Adams County, Colorado Genealogy
This article is about a northeast Colorado county. For other uses, see Adams.
Guide to Adams County Colorado genealogy. Birth records, marriage records, death records, census records, family history, and military records.
|Adams County, Colorado|
Location in the state of Colorado
Location of Colorado in the U.S.
|Founded||April 15, 1901|
|Address|| Adams County Courthouse|
450 S 4th Avenue
Brighton, CO 80901-3196
Adams County Website
- 1 County Courthouse
- 2 Historical Facts
- 2.1 County Seat
- 2.2 Parent County
- 2.3 Neighboring Counties
- 2.4 Record Loss
- 2.5 Boundary Changes
- 2.6 Record Loss
- 2.7 Resources
- 2.7.1 Bible Records
- 2.7.2 Biography
- 2.7.3 Business Records and Commerce
- 2.7.4 Cemeteries
- 2.7.5 Census
- 2.7.6 Church Records
- 2.7.7 Court Records
- 2.7.8 Directories
- 2.7.9 Emigration and Immigration
- 2.7.10 Ethnic, Political, or Religious Groups
- 2.7.11 Gazetteers
- 2.7.12 Genealogy
- 2.7.13 History
- 2.7.14 Land and Property
- 2.7.15 Maps
- 2.7.16 Military
- 2.7.17 Naturalization and Citizenship
- 2.7.18 Newspapers
- 2.7.19 Obituaries
- 2.7.20 Periodicals
- 2.7.21 Probate
- 2.7.22 Public Records
- 2.7.23 Repositories
- 2.7.24 Taxation
- 2.7.25 Vital Records
- 2.8 Places
- 3 Web Sites
- 4 References
County Clerk has marriage and land records from 1902,
some burial records, some land records from Arapahoe
County prior to 1901, school census 1902-1964 and military
discharge records, 17th Judicial District Court Clerk has divorce records;
Probate Court has probate records; Hall of Justice has court records 
|Beginning dates for major county records|
|*For earlier dates, try... Church | Obituaries | Cemeteries|
15 April 1901: Adams County was created from Arapahoe County.
Business Records and Commerce
Belleview Cemetery, Westminister BillionGraves
Eastlawn Memorial Gardens
Highland Memorial Gardens
Mount Nebo Cemetery
Riverside Cemetery, Commerce City BillionGraves
Rose Hill Cemetery
Wesley Chapel Cemetery
For tips on accessing Adams County, Colorado Genealogy census records online, see: Colorado Census.
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.
Adams County Old Age Pension Records 1933 - 1936. An Index compiled from the offical record of the applications granted by the Adams County Commissioners during these years. Record may show the following:
- Name of Applicant
- Date and Amount of pension payment
- Any adjustments to the pension
- Person's age
- Town nearest to where they lived
- Other Actions done by the County
Emigration and Immigration
Ethnic, Political, or Religious Groups
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.
- Family Maps of Adams County, Colorado Genealogy (land patent maps) at HistoryGeo.com ($). Free surname search.
Ancestry maps - Top cities by ethnic group
Historic maps of CO cities - Library of Congress
Historic maps of Colorado
Adams County Maps Adams County, Colorado
American Battle Monuments Commission - Overseas cemeteries
Civil War Soldiers & Sailors database
Military records - National Archives
Nationwide grave locator - U.S. Dept. of Veterans Affairs
Search military records (historic)
Naturalization and Citizenship
Additional newspapers abstracts can sometimes be found using search phrases such as Adams 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.
Colorado State Archives has put an index of the Adams County teachers who were approved to teach in the county by the County Superintendent of Schools for the years 1913-1935 on-line. This list shows their name and may include the date, type of teaching certificate they possess and the town of residence.
Archives and Libraries
- Rangeview Library District
11658 N. Huron
Northglenn, CO 80234
- Westminster Public Library
3705 W. 112th Ave
Westminster, CO 80031
Phone: (303) 404-5555
- The Colorado State Archives has the following records available in this online database Archives Search.
- Adams County Divorces 1904 - 1913
- Adams County Inheritance Tax 1929 - 1943
- Adams County Old Age Pension 1933 - 1936
- Adams County Teachers 1913 - 1935
- Adams County Wills 1903 - 1938
Family History Centers
- Aurora Family History Center
950 Laredo St
Aurora, CO 80011
- Brighton Genealogy Society
343 S. 21st Street
Brighton, CO 80601-2525
- Adams County Historical Society
9601 Henderson Rd.
Brighton, CO 80601
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 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.
For early vital records check Colorado State Archives, Historical Records Index
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. 
To obtain a recent birth certificate for yourself or a near relative, contact the Tri-County Health Department by calling 303-220-9200 or visiting:
6162 S. Willow Drive #100
Greenwood Village, CO 80111
Death records may become public records when 75 years have elapsed after the date of death. 
To obtain a recent death certificate for yourself or a near relative, contact the Tri-County Health Department by calling 303-220-9200 or visiting:
6162 S. Willow Drive #100
Greenwood Village, CO 80111
The Colorado State Archives has put a name only Index to the Adams County Divorce Records for the period 1904-1913 on-line.
For information regarding other divorce documents, please contact the Adams County Court System at 303.659.1161.
Commerce City (city)
Federal Heights (city)
- Adams County COGenWeb Project]
- Family History Library Catalog
- Adams County, Colorado Genealogy and Family History (Linkpendium)
- Handybook for Genealogists: United States of America, 10th ed. (Draper, Utah: Everton Pub., 2002), Adams County, Colorado. Page 97At various libraries (WorldCat); FHL Book 973 D27e 2002.
- The Handybook for Genealogists: United States of America,10th ed. (Draper, UT:Everton Publishers, 2002).
- Letter from Colorado State Registrar, Dated September 1, 2011. Policy Number 2011- 08. http://www.colorado.gov