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''[[United States|United States]][[Image:Gotoarrow.png]][[Colorado|Colorado]][[Image:Gotoarrow.png]][[Mesa County, Colorado|Mesa County]]''<br>
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''[[United States|United States]][[Image:Gotoarrow.png]][[Colorado Genealogy|Colorado]][[Image:Gotoarrow.png]]'' '''Mesa County'''<br>
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Guide to '''Mesa 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 = Mesa County
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| county_map = Colorado Mesa County.png
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| state = Colorado
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| state_map = Colorado.png
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| latd =
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| founded year = 1883
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| founded date = February 14
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| seat = Grand Junction
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| building image = ColoradoMesaCourthouse.jpg
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| building address = Mesa County Courthouse<br>2424 Hwy 6 &amp; 50<br>PO Box 20,000-5010<br>Grand Junction, CO 81502<br>Phone: 970.244.1607<br>[http://www.mesacounty.us/ '''Mesa County Website'''] }}
  
 
== County Courthouse  ==
 
== County Courthouse  ==
  
[http://www.mesacounty.us/ Mesa County Courthouse;]<br>2424 Hwy 6 &amp; 50; PO Box 20,000-5010; <br>Grand Junction, CO 81502; <br>Phone: 970.244.1607
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[http://clerk.mesacounty.us/ County Clerk] has marriage and land records from 1883; <br>County Health Department has birth, death and burial records; <br>1885 census taken<ref name="HBG">''Handybook for Genealogists: United States of America'', 10th ed. (Draper, Utah: Everton Pub., 2002), Mesa County, Colorado. Page 100 {{WorldCat|50140092|disp=At various libraries (WorldCat)}}; {{FHL|1049485|item|disp=FHL Book 973 D27e 2002}}.</ref>
  
County&nbsp;Clerk has marriage and land records from 1883; <br>County Health Department has birth, death and burial records; <br>1885 census taken<ref name="HBG">''Handybook for Genealogists: United States of America'', 10th ed. (Draper, Utah: Everton Pub., 2002), Mesa County, Colorado. Page 100 {{WorldCat|50140092|disp=At various libraries (WorldCat)}}; {{FHL|1049485|item|disp=FHL Book 973 D27e 2002}}.</ref>
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== Historical Facts  ==
  
== History  ==
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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>'''[[Mesa County, Colorado#Birth|Birth]]'''</center>
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| width="16.6%" valign="middle" | <center>'''[[Mesa County, Colorado#Marriage|Marriage]]'''</center>
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| width="16.6%" valign="middle" | <center>'''[[Mesa County, Colorado#Death|Death]]'''</center>
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| width="16.6%" valign="middle" | <center>'''[[Mesa County, Colorado#Taxation|Tax]]'''</center>
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| width="16.6%" valign="middle" | <center>'''[[Mesa County, Colorado#Land_and_Property|Land]]'''</center>
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| width="16.6%" valign="middle" | <center>'''[[Mesa County, Colorado#Probate Records|Probate]]'''</center>
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| width="16.6%" valign="middle" style="height: 25px;" | <center>1883-1909 <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 93.</ref>*<br></center>
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| width="16.6%" valign="middle" style="height: 25px;" | <center>1883 <ref name="red book" />*<br></center>
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| width="16.6%" valign="middle" style="height: 25px;" | <center>1893-1901 <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>1883<br></center>
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| width="16.6%" valign="middle" style="height: 25px;" | <center>1883<br></center>
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'''*For earlier dates, try...''' '''[[Mesa County, Colorado#Church|Church]] &#124; [[Mesa County, Colorado#Obituaries|Obituaries]] &#124; [[Mesa County, Colorado#Cemeteries|Cemeteries]]'''
  
==== Parent County  ====
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Early birth and death records are stored in the courthouse.<ref name="red book" />
  
*'''1883--'''Mesa County was created 14 February 1883 from [[Gunnison County, Colorado|Gunnison]] County. '''County seat:''' Grand Junction <ref name="Handybook">''The Handybook for Genealogists: United States of America'',10th ed. (Draper, UT:Everton Publishers, 2002).</ref>
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==== Boundary Changes ====
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==== County Seat ====
  
==== Record Loss  ====
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Grand Junction <ref name="Handybook">''The Handybook for Genealogists: United States of America'',10th ed. (Draper, UT:Everton Publishers, 2002).</ref>
  
== Places / Localities ==
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==== Parent County ====
  
==== Populated Places  ====
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*'''1883--'''Mesa County was created 14 February 1883 from [[Gunnison County, Colorado Genealogy|Gunnison]] County.
  
