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''[[United States|United States]] [[Image:Gotoarrow.png]] [[Colorado]] [[Image:Gotoarrow.png]]'' '''Costilla County'''
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Guide to '''Costilla County, Colorado ancestry, genealogy and family history''', birth records, marriage records, death records, census records, family history, and military records.
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| founded year = 1852
 
| founded date = January 9
 
| seat = San Luis
 
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| building address = Costilla County Courthouse<br>354 Main St PO Box 100<br>San Luis, CO 81152-0100<br>Phone: 719.672.3372<br>[http://www.courts.state.co.us/Courts/County/Index.cfm?County_ID=34'''Costilla County Website''']  }}
 
  
=== County Courthouse  ===
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County Clerk has marriage and land records from 1853;<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), 98, Costilla County, Colorado. {{WorldCat|50140092|disp=At various libraries (WorldCat)}}; {{FHL|1049485|item|disp=FHL Book 973 D27e 2002}}.</ref>  
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|organized=  1861 November 1
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|county seat= San Luis
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|parent county= Original county<ref>''The Handybook for Genealogists: United States of America'',10th ed. (Draper, UT: Everton Publishers, 2002).</ref>
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|county1= [[Alamosa County, Colorado|Alamosa]]
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|county2= [[Colfax County, New Mexico Genealogy|Colfax (NM)]]
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|county3= [[Conejos County, Colorado|Conejos]]
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|county4= [[Huerfano County, Colorado|Huerfano]]
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|county5= [[Las Animas County, Colorado|Las Animas]]
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|county6= [[Taos County, New Mexico Genealogy|Taos (NM)]]</br><center>[[Costilla County, Colorado Genealogy#Maps and Gazetteers|See County Maps]]</center>
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== County Information ==
  
=== Quick Facts  ===
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=== Description ===
  
==== Parent County ====
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The County was named for Costilla River. The County has San Luis as its seat and the County was created November 1, 1861. The County is located in the south central area of the state.<ref>Genealogy Trails History Group, "Costilla County, Colorado Genealogy and History", http://genealogytrails.com/colo/costilla/ 6/28/2017.</ref>
  
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=== County Courthouse ===
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{{CO Courthouse Intro|Costilla}}
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'''Costilla County Courthouse'''<br>354 Main St PO Box 100<br>San Luis, CO 81152-0100<br>Phone: 719.672.3372<br>[https://www.colorado.gov/pacific/costillacounty'''Costilla County Website''']<br><br>
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County Clerk has marriage and land records from 1853;<br>Clerk of the 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), 98, Costilla County, Colorado. {{WorldCat|50140092|disp=At various libraries (WorldCat)}}; {{FHL|1049485|item|disp=FHL Book 973 D27e 2002}}.</ref>
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=== Costilla 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), Costilla County, Colorado. Page 98 {{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" | '''[[Costilla County, Colorado Genealogy#Birth|Birth*]]'''
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| width="14.2%" bgcolor="#e4d8e5" align="center" | '''[[Costilla County, Colorado Genealogy#Marriage|Marriage]]'''
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| width="14.2%" bgcolor="#e4d8e5" align="center" | '''[[Costilla County, Colorado Genealogy#Death|Death*]]'''
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| width="14.2%" bgcolor="#e4d8e5" align="center" | '''[[Costilla County, Colorado Genealogy#Court Records|Court]]'''
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| width="14.2%" bgcolor="#e4d8e5" align="center" | '''[[Costilla County, Colorado Genealogy#Land and Property Records|Land]]'''
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| width="14.2%" bgcolor="#e4d8e5" align="center" | '''[[Costilla County, Colorado Genealogy#Probate Records|Probate]]'''
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| width="14.2%" bgcolor="#e4d8e5" align="center" | '''[[Costilla County, Colorado Genealogy#Census Records|Census]]'''
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| width="14.2%" align="center" |1863
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| width="14.2%" align="center" |1853
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| width="14.2%" align="center" |1902
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| width="14.2%" align="center" |1876
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| width="14.2%" align="center" |1853
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| width="14.2%" align="center" |1876
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| width="14.2%" align="center" |1860
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| colspan="7" | <center>'''*For earlier dates, try...''' '''[[Costilla County, Colorado#Church_Records|Church]] &#124; [[Costilla County, Colorado#Obituaries|Obituaries]] &#124; [[Costilla County, Colorado#Cemeteries|Cemeteries]]'''</center>
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=== Record Loss ===
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There is no known history of courthouse disasters in this county.
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=== Boundary Changes ===
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{{CO Boundary Changes Intro|Costilla}}
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*'''Parent County:''' Costilla County was created as an original county on 1 November 1861.
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*'''County seat:''' San Luis<ref>''The Handybook for Genealogists: United States of America'',10th ed. (Draper, UT: Everton Publishers, 2002).</ref> <br>
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*[http://www.mapofus.org/colorado/ Interactive Formation Boundary Map of Colorado] - shows boundary changes for Colorado Counties
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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>
 
