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''[[United States|United States]] [[Image:Gotoarrow.png]] [[Colorado]] [[Image:Gotoarrow.png]]'' '''Alamosa'''
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=== County Courthouse  ===
 
  
[http://www.alamosacounty.org/ Alamosa County Courthouse]<br>402 Edison Ave; PO Box 178<br>Alamosa, CO 81101-2560<br>Phone 719.589.6681
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Guide to '''Alamosa County, Colorado ancestry, genealogy and family history''', birth records, marriage records, death records, census records, family history, and military records.
  
County Clerk has marriage and land records from 1913: <br>Clerk District Court has divorce, probate and court records.<ref name="HBG">''Handybook for Genealogists: United States of America'', 10th ed. (Draper, Utah: Everton Pub., 2002), 97, Alamosa County, Colorado. {{WorldCat|50140092|disp=At various libraries (WorldCat)}}; {{FHL|1049485|item|disp=FHL Book 973 D27e 2002}}.</ref>  
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{{Infobox U.S. County 2016
  
=== Quick Facts  ===
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|organized= January 9,  1852
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|county seat= Alamosa
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|parent county= [[Costilla County, Colorado Genealogy|Costilla]] and [[Conejos County, Colorado Genealogy|Conejos]] <ref>''The Handybook for Genealogists: United States of America'',10th ed. (Draper, UT: Everton Publishers, 2002).</ref>
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|county1= [[Conejos County, Colorado Genealogy|Conejos]]
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|county2= [[Costilla County, Colorado Genealogy|Costilla]]
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|county3= [[Huerfano County, Colorado Genealogy|Huerfano]]
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|county4= [[Rio Grande County, Colorado Genealogy|Rio Grande]]
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== County Information ==
  
==== Parent County  ====
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=== Description ===
  
*'''Before 1861''' this modern Colorado county was in New Mexico.
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The County was named Alamosa which means "Cottonwood grove" in Spanish. The County has Alamosa as it's seat and the County was created March 8, 1913.<ref>Genealogy Trails History Group, "Alamosa County, Colorado Genealogy and History", http://genealogytrails.com/colo/alamosa/ 6/27/2017.</ref> The County is located in the south central area of the state.<ref>Wikipedia contributors, "Alamosa, Colorado," in ''Wikipedia: the Free Encyclopedia'', https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Alamosa_County,_Colorado 6/27/2017.</ref>
  
:*'''9 January 1852''' it was created part of [[Taos County, Colorado|Taos County]] in [[New Mexico|New Mexico]] Territory.<ref name="Dollarhide">William Thorndale and William Dollarhide, ''Map Guide to the U.S. Federal Censuses, 1790-1920'' (Baltimore: Genealogical Publ., 1987), 52.  {{WorldCat|16509993|disp=At various libraries (WorldCat)}}; {{FHL|545087|item|disp=FHL Book 973 X2th}}.</ref> <ref>[http://www.rootsweb.ancestry.com/~nmahgp/cohis.htm Brief County Histories (New Mexico)] in RootsWeb (accessed 21 June 2012).</ref>
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=== County Courthouse ===
:*'''28 February 1861''' it was transferred to [[Colorado]]<ref>Wikipedia contributors, "Colorado Territory" in ''Wikipedia: the Free Encyclopeida'' at http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Colorado_Territory (accessed 19 June 2012).</ref> <ref name="Animap">Adrian B. Ettlinger, ''AniMap 3.0 : with SiteFinder U.S. place name database'' (Alamo, Calif.: Gold Bug, 2008), Colorado 1861 map. {{WorldCat|263846425|disp=At various libraries (WorldCat)}}; {{FHL|1474888|item|disp=FHL CD-ROM no. 4903}}.</ref> (1 Nov 1861 [[Costilla County, Colorado|Costilla County]]).<ref>''Handybook'', 98, Costilla County, Colorado.</ref>
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{{CO Courthouse Intro|Alamosa}}
::Look for pre-1861 records in New Mexico. For further explanation see [[Taos County, Colorado|Taos County]].
 