 
==== Neighboring Counties  ====
 
==== Neighboring Counties  ====
  
*[[Delta County, Colorado|Delta]]  
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[[Image:Comesa.jpg|300px|Comesa.jpg]]
*[[Garfield County, Colorado|Garfield]]  
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*[[Grand County, Utah|Grand County, Utah]]  
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*[[Delta County, Colorado Genealogy|Delta]]  
*[[Montrose County, Colorado|Montrose]]  
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*[[Garfield County, Colorado Genealogy|Garfield]]  
*[[Pitkin County, Colorado|Pitkin]]  
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*[[Grand County, Utah Genealogy|Grand County, Utah]]  
*[[San Juan County, Utah|San Juan County, Utah]]
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*[[Montrose County, Colorado Genealogy|Montrose]]  
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*[[Pitkin County, Colorado Genealogy|Pitkin]]  
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*[[San Juan County, Utah Genealogy|San Juan County, Utah]]
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==== Record Loss  ====
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There is no known history of courthouse disasters in this county.
  
 
== Resources  ==
 
== Resources  ==
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==== Cemeteries  ====
 
==== Cemeteries  ====
  
*[http://www.billiongraves.com/pages/cemetery/cemetery.php?cemetery_id=10454 Memorial Gardens of the Valley, Grand Junction] BillionGraves
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[https://billiongraves.com/search/results?year_range=5&action=search_cemetery&exact=true&country=United%20States&state=Colorado&county=Mesa&cemetery_name=memorial%20gardens# Memorial Gardens of the Valley, Grand Junction] BillionGraves<br>
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Mesa County Genealogical Society Cemetery Website Project - [http://www.mesadwellers.org Mesa Genealogical Soc.] website<br>
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[http://www.findagrave.com/cgi-bin/fg.cgi?page=gsr&amp;GScid=57255 Elmwood Cemetery]  Findagrave<br>
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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=279&GSgrid=&df=all&GSob=n Findagrave.com]
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| bgcolor="#F0F0F0" | {{FHL|205408|subject-id|disp=Family History Library}}
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| bgcolor="#F0F0F0" | [http://www.findagrave.com/cgi-bin/fg.cgi?page=csr&CScn=&CScntry=4&CSst=7&CScnty=279 Findagrave.com]
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| bgcolor="#F0F0F0" | [http://www.rootsweb.ancestry.com/~comesa2/cemeteryindex.htm COGenWeb]
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| bgcolor="#F0F0F0" | [http://www.worldcat.org/search?q=cemeteries+Mesa+County%2C+Colorado&qt=results_page8 WorldCat]
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| bgcolor="#F0F0F0" | [https://billiongraves.com/pages/search/#action=search_cemetery Billion Graves]
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| bgcolor="#F0F0F0" | [http://www.usgwarchives.net/co/mesa.htm#cemeteries COGenWeb Archives]
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| bgcolor="#F0F0F0" | [http://www.usgwtombstones.org/colorado/mesa.html Tombstone Project]
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| bgcolor="#F0F0F0" | [http://coloradogravestones.org/search.php?cid=39&lm=s&last=&fm=s&first= Colorado Gravestones]
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| bgcolor="#F0F0F0" | [https://familysearch.org/search/collection/results?count=20&query=%2Bdeath_place%3A%22Mesa%20County%2C%20Colorado%22~&collection_id=2026973 Billion Graves]
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| bgcolor="#F0F0F0" colspan="3" | See [[Colorado Cemeteries|Colorado Cemeteries]] for more information.
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==== Census  ====
 
==== Census  ====
  
 
{{Census|Colorado}}  
 
{{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
  
 
==== Church  ====
 
==== Church  ====
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*Grand Junction
 
*Grand Junction
  
==== Court  ====
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==== Court Records ====
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An Index of many Court related cases (marriage, divorce, judgements, liens, etc.) are accessible on the [http://www.mesacounty.us/ Mesa County, Colorado home page]. Through their Online Services: Record --Recorded Documents page. This is not by all means an inclusive list and Mesa County reminds users, "The Mesa County Recorder Office presents the information on this web site as a service to the public. While every effort has been made to ensure the accuracy of this information, no person or entity, including Mesa County, the Clerk or her staff, shall have any responsibility for any inaccuracies or omissions in the data at this site or at other sites to which we link. Use of this site is an acknowledgement of this disclaimer. The official records of the County are located in the Office."
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Non-county residents do not have access to all the functions of the website.
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There is also a direct link to the [https://recording.mesacounty.us/landmarkweb search page] .
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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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==== Gazetteers  ====
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==== Local History  ====
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{{CO History Intro}}
  
==== Land  ====
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==== Land and Property ====
  
==== Local Histories  ====
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{{CO Land Intro}}
  
