10th ed. (Draper, UT: Everton Publishers, 2002).</ref>
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|county1= [[Adams County, Colorado Genealogy|Adams]]
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|county2= [[Denver County, Colorado Genealogy|Denver]]
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|county3= [[Douglas County, Colorado Genealogy|Douglas]]
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|county4= [[Elbert County, Colorado Genealogy|Elbert]]
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|county5= [[Jefferson County, Colorado Genealogy|Jefferson]]
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|county6= [[Lincoln County, Colorado Genealogy|Lincoln&nbsp;]]
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|county7= [[Washington County, Colorado Genealogy|Washington]] </br><center>[[Arapahoe County, Colorado Genealogy#Maps and Gazetteers|See County Maps]]</center>
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<div style="width:17%; float:left; margin-right:4em; padding:0px">__TOC__</div>
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== County Information ==
  
== Quick Facts  ==
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=== Description ===
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=== County Courthouse ===
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{{CO Courthouse Intro|Arapahoe}}
  
==== Parent County  ====
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'''Arapahoe County Courthouse'''<br>5334 S Prince Street <br>Littleton, CO 80166-0001 <br>Phone: 303.795.4200 <br>[http://www.co.arapahoe.co.us/ Arapahoe County Website]<br><br>
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'''Arapahoe County Clerk and Recorder's Office'''<br>5334 S. Prince St.<br>Littleton, CO 80120<br>Ph: 303-795-4520<br>TDD: 303-738-7890
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<br><br>
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County Clerk has marriage and land records from 1902 burial records to 1941; <br>
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County Court has divorce, probate and court records<ref name="HBG">''Handybook for Genealogists: United States of America'', 10th ed. (Draper, Utah: Everton Pub., 2002), Arapahoe County, Colorado. Page 97{{WorldCat|50140092|disp=At various libraries (WorldCat)}}; {{FHL|1049485|item|disp=FHL Book 973 D27e 2002}}.</ref>
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=== Arapahoe County, Colorado Record Dates  ===
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| bgcolor="#e4d8e5" align="center" colspan="7" | <center>'''Beginning Dates for Major County Records'''</center>
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| width="14.2%" bgcolor="#e4d8e5" align="center" | '''[[Arapahoe County, Colorado Genealogy#Birth|Birth*]]'''
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| width="14.2%" bgcolor="#e4d8e5" align="center" | '''[[Arapahoe County, Colorado Genealogy#Marriage|Marriage]]'''
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| width="14.2%" bgcolor="#e4d8e5" align="center" | '''[[Arapahoe County, Colorado Genealogy#Death|Death*]]'''
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| width="14.2%" bgcolor="#e4d8e5" align="center" | '''[[Arapahoe County, Colorado Genealogy#Court Records|Court]]'''
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| width="14.2%" bgcolor="#e4d8e5" align="center" | '''[[Arapahoe County, Colorado Genealogy#Land and Property Records|Land]]'''
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| width="14.2%" bgcolor="#e4d8e5" align="center" | '''[[Arapahoe County, Colorado Genealogy#Probate Records|Probate]]'''
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| width="14.2%" bgcolor="#e4d8e5" align="center" | '''[[Arapahoe County, Colorado Genealogy#Census Records|Census]]'''
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| width="14.2%" align="center" |<center>1876 *<br></center>
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| width="14.2%" align="center" |<center>1860&nbsp;<ref name="red book">''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.</ref> *<br></center>
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| width="14.2%" align="center" |<center>1907 *<br></center>
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| width="14.2%" align="center" |<center>1902 <ref name="red book" /><br></center>
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| width="14.2%" align="center" |<center>1902 <ref name="red book" /><br></center>
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=== Record Loss ===
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=== Boundary Changes ===
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{{CO Boundary Changes Intro|Arapahoe}}
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*'''1855:''' Arapahoe County was created as an original county in Kansas Territory.<br>
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*'''Parent County:''' Arapahoe County was created as an original county in Colorado Territory on 1 November 1861.
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*'''County seat:''' Littleton<ref name="Handybook">''The Handybook for Genealogists: United States of America'',10th ed. (Draper, UT: Everton Publishers, 2002).</ref> <br>
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=== Populated Places ===
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{{CO Populated Places Intro|Arapahoe}}
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The following are locations in Arapahoe County, Colorado:
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* Aurora Established &amp; incorporated in 1891 - Originally called Fletcher, name changed in 1907
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*  Bennett&nbsp; Established 1870, Incorporated in 1930, mostly in Adams County
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*  Bow Mar Incorporated in 1958
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*  Centennial (created mostly from Southglenn and Castlewood CDPs)
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*  Cherry Hills Village&nbsp; Incorporated in 1945
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*  Columbine Valley&nbsp; Incorporated in 1959
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*  Deer Trail&nbsp; Incorporated in 1920
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*  Englewood&nbsp; Established and Incorporated in 1903
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*  Foxfield&nbsp; Incorporated in 1994
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*  Glendale&nbsp; Incorporated in 1952
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*  Greenwood Village&nbsp; Incorporated in 1950
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*  Littleton&nbsp; Established in 1872, Incorporated in 1890
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*  Sheridan&nbsp; Incorporated in 1891, Also called "Petersburg"
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'''Unicorporated Places'''<br>
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*  Aetna Estates
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*  Brick Center