*'''Before 1861''' this modern Colorado county was in New Mexico.
 
*'''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|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:''' 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|Costilla County]]).<ref name="HBG" /> Look for pre-1861 records in New Mexico. For further explanation see [[Taos County, Colorado|Taos County]].
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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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=== Populated Places ===
:*'''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 name="HBG" />
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{{CO Populated Places Intro|Costilla}}
::Look for pre-1861 records in New Mexico. For further explanation see [[Taos County, Colorado|Taos County]].
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The following are locations in the county<ref>Wikipedia contributors, "Costilla County, Colorado," in ''Wikipedia: the Free Encyclopedia'', https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Costilla_County%2C_Colorado, accessed May 16, 2017.</ref>
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*[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Blanca,_Colorado Blanca]</div>
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*[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/San_Luis,_Colorado San Luis]</div>
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*[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Chama,_Colorado Chama]</div>
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*[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Fort_Garland,_Colorado Fort Garland]</div>
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*[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/San_Acacio,_Colorado San Acacio]</div>
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*'''1 November 1861:''' Costilla County was created as an original county. '''County seat:''' San Luis.<ref name="HBG" />
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=== History Timeline ===
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{{CO Historical Timeline Intro|Costilla}}
  
==== Boundary Changes  ====
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== Resources ==
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{{CO Resources Intro|Costilla}}
  
==== Record Loss  ====
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=== Bible Records ===
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{{CO Bible Intro|Costilla}}
  
=== Places / Localities ===
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=== Biographies ===
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{{CO Biographies Intro|Costilla}}
  
==== Populated Places  ====
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=== Business, Commerce, and Occupations ===
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{{CO Business Records Intro|Costilla}}
  
==== Neighboring Counties  ====
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=== Cemeteries ===
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{{CO Cemeteries Intro|Costilla}}
  
*[[Alamosa County, Colorado|Alamosa]]  
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*[[Colfax County, New Mexico|Colfax County, New Mexico]]  
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*[[Conejos County, Colorado|Conejos]]  
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| colspan="2" bgcolor="#E0E0E0" style="border:1px solid black"| <center>'''Cemeteries of Costilla County, Colorado''' online and in print</center>
*[[Huerfano County, Colorado|Huerfano]]  
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*[[Las Animas County, Colorado|Las Animas]]
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| width="21%" bgcolor="#E0E0E0" style="border:1px solid black" | <center>'''Tombstone Transcriptions Online'''</center>
*[[Taos County, New Mexico|Taos County, New Mexico]]
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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=252&GSgrid=&df=all&GSob=n Findagrave.com]
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* [http://cogenweb.com/costilla/cemetery.htm COGenWeb]
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* [http://www.usgwarchives.net/co/costilla.htm COGenWeb Archives]
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* [http://www.usgwtombstones.org/colorado/costilla.html Tombstone Project]
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* [http://coloradogravestones.org/search.php?cid=12&lm=s&last=&fm=s&first= Colorado Gravestones]
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* [https://familysearch.org/search/collection/results?count=20&query=%2Bdeath_place%3A%22Costilla%20County%2C%20Colorado%22~&collection_id=2026973 Billion Graves]
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* {{FHL|472409|subject-id|disp=Family History Library}}
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* [https://www.worldcat.org/search?q=Costilla+County+Colorado+Cemeteries&qt=results_page WorldCat]
  