  
*'''8 March 1913: ''' Alamosa County was created from [[Costilla County, Colorado|Costilla]] and [[Conejos County, Colorado|Conejos]] Counties. '''County seat:''' Alamosa.<ref name="HBG" />
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'''Alamosa County Courthouse'''<br>402 Edison Ave; PO Box 178<br>Alamosa, CO 81101-2560<br>Phone 719.589.6681 <br>[http://www.alamosacounty.org/ Alamosa County Website]<br><br>
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County Clerk has marriage and land records from 1913.<br>District Court has divorce, probate and court records.<ref name="HBG">''Handybook for Genealogists: United States of America'', 10th ed. (Draper, Utah: Everton Pub., 2002), 97, Alamosa County, Colorado. {{WorldCat|50140092|disp=At various libraries (WorldCat)}}; {{FHL|1049485|item|disp=FHL Book 973 D27e 2002}}.</ref>
  
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=== Alamosa County, Colorado Record Dates  ===
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{{CO Records Intro}}
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| bgcolor="#e4d8e5" align="center" colspan="7" | <center>'''Known Beginning Dates for Major Records'''<ref>''Handybook for Genealogists: United States of America'', 10th ed. (Draper, Utah: Everton Pub., 2002), Alamosa County, Colorado. Page 97 {{WorldCat|50140092|disp=At various libraries (WorldCat)}}; {{FHL|1049485|item|disp=FHL Book 973 D27e 2002}}; Alice Eichholz, ed. Ancestry’s Red Book: American State, County, and Town Sources, Third ed. (Provo, Utah: Ancestry, 2004), 92; Colorado Office of the State Registrar of Vital Statistics.</ref></center>
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| width="14.2%" bgcolor="#e4d8e5" align="center" | '''[[Alamosa County, Colorado Genealogy#Birth|Birth*]]'''
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| width="14.2%" bgcolor="#e4d8e5" align="center" | '''[[Alamosa County, Colorado Genealogy#Marriage|Marriage]]'''
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| width="14.2%" bgcolor="#e4d8e5" align="center" | '''[[Alamosa County, Colorado Genealogy#Death|Death*]]'''
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| width="14.2%" bgcolor="#e4d8e5" align="center" | '''[[Alamosa County, Colorado Genealogy#Court Records|Court]]'''
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| width="14.2%" bgcolor="#e4d8e5" align="center" | '''[[Alamosa County, Colorado Genealogy#Land and Property Records|Land]]'''
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| width="14.2%" bgcolor="#e4d8e5" align="center" | '''[[Alamosa County, Colorado Genealogy#Probate Records|Probate]]'''
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| width="14.2%" align="center" |1913
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==== Record Loss  ====
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=== Places / Localities  ===
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=== Record Loss ===
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There is no known history of courthouse disasters in this county.
  
==== Populated Places  ====
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==== Neighboring Counties  ====
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=== Boundary Changes ===
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{{CO Boundary Changes Intro|Alamosa}}
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[[Conejos County, Colorado|Conejos]]
 
  
[[Costilla County, Colorado|Costilla]]  
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*'''Parent County:''' On 8 March 1913, Alamosa County was created from [[Costilla County, Colorado Genealogy|Costilla]] and [[Conejos County, Colorado Genealogy|Conejos]] Counties.
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**'''Before 1861:''' this modern Colorado county was in New Mexico.
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**'''1852:''' On 9 January 1852, it was created part of [[Taos County, Colorado Genealogy|Taos County]] in [[New Mexico Genealogy|New Mexico]] Territory.<ref name="Dollarhide">William Thorndale and William Dollarhide, ''Map Guide to the U.S. Federal Censuses, 1790-1920'' (Baltimore: Genealogical Publ., 1987), 52.  {{WorldCat|16509993|disp=At various libraries (WorldCat)}}; {{FHL|545087|item|disp=FHL Book 973 X2th}}.</ref> <ref>[http://www.rootsweb.ancestry.com/~nmahgp/cohis.htm Brief County Histories (New Mexico)] in RootsWeb (accessed 21 June 2012).</ref>
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**'''1861:'''  On 28 February 1861, it was transferred to [[Colorado Genealogy|Colorado]]<ref>Wikipedia contributors, "Colorado Territory" in ''Wikipedia: the Free Encyclopeida'' at http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Colorado_Territory (accessed 19 June 2012).</ref> <ref name="Animap">Adrian B. Ettlinger, ''AniMap 3.0 : with SiteFinder U.S. place name database'' (Alamo, Calif.: Gold Bug, 2008), Colorado 1861 map. {{WorldCat|263846425|disp=At various libraries (WorldCat)}}; {{FHL|1474888|item|disp=FHL CD-ROM no. 4903}}.</ref> (1 Nov 1861 [[Costilla County, Colorado Genealogy|Costilla County]]).<ref>''Handybook'', 98, Costilla County, Colorado.</ref> Look for pre-1861 records in New Mexico. For further explanation see [[Taos County, Colorado Genealogy|Taos County]].
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*'''County seat:''' Alamosa<ref>''The Handybook for Genealogists: United States of America'',10th ed. (Draper, UT: Everton Publishers, 2002).</ref> <br>
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*'''Map''': [http://www.mapofus.org/colorado/ Interactive Formation Boundary Map of Colorado] - shows boundary changes for Colorado Counties
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*'''Chronology''': [http://publications.newberry.org/ahcbp/documents/CO_Individual_County_Chronologies.htm#Individual_County_Chronologies Colorado Historical Boundary Changes] - legislative details of all boundary changes by county provided by [https://www.newberry.org/ Newberry Library]<br>
  