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*  Byers Also called “Bijou”
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*  Castlewood (now part of Centennial)
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*  Cherry Creek
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*  Columbine
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*  Comanche Creek
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*  Dove Valley
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*  Holly Hills
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*  Inverness
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*  Peoria
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*  Southglenn (now part of Centennial)
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*  Strasburg
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*  Watkins
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=== History Timeline ===
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{{CO Historical Timeline Intro|Arapahoe}}
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== Resources ==
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{{CO Resources Intro|Arapahoe}}
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=== Bible Records ===
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{{CO Bible Intro|Arapahoe}}
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=== Biographies  ===
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{{CO Biographies Intro|Arapahoe}}
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=== Business, Commerce, and Occupations ===
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{{CO Business Records Intro|Arapahoe}}
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=== Cemeteries ===
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{{CO Cemeteries Intro|Arapahoe}}
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| colspan="2" bgcolor="#E0E0E0" style="border:1px solid black"| <center>'''Cemeteries of Arapahoe County, Colorado''' online and in print</center>
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| width="21%" bgcolor="#E0E0E0" style="border:1px solid black" | <center>'''Tombstone Transcriptions Online'''</center>
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* [http://findagrave.com/cgi-bin/fg.cgi?page=gsr&GSfn=&GSmn=&GSln=&GSbyrel=all&GSby=&GSdyrel=all&GSdy=&GScntry=4&GSst=7&GScnty=243&GSgrid=&df=all&GSob=n Findagrave.com]
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* [https://sites.google.com/site/arapahoecountycogenweb/home COGenWeb]
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* [http://www.usgwarchives.net/co/arapahoe.htm#cemeteries COGenWeb Archives]
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* [http://www.usgwtombstones.org/colorado/arapahoe.html Tombstone Project]
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* [http://coloradogravestones.org/search.php?cid=3&lm=s&last=&fm=s&first= Colorado Gravestones]
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* [https://familysearch.org/search/collection/2026973 Billion Graves]
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| width="21%" bgcolor="#E0E0E0" style="border:1px solid black" | <center>'''Tombstone Transcriptions in Print''' ([[The Value of Cemetery Records in Print |Often more complete]])</center>
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* {{FHL |NUMBER | Family History Library}}
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* [http://www.worldcat.org/search?q=cemeteries+Arapahoe+County+Colorado&qt=notfound_page&search=Search WorldCat]
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| width="21%" bgcolor="#E0E0E0" style="border:1px solid black" |<center>'''List of Cemeteries in the County'''</center>
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* [http://www.findagrave.com/cgi-bin/fg.cgi?page=csr&CScn=&CScntry=4&CSst=7&CScnty=243 Findagrave.com]
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* [https://billiongraves.com/search/results?year_range=5&action=search_cemetery&exact=true&country=United%20States&state=Colorado&county=Arapahoe# Billion Graves]
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| colspan="2" bgcolor="#E0E0E0" style="border:1px solid black"| <center>See '''[[Colorado Cemeteries]]''' for more information</center>
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*[http://pattio75.tripod.com/Evergreen%20Cemetery.htm Evergreen Cemetery], Deer Trail, Arapahoe county, Colorado - transcription at town web site.
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*[https://billiongraves.com/cemetery/Littleton-Cemetery/160147# Littleton Cemetery, Littleton] BillionGraves
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=== Census Records ===
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{{CO Census Intro|Arapahoe}}
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{{Census|Colorado}}
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The Colorado Genealogical Society's [https://history.denverlibrary.org/sites/history/files/1885ColoradoStateCensusArapahoeCounty.pdf 1885 Colorado State Census - Arapahoe County] &nbsp;&nbsp; PDF&nbsp;File with every name indexed.
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*'''1860-1940''' Colorado Census Records from 1860 to 1940 at [https://familysearch.org/search/catalog/results?count=20&placeId=378&query=%2Bplace%3A%22United%20States%2C%20Colorado%22%20%2Bsubject%3ACensus FamilySearch.org] — index/images
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=== Church Records ===
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{{CO Church Intro|Arapahoe}}
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=== Court Records ===
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{{CO Court Intro|Arapahoe}}
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Numerous records are available at [https://www.colorado.gov/pacific/archives/archives-search 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.
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*'''1933-1936'''. [https://www.colorado.gov/pacific/archives/archives-search Colorado Archives] An Index compiled from the official record of the applications granted by the Arapahoe County Commissioners during these years. Record may show the following:
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*Name of Applicant
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*Date and Amount of pension payment
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*Any adjustments to the pension
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*Person's age
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*Town nearest to where they lived
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*Other Actions done by the County
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=== Directories ===
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{{CO Directories Intro|Arapahoe}}
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=== Emigration and Immigration  ===
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{{CO Emigration Intro|Arapahoe}}
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=== Ethnic, Political, and Religious Groups ===
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{{CO Ethnic Groups Intro|Arapahoe}}
  