=== Resources  ===
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| width="21%" bgcolor="#E0E0E0" style="border:1px solid black" |<center>'''List of Cemeteries in the County'''</center>
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* [http://www.findagrave.com/cgi-bin/fg.cgi?page=csr&CScn=&CScntry=4&CSst=7&CScnty=252 Findagrave.com]
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* [https://billiongraves.com/pages/search/#action=search_cemetery Billion Graves]
  
==== Cemeteries ====
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| colspan="2" bgcolor="#E0E0E0" style="border:1px solid black"| <center>See '''[[Colorado Cemeteries]]''' for more information</center>
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'''The History of Costilla County as Revealed by its Cemeteries
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'''By Hazel Bean Petty, August 1971'''&nbsp;
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'''70 pages on different settlements and cemeteries. A Thesis presented to Graduate School Adams State College&nbsp;
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'''Available at Family History Center, Alamosa, CO
  
==== Census  ====
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=== Census Records ===
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{{CO Census Intro|Costilla}}
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{{Historical populations
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|footnote = Source: [https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Costilla_County,_Colorado#Demographics "Wikipedia.org".]
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|1870 |1779
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|1880 |2879
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|1890 |3491
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|1900 |4632
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|1910 |5498
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|1920 |5032
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|1930 |5779
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|1940 |7533
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|1950 |6067
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|1960 |4219
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|1970 |3091
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|1980 |3071  
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|1990 |3190
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|2000 |3663
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|2010 |3524
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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>
  
{{Census|Colorado}}
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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
  
==== Church Records ====
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=== Church Records ===
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{{CO Church Intro|Costilla}}
  
LDS Ward and Branch Records
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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>
  
*Barnum  
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LDS Ward and Branch Records<br>
*Crestmoor (Denver)  
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*Barnum
*Dale E.  
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*Crestmoor (Denver)
*Denver  
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*Dale E.
*Denver 1  
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*Denver
*Denver 2  
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*Denver 1
*Denver N.  
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*Denver 2
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*Denver N.
 
*East Dale
 
*East Dale
  
==== Court Records ====
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=== Court Records ===
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{{CO Court Intro|Costilla}}
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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|Costilla}}
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=== Emigration and Immigration  ===
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{{CO Emigration Intro|Costilla}}
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=== Ethnic, Political, and Religious Groups ===
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{{CO Ethnic Groups Intro|Costilla}}
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=== Funeral Homes  ===
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{{CO Funeral Homes Intro|Costilla}}
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=== Genealogies  ===
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{{CO Genealogies Intro|Costilla}}
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=== Guardianship ===
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{{CO Guardianship Intro|Costilla}}
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=== Land and Property Records ===
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{{CO Land Intro|Costilla}}
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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://search.ancestry.com/ Ancestry.com] - ($), index and images<br>
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*'''1862-1908''' - [http://search.ancestry.com/search/db.aspx?dbid=3313 Denver Land Office Records, 1862-1908] at [http://search.ancestry.com/ Ancestry.com] - ($), 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|Costilla}}
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''Online County Histories''
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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|Costilla}}
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{{CO Neighboring Counties Intro|county={{CO Costilla County}}}}
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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|Costilla}}
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=== Military Records ===
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{{CO Military Intro|Costilla}}
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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>
  
==== Land and Property  ====
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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>
  
==== History  ====
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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>
  
==== Maps  ====
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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>
  
==== Military Records  ====
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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>
  
==== Newspapers  ====
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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>
  
==== Poor Records ====
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For further information see [[Colorado Military Records]].
  
[http://www.colorado.gov/dpa/doit/archives/poorrecords/costilla.html The Colorado State Archives] has put an Index to the Costilla County Poor Records, 1890-1932 on-line.&nbsp; Read more about[[Costilla_County,_Colorado]]Poor Record Index 1890-1932. ]
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=== Naturalization and Citizenship ===
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{{CO Naturalization Intro|Costilla}}
  
==== Probate Records ====
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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>
  
==== Taxation  ====
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=== Newspapers ===
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{{CO Newspapers Intro|Costilla}}
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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
  
==== Vital Records  ====
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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
  
'''[[Colorado Vital Records Search|Colorado Vital Records Search<span id="fck_dom_range_temp_1251411738251_410" />]]'''
 
  
=== Repositories  ===
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=== Obituaries ===
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{{CO Obituaries Intro|Costilla}}
  
==== Societies and Libraries  ====
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=== Other Records ===
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{{CO Other Records Intro|Costilla}}
  
Costilla County Public Library<br>PO Box 351<br>418 Gasper Street<br>San Luis, CO 81152<br>Phone: (719) 672-3309<br>[http://www.costillacounty-co.gov/library.html www.costillacounty-co.gov/library.html]<br>  
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'''''Poor Records'''''<br>
  
==== Family History Centers  ====
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'''1890-1932''' [https://www.colorado.gov/pacific/archives/archives-search The Colorado State Archives] has put an Index to the Costilla County Poor Records, 1890-1932 on-line.
  
