Custer County, Colorado Genealogy

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United States Gotoarrow.png Colorado Gotoarrow.png Custer County

County Courthouse

Custer County Courthouse
205 S 6th St; PO Box 150
Westcliffe, CO 81252;
Phone: 719.783.0441 

County Clerk has marriage and burial records[1]

Quick Facts

Parent County

  • Before 1861 the southern quarter of this modern Colorado county was in New Mexico.
Look for pre-1861 records in New Mexico. For further explanation see Taos County.
  • 1877 Custer County was created 9 March 1877 from Fremont County. County seat: Westcliffe.[1]

Boundary Changes

Record Loss

Places / Localities

Populated Places

Neighboring Counties




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

Church History and Records

Court Records

Land and Property






Colorado State Archives has put an Index to the Custer County Will Records for the years 1887-1966 on-line.

School Records

Colorado State Archives has put an Index to the Pupil Register for District #3 for the years 1891-1896 on-line.  The index gives the name of the pupil, date, and birth place.


Colorado State Archives has put the Custer County Inheritance Tax Records Index for the years 1907-1946 on-line.

Vital Records

Colorado Vital Records Search

Societies, Libraries and Museums

West Custer County Library District
209 Main Street
Westcliffe, CO 81252
Phone: (719) 783-9138

Wetmore Community Library
95 County Road 393
Wetmore, CO 81253
Phone: (719) 784-6669

Family History Center



  1. 1.0 1.1 Handybook for Genealogists: United States of America, 10th ed. (Draper, Utah: Everton Pub., 2002), 98, Custer County, Colorado. At various libraries (WorldCat); FHL Book 973 D27e 2002.
  2. 2.0 2.1 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.
  3. Brief County Histories (New Mexico) in RootsWeb (accessed 21 June 2012).
  4. Wikipedia contributors, "Colorado Territory" in Wikipedia: the Free Encyclopeida at (accessed 19 June 2012).
  5. 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.
  6. Handybook, 98, Fremont County, Colorado.