'''1855--'''Arapahoe County was created as an original county in Kansas Territory.
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=== Funeral Homes  ===
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{{CO Funeral Homes Intro|Arapahoe}}
  
'''1 November 1861:''' Arapahoe County was created as an original county in Colorado Territory.<br>'''County seat:''' Littleton <ref>''The Handybook for Genealogists: United States of America'',10th ed. (Draper, UT:Everton Publishers, 2002).</ref>
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=== Genealogies  ===
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{{CO Genealogies Intro|Arapahoe}}
  
==== Boundary Changes  ====
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=== Guardianship ===
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{{CO Guardianship Intro|Arapahoe}}
  
==== Record Loss  ====
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=== Land and Property Records ===
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{{CO Land Intro|Arapahoe}}
  
== Places / Localities  ==
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*'''1979 - Present''' [http://www.co.arapahoe.co.us/index.aspx?NID=1199 Arapahoe County Vital Records] at [http://www.co.arapahoe.co.us/ Arapahoe County] — index and some images (choose category "Deed" or "Deed of Trust")
  
==== Populated Places  ====
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=== Local Histories ===
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{{CO Histories Intro|Arapahoe}}
  
==== Neighboring Counties  ====
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{{CO History Intro}}
  
*[[Adams County, Colorado|Adams]]  
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*[http://www.littletongov.org/index.aspx?page=184 Biographies] of Prominent Families of Littleton, Arapahoe, Colorado.
*[[Denver County, Colorado|Denver]]
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*[http://www.littletongov.org/index.aspx?page=23 Early History] of Littleton, Arapahoe, Colorado.
*[[Douglas County, Colorado|Douglas]]
 
*[[Elbert County, Colorado|Elbert]]
 
*[[Jefferson County, Colorado|Jefferson]]
 
*[[Lincoln County, Colorado|Lincoln&nbsp;]]
 
*[[Washington County, Colorado|Washington]]
 
  
== Resources  ==
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=== Maps and Gazetteers ===
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{{CO Maps Intro|Arapahoe}}
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[[Image:Coarapahoe.jpg|300px|Coarapahoe.jpg]]
  
==== Cemeteries  ====
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=== Migration ===
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{{CO Migration Intro|Arapahoe}}
  