[[Huerfano County, Colorado|Huerfano]]
 
  
[[Rio Grande County, Colorado|Rio Grande]]
 
  
[[Saguache County, Colorado|Saguache]]
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=== Resources  ===
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=== Populated Places ===
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{{CO Populated Places Intro|Alamosa}}
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The following are locations in the county<ref>Wikipedia contributors, "Alamosa County, Colorado," in ''Wikipedia: the Free Encyclopedia'', https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Alamosa_County,_Colorado, accessed May 12, 2017.</ref>
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*[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Alamosa,_Colorado Alamosa]</div>
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*[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hooper,_Colorado Hooper]</div>
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*[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Alamosa_East,_Colorado Alamosa East]</div>
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==== Cemeteries  ====
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=== History Timeline ===
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{{CO Historical Timeline Intro|Alamosa}}
  
[http://alamosaco.homestead.com/resource.html Early Alamosa County Deaths] (from the Alamosa City Cemetery Sexton records).
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== Resources ==
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{{CO Resources Intro|Alamosa}}
  
*[http://billiongraves.com/pages/cemetery/cemetery.php?cemetery_id=159347 Alamosa Cemetery, Alamosa] BillionGraves, photos and transcriptions of headstones.
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=== Bible Records ===
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{{CO Bible Intro|Alamosa}}
  
==== Census ====
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=== Biographies ===
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{{CO Biographies Intro|Alamosa}}
  
{{Census|Colorado}}  
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=== Business, Commerce, and Occupations ===
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{{CO Business Records Intro|Alamosa}}
  
==== Church Records  ====
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=== Cemeteries ===
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{{CO Cemeteries Intro|Alamosa}}
  
LDS Ward and Branch Records  
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| colspan="2" bgcolor="#E0E0E0" style="border:1px solid black"| <center>'''Cemeteries of Alamosa County, Colorado''' online and in print</center>
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| width="21%" bgcolor="#E0E0E0" style="border:1px solid black" | <center>'''Tombstone Transcriptions Online'''</center>
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* [http://findagrave.com/cgi-bin/fg.cgi?page=gsr&GSfn=&GSmn=&GSln=&GSbyrel=all&GSby=&GSdyrel=all&GSdy=&GScntry=4&GSst=7&GScnty=242&GSgrid=&df=all&GSob=n Findagrave.com]
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* [http://cogenweb.com/alamosa COGenWeb]
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* [http://www.usgwarchives.net/co/alamosa.htm#cemeteries COGenWeb Archives]
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* [http://www.usgwtombstones.org/colorado/alamosa.html Tombstone Project]
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* [http://coloradogravestones.org/search.php?cid=2&lm=s&last=&fm=s&first= Colorado Gravestones]
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* [https://billiongraves.com/search/results?year_range=5&action=search_cemetery&exact=true&country=United%20States&state=Colorado&county=Alamosa# Billion Graves]
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| width="21%" bgcolor="#E0E0E0" style="border:1px solid black" | <center>'''Tombstone Transcriptions in Print''' ([[The Value of Cemetery Records in Print |Often more complete]])</center>
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* {{FHL|NUMBER|subject-id|disp=Family History Library}}
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* [https://www.worldcat.org/search?qt=worldcat_org_all&q=alamosa+colorado+cemetery+records WorldCat]
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* [http://www.findagrave.com/cgi-bin/fg.cgi?page=csr&CScn=&CScntry=4&CSst=7&CScnty=242 Findagrave.com]
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* [https://billiongraves.com/search/results?year_range=5&action=search_cemetery&exact=true&country=United%20States&state=Colorado&county=Alamosa# Billion Graves]
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*[https://web.archive.org/web/20130122060920/http://alamosaco.homestead.com/resource.html Early Alamosa County Deaths] (from the Alamosa City Cemetery Sexton records).
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*[https://billiongraves.com/cemetery/Alamosa-Municipal-Cemetery/159347# Alamosa Cemetery, Alamosa] BillionGraves, photos and transcriptions of headstones.
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=== Census Records ===
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{{CO Census Intro|Alamosa}}
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{{Historical populations
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|footnote = Source: [https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Alamosa_County,_Colorado#Demographics "Wikipedia.org".]
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|1920 |5148
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|1930 |8602
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|1940 |10484
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|1950 |10531
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|1960 |10000
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|1970 |11422
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|1980 |11799 
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|1990 |13617 
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|2000 |14966
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|2010 |15445
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====State and Territory Census Records====
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*'''1860''' - {{RecordSearch|1473181|United States Census, 1860}} at [https://familysearch.org/search/ FamilySearch Historical Records] — index and images; Colorado was included in the 1860 Kansas, Nebraska, New Mexico, and Utah Territories Censuses
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*'''1870''' - {{RecordSearch|1438024|United States Census, 1870}} at [https://familysearch.org/search/ FamilySearch Historical Records] — index and images; Colorado Territory Census
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*'''1885''' - [https://familysearch.org/search/collection/1807096 Colorado State Census, 1885] at [https://www.familysearch.org/search FamilySearch] - Index and images<br>
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*'''1885''' - [http://search.ancestry.com/search/db.aspx?dbid=6837 Colorado State Census, 1885] at [http://search.ancestry.com Ancestry] - ($), Index and images<br>
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==== Federal Census Records ====
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The 1880 Census was the first Federal Census for Colorado after it became a state in 1876.<ref>William Thorndale and William Dollarhide, Map Guide to the U.S. Federal Censuses (Bountiful, UT: American Genealogical Lending Library, 1985), page 54.</ref> For links to Federal Census indexes, see [[Colorado Census]].<br>
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*'''1860-1940''' Colorado Census Records from 1860 to 1940 at [https://familysearch.org/search/catalog/results?count=20&placeId=378&query=%2Bplace%3A%22United%20States%2C%20Colorado%22%20%2Bsubject%3ACensus FamilySearch.org] — index/images
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=== Church Records ===
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{{CO Church Intro|Alamosa}}
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'''Online Church Records'''<br>
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''Presbyterian Church''<br>
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*'''1743-1970''' - [http://search.ancestry.com/search/db.aspx?dbid=61048 U.S., Presbyterian Records, 1743-1970] at [http://search.ancestry.com Ancestry] — ($); Index and images; Dates vary for each county<br><br>
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LDS Ward and Branch Records
  
