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''[[United States|United States]] [[Image:Gotoarrow.png]] [[Colorado]] [[Image:Gotoarrow.png]] [[Bent_County,_Colorado|Bent County]]'' <br>  
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''[[United States|United States]] [[Image:Gotoarrow.png]] [[Colorado Genealogy|Colorado]] [[Image:Gotoarrow.png]]'' '''Bent County''' <br>  
  
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Guide to '''Bent County, Colorado ancestry, family history, and genealogy''' birth records, marriage records, death records, census records, family history, and military records.<br>
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{{Click|Image:CO_ORP.png|Colorado Online Genealogy Records}} {{Infobox U.S. County
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| county = Bent County
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| county_map = Colorado Bent County.png
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| state = Colorado
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| founded year = 1852
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| founded date = January 9
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| seat = Las Animas
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| building image = ColoradoBentCourthouse.jpg
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| building address = Bent County Courthouse<br>PO Box 350<br>Las Animas, CO 81054-0350<br>Phone 719.456.1353<br>[http://bentcounty.org/'''Bent County Website'''] }}  
  
 
=== County Courthouse  ===
 
=== County Courthouse  ===
  
[http://bentcounty.org/ Bent County Courthouse]<br>PO Box 350<br>Las Animas, CO 81054-0350<br>Phone 719.456.1353 <br>  
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'''1888 -''' County Clerk Recorder has marriage and land records from 1888 and military discharge records: Contact information - [http://bentcounty.org/bent-county-contacts County Clerk and Recorder]<br>
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Nursing Service has birth and death records<br>
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Combined Court has divorce, probate and records<ref name="HBG">''Handybook for Genealogists: United States of America'', 10th ed. (Draper, Utah: Everton Pub., 2002), 97, Bent County, Colorado. {{WorldCat|50140092|disp=At various libraries (WorldCat)}}; {{FHL|1049485|item|disp=FHL Book 973 D27e 2002}}.</ref>
  
County Clerk Recorder has marriage and land records<br>from 1888 and military discharge records; Nursing Service<br>has birth and death records; Combine Court has <br>divorce, probate and records<ref name="HBG">''Handybook for Genealogists: United States of America'', 10th ed. (Draper, Utah: Everton Pub., 2002), 97, Bent County, Colorado. {{WorldCat|50140092|disp=At various libraries (WorldCat)}}; {{FHL|1049485|item|disp=FHL Book 973 D27e 2002}}.</ref>
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=== Historical Facts  ===
  
=== Quick Facts  ===
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| width="100%" bgcolor="#cccc99" align="center" colspan="6" | '''Beginning dates for major county records'''
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| width="16.6%" valign="middle" | <center>'''[[Bent County, Colorado#Birth|Birth]]'''</center>
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| width="16.6%" valign="middle" | <center>'''[[Bent County, Colorado#Marriage|Marriage]]'''</center>
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| width="16.6%" valign="middle" | <center>'''[[Bent County, Colorado#Death|Death]]'''</center>
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| width="16.6%" valign="middle" | <center>'''[[Bent County, Colorado#Taxation|Tax]]'''</center>
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| width="16.6%" valign="middle" | <center>'''[[Bent County, Colorado#Land_and_Property|Land]]'''</center>
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| width="16.6%" valign="middle" | <center>'''[[Bent County, Colorado#Probate Records|Probate]]'''</center>
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| width="16.6%" valign="middle" style="height: 25px;" | <center>*<br></center>
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| width="16.6%" valign="middle" style="height: 25px;" | <center>1888 <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="16.6%" valign="middle" style="height: 25px;" | <center>*<br></center>
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| width="16.6%" valign="middle" style="height: 25px;" | <center>1874 <ref name="red book" /><br></center>
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| width="16.6%" valign="middle" style="height: 25px;" | <center><br></center>
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| width="16.6%" valign="middle" style="height: 25px;" | <center>1874 <ref name="red book" /><br></center>
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| width="100%" bgcolor="#99d6ff" colspan="6" | '''*For earlier dates, try...''' '''[[Bent County, Colorado#Church_Records|Church]] &#124; [[Bent County, Colorado#Obituaries|Obituaries]] &#124; [[Bent County, Colorado#Cemeteries|Cemeteries]]'''
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{{Wikipedia|Bent County, Colorado}}
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==== County Seat  ====
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Las Animas<ref name="HBG" />
  
 
==== Parent County  ====
 
==== Parent County  ====
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*'''Before 1861''' the southwestern quarter of this modern Colorado county was in New Mexico.
 