*[[Introduction to LDS Family History Centers]]
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=== Periodicals ===
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{{CO Periodicals Intro|Costilla}}
  
=== Web Sites  ===
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=== Probate Records ===
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{{CO Probate Intro|Costilla}}
  
*[http://cogenweb.com/costilla/ Costilla County COGenWeb]  
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'''Online Records
*{{FHL|205290|subject-id|disp=Family History Library Catalog}}  
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*'''1875–1974''' [http://search.ancestry.com/search/db.aspx?dbid=8665 Colorado Wills and Probate Records 1875-1974] at [http://search.ancestry.com/ Ancestry.com] — index and images '''$'''
*[[Colorado State Archives|Colorado State Archives]]  
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=== School Records ===
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{{CO Schools Intro|Costilla}}
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=== Tax Records ===
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{{CO Tax Intro|Costilla}}
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=== Vital Records ===
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{{CO Vital Intro|Costilla}}
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'''[[Colorado Vital Records Search|Colorado Vital Records Search<span id="fck_dom_range_temp_1251411738251_410" />]]
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==== Birth ====
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{{CO Vital Records - Birth Intro|Costilla}}
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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|Costilla}}
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''Online Records''<br>
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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] - ($); Browseable images of original index<br>
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==== Death ====
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{{CO Vital Records - Death Intro|Costilla}}
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Death records may become public records when 75 years have elapsed after the date of death. <ref name="registrar" />
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==== Divorce ====
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{{CO Vital Records - Divorce Intro|Costilla}}
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''Online Records''<br>
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*'''1851-1985''' [http://search.ancestry.com/search/db.aspx?dbid=60927 Colorado, Divorce Index, 1851-1985] at [http://search.ancestry.com Ancestry] - ($); 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>
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== Research Facilities ==
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{{CO Research Facilities Intro|Costilla}}
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=== Archives ===
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{{CO Archives Intro|Costilla}}
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{{CO Archives}}
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 +
'''1876-1914''' Costilla County Probate Record <br>'''1890-1932''' Costilla County Poor Record <br>'''1917-1932''' Costilla County Teacher Exams
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=== Family History Centers ===
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{{Family History Centers Intro}}
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*[[Manassa Colorado Family History Center]]
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*[[Alamosa Colorado Family History Center]]
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*[[Tres Piedras New Mexico Family History Center]]
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=== Libraries ===
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{{CO Libraries Intro|Costilla}}
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'''Costilla County Public Library'''<br>PO Box 351<br>418 Gasper Street<br>San Luis, CO 81152<br>Phone: (719) 672-3309<br>[https://www.colorado.gov/pacific/costillacounty/public-library-system Website]
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=== Museums ===
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{{CO Museums Intro|Costilla}}
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== Societies ==
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{{CO Societies Intro|Costilla}}
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'''Ft. Garland Heritage Association'''<br> 29477 Hwy. 159<br> Fort Garland, CO 81133<br>Telephone: 719-379-3512
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'''San Luis Valley Historical Society'''<br>PO Box 982<br>Alamosa, CO 81101<br>Telephone: 719-589-9217
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== Websites ==
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{{CO Websites Intro|Costilla}}
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*[http://cogenweb.com/costilla/ Costilla County COGenWeb]
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*{{FHL Place IDNum|205290|Colorado|Costilla}}- The FamilySearch catalog contains descriptions and access information for all genealogical materials (including books, online materials, microfilm, microfiche, and publications) in their collection.  Use [https://familysearch.org/search/ Historical Records] to search for specific individuals in genealogical records
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*[[Colorado State Archives|Colorado State Archives]]
 