 
*Alamosa
 
*Alamosa
  
==== Court Records ====
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=== Court Records ===
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{{CO Court Intro|Alamosa}}
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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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=== Directories ===
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{{CO Directories Intro|Alamosa}}
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'''Online Directories'''<br>
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*'''1911''' - [http://search.ancestry.com/search/db.aspx?dbid=2469 U.S. City Directories, 1822-1995] at [http://search.ancestry.com Ancestry] - ($), Index and images, Alamosa City Directory<br>
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=== Emigration and Immigration  ===
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{{CO Emigration Intro|Alamosa}}
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=== Ethnic, Political, and Religious Groups ===
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{{CO Ethnic Groups Intro|Alamosa}}
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=== Funeral Homes  ===
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{{CO Funeral Homes Intro|Alamosa}}
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=== Genealogies  ===
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{{CO Genealogies Intro|Alamosa}}
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=== Guardianship ===
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{{CO Guardianship Intro|Alamosa}}
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=== Land and Property Records ===
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{{CO Land Intro|Alamosa}}
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''Online Land Records''<br>
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*[https://www.colorado.gov/pacific/archives/archives-search Colorado DPA Land Records] - Index only; Choose ''Record Type,'' and search either "Land Patents" or "Land Records."<br>
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*[http://www.glorecords.blm.gov/search/ Land Patent Search] - index to federal patents and homesteads on the [http://www.glorecords.blm.gov/default.aspx Bureau of Land Management] website, some images available<br>
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*'''1796-1907''' - [http://search.ancestry.com/search/db.aspx?dbid=1246 U.S. General Land Office Records, 1796-1907] at [http://search.ancestry.com Ancestry] - index, info taken from Bureau of Land Management website<br>
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*'''1861-1936''' - [http://search.ancestry.com/search/db.aspx?dbid=60593 U.S. Homestead Records 1861-1936] at [http://home.ancestry.com Ancestry.com] - ($), index and images<br>
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*'''1862-1908''' - [http://search.ancestry.com/search/db.aspx?dbid=3313 Denver Land Office Records, 1862-1908] at [http://home.ancestry.com Ancestry.com] - ($), index only<br>
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For more information see [[Colorado Land and Property]]<br>
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=== Local Histories ===
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{{CO Histories Intro|Alamosa}}
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<br>''Online County Histories''<br>
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*''The People of El Valle : a History of the Spanish Colonials in the San Luis Valley.'' c1997. By Olibama Lopez-Tushar. Pueblo, Colorado : El Escritorio. Online at: {{FSbook|3999712}}; {{WorldCat|38827331|disp=At various libraries (WorldCat)}}.
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=== Maps and Gazetteers ===
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{{CO Maps Intro|Alamosa}}
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[[Image:Coalamosa.jpg|right|200px]]
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*[http://www.mapofus.org/colorado/ Interactive Formation Boundary Map of Colorado] - shows boundary changes for Colorado Counties<br>
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*[http://publications.newberry.org/ahcbp/documents/CO_Individual_County_Chronologies.htm#Individual_County_Chronologies Colorado Historical Boundary Changes] - list of all boundary changes by county provided by [https://www.newberry.org/ Newberry Library]<br>
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=== Migration ===
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{{CO Migration Intro|Alamosa}}
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=== Military Records ===
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{{CO Military Intro|Alamosa}}
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==== Online Collections ====
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These collections are unique to Colorado. You will find nationwide databases for military records on [[United States Military Online Genealogy Records|U.S. Military Online Genealogy Records]] and [[Colorado Military Records|Colorado Military Records]].<br>
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''All Veterans''<br>
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*[https://www.colorado.gov/pacific/archives/archives-search Colorado State Archives Veterans Grave Registration Index] at the [https://www.colorado.gov/archives/ Colorado State Archives website] - Index only; In the ''Record Type'' field, select, Military - Grave<br>
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''Civil War''<br>
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*[https://www.colorado.gov/pacific/archives/archives-search Colorado Civil War Casualties Index] at the [https://www.colorado.gov/archives/ Colorado State Archives website] - Index only; In the ''Record Type'' field, select, Civil War Casualty<br>
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*'''1861-1865''' - [https://www.colorado.gov/pacific/archives/archives-search Colorado State Archives Volunteers Transcript of Record Index (1861-1865)] at the [https://www.colorado.gov/archives/ Colorado State Archives website] - Index only; In the ''Record Type'' field, select, Transcript of Record<br>
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''Spanish-American War (1898)''<br>
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*'''1898''' - [https://www.colorado.gov/pacific/archives/archives-search Colorado Volunteers in the Spanish American War, 1898] - at the [https://www.colorado.gov/archives/ Colorado State Archives website] - Index only; In the ''Record Type'' field, select, Span-Am War Soldiers<br>
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''World War I''<br>