*'''Before 1861''' the southwestern quarter of this modern Colorado county was in New Mexico.
  
:*'''9 January 1852''' it was created part of [[Taos County, Colorado|Taos County]] in [[New Mexico|New Mexico]] Territory.<ref name="Dollarhide">William Thorndale and William Dollarhide, ''Map Guide to the U.S. Federal Censuses, 1790-1920'' (Baltimore: Genealogical Publ., 1987), 52.  {{WorldCat|16509993|disp=At various libraries (WorldCat)}}; {{FHL|545087|item|disp=FHL Book 973 X2th}}.</ref> <ref>[http://www.rootsweb.ancestry.com/~nmahgp/cohis.htm Brief County Histories (New Mexico)] in RootsWeb (accessed 21 June 2012).</ref>  
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:*'''1852 January 9''' it was created part of [[Taos County, Colorado Genealogy|Taos County]] in [[New Mexico Genealogy|New Mexico]] Territory.<ref name="Dollarhide">William Thorndale and William Dollarhide, ''Map Guide to the U.S. Federal Censuses, 1790-1920'' (Baltimore: Genealogical Publ., 1987), 52.  {{WorldCat|16509993|disp=At various libraries (WorldCat)}}; {{FHL|545087|item|disp=FHL Book 973 X2th}}.</ref> <ref>[http://www.rootsweb.ancestry.com/~nmahgp/cohis.htm Brief County Histories (New Mexico)] in RootsWeb (accessed 21 June 2012).</ref>  
:*'''1 February 1860''' it became part of [[Mora County, Colorado|Mora County]].<ref name="Dollarhide" />  
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:*'''1860 February 1''' it became part of [[Mora County, Colorado Genealogy|Mora County]].<ref name="Dollarhide" />  
:*'''28 February 1861''' it was transferred to [[Colorado]]<ref>Wikipedia contributors, "Colorado Territory" in ''Wikipedia: the Free Encyclopeida'' at http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Colorado_Territory (accessed 19 June 2012).</ref> <ref name="Animap">Adrian B. Ettlinger, ''AniMap 3.0 : with SiteFinder U.S. place name database'' (Alamo, Calif.: Gold Bug, 2008), Colorado 1861 map. {{WorldCat|263846425|disp=At various libraries (WorldCat)}}; {{FHL|1474888|item|disp=FHL CD-ROM no. 4903}}.</ref> (1 Nov 1861 [[Huerfano County, Colorado|Huerfano County]]).<ref>''Handybook'', 99, Huerfano County, Colorado.</ref>  
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:*'''1861 February 28''' it was transferred to [[Colorado Genealogy|Colorado]]<ref>Wikipedia contributors, "Colorado Territory" in ''Wikipedia: the Free Encyclopeida'' at http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Colorado_Territory (accessed 19 June 2012).</ref> <ref name="Animap">Adrian B. Ettlinger, ''AniMap 3.0 : with SiteFinder U.S. place name database'' (Alamo, Calif.: Gold Bug, 2008), Colorado 1861 map. {{WorldCat|263846425|disp=At various libraries (WorldCat)}}; {{FHL|1474888|item|disp=FHL CD-ROM no. 4903}}.</ref> (1 Nov 1861 [[Huerfano County, Colorado Genealogy|Huerfano County]]).<ref>''Handybook'', 99, Huerfano County, Colorado.</ref>  
::Look for pre-1861 records in New Mexico. For further explanation see [[Taos County, Colorado|Taos County]].
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::Look for pre-1861 records in New Mexico. For further explanation see [[Taos County, Colorado Genealogy|Taos County]].
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*'''1870 February 11: '''Bent County was created from [[Pueblo County, Colorado Genealogy|Pueblo]] and Greenwood Counties. Greenwood County was abolished 1874.<br>
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==== Neighboring Counties  ====
  
*'''11 February 1870: '''Bent County was created from [[Pueblo County, Colorado|Pueblo]] and Greenwood Counties. Greenwood County was abolished 1874. '''County seat:''' Las Animas.<ref name="HBG" />
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[[Image:Cobent.jpg|300px|Cobent.jpg]]
  