 
==== Maps  ====
 
==== Maps  ====
  
 
==== Military  ====
 
==== Military  ====
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==== Naturalization and Citizenship  ====
  
 
==== Newspapers  ====
 
==== Newspapers  ====
  
==== Probate  ====
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{{CO Newspaper abstracts|Mesa}}
  
[http://www.colorado.gov/dpa/doit/archives/probate/mesa_probate.htm Colorado State Archives] has put the Mesa County Probate Index for the years 1883-1900, on-line.  
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==== Obituaries  ====
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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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*'''1883-1900''' [https://www.colorado.gov/pacific/archives/archives-search Colorado State Archives] has put the Mesa County Probate Index for the years 1883-1900 online.
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==== Repositories  ====
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{{CO Archives}}<br><br>
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'''1883-1910''' Mesa County Probate <br>'''1885-1887''' Mesa County Persons Subject to Military <br>'''1887''' Mesa County Persons Exempt from Military <br>'''1913-1917''' Mesa County Motor Vehicle Licenses <br>'''1920-1934''' Mesa County Inheritance Tax <br>'''1934-1942''' Mesa County CCC Enrollments <br>'''1950-1970''' Mesa County Divorce Cases <br>
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===== Family History Centers  =====
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{{FamilySearch Centers Intro}}
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*[[Grand Junction Colorado Family History Center]]
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*[[Delta Colorado Family History Center]]
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*[[Rifle Colorado Family History Center]]
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===== Libraries  =====
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Mesa County Public Library District<br>530 Grand Ave<br>Grand Junction, CO 81502<br>Telehone: 970-243-4783<br>[http://www.mcpld.org/ Mesa County Libraries] website
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===== Museums  =====
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'''Mesa County Genealogical Society'''<br>PO Box 1506<br>Grand Junction, Colorado 81502-1506<br>Telephone: 970-242-0971<br>[http://www.mesadwellers.org Website]<br><br>
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'''Mesa County Historical Society'''<br>PO Box 841<br> Grand Junction, CO 81502<br>Telephone: 970-260-5226<br>E-mail:[mailto:Priscilla.Mangnall@gmail.com Priscilla.Mangnall@gmail.com]<br>[http://www.gjarts.org/local-artists-groups-galleries/cultural-organization/?organization=mesa-county-historical-society-ebe49 Website]<br><br>
  
 
==== Taxation  ====
 
==== Taxation  ====
  
[http://www.colorado.gov/dpa/doit/archives/inh_tax/1mesa_inh_tax.htm Colorado State Archives] has put the Mesa County Inheritance Tax Records Index for the years 1920-1934 on-line.  
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{{CO Tax Intro}}
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[https://www.colorado.gov/pacific/archives/archives-search Colorado State Archives] has put the Mesa County Inheritance Tax Records Index for the years 1920-1934 on-line.
  
 
==== Vital Records  ====
 
==== 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 and Libraries ==
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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>
  
Mesa County Public Library District<br>530 Grand Ave<br>Grand Junction, CO 81502<br>Telehone: 970-243-4783<br>Website [http://www.mcpld.org/ www.mcpld.org/]  
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===== Marriage  =====
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*'''1853-2006''' {{RecordSearch|1932434|Colorado Statewide Marriage Index, 1853-2006}} at [https://familysearch.org/ FamilySearch.org] — index/images
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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 '''$'''
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*'''1864-1995''' {{RecordSearch|1942851|Colorado, County Marriages, 1864-1995}} at [https://familysearch.org FamilySearch] — index and images
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*'''1900-1939''' [http://search.ancestry.com/search/db.aspx?dbid=60251 Colorado, Statewide Marriage Index, 1900-1939] at [http://home.ancestry.com/ Ancestry.com] — index '''$'''
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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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=== Places  ===
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==== Populated Places  ====
  
Mesa County Genealogical Society<br>P. O. Box 1506<br>Grand Junction, Colorado 81502-1506<br>Telephone 970-242-0971<br>Website http://www.mesadwellers.org
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'''*''''''also check for records in Grand Junction'''<br>
  
==== Family History Centers  ====
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*[[Introduction to LDS Family History Centers]]
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==== Ghost Town  ====
*[[Grand Junction Colorado Family History Center]]
 
  
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Carpenter
  
 
== Web Sites  ==
 
== Web Sites  ==
  
*{{FHL|Colorado%2C+Mesa|subject|disp=Family History Library Catalog}}  
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*{{FHL|Colorado%2C+Mesa|subject|disp=FamilySearch Catalog}}  
 
*[http://www.linkpendium.com/genealogy/USA/CO/Mesa/ Mesa County, Colorado Genealogy and Family History] (Linkpendium)
 