*[http://www.linkpendium.com/genealogy/USA/CO/Costilla/ Costilla County, Colorado Genealogy and Family History<span id="fck_dom_range_temp_1282869274875_893" />] (Linkpendium)
 
*[http://www.linkpendium.com/genealogy/USA/CO/Costilla/ Costilla County, Colorado Genealogy and Family History<span id="fck_dom_range_temp_1282869274875_893" />] (Linkpendium)
  
=== References ===
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== Research Guides ==
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{{CO Research Guides Intro|Costilla}}
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== References ==
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<references />
  
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Latest revision as of 21:50, 18 October 2017

United States
Colorado
Costilla County


Guide to Costilla 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: San Luis
Organized: 1861 November 1
Parent County(s): Original county[1]
Neighboring Counties
Alamosa  • Colfax (NM)  • Conejos  • Huerfano  • Las Animas  • Taos (NM)
See County Maps
Location Map
Colorado Costilla County.png
Adoption
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County Information

Description

The County was named for Costilla River. The County has San Luis as its seat and the County was created November 1, 1861. The County is located in the south central area of the state.[2]

County Courthouse

Costilla County Courthouse
354 Main St PO Box 100
San Luis, CO 81152-0100
Phone: 719.672.3372
Costilla County Website

County Clerk has marriage and land records from 1853;
Clerk of the District Court has divorce, probate and court records.[3]

Costilla 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[4]
Birth* Marriage Death* Court Land Probate Census
1863 1853 1902 1876 1853 1876 1860
*For earlier dates, try... Church | Obituaries | Cemeteries

Record Loss

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

Boundary Changes


Populated Places

The following are locations in the county[10]

Towns
Unincorporated communites
Census-designated places


History Timeline

Resources

Bible Records

Biographies

Business, Commerce, and Occupations

Cemeteries

Cemeteries of Costilla 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

The History of Costilla County as Revealed by its Cemeteries By Hazel Bean Petty, August 1971  70 pages on different settlements and cemeteries. A Thesis presented to Graduate School Adams State College  Available at Family History Center, Alamosa, CO

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.[11] See links listed below.

Historical populations
Census Pop.  %±
1870 1,779
1880 2,879 61.8%
1890 3,491 21.3%
1900 4,632 32.7%
1910 5,498 18.7%
1920 5,032 −8.5%
1930 5,779 14.8%
1940 7,533 30.4%
1950 6,067 −19.5%
1960 4,219 −30.5%
1970 3,091 −26.7%
1980 3,071 −0.6%
1990 3,190 3.9%
2000 3,663 14.8%
2010 3,524 −3.8%
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.[12] 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

  • Barnum
  • Crestmoor (Denver)
  • Dale E.
  • Denver
  • Denver 1
  • Denver 2
  • Denver N.
  • East Dale

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

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

Saguache CountyHuerfano CountyLas Animas CountyAlamosa CountyRio Grande CountyConejos CountyRio Arriba CountyTaos CountyColfax CountyCO COSTILLA.JPG
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for more resources


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

Poor Records

1890-1932 The Colorado State Archives has put an Index to the Costilla County Poor Records, 1890-1932 on-line.

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.

Colorado Vital Records Search

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. [13]

Marriage

Online Records

Death

Death records may become public records when 75 years have elapsed after the date of death. [13]

Divorce

Online Records

Research Facilities

Archives

The Colorado State Archives has the following records available for Costilla 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

1876-1914 Costilla County Probate Record
1890-1932 Costilla County Poor Record
1917-1932 Costilla County Teacher Exams

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

Costilla County Public Library
PO Box 351
418 Gasper Street
San Luis, CO 81152
Phone: (719) 672-3309
Website

Museums

Societies

Ft. Garland Heritage Association
29477 Hwy. 159
Fort Garland, CO 81133
Telephone: 719-379-3512

San Luis Valley Historical Society
PO Box 982
Alamosa, CO 81101
Telephone: 719-589-9217

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, "Costilla County, Colorado Genealogy and History", http://genealogytrails.com/colo/costilla/ 6/28/2017.
  3. 3.0 3.1 Handybook for Genealogists: United States of America, 10th ed. (Draper, Utah: Everton Pub., 2002), 98, Costilla County, Colorado. At various libraries