==== Boundary Changes  ====
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*[[Baca County, Colorado Genealogy|Baca]]
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*[[Kiowa County, Colorado Genealogy|Kiowa]]
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*[[Las Animas County, Colorado Genealogy|Las Animas]]
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*[[Otero County, Colorado Genealogy|Otero]]
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*[[Prowers County, Colorado Genealogy|Prowers]]
  
 
==== Record Loss  ====
 
==== Record Loss  ====
  
== Places / Localities  ==
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There is no known history of courthouse disasters in this county.
  
==== Populated Places ====
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=== Resources ===
  
==== Neighboring Counties ====
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==== Cemeteries ====
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{| width="90%" cellspacing="1" cellpadding="6" border="1"
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| width="30%" bgcolor="#E0E0E0" align="center" | '''Tombstone Transcriptions Online'''
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| width="30%" bgcolor="#E0E0E0" align="center" | '''Tombstone Transcriptions in Print'''
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| width="30%" bgcolor="#E0E0E0" align="center" | '''List of Cemeteries in the county'''
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| bgcolor="#F0F0F0" | [http://findagrave.org/cgi-bin/fg.cgi?page=gsr&GSfn=&GSmn=&GSln=&GSbyrel=all&GSby=&GSdyrel=all&GSdy=&GScntry=4&GSst=7&GScnty=246&GSgrid=&df=all&GSob=n Findagrave.com]
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| bgcolor="#F0F0F0" | [http://www.worldcat.org/search?q=kw%3Acemetary+Bent+County%2C+Colorado&qt=advanced&dblist=638 WorldCat]
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| bgcolor="#F0F0F0" | [http://www.findagrave.com/cgi-bin/fg.cgi?page=csr&CScn=&CScntry=4&CSst=7&CScnty=246 Findagrave.com]
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| bgcolor="#F0F0F0" | [http://files.usgwarchives.org/co/bent/cemeteries COGenWeb]
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| bgcolor="#F0F0F0" | [http://billiongraves.com/pages/search Billion Graves]
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| bgcolor="#F0F0F0" | [http://www.usgwarchives.net/co/bent.htm#cemeteries COGenWeb Archives]
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| bgcolor="#F0F0F0" | [http://www.usgwtombstones.org/colorado/bent.html Tombstone Project]
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| bgcolor="#F0F0F0" | [http://coloradogravestones.org/search.php?cid=6&lm=s&last=&fm=s&first= Colorado Gravestones]
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| bgcolor="#F0F0F0" | [http://billiongraves.com/pages/search/#action=search_cemetery/ Billion Graves]
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| bgcolor="#F0F0F0" colspan="3" | See [[Colorado Cemeteries|Colorado Cemeteries]] for more information.
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==== Census  ====
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{{Census|Colorado}}
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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}}
  
*[[Baca County, Colorado|Baca]]
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==== Court Records  ====
*[[Kiowa County, Colorado|Kiowa]]
 
*[[Las Animas County, Colorado|Las Animas]]
 
*[[Otero County, Colorado|Otero]]
 
*[[Prowers County, Colorado|Prowers]]
 
  
== Resources ==
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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.
  
=== Archives and Libraries ===
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==== Directories ====
  
*Las Animas-Bent County Library District<br>306 5th Street<br>Las Animas, CO 81054<br>Phone: (719) 456-0111
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==== Genealogy  ====
  
=== Cemeteries ===
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==== Local History ====
  
=== Census  ===
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{{CO History Intro}}
  
{{Census|Colorado}}
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==== Land and Property  ====
  
=== Church History and Records  ===
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{{CO Land Intro}}
  
=== Court Records ===
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==== Maps ====
  
=== Divorce  ===
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*[http://www.historygeo.com/search/ Family Maps of {{PAGENAME}}] (land patent maps) at HistoryGeo.com ($). Free surname search.
  
