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United States Gotoarrow.png Colorado Gotoarrow.png Rio Grande County

Guide to Rio Grande County Colorado genealogy. Birth records, marriage records, death records, census records, family history, and military records.

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Online Records

Rio Grande County, Colorado
Map of Colorado highlighting Rio Grande County
Location in the state of Colorado
Map of the U.S. highlighting Colorado
Location of Colorado in the U.S.
Founded January 9, 1852
County Seat Del Norte
Address Rio Grande County Courthouse
925 6th
PO Box 160
Del Norte, CO 81132-0160
Phone: 719.657.2744
Rio Grande County Website

County Courthouse

County Clerk Recorder has marriage records from 1876
and land records from 1874; Clerk County Court has
divorce, probate and court records.[1]

Historical Facts

Beginning dates for major county records

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

County Seat

Del Norte[1]

Parent County

  • Before 1861 this modern Colorado county was in New Mexico.
Look for pre-1861 records in New Mexico. For further explanation see Taos County.
  • 1874 Rio Grande County was created 10 February 1874 from Conejos and Costilla Counties.

Neighboring Counties

Alamosa | Archuleta | Conejos | Mineral | Saguache

Record Loss


Bible Records


Business Records and Commerce



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

Church Records

Court Records


Emigration and Immigration

Ethnic, Political, or Religious Groups




Local History

Local histories are available for Rio Grande County, Colorado Genealogy. County histories may include biographies, church, school and government history, and military information. For more information about local histories, see the wiki page section Colorado Local Histories.

Land and Property

Land and property records can place an ancestor in a particular location, provide economic information, and reveal family relationships. Land records include: deeds, abstracts and indexes, mortgages, leases, grants and land patents.

See Colorado Land and Property for additional information about early Colorado land grants.

After land was transferred to private ownership, subsequent transactions were usually recorded at the county courthouse, where current records are also housed.



Naturalization and Citizenship


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




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.

Public Records

School Records

Colorado State Archives put has an Index of Rio Grande County teacher certificate applications for the years 1874-1893 on-line. Index gives only the name and the date.


Family History Centers
  • Introduction to LDS Family History Centers
    The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints Family History Center
    100 San Francisco Creek Dr
    Del Norte, Rio Grande, Colorado, United States
    Telephone: 719-657-2853
    This is not a mailing address. Due to limited staff, Family History Centers are unable to respond to mail inquiries.
    Contact Center for open hours as they vary.

Carnegie Public Library
120 Jefferson Street
Monte Vista, CO 81144
Telephone 719-852-3931
Website http://www.montevistalibrary.org/6601.html



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



Web Sites


  1. 1.0 1.1 Handybook for Genealogists: United States of America, 10th ed. (Draper, Utah: Everton Pub., 2002), 101, Rio Grande County, Colorado. At various libraries (WorldCat); FHL Book 973 D27e 2002.
  2. 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 http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Colorado_Territory (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, 97, Conejos County, Colorado, and 99, Guadalupe County, Colorado.
  7. Wikipedia contributors, "Guadalupe County, Colorado Territory" in Wikipedia: the Free Encyclopedia at http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Guadalupe_County,_Colorado_Territory (accessed 23 June 2012).