*[http://www.linkpendium.com/genealogy/USA/CO/Mesa/ Mesa County, Colorado Genealogy and Family History] (Linkpendium)
  
 
== References  ==
 
== References  ==
  
<references />{{Colorado|Colorado}} {{Colorado-stub}}  
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<references />{{Colorado|Colorado}}  
  
 
[[Category:Mesa_County,_Colorado]]
 
[[Category:Mesa_County,_Colorado]]

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

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Mesa County, Colorado
Map
Map of Colorado highlighting Mesa County
Location in the state of Colorado
Map of the U.S. highlighting Colorado
Location of Colorado in the U.S.
Facts
Founded February 14, 1883
County Seat Grand Junction
Courthouse
ColoradoMesaCourthouse.jpg
Address Mesa County Courthouse
2424 Hwy 6 & 50
PO Box 20,000-5010
Grand Junction, CO 81502
Phone: 970.244.1607
Mesa County Website


County Courthouse

County Clerk has marriage and land records from 1883;
County Health Department has birth, death and burial records;
1885 census taken[1]

Historical Facts

Beginning dates for major county records
Birth
Marriage
Death
Tax
Land
Probate
1883-1909 [2]*
1883 [2]*
1893-1901 [2]*

1883
1883

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

Early birth and death records are stored in the courthouse.[2]

County Seat

Grand Junction [3]

Parent County

  • 1883--Mesa County was created 14 February 1883 from Gunnison County.

Neighboring Counties

Comesa.jpg

Record Loss

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

Resources

Cemeteries

Memorial Gardens of the Valley, Grand Junction BillionGraves

Mesa County Genealogical Society Cemetery Website Project - Mesa Genealogical Soc. website

Elmwood Cemetery Findagrave

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.

Census

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

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

Church

LDS Ward and Branch Records

  • Fruita
  • Grand Junction

Court Records

An Index of many Court related cases (marriage, divorce, judgements, liens, etc.) are accessible on the Mesa County, Colorado home page. Through their Online Services: Record --Recorded Documents page. This is not by all means an inclusive list and Mesa County reminds users, "The Mesa County Recorder Office presents the information on this web site as a service to the public. While every effort has been made to ensure the accuracy of this information, no person or entity, including Mesa County, the Clerk or her staff, shall have any responsibility for any inaccuracies or omissions in the data at this site or at other sites to which we link. Use of this site is an acknowledgement of this disclaimer. The official records of the County are located in the Office."

Non-county residents do not have access to all the functions of the website.

There is also a direct link to the search page .

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.

Gazetteers

Genealogy

Local History

Local histories are available for Mesa 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

Additional newspapers abstracts can sometimes be found using search phrases such as Mesa 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

Repositories

Archives

The Colorado State Archives has the following records available for Mesa 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

1883-1910 Mesa County Probate
1885-1887 Mesa County Persons Subject to Military
1887 Mesa County Persons Exempt from Military
1913-1917 Mesa County Motor Vehicle Licenses
1920-1934 Mesa County Inheritance Tax
1934-1942 Mesa County CCC Enrollments
1950-1970 Mesa County Divorce Cases

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

Mesa County Public Library District
530 Grand Ave
Grand Junction, CO 81502
Telehone: 970-243-4783
Mesa County Libraries website

Museums
Societies

Mesa County Genealogical Society
PO Box 1506
Grand Junction, Colorado 81502-1506
Telephone: 970-242-0971
Website

Mesa County Historical Society
PO Box 841
Grand Junction, CO 81502
Telephone: 970-260-5226
E-mail:Priscilla.Mangnall@gmail.com
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.


Colorado State Archives has put the Mesa County Inheritance Tax Records Index for the years 1920-1934 on-line.

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. [4]

Marriage
Death

Death records may become public records when 75 years have elapsed after the date of death. [4]

Divorce

Places

Populated Places

Populated Places in Mesa County
Cities
Towns
Unincorporated
Fruita
Colbran
Clifton *
Grand Junction
De Beque
Fruitvale

Palisade
Gateway


Loma


Mack


Mesa


Molina


Orchard Mesa *


Plateau City


Redlands


Whitewater

'*'also check for records in Grand Junction

Ghost Town

Carpenter

Web Sites

References

  1. Handybook for Genealogists: United States of America, 10th ed. (Draper, Utah: Everton Pub., 2002), Mesa County, Colorado. Page 100 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 93.
  3. The Handybook for Genealogists: United States of America,10th ed. (Draper, UT:Everton Publishers, 2002).
  4. 4.0 4.1 Letter from Colorado State Registrar, Dated September 1, 2011. Policy Number 2011- 08. http://www.colorado.gov