*[http://www.deertrailcolorado.org/Evergreen%20Cemetery.htm Evergreen Cemetery], Deer Trail, Arapahoe county, Colorado - transcription at town web site.
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=== Military Records ===
*[http://www.billiongraves.com/pages/cemetery/cemetery.php?cemetery_id=160147 Littleton Cemetery, Littleton] BillionGraves
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{{CO Military Intro|Arapahoe}}
  
==== Census  ====
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=== Naturalization and Citizenship ===
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{{CO Naturalization Intro|Arapahoe}}
  
{{Census|Colorado}}  
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=== Newspapers ===
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{{CO Newspapers Intro|Arapahoe}}
  
The Colorado Genealogical Society's [http://history.denverlibrary.org/research/census_arapahoe/index.html 1885 Colorado State Census - Arapahoe County] &nbsp;&nbsp; PDF&nbsp;File with every name indexed
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'''''Online Newspapers'''''<br>
  
==== Church History and Records  ====
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*'''1888-1923''' - ''Littleton Independent'' aka ''Littleton Gazette'' online at [http://www.coloradohistoricnewspapers.org/ Colorado Historic Newspapers Collection] - free.<ref name="colo">Colorado Online Historical Newspapers, https://sites.google.com/site/onlinenewspapersite/Home/usa/co, accessed 19 July 2013.</ref>
  
LDS Ward and Branch Records
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{{CO Newspaper abstracts|Adams}}
  
*Englewood
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=== Obituaries ===
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{{CO Obituaries Intro|Arapahoe}}
  
==== Court Records ====
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=== Other Records ===
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{{CO Other Records Intro|Arapahoe}}
  
[http://www.colorado.gov/dpa/doit/archives/oap/arapahoe.html Arapahoe County Old Age Pension Records] 1933-1936. An Index compiled from the offical record of the applications granted by the Arapahoe County Commissioners during these years. Record may show the following:
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'''''Poor Records'''''<br>
  
*Name of Applicant
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*'''1895-1988''' [https://www.colorado.gov/pacific/archives/archives-search Colorado State Archives] has put an Index to the Arapahoe County Poor Hospital Records for 1895-1899 on-line.
*Date and Amount of pension payment
 
*Any adjustments to the pension
 
*Person's age
 
*Town nearest to where they lived
 
*Other Actions done by the County <br>
 
  
==== Land  ====
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'''''Voting Registers'''''<br>
  
==== Local Histories  ====
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*'''1893-1905''' [https://www.colorado.gov/pacific/archives/archives-search Arapahoe County Voter Registrations] index (1893-1905) is one of many [http://www.colorado.gov/dpa/doit/archives/online.htm On-Line Indexes] of the Colorado State Archives.
  
[http://www.littletongov.org/history/biographies/default.asp Biographies] of Prominent Families of Littleton, Arapahoe, Colorado.
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=== Periodicals ===
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{{CO Periodicals Intro|Arapahoe}}
  
[http://www.littletongov.org/history/genhist.asp Early History] of Littleton, Arapahoe, Colorado.
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=== Probate Records ===
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{{CO Probate Intro|Arapahoe}}
  
==== Maps  ====
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'''Online Records
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*'''1875 – 1974''' [http://search.ancestry.com/search/db.aspx?dbid=8665 Colorado Wills and Probate Records 1875-1974] at [http://home.ancestry.com Ancestry.com] — index and images '''$'''
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*'''1902-1959''' [http://www.colorado.gov/dpa/doit/archives/hrd/index.htm Colorado State Archives] web site has Arapahoe county Probate cases '''1902-1959'''.
  
==== Military  ====
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=== School Records ===
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{{CO Schools Intro|Arapahoe}}
  
==== Newspapers  ====
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=== Tax Records ===
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{{CO Tax Intro|Arapahoe}}
  
==== Poor Records ====
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=== Vital Records ===
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{{CO Vital Intro|Arapahoe}}
  
[http://www.colorado.gov/dpa/doit/archives/poorrecords/arapahoe_hosp_index.html Colorado State Archives] has put an Index to the Arapahoe County Poor Hospital Records for 1895-1899 on-line.
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For early vital records check [[Colorado State Archives, Historical Records Index]]
  
==== Probate  ====
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==== Birth ====
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{{CO Vital Records - Birth Intro|Arapahoe}}
  
