Conejos County, Colorado Genealogy

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County Courthouse

The Conejos County Courthouse was built in June 1890, it was destroyed by fire in 1980, at which time it was rebuilt.


Parent County

1861--Conejos County was created 1 November 1861 as an original county under the name of Guadalupe. The name was changed to Conejos 7 November 1869. County seat: Conejos [1]

The first European know to visit this area was Don Diego de Vargas in 1694, but he left behind no colonists. In 1708, Juan de Uribarri passed through searching for run away Indian slaves.[2]

Conejos County was one of the original 17 counties created by the General Assembly of the Territory of Colorado on 1861-11-01, although it was originally named Guadalupe County and renamed Conejos County a week later, on November 7. Its name coming from the Spanish word "conejo", meaning rabbit, for the large abundance of rabbits in the area. Also early in its existence, the county seat was moved from the town of Guadalupe to Conejos.

Boundary Changes

The original boundaries of the county included a large portion of southwestern Colorado. In 1874, most of the western and northern portions of the county were broken away to form parts of Hinsdale, La Plata and Rio Grande counties, and Conejos County achieved its modern borders in 1885 when its western half was taken to create Archuleta County.

Record Loss

The county land records 1878-1936 and all other county records were lost when the courthouse burned in 1980, except for the Grantee and Grantor books. There are a few marriage records of the late 1940's that remain.

Places / Localities

=== Populated Places

  • Antonito
  • Bountiful
  • Capulin
  • Conejos
  • Fox Creek
  • Guadalupe
  • La Jara
  • Las Mesitas
  • Lobatos
  • Los Cerritos
  • Los Sauces
  • Manassa
  • Mogote
  • Ortiz
  • Richfield
  • Romero
  • Sanford

Neighboring Counties



  • Antonito Cemetery (Northwest side of Dahilia and 19th St.)
  • St. Joseph Church-Capulin Cemetery
  • Gomez-Capulin Cemetery (North of Capulin)
  • Capulin Cemetery (Hwy 15)
  • Conejos Cemetery (South side of Conejos)
  • Fox Creek Cemetery (North side of Fox Creek)
  • La Jara Cemetery (US Hwy 285, North of La Jara)
  • Las Mesitas Cemetery
  • Los Cerritos Cemetery (Southeast of Manassa, just east of the Manassa Cemetery)
  • Los Sauces Catholic Cemetery "Gateway To Heaven" (In the foothills West of Los Sauces)
  • Los Sauces Pinacostal Cemetery (Westside of Los Sauces)
  • Lobatos Cemetery (East of Antonito)
  • New Manassa Cemetery, (Southeast side of "M" Mountain)
  • Old Manassa Cemetery, (South end of Fifth Street, at the foot of "M" Mountain, Manassa)
  • Martinez Cemetery
  • Mogote Cemetery (Westside of Mogote)
  • Nance Cemetery, (West and South of the Old Manassa Cemetery)
  • Ortiz Cemetery
  • New Ortiz Cemetery
  • San Antonio Cemetery
  • Sanford Cememtery, 1881-current, (South of Sanford on County Rd. 19) (for burial info. call 719-274-5261)
  • Seventh-Day Adventist Cemetery
  • Sowards Cemetery, (West of the Old Manassa Cemetery at the foot of "M" Mountain)
  • Valdez Cemetery



LDS Ward and Branch Records

  • Conejos Branch 1878-1879
  • Eastdale Ward 1894-1908
  • La Jara Ward (see Richfield Ward)
  • Fox Creek Branch 1893-1894
  • Manassa Ward 1892-1897, 1907-1948
  • Manassa 1 Ward
  • Manassa 2 Ward 1920-1928
  • Mesita Branch
  • Morgan Branch 1934-1942
  • Mountain View Branch 1889-1896
  • Richfield Ward 1884-1941
  • Romeo Ward 1936-1948
  • Sanford Ward 1888-1948

Existing LDS Wards and Branches

  • La Jara 1 Ward
  • Fox Creek Branch
  • Manassa 1 Ward
  • Manassa 2 Ward
  • Manassa 3 Ward
  • Sanford 1 Ward
  • Sanford 2 Ward
  • San Luis Branch



The Colorado State Archives has put a name only index to the Conjeos County Divorce Records  for the period 7/13/1899 to 9/20/1915 on-line.


  • 1878 - current, Grantee & Grantor books, Conejos County Clerk, 719-274-5422.
  • Land records 1936 - current, ibid

Local Histories

  • Misc. Family Collection in Family History Center, La Jara, Colorado, 719-274-4024



The Colorado State Archives has put an Index to the Conejos County World War II Enlistments on-line.


The following are on microfilm located in the Family History Center, located in La Jara, Colorado. 719-274-4032.

  • The Antonito Ledger (June 1892 - Oct 1972)
  • The La Jara Chronicle (Oct 1904 - Dec 1911)
  • The La Jara Enterprise (April 1914 - April 1917)
  • The La Jara Gazette (April 1916 - Dec 1982)
  • The Conejos County Citizen (Jan 1983 - Oct 1993)
  • The Conejos County Citizen (July 1996 - Oct 1997)



Colorado State Archives has the Conejos County Inheritance Tax Records Index (1918-1923) online

Vital Records

Colorado Vital Records Search

  • Conejos County Old Vital Records, are kept in the Alamosa County Courthouse, 719-589-6681.

Societies and Libraries

Conejos County Library District
17703 Hwy 285
La Jara, CO 81140
Phone: (719) 274-5858

The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints Family History Center
716 Broadway St
La Jara, Conejos, Colorado, United States
This is not a mailing address
Telephone: 719-274-4032
Open Monday - Thursday, 10:00 a.m. to 3:00 pm. Closed July and December
Due to limited staff, Family History Centers are unable to respond to mail inquiries.
Contact FHC Director, 719-274-5261 or for appointments.


Link title


  1. The Handybook for Genealogists: UnBold textited States of America,10th ed. (Draper, UT:Everton Publishers, 2002).