Colorado Vital Records

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Introduction to Vital Records

Vital Records consist of births, adoptions, marriages, divorces, and deaths recorded on registers, certificates, and documents. United States Vital Records has additional research guidance on researching and using vital records. A copy or an extract of most original records can be purchased from the Colorado Vital Records State Department of Health or the County Clerk's office of the county where the event occurred. See also Colorado Statewide Indexes and Collections at the Family History Library.

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Great Colorado Records Index

Colorado Birth, Marriage and Death Records Online[edit | edit source]

The following is a list of online resources useful for locating Colorado Vital Records which consist of births, adoptions, marriages, divorces, and deaths. Most online resources for Colorado Vital Records are indexes. After locating a person in an index always consult the original record to confirm the information in the index.

Births[edit | edit source]

Early - 1907

A law was passed in 1876 requiring counties and towns in Colorado to record births and deaths. In those counties where the clerks complied, the records are available at the local courthouse. Most early files are incomplete.

1907 - Present

Statewide registration began in 1907 and was generally complied with by 1920. Some of the earlier county records and delayed registrations of births since 1941 are at the Colorado Department of Health. To obtain copies of these records, write to:

Vital Records Section
Colorado Department of Health
4300 Cherry Creek Drive South
Denver, CO 80246-1530
Telephone: 303.692.2200
Fax: USA 1.800.423.1108;outside continental U.S. 303.691.9307
Internet: Colorado Official Birth, Death, Marriage, and Divorce Records

The current fees for records are at the above website and at  State your relationship to the individual you want information about and your reason. Certificates are released only to members of the immediate family.

Colorado State Archives, Historical Records Index

Marriages Records[edit | edit source]

1864 - 1995 Colorado, County Marriages, 1864-1995 at FamilySearch at FamilySearch; index and images — How to Use this Collection

Each county has kept marriage records since the date it was organized. A few records date from 1860. You can write to the appropriate county clerk for information.

The Colorado Department of Health has a statewide index to marriages from 1900 to 1939 and from 1975 to the present. [1]They will check the index and then forward the inquiry to the correct county office.

The Colorado Division of State Archives and Public Records also has copies of marriage records for 20 counties, including Denver from 1861 to 1952.

Some county marriage records have been extracted and published. For example, many early marriage records have been published in The Colorado Genealogist see the Periodicals page. The earliest Denver and Arapahoe County marriage records have recently been published in Marriages of Arapahoe County, Colorado, 1859-1901: Including "Territory That Became Adams, Denver, and Other Counties" [2]

Many of the early marriages for the western part of the state are searchable online at no cost in the Western States Marriage Index.

Colorado State Archives, Historical Records Index

Information in Colorado Marriage Records
Types of Information 1860 - 1900 1900 - present
Name of Bride/Groom
Date of Marriage    
Location of Marriage    
Presiding Official    
Date of Birth
Place of Birth
Residence at Time of Marriage

Divorces[edit | edit source]

Divorce records are available from the clerk of the district court in the county where the decree was granted. The Colorado Department of Health has a statewide index of divorce records for the years 1900 to 1939 and 1968 to the present. The index identifies the county that granted the divorce. The department of health does not provide certified copies. You can write to the county clerk for copies of the records.

Colorado State Archives, Historical Records Index

Death Records[edit | edit source]

Early to 1900

1900 - Present

Colorado State Archives, Historical Records Index

Fetal Deaths Anyone who has a direct and tangible interest in the record may request a copy of a "Fetal Death Record." A "Certificate of Stillbirth" is issued to parent, grandparent, sibling, funeral director or legal representative — must submit proof of relationship.[3]

Information in Colorado Death Records
Types of Information
before - 1900
1900 - present
Name of Deceased

Date of Death

Place of Death

Date of Birth/Age  
Place of Birth

Place of Burial

Parents' Names/Maiden

Occupation of Deceased


Marital Status


Cause of Death[edit | edit source]

  • Causes of Death - use this resource when trying to interpret a disease or medical condition listed on a death record or certificate

Substitute Records[edit | edit source]

Learn more about the history and availability of vital records in Guide to Vital Statistics Records in Colorado, Volume 1 [4] Click on the Guide to Vital Statisticcs records in Colorado.

Tips[edit | edit source]

  • Information listed on vital records is given by an informant.  Learn the relationship of the informant to the subject(s) of the record.  The closer the relationship of the informant to the subjects(s) and whether or not the informant was present at the time of the event can help determine the accuracy of the information found on the record. 
  • If you are unable to locate vital records recorded by governments, search for church records of christening, marriage, death or burial.  A family Bible may have been used to record births, marriages and deaths.
  • Privacy laws may restrict your access to some vital records.  Copies of some vital records recorded in the last 100 years may be unavailable to anyone except a direct relative.
  • Search for Vital Records in the FamilySearch Catalog by using a Place Search and then choosing Vital Records.  Search for Colorado to locate records filed by the State and then search the name of the county to locate records kept by that county.

Archives, Libraries and Societies[edit | edit source]

References[edit | edit source]

  1. Family History Library FHL CD-ROM no.2425 years 1900-1939, 1975-1992.
  2. Denver, Colorado Genealogical Society, 1986: Family History Library FHL 978.882 V2m.
  3. “United States Fetal Death Records,” Lake Superior Roots, v 29, no 2. (Marquette, Michigan: Marquette County Genealogical Society, 2016), 11.
  4. Denver: Historical Records Survey, 1942; Family History Library FHL 897482