[http://www.colorado.gov/dpa/doit/archives/hrd/index.htm Colorado State Archives] web site has Arapahoe county Probate cases 1902-1937.
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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. <ref name="registrar">Letter from Colorado State Registrar, Dated September 1, 2011. Policy Number 2011- 08. http://www.colorado.gov</ref>
  
==== Taxation  ====
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To obtain a recent birth certificate for yourself or a near relative, contact the [http://www.tchd.org/ Tri-County Health Department] by calling 303-220-9200 or visiting:<br>6162 S. Willow Drive&nbsp; #100<br>Greenwood Village, CO 80111
  
==== Vital Records  ====
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==== Marriage ====
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{{CO Vital Records - Marriage Intro|Arapahoe}}
  
'''[[Colorado Vital Records Search|Colorado Vital Records Seach]]'''
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The Arapahoe 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 303-795-4520 and press 0 to speak to a clerk.
  
==== Voting Registers  ====
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*'''1864 - 1995''' {{RecordSearch|1942851|Colorado, County Marriages, 1864-1995}} at [https://familysearch.org/tree/#view=find&tab=name FamilySearch] — index and images
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*'''1853 - 2006''' {{RecordSearch|1932434|Colorado Statewide Marriage Index, 1853-2006}} at [https://familysearch.org/search/ FamilySearch.org] — index/images
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*'''1900 - 1939''' [http://search.ancestry.com/search/db.aspx?dbid=60251 Colorado, Statewide Marriage Index, 1900-1939] at [http://home.ancestry.com/ Ancestry.com] — index $&nbsp;
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*'''1859 - 1900''' [http://search.ancestry.com/search/db.aspx?dbid=4364 Colorado Marriages, 1859-1900] at [http://home.ancestry.com/ Ancestry.com] — index $
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*'''1979 - Present''' [http://www.co.arapahoe.co.us/index.aspx?NID=1199 Arapahoe County Vital Records] at [http://www.co.arapahoe.co.us/ Arapahoe County] — index and images (choose category "Marriage License")
  
[http://www.colorado.gov/dpa/doit/archives/voter_registrations/arapahoe_index.html Arapahoe County Voter Registrations] index (1893-1905) is one of many [http://www.colorado.gov/dpa/doit/archives/online.htm On-Line Indexes] of the Colorado State Archives.
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==== Death ====
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{{CO Vital Records - Death Intro|Arapahoe}}
  
== Societies, Libraries and Museums  ==
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Death records may become public records when 75 years have elapsed after the date of death. <ref name="registrar" />
  
Arapahoe Library District<br>12855 E. Adam Aircraft Circle<br>Englewood, CO 80112<br>Telephone: 303-798-2444<br>Website http://www.arapahoelibraries.org/ [http://www.arapahoelibraries.org/ www.arapahoelibraries.org/]<br>
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To obtain a recent death certificate for yourself or a near relative, contact the [http://www.tchd.org/ Tri-County Health Department] by calling 303-220-9200 or visiting:<br>6162 S. Willow Drive #100<br>Greenwood Village, CO 80111
  
Aurora Public Library<br>14949 E Alameda Parkway<br>Aurora, CO 80012<br>Telephone: 303-739-6640<br>Website[http://www.auroragov.org/AuroraGov/Departments/LibraryAndCulturalServices/LibraryServices/index.htm www.auroragov.org/AuroraGov/Departments/LibraryAndCulturalServices/LibraryServices/index.htm]<br>
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==== Divorce ====
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{{CO Vital Records - Divorce Intro|Arapahoe}}
  
Englewood Public Library<br>1000 Englewood Parkway<br>Englewood, CO 80110<br>Telehone: 303-762-2572<br>Website[http://www.englewoodgov.org/Index.aspx?page=451 www.englewoodgov.org/Index.aspx]
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Arapahoe County is part of the Colorado 18th Judicial District. To contact them for divorce information prior to 1992 or after 2009, call 303-649-6355 or write to Arapahoe Combined Courts at 7325 S. Potomac Street, Centennial CO 80112. In this letter include the names of the parties at the time of the divorce, the approximate year of the divorce, and your phone number. Do not forget to include your phone number! There is a fee for a search ($5 in 2014), and a small fee for each page copied.
  