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*'''1916-1919''' - [https://www.colorado.gov/pacific/archives/archives-search Colorado State Archives Denver War Risk Insurance Applicants, 1916-1919] - at the [https://www.colorado.gov/archives/ Colorado State Archives website] - Index only; In the ''Record Type'' field, select, War Risk Insurance<br>
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*'''1917-1922''' - [https://www.colorado.gov/pacific/archives/archives-search Colorado State Archives World War I Civilian Service Questionnaires, 1917-1922] - at the [https://www.colorado.gov/archives/ Colorado State Archives website] - Index only; In the ''Record Type'' field, select, WWI Questionnaire<br>
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*'''1917-1918''' - [http://search.ancestry.com/search/db.aspx?dbid=5442 Colorado Soldiers in WWI, 1917-1918] at [http://search.ancestry.com/] — ($), index<br>
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''Vietnam War''<br>
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*'''1966 & 1968''' - [https://www.colorado.gov/pacific/archives/archives-search Colorado State Archives Vietnam War Casualties - June-December 1966 & January-December 1968] - at the [https://www.colorado.gov/archives/ Colorado State Archives website] - Index only; In the ''Record Type'' field, select, Vietnam Deaths<br>
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For further information see [[Colorado Military Records]].
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=== Naturalization and Citizenship ===
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{{CO Naturalization Intro|Alamosa}}
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''Online Records''<br>
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*'''1868-1990''' - [http://search.ancestry.com/search/db.aspx?dbid=61194 Colorado, State and Federal Naturalization Records, 1868-1990] at [http://search.ancestry.com Ancestry] ($); Index and images<br>
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*'''1876-1990''' - {{RecordSearch|2285702|Colorado Naturalization Records, 1876-1990}} at [https://www.familysearch.org/search FamilySearch] - Browseable images only; District Court records<br>
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=== Newspapers ===
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{{CO Newspapers Intro|Alamosa}}
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''Colorado Newspapers Online''
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*[https://sites.google.com/site/onlinenewspapersite/Home/usa/co Colorado Online Historical Newspapers online] - in the [https://www.coloradohistoricnewspapers.org/ Colorado Historic Newspaper Collection] by the Colorado State Library
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*[http://search.ancestry.com/Places/US/Colorado/Default.aspx?category=38&ldf=2 Colorado Newspapers] at [https://www.ancestry.com/ Ancestry.com] - ($)
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*[http://www.genealogybank.com/explore/newspapers/all/usa/colorado GenealogyBank] - ($), contains images of Colorado newspapers
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*[http://newspaperarchive.com/us/colorado/ Newspaper Archive] - ($), contains images of Colorado newspapers
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*[http://chroniclingamerica.loc.gov/ Chronicling America] - contains images of some Colorado newspapers; [http://chroniclingamerica.loc.gov/help/#basic_searching searching tips]
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*[http://elephind.com/ Elephind] - Free; search engine that retrieves newspaper images from other free newspaper websites
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*'''1914-1917''' - ''Alamosa Journal'' online at [http://www.coloradohistoricnewspapers.org/ Colorado Historic Newspapers Collection] - free.<ref name="colo">Colorado Online Historical Newspapers, https://sites.google.com/site/onlinenewspapersite/Home/usa/co, accessed 19 July 2013.</ref>
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''Colorado Newspaper Catalogs''
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*[http://chroniclingamerica.loc.gov/search/titles/ U.S. Newspaper Directory, 1690-Present] on Chronicling America - contains a list of all known newspapers and the dates they cover; once you locate a newspaper name, contact the local library to see if they have copies of the newspaper
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=== Obituaries ===
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{{CO Obituaries Intro|Alamosa}}
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=== Other Records ===
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{{CO Other Records Intro|Alamosa}}
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'''''Public Records'''''<br>
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The Colorado State Archives has a large number of records available as an online database that is searchable by name, record type, and time span. It is not an index of ALL the records held by the Colorado State Archives. There are many records available for your research needs that are not searchable online. There are fees for record copies mailed to you, etc. To search this online database, click [https://www.colorado.gov/pacific/archives/archives-search here].<br> Then click on Record Type and it will bring up the list of records available. Scroll down to the type of record you want and click on it. Click on the county you want and add any other information in the fields available and then click Search.
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=== Periodicals ===
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{{CO Periodicals Intro|Alamosa}}
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=== Probate Records ===
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{{CO Probate Intro|Alamosa}}
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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 '''$'''
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=== School Records ===
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{{CO Schools Intro|Alamosa}}
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=== Tax Records ===
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{{CO Tax Intro|Alamosa}}
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=== Vital Records ===
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{{CO Vital Intro|Alamosa}}
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==== Birth ====
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{{CO Vital Records - Birth Intro|Alamosa}}
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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>
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==== Marriage ====
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{{CO Vital Records - Marriage Intro|Alamosa}}
  
