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''[[United States|United States]] > [[Colorado|Colorado]] > Bent County''  
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''[[United States|United States]] [[Image:Gotoarrow.png]] [[Colorado]] [[Image:Gotoarrow.png]] [[Bent_County,_Colorado|Bent County]]'' <br>
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Guide to '''Bent County Colorado genealogy.''' Birth records, marriage records, death records, census records, family history, and military records.
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{{Infobox U.S. County
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| county = Bent County
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| county_map = Colorado Bent County.png
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| state = Colorado
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| founded year = 1852
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| founded date = January 9
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| seat = Las Animas
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| building address = Bent County Courthouse<br>PO Box 350<br>Las Animas, CO 81054-0350<br>Phone 719.456.1353<br>[http://bentcounty.org/'''Bent County Website'''] }}
  
 
=== County Courthouse  ===
 
=== County Courthouse  ===
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County Clerk Recorder has marriage and land records<br>from 1888 and military discharge records; Nursing Service<br>has birth and death records; Combine Court has <br>divorce, probate and records<ref name="HBG">''Handybook for Genealogists: United States of America'', 10th ed. (Draper, Utah: Everton Pub., 2002), 97, Bent County, Colorado. {{WorldCat|50140092|disp=At various libraries (WorldCat)}}; {{FHL|1049485|item|disp=FHL Book 973 D27e 2002}}.</ref>
  
 
=== Quick Facts  ===
 
=== Quick Facts  ===
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{{Wikipedia|Bent County, Colorado}}  
 
{{Wikipedia|Bent County, Colorado}}  
  
==== Parent County  ====
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=== Historical Facts  ===
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| bgcolor="#cccc99" align="center" width="100%" colspan="6" | '''Beginning dates for major county records'''
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| width="16.6%" valign="middle" | <center>'''[[Bent County, Colorado#Birth|Birth]]'''</center>
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| width="16.6%" valign="middle" | <center>'''[[Bent County, Colorado#Marriage|Marriage]]'''</center>
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| width="16.6%" valign="middle" | <center>'''[[Bent County, Colorado#Death|Death]]'''</center>
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| width="16.6%" valign="middle" | <center>'''[[Bent County, Colorado#Taxation|Tax]]'''</center>
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| width="16.6%" valign="middle" | <center>'''[[Bent County, Colorado#Land_and_Property|Land]]'''</center>
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| width="16.6%" valign="middle" | <center>'''[[Bent County, Colorado#Probate|Probate]]'''</center>
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| bgcolor="#99d6ff" width="100%" colspan="6" | '''*For earlier dates, try...''' '''[[Bent County, Colorado#Church_Records|Church]] &#124; [[Bent County, Colorado#Obituaries|Obituaries]] &#124; [[Bent County, Colorado#Cemeteries|Cemeteries]]'''
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==== County Seat ====
  
*'''11 February 1870: '''Bent County was created from [[Pueblo County, Colorado|Pueblo]] and Greenwood Counties. Greenwood County was Abolished 1874. '''County seat:''' Las Animas <ref>''The Handybook for Genealogists: United States of America'',10th ed. (Draper, UT:Everton Publishers, 2002).</ref>
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Las Animas<ref name="HBG" />
  
==== Boundary Changes ====
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==== Parent County ====
  
==== Record Loss  ====
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*'''Before 1861''' the southwestern quarter of this modern Colorado county was in New Mexico.
  
== Places / Localities  ==
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:*'''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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:*'''1 February 1860''' it became part of [[Mora County, Colorado|Mora County]].<ref name="Dollarhide" />
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:*'''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 [[Huerfano County, Colorado|Huerfano County]]).<ref>''Handybook'', 99, Huerfano County, Colorado.</ref>
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::Look for pre-1861 records in New Mexico. For further explanation see [[Taos County, Colorado|Taos County]].
  
==== Populated Places  ====
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*'''11 February 1870: '''Bent County was created from [[Pueblo County, Colorado|Pueblo]] and Greenwood Counties. Greenwood County was abolished 1874.<br>
  
 
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*[[Prowers County, Colorado|Prowers]]
 
*[[Prowers County, Colorado|Prowers]]
  
== Resources  ==
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==== Record Loss  ====
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=== Resources  ===
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==== Bible Records  ====
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==== Biography  ====
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==== Business Records and Commerce  ====
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==== Cemeteries  ====
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==== Census  ====
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{{Census|Colorado}}
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==== Church Records ====
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{{CO Church Intro}}
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==== Court Records  ====
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==== Directories  ====
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==== Emigration and Immigration  ====
  
=== Archives and Libraries ===
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==== Ethnic, Political, or Religious Groups ====
  
*Las Animas-Bent County Library District<br>306 5th Street<br>Las Animas, CO 81054<br>Phone: (719) 456-0111
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==== Gazetteers  ====
  
=== Cemeteries ===
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==== Genealogy ====
  
=== Census ===
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==== History  ====
  
{{Census|Colorado}}
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===== Local History =====
  
=== Church History and Records  ===
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{{CO History Intro}}
  
=== Court Records ===
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==== Land and Property ====
  
=== Divorce  ===
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{{CO Land Intro}} <br>
  
The Colorado State Archives has put a name only Index to the [http://www.colorado.gov/dpa/doit/archives/divorce/1bent.htm Bent County Divorce Records] for the period 1907 to 1919 on-line.
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==== Maps  ====
  
=== Land and Property  ===
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*[http://www.historygeo.com/search/ Family Maps of {{PAGENAME}}] (land patent maps) at HistoryGeo.com ($). Free surname search.
  