Littleton/Bemis Public Library<br>6014 S. Datura St.<br>Littleton, CO 80120<br>Telephone: 303-795-3961<br>Website[http://www.littletongov.org/BEMIS/ www.littletongov.org/BEMIS/]<br>
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For the years 1992 to 2009, the divorce records are in the state archives https://www.colorado.gov/archives/arapahoedivorce . Follow the directions on that site to obtain the record.
  
Columbine Genealogical and Historical Society<br>P.O. Box 2074<br>Centennial, CO 80161-2074<br>Website [http://www.columbinegenealogy.com/index.htm http://www.columbinegenealogy.com/index.htm]<br>
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== Research Facilities ==
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{{CO Research Facilities Intro|Arapahoe}}
  
Sheridan Historical Society<br>4101 S. Federal Blvd.<br>Sheridan, CO 80110-5399<br>Website http://www.rootsweb.ancestry.com/~coshs/index.html<br>
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{{CO Archives}}
  
Aurora Genealogical Society<br>P.O. Box 31732<br>Aurora, CO 80041-0732<br>Website http://www.freewebs.com/auroragenealogysociety/<br>
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Arapahoe County Civil Docket Book 1867 - 1869<br>Arapahoe County Old Age Pension 1933 - 1936<br>Arapahoe County Hospital 1891 - 1899<br>Arapahoe County Poor Hospital 1895 - 1899<br>Arapahoe County Probate Cases 1902 - 1937<br>Arapahoe County Teachers Cards Dist 1 &amp; 6 1953<br>Arapahoe County Voter Registrations 1893 - 1905
  
==== Family History Centers  ====
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=== Archives ===
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{{CO Archives Intro|Arapahoe}}
  
*[[Introduction to LDS Family History Centers]]
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=== Family History Centers ===
*[[Aurora Colorado Family History Center]]  
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{{Family History Centers Intro}}
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*[[Aurora Colorado Family History Center]]
 
*[[Littleton Colorado Family History Center]]
 
*[[Littleton Colorado Family History Center]]
  
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=== Libraries ===
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{{CO Libraries Intro|Arapahoe}}
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'''Arapahoe Library District'''<br>12855 E. Adam Aircraft Circle<br>Englewood, CO 80112<br>Telephone: 303-798-2444<br>[http://arapahoelibraries.org/research-and-databases Website]<br><br>
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'''Englewood Public Library'''<br>1000 Englewood Parkway<br>Englewood, CO 80110<br>Telehone: 303-762-2572<br>[http://www.englewoodgov.org/inside-city-hall/city-departments/library Website]<br><br>
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'''Aurora Public Library'''<br>14949 E Alameda Parkway<br>Aurora, CO 80012<br>Telephone: 303-739-6640<br>[https://www.auroragov.org/ThingsToDo/AuroraPublicLibrary/index.htm  Website]<br><br>
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'''Littleton/Bemis Public Library'''<br>6014 S. Datura St.<br>Littleton, CO 80120<br>Telephone: 303-795-3961<br>[http://www.littletongov.org/index.aspx?page=128 Website]<br><br>
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=== Museums ===
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{{CO Museums Intro|Arapahoe}}
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== Societies ==
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{{CO Societies Intro|Arapahoe}}
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'''Columbine Genealogical and Historical Society'''<br>PO Box 2074<br>Centennial, CO 80161-2074<br>[http://www.columbinegenealogy.com/ Website]
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'''Sheridan Historical Society'''<br>4101 S. Federal Blvd.<br>Sheridan, CO 80110-5399<br>[http://www.rootsweb.ancestry.com/~coshs/index.html Website]
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'''Aurora Genealogical Society'''<br>PO Box 31732<br>Aurora, CO 80041-0732 <br>Telephone Number: 303-739-6886<br>E-mail:[mailto:aurgs1981@yahoo.com aurgs1981@yahoo.com]<br>[http://www.freewebs.com/auroragenealogysociety/ Website]
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'''Mount Rosa Chapter, National Society Daughters of the American Revolution'''<br>[http://mountrosa.coloradodar.org/ Website]
  