==== History  ====
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*'''1809-2011''' - [http://abish.byui.edu/specialCollections/westernStates/search.cfm Western States Marriage Index, 1809-2011] - Index, incomplete, [http://abish.byui.edu/specialcollections/westernstates/alphabeticalListOfCounties.cfm list of counties included]<br>
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*'''1853-2006''' - {{RecordSearch|1932434|Colorado Statewide Marriage Index, 1853-2006}} at [https://www.familysearch.org/search FamilySearch.org] - Index and images<br>
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*'''1862-2006''' - [http://search.ancestry.com/search/db.aspx?dbid=61366 Colorado, County Marriages and State Indexes, 1862-2006] at [http://http://search.ancestry.com Ancestry] ($), Index and images<br>
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*'''1864-1995''' - {{RecordSearch|1942851|Colorado, County Marriages, 1864-1995}} at [https://www.familysearch.org/search FamilySearch] - Index and images<br>
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*'''1900-1939''' - [http://search.ancestry.com/search/db.aspx?dbid=60251 Colorado, Statewide Marriage Index, 1900-1939] at [http://search.ancestry.com/ Ancestry.com] - ($); Browseable images of original index<br>
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*'''1914-1922''' [http://alamosaco.homestead.com/resource.html Early Alamosa County marriages] extracted from marriage certificate record book 7 1914-1922.<br>
  
==== Land and Property ====
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==== Death ====
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{{CO Vital Records - Death Intro|Alamosa}}
  
==== Maps  ====
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Death records may become public records when 75 years have elapsed after the date of death. <ref name="registrar">Letter from Colorado State Registrar, Dated September 1, 2011. Policy Number 2011- 08. http://www.colorado.gov</ref><br>
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For death records contact Lorton and Miracle Mortuaries in Alamosa.<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 92.</ref>*<br>
  
==== Military History and Records  ====
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==== Divorce ====
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{{CO Vital Records - Divorce Intro|Alamosa}}
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*'''1851-1985''' [http://search.ancestry.com/search/db.aspx?dbid=60927 Colorado, Divorce Index, 1851-1985] at [http://search.ancestry.com Ancestry] - ($); Index only<br>
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*'''1900-1939''' - {{RecordSearch|2043439|Colorado Statewide Divorce Index, 1900-1939}} at [https://www.familysearch.org/search FamilySearch] - Browseable images of original index<br>
  
==== Newspapers  ====
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== Research Facilities ==
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{{CO Research Facilities Intro|Alamosa}}
  
==== Probate Records  ====
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=== Archives ===
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{{CO Archives Intro|Alamosa}}
  
==== Taxation  ====
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{{CO Archives}}
  
==== Vital Records  ====
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=== Family History Centers ===
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{{Family History Centers Intro}}
  