The Colorado State Archives has put a name only Index to the [http://www.colorado.gov/dpa/doit/archives/divorce/1bent.htm Bent County Divorce Records] for the period 1907 to 1919 on-line.
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==== Military  ====
  
=== Land and Property ===
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==== Naturalization and Citizenship ====
  
=== History ===
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==== Newspapers ====
  
=== Maps  ===
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'''Online Newspapers'''
  
=== Military History and Records  ===
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*'''1873-1875''' - ''Las Animas Leader'' 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>
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*'''1887''' - ''Water Valley Clarion'' online at [http://www.coloradohistoricnewspapers.org/ Colorado Historic Newspapers Collection] - free.<ref name="colo" />
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*'''1888-1889''' - ''Stuart Chronicle'' online at [http://www.coloradohistoricnewspapers.org/ Colorado Historic Newspapers Collection] - free.<ref name="colo" />
  
=== Newspapers  ===
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{{CO Newspaper abstracts|Adams}} <br>
  
 
*[http://www.bcdemocratonline.com/ Bent County Democrat]<br>516 Carson Avenue<br>Las Animas, CO 81054
 
*[http://www.bcdemocratonline.com/ Bent County Democrat]<br>516 Carson Avenue<br>Las Animas, CO 81054
  
=== Probate Records  ===
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==== Obituaries  ====
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==== Periodicals  ====
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==== Probate Records ====
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{{CO Probate Intro}}
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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 '''$'''<br>
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==== Public Records  ====
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===== School Records  =====
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==== Repositories  ====
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===== Archives  =====
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{{CO Archives}}
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'''1907-1921''' Bent County Divorce 1907 - 1921<br>
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===== Family History Centers =====
  
=== Taxation  ===
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{{FamilySearch Centers Intro}}
  
=== Vital Records  ===
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*[[La Junta Colorado Family History Center]]
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===== Libraries  =====
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*Las Animas-Bent County Library District<br>306 5th Street<br>Las Animas, CO 81054<br>Phone: (719) 456-0111
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===== Museums  =====
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===== Societies  =====
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'''Bent County Historical Society'''<br>305 St. Vrain Avenue<br>Las Animas, CO 81054<br>Telephone Number: 719-456-2005<br><br>
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'''Pioneer Historical Society of Bent County'''<br>PO Box 68<br>Las Animas, Colorado 81054 <br>Telephone Number: 719-456-6066<br>[http://www.bentcountyheritage.org/ Website]<br><br>
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==== Taxation  ====
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{{CO Tax Intro}}
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==== Vital Records  ====
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{{CO Vital Intro}}
  
 
'''[[Colorado Vital Records Search|Colorado Vital Records Search]]'''  
 
'''[[Colorado Vital Records Search|Colorado Vital Records Search]]'''  
  
== Societies, Libraries and Museums ==
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===== Birth  =====
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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><br>
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===== Marriage =====
  
*Bent County Historical Society<br>305 St. Vrain Avenue<br>Las Animas, CO 81054<br>Telephone: (719) 456-2005<br>
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*'''1853-2006''' {{RecordSearch|1932434|Colorado Statewide Marriage Index, 1853-2006}} at [https://familysearch.org/ FamilySearch.org] — index/images
*[http://www.phsbc.info/phsbc.htm Pioneer Historical Society of Bent County]<br>PO Box 68 <br>Las Animas, Colorado 81054 <br>Phone: 719-456-6066
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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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*'''1864-1995''' {{RecordSearch|1942851|Colorado, County Marriages, 1864-1995}} at [https://familysearch.org FamilySearch] — index and 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 $
  
==== Family History Centers<br>  ====
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===== Death  =====
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Death records may become public records when 75 years have elapsed after the date of death. <ref name="registrar" /><br>  
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===== Divorce =====
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The Colorado State Archives has put a name only Index to the [http://www.colorado.gov/dpa/doit/archives/divorce/1bent.htm Bent County Divorce Records] for the period 1907 to 1919 on-line.
  