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*[http://www.usgennet.org/usa/co/county/arapahoe/ Arapahoe County COGenWeb]]  
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*[https://sites.google.com/site/arapahoecountycogenweb/home Arapahoe County COGenWeb]]
*{{FHL|205242|subject-id|disp=Family History Library Catalog}}  
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*{{FHL Place IDNum|205242|Colorado|Arapahoe}}- The FamilySearch catalog contains descriptions and access information for all genealogical materials (including books, online materials, microfilm, microfiche, and publications) in their collection.  Use [https://familysearch.org/search/ Historical Records] to search for specific individuals in genealogical records
 
*[http://www.linkpendium.com/genealogy/USA/CO/Arapahoe/ Arapahoe County, Colorado Genealogy and Family History] (Linkpendium)
 
*[http://www.linkpendium.com/genealogy/USA/CO/Arapahoe/ Arapahoe County, Colorado Genealogy and Family History] (Linkpendium)
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*[http://www.rootsweb.ancestry.com/~coarapah/index.htm#site_map Arapahoe County GenWeb]
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== Research Guides ==
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{{CO Research Guides Intro|Arapahoe}}
  
== References ==
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Latest revision as of 01:41, 23 March 2017

United StatesGotoarrow.png Colorado Gotoarrow.png Arapahoe County

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

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County Facts
County seat: Littleton
Organized: November 1, 1861
Parent County(s): Original county[1]
Neighboring Counties
Adams  • Denver  • Douglas  • Elbert  • Jefferson  • Lincoln   • Washington
See County Maps
Courthouse
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Location Map
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Adoption
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County Information

Description

County Courthouse

Arapahoe County Courthouse
5334 S Prince Street
Littleton, CO 80166-0001
Phone: 303.795.4200
Arapahoe County Website

Arapahoe County Clerk and Recorder's Office
5334 S. Prince St.
Littleton, CO 80120
Ph: 303-795-4520
TDD: 303-738-7890

County Clerk has marriage and land records from 1902 burial records to 1941;
County Court has divorce, probate and court records[2]

Arapahoe County, Colorado Record Dates

Beginning Dates for Major County Records
Birth* Marriage Death* Court Land Probate Census
1876 *
1860 [3] *
1907 *
1902 [3]
1902 [3]

Record Loss

Boundary Changes

  • 1855: Arapahoe County was created as an original county in Kansas Territory.
  • Parent County: Arapahoe County was created as an original county in Colorado Territory on 1 November 1861.
  • County seat: Littleton[1]

Populated Places

The following are locations in Arapahoe County, Colorado:

  • Aurora Established & incorporated in 1891 - Originally called Fletcher, name changed in 1907
  • Bennett  Established 1870, Incorporated in 1930, mostly in Adams County
  • Bow Mar Incorporated in 1958
  • Centennial (created mostly from Southglenn and Castlewood CDPs)
  • Cherry Hills Village  Incorporated in 1945
  • Columbine Valley  Incorporated in 1959
  • Deer Trail  Incorporated in 1920
  • Englewood  Established and Incorporated in 1903
  • Foxfield  Incorporated in 1994
  • Glendale  Incorporated in 1952
  • Greenwood Village  Incorporated in 1950
  • Littleton  Established in 1872, Incorporated in 1890
  • Sheridan  Incorporated in 1891, Also called "Petersburg"

Unicorporated Places

  • Aetna Estates
  • Brick Center
  • Byers Also called “Bijou”
  • Castlewood (now part of Centennial)
  • Cherry Creek
  • Columbine
  • Comanche Creek
  • Dove Valley
  • Holly Hills
  • Inverness
  • Peoria
  • Southglenn (now part of Centennial)
  • Strasburg
  • Watkins

History Timeline

Resources

Bible Records

Biographies

Business, Commerce, and Occupations

Cemeteries

Cemeteries of Arapahoe 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

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

The Colorado Genealogical Society's 1885 Colorado State Census - Arapahoe County    PDF File with every name indexed.

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

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.

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.

  • 1933-1936. Colorado Archives An Index compiled from the official record of the applications granted by the Arapahoe County Commissioners during these years. Record may show the following:
  • Name of Applicant
  • Date and Amount of pension payment
  • Any adjustments to the pension
  • Person's age
  • Town nearest to where they lived
  • Other Actions done by the County

Directories

Emigration and Immigration

Ethnic, Political, and Religious Groups

Funeral Homes

Genealogies

Guardianship

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.