[http://alamosaco.homestead.com/resource.html Early Alamosa County marriages] extracted from marriage certificate record book 7 1914-1922.
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*The [[Alamosa Colorado Family History Center|Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints]]
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*300 Richardson Ave Alamosa Colorado United States Telephone: 719-589-5511
  
=== Repositories  ===
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=== Libraries ===
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{{CO Libraries Intro|Alamosa}}
  
==== Societies, Libraries and Museums  ====
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'''Alamosa/Southern Peaks Public Library'''<br>423 4th St<br>Alamosa, CO 81101<br>Phone: (719) 589-6592<br>[http://www.alamosalibrary.org/ Website]
  
Alamosa/Southern Peaks Public Library<br>423 4th St<br>Alamosa, CO 81101<br>Phone: (719) 589-6592<br>&nbsp;[http://www.alamosalibrary.org/ www.alamosalibrary.org/] <br>
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=== Museums ===
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{{CO Museums Intro|Alamosa}}
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== Societies ==
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{{CO Societies Intro|Alamosa}}
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''' The San Luis Valley Historical Society'''<br>PO Box 982<br> Alamosa, CO 81101
  
==== Family History Centers  ====
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'''San Luis Valley Museum Association'''<br>1414 2nd Street<br>Alamosa, CO 81101<br>Telephone: 719-580-4346<br>[http://www.museumtrail.org/research.html Website]
  
The [[Alamosa Colorado Family History Center|Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints Family History Center]]Alamosa Colorado<br>300 Richardson Ave<br>Alamosa, Alamosa, Colorado, United States<br>Telephone: 719-589-5511
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== Websites ==
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{{CO Websites Intro|Alamosa}}
  
<br>This is not a mailing address. Due to limited staff, Family History Centers are unable to respond to mail inquiries.<br>Contact Center for open hours as they vary.
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== Research Guides ==
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{{CO Research Guides Intro|Alamosa}}
  
=== References ===
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== References ==
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Latest revision as of 18:51, 5 September 2017

United States
Colorado
Alamosa County


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

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County Facts
County seat: Alamosa
Organized: January 9, 1852
Parent County(s): Costilla and Conejos [1]
Neighboring Counties
Conejos  • Costilla  • Huerfano  • Rio Grande  • Saguache
See County Maps
Courthouse
ColoradoAlamosaCourthouse.jpg
Location Map
Colorado Alamosa County.png
Adoption
This page is available for adoption

County Information

Description

The County was named Alamosa which means "Cottonwood grove" in Spanish. The County has Alamosa as it's seat and the County was created March 8, 1913.[2] The County is located in the south central area of the state.[3]

County Courthouse

Alamosa County Courthouse
402 Edison Ave; PO Box 178
Alamosa, CO 81101-2560
Phone 719.589.6681
Alamosa County Website

County Clerk has marriage and land records from 1913.
District Court has divorce, probate and court records.[4]

Alamosa County, Colorado Record Dates

Information for this chart was taken from various sources, often containing conflicting dates. This information should be taken as a guide and should be verified by contacting the county and/or the state government agency.

Known Beginning Dates for Major Records[5]
Birth* Marriage Death* Court Land Probate Census
early 1900s 1913 1913 1913 1913 1913 1860

Record Loss

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

Boundary Changes



Populated Places

The following are locations in the county[12]

Cities
Towns
Unincorporated communites
Census-designated places


History Timeline

Resources

Bible Records

Biographies

Business, Commerce, and Occupations

Cemeteries

Cemeteries of Alamosa County, Colorado online and in print
Tombstone Transcriptions Online
Tombstone Transcriptions in Print (Often more complete)
List of Cemeteries in the County
See Colorado Cemeteries for more information

Census Records

In 1860, present-day Colorado was enumerated in the Kansas, Nebraska, New Mexico, and Utah Territories. Colorado Territory was created in 1861 and was enumerated as such in the 1870 Census. A state census was taken in 1885 for Colorado.[13] See links listed below.

Historical populations
Census Pop.  %±
1920 5,148
1930 8,602 67.1%
1940 10,484 21.9%
1950 10,531 0.4%
1960 10,000 −5.0%
1970 11,422 14.2%
1980 11,799 3.3%
1990 13,617 15.4%
2000 14,966 9.9%
2010 15,445 3.2%
Source: "Wikipedia.org".

State and Territory Census Records

Federal Census Records

The 1880 Census was the first Federal Census for Colorado after it became a state in 1876.[14] For links to Federal Census indexes, see Colorado Census.

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

Church Records

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.

Online Church Records
Presbyterian Church

LDS Ward and Branch Records

  • Alamosa

Court Records

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.