=== History ===
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==== Military ====
  
=== Maps ===
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==== Naturalization and Citizenship ====
  
=== Military History and Records ===
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==== Newspapers ====
  
=== Newspapers  ===
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{{CO Newspaper abstracts|Adams}} <br>
  
 
*[http://www.bcdemocratonline.com/ Bent County Democrat]<br>516 Carson Avenue<br>Las Animas, CO 81054
 
*[http://www.bcdemocratonline.com/ Bent County Democrat]<br>516 Carson Avenue<br>Las Animas, CO 81054
  
=== Probate Records  ===
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==== Obituaries  ====
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==== Probate ====
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{{CO Probate Intro}}
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==== Public Records  ====
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===== Archives  =====
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===== Courthouse  =====
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===== Family History Centers  =====
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*[[Introduction to LDS Family History Centers]]
  
=== Taxation ===
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===== Libraries =====
  
=== Vital Records  ===
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*Las Animas-Bent County Library District<br>306 5th Street<br>Las Animas, CO 81054<br>Phone: (719) 456-0111
  
'''[[Colorado Vital Records Search|Colorado Vital Records Search]]'''
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===== Museums  =====
  
== Societies, Libraries and Museums ==
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*Bent County Historical Society<br>305 St. Vrain Avenue<br>Las Animas, CO 81054<br>Telephone: (719) 456-2005<br>  
 
*Bent County Historical Society<br>305 St. Vrain Avenue<br>Las Animas, CO 81054<br>Telephone: (719) 456-2005<br>  
 
*[http://www.phsbc.info/phsbc.htm Pioneer Historical Society of Bent County]<br>PO Box 68 <br>Las Animas, Colorado 81054 <br>Phone: 719-456-6066
 
*[http://www.phsbc.info/phsbc.htm Pioneer Historical Society of Bent County]<br>PO Box 68 <br>Las Animas, Colorado 81054 <br>Phone: 719-456-6066
  
==== Family History Centers<br> ====
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==== Taxation ====
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{{CO Tax Intro}}
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'''[[Colorado Vital Records Search|Colorado Vital Records Search]]'''
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The Colorado State Archives has put a name only Index to the [http://www.colorado.gov/dpa/doit/archives/divorce/1bent.htm Bent County Divorce Records] for the period 1907 to 1919 on-line.
  
*[[Introduction to LDS Family History Centers]]
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=== Places ===
  
 
== Websites  ==
 
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*[http://cogenweb.com/bent/ Bent County COGenWeb]  
 
*[http://cogenweb.com/bent/ Bent County COGenWeb]  
 
*[http://usgwarchives.net/co/bent.htm USGenWeb Archives]  
 
*[http://usgwarchives.net/co/bent.htm USGenWeb Archives]  
*[http://usgwarchives.org/co/bent.htm USGenWeb Archives] backup site  
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*[http://usgwarchives.net/co/bent.htm USGenWeb Archives] backup site  
 
*{{FHL|205252|subject-id|disp=Family History Library Catalog}}
 
*{{FHL|205252|subject-id|disp=Family History Library Catalog}}
  
 
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Guide to Bent County Colorado genealogy. Birth records, marriage records, death records, census records, family history, and military records.

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Bent County, Colorado
Map
Map of Colorado highlighting Bent County
Location in the state of Colorado
Map of the U.S. highlighting Colorado
Location of Colorado in the U.S.
Facts
Founded January 9, 1852
County Seat Las Animas
Courthouse
Address Bent County Courthouse
PO Box 350
Las Animas, CO 81054-0350
Phone 719.456.1353
Bent County Website


County Courthouse

County Clerk Recorder has marriage and land records
from 1888 and military discharge records; Nursing Service
has birth and death records; Combine Court has
divorce, probate and records[1]

Quick Facts

Wikipedia
Wikipedia has more about this subject: Bent County, Colorado

Historical Facts

Beginning dates for major county records
Birth
Marriage
Death
Tax
Land
Probate
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*For earlier dates, try... Church | Obituaries | Cemeteries

County Seat

Las Animas[1]

Parent County

  • Before 1861 the southwestern quarter of this modern Colorado county was in New Mexico.
Look for pre-1861 records in New Mexico. For further explanation see Taos County.
  • 11 February 1870: Bent County was created from Pueblo and Greenwood Counties. Greenwood County was abolished 1874.

Neighboring Counties

Record Loss

Resources

Bible Records

Biography

Business Records and Commerce

Cemeteries

Census

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

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.

Court Records

Directories

Emigration and Immigration

Ethnic, Political, or Religious Groups

Gazetteers

Genealogy

History

Local History

Template:CO History Intro

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 Bent County, Colorado Genealogy newspapers in online catalogs like:

Obituaries

Periodicals

Probate

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

Repositories

Archives
Courthouse
Family History Centers
Libraries
  • Las Animas-Bent County Library District
    306 5th Street
    Las Animas, CO 81054
    Phone: (719) 456-0111
Museums
Societies

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.


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
Marriage
Death
Divorce

The Colorado State Archives has put a name only Index to the Bent County Divorce Records for the period 1907 to 1919 on-line.

Places

Websites

References

  1. 1.0 1.1 Handybook for Genealogists: United States of America, 10th ed. (Draper, Utah: Everton Pub., 2002), 97, Bent County, Colorado. At various libraries (WorldCat); FHL Book 973 D27e 2002.
  2. 2.0 2.1 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, 99, Huerfano County, Colorado.