Local Histories

Local histories are available for Arapahoe 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

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Migration

Military Records

Naturalization and Citizenship

Newspapers

Online Newspapers

Additional newspapers abstracts can sometimes be found using search phrases such as Arapahoe County, Colorado Genealogy newspapers in online catalogs like:

Obituaries

Other Records

Poor Records

  • 1895-1988 Colorado State Archives has put an Index to the Arapahoe County Poor Hospital Records for 1895-1899 on-line.

Voting Registers

Periodicals

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.

For early vital records check Colorado State Archives, Historical Records Index

Birth

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]

To obtain a recent birth certificate for yourself or a near relative, contact the Tri-County Health Department by calling 303-220-9200 or visiting:
6162 S. Willow Drive  #100
Greenwood Village, CO 80111

Marriage

The Arapahoe 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 303-795-4520 and press 0 to speak to a clerk.

Death

Death records may become public records when 75 years have elapsed after the date of death. [5]

To obtain a recent death certificate for yourself or a near relative, contact the Tri-County Health Department by calling 303-220-9200 or visiting:
6162 S. Willow Drive #100
Greenwood Village, CO 80111

Divorce

Arapahoe County is part of the Colorado 18th Judicial District. To contact them for divorce information prior to 1992 or after 2009, call 303-649-6355 or write to Arapahoe Combined Courts at 7325 S. Potomac Street, Centennial CO 80112. In this letter include the names of the parties at the time of the divorce, the approximate year of the divorce, and your phone number. Do not forget to include your phone number! There is a fee for a search ($5 in 2014), and a small fee for each page copied.

For the years 1992 to 2009, the divorce records are in the state archives https://www.colorado.gov/archives/arapahoedivorce . Follow the directions on that site to obtain the record.

Research Facilities

The Colorado State Archives has the following records available for Arapahoe County, Colorado Genealogy in this online database Archives Search. For a full list of online holdings, click here.
(Statewide)
1880-1939 Divorce Index
1883-1900 Mine Accidents, Non - fatal
1897-1920 Horseshoers
1936-1942 Civilian Conservation Corps Enrollments
1966-1968 Vietnam Deaths

Arapahoe County Civil Docket Book 1867 - 1869
Arapahoe County Old Age Pension 1933 - 1936
Arapahoe County Hospital 1891 - 1899
Arapahoe County Poor Hospital 1895 - 1899
Arapahoe County Probate Cases 1902 - 1937
Arapahoe County Teachers Cards Dist 1 & 6 1953
Arapahoe County Voter Registrations 1893 - 1905

Archives

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.

Libraries

Arapahoe Library District
12855 E. Adam Aircraft Circle
Englewood, CO 80112
Telephone: 303-798-2444
Website

Englewood Public Library
1000 Englewood Parkway
Englewood, CO 80110
Telehone: 303-762-2572
Website

Aurora Public Library
14949 E Alameda Parkway
Aurora, CO 80012
Telephone: 303-739-6640
Website

Littleton/Bemis Public Library
6014 S. Datura St.
Littleton, CO 80120
Telephone: 303-795-3961
Website

Museums

Societies

Columbine Genealogical and Historical Society
PO Box 2074
Centennial, CO 80161-2074
Website

Sheridan Historical Society
4101 S. Federal Blvd.
Sheridan, CO 80110-5399
Website

Aurora Genealogical Society
PO Box 31732
Aurora, CO 80041-0732
Telephone Number: 303-739-6886
E-mail:aurgs1981@yahoo.com
Website

Mount Rosa Chapter, National Society Daughters of the American Revolution
Website

Websites

Research Guides

References

  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), Arapahoe County, Colorado. Page 97At 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 92.
  4. Colorado Online Historical Newspapers, https://sites.google.com/site/onlinenewspapersite/Home/usa/co, accessed 19 July 2013.
  5. 5.0 5.1 Letter from Colorado State Registrar, Dated September 1, 2011. Policy Number 2011- 08. http://www.colorado.gov


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