Directories

Online Directories

Emigration and Immigration

Ethnic, Political, and Religious Groups

Funeral Homes

Genealogies

Guardianship

Land and Property Records

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.


Online Land Records

For more information see Colorado Land and Property

Local Histories


Online County Histories

Maps and Gazetteers

Coalamosa.jpg


Migration

Military Records

Online Collections

These collections are unique to Colorado. You will find nationwide databases for military records on U.S. Military Online Genealogy Records and Colorado Military Records.

All Veterans

Civil War

Spanish-American War (1898)

World War I

Vietnam War

For further information see Colorado Military Records.

Naturalization and Citizenship

Online Records

Newspapers

For more information, see Colorado Newspapers.

Colorado Newspapers Online

Colorado Newspaper Catalogs

  • U.S. Newspaper Directory, 1690-Present on Chronicling America - contains a list of all known newspapers and the dates they cover; once you locate a newspaper name, contact the local library to see if they have copies of the newspaper


Obituaries

Other Records

Public Records

The Colorado State Archives has a large number of records available as an online database that is searchable by name, record type, and time span. It is not an index of ALL the records held by the Colorado State Archives. There are many records available for your research needs that are not searchable online. There are fees for record copies mailed to you, etc. To search this online database, click here.
Then click on Record Type and it will bring up the list of records available. Scroll down to the type of record you want and click on it. Click on the county you want and add any other information in the fields available and then click Search.

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

School Records

Tax Records

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.

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. [16]

Marriage

Death

Death records may become public records when 75 years have elapsed after the date of death. [16]
For death records contact Lorton and Miracle Mortuaries in Alamosa.[17]*

Divorce

Research Facilities

Archives

The Colorado State Archives has the following records available for Alamosa 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

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.

Libraries

Alamosa/Southern Peaks Public Library
423 4th St
Alamosa, CO 81101
Phone: (719) 589-6592
Website

Museums

Societies

The San Luis Valley Historical Society
PO Box 982
Alamosa, CO 81101

San Luis Valley Museum Association
1414 2nd Street
Alamosa, CO 81101
Telephone: 719-580-4346
Website

Websites

Research Guides

References

  1. The Handybook for Genealogists: United States of America,10th ed. (Draper, UT: Everton Publishers, 2002).
  2. Genealogy Trails History Group, "Alamosa County, Colorado Genealogy and History", http://genealogytrails.com/colo/alamosa/ 6/27/2017.
  3. Wikipedia contributors, "Alamosa, Colorado," in Wikipedia: the Free Encyclopedia, https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Alamosa_County,_Colorado 6/27/2017.
  4. Handybook for Genealogists: United States of America, 10th ed. (Draper, Utah: Everton Pub., 2002), 97, Alamosa County, Colorado. At various libraries (WorldCat); FHL Book 973 D27e 2002.
  5. Handybook for Genealogists: United States of America, 10th ed. (Draper, Utah: Everton Pub., 2002), Alamosa County, Colorado. Page 97 At various libraries (WorldCat); FHL Book 973 D27e 2002; Alice Eichholz, ed. Ancestry’s Red Book: American State, County, and Town Sources, Third ed. (Provo, Utah: Ancestry, 2004), 92; Colorado Office of the State Registrar of Vital Statistics.
  6. 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.
  7. Brief County Histories (New Mexico) in RootsWeb (accessed 21 June 2012).
  8. Wikipedia contributors, "Colorado Territory" in Wikipedia: the Free Encyclopeida at http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Colorado_Territory (accessed 19 June 2012).
  9. 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.
  10. Handybook, 98, Costilla County, Colorado.
  11. The Handybook for Genealogists: United States of America,10th ed. (Draper, UT: Everton Publishers, 2002).
  12. Wikipedia contributors, "Alamosa County, Colorado," in Wikipedia: the Free Encyclopedia, https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Alamosa_County,_Colorado, accessed May 12, 2017.
  13. William Thorndale and William Dollarhide, Map Guide to the U.S. Federal Censuses (Bountiful, UT: American Genealogical Lending Library, 1985), page 51-54; Alice Eichholz, ‘’Ancestry’s Red Book: American State, County and Town Sources,’’ 3rd ed. (Salt Lake City: Ancestry, 2004), 86. Free online version; FHL Book 973 D27rb 2004; WorldCat entry.
  14. William Thorndale and William Dollarhide, Map Guide to the U.S. Federal Censuses (Bountiful, UT: American Genealogical Lending Library, 1985), page 54.
  15. Colorado Online Historical Newspapers, https://sites.google.com/site/onlinenewspapersite/Home/usa/co, accessed 19 July 2013.
  16. 16.0 16.1 Letter from Colorado State Registrar, Dated September 1, 2011. Policy Number 2011- 08. http://www.colorado.gov
  17. 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 92.