*[[Introduction to LDS Family History Centers]]
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=== Places  ===
  
 
== Websites  ==
 
== Websites  ==
  
 
*[http://www.rootsweb.ancestry.com/~cobenttp/index.html Bent County CO Trails to the Past]  
 
*[http://www.rootsweb.ancestry.com/~cobenttp/index.html Bent County CO Trails to the Past]  
*[http://www.linkpendium.com/USA/CO/Bent/ Linkpendium]  
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*[http://www.linkpendium.com/bent-co-genealogy/ Linkpendium]  
 
*[http://cogenweb.com/bent/ Bent County COGenWeb]  
 
*[http://cogenweb.com/bent/ Bent County COGenWeb]  
 
*[http://usgwarchives.net/co/bent.htm USGenWeb Archives]  
 
*[http://usgwarchives.net/co/bent.htm USGenWeb Archives]  
*[http://usgwarchives.org/co/bent.htm USGenWeb Archives] backup site
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*{{FHL|205252|subject-id|disp=FamilySearch Catalog}}
*{{FHL|205252|subject-id|disp=Family History Library Catalog}}
 
  
 
== References  ==
 
== References  ==

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United States Gotoarrow.png Colorado Gotoarrow.png Bent County

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

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Bent County, Colorado
Map
Map of Colorado highlighting Bent County
Location in the state of Colorado
Map of the U.S. highlighting Colorado
Location of Colorado in the U.S.
Facts
Founded January 9, 1852
County Seat Las Animas
Courthouse
ColoradoBentCourthouse.jpg
Address Bent County Courthouse
PO Box 350
Las Animas, CO 81054-0350
Phone 719.456.1353
Bent County Website


County Courthouse

1888 - County Clerk Recorder has marriage and land records from 1888 and military discharge records: Contact information - County Clerk and Recorder
Nursing Service has birth and death records
Combined Court has divorce, probate and records[1]

Historical Facts

Beginning dates for major county records
Birth
Marriage
Death
Tax
Land
Probate
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1888 [2]*
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1874 [2]

1874 [2]
*For earlier dates, try... Church | Obituaries | Cemeteries

County Seat

Las Animas[1]

Parent County

  • Before 1861 the southwestern quarter of this modern Colorado county was in New Mexico.
Look for pre-1861 records in New Mexico. For further explanation see Taos County.
  • 1870 February 11: Bent County was created from Pueblo and Greenwood Counties. Greenwood County was abolished 1874.

Neighboring Counties

Cobent.jpg

Record Loss

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

Resources

Cemeteries

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

Census

For tips on accessing Bent 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

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.

Directories

Genealogy

Local History

Local histories are available for Bent 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.


Maps

Military

Naturalization and Citizenship

Newspapers

Online Newspapers

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

Obituaries

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

Public Records

School Records

Repositories

Archives

The Colorado State Archives has the following records available for Bent 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

1907-1921 Bent County Divorce 1907 - 1921

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.


Libraries
  • Las Animas-Bent County Library District
    306 5th Street
    Las Animas, CO 81054
    Phone: (719) 456-0111
Museums
Societies

Bent County Historical Society
305 St. Vrain Avenue
Las Animas, CO 81054
Telephone Number: 719-456-2005

Pioneer Historical Society of Bent County
PO Box 68
Las Animas, Colorado 81054
Telephone Number: 719-456-6066
Website

Taxation

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.

Colorado Vital Records Search

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. [9]

Marriage
Death

Death records may become public records when 75 years have elapsed after the date of death. [9]

Divorce

The Colorado State Archives has put a name only Index to the Bent County Divorce Records for the period 1907 to 1919 on-line.

Places

Websites

References

  1. 1.0 1.1 Handybook for Genealogists: United States of America, 10th ed. (Draper, Utah: Everton Pub., 2002), 97, Bent County, Colorado. 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 92.
  3. 3.0 3.1 William Thorndale and William Dollarhide, Map Guide to the U.S. Federal Censuses, 1790-1920 (Baltimore: Genealogical Publ., 1987), 52. At various libraries (WorldCat); FHL Book 973 X2th.
  4. Brief County Histories (New Mexico) in RootsWeb (accessed 21 June 2012).
  5. Wikipedia contributors, "Colorado Territory" in Wikipedia: the Free Encyclopeida at http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Colorado_Territory (accessed 19 June 2012).
  6. Adrian B. Ettlinger, AniMap 3.0 : with SiteFinder U.S. place name database (Alamo, Calif.: Gold Bug, 2008), Colorado 1861 map. At various libraries (WorldCat); FHL CD-ROM no. 4903.
  7. Handybook, 99, Huerfano County, Colorado.
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  9. 9.0 9.1 Letter from Colorado State Registrar, Dated September 1, 2011. Policy Number 2011- 08. http://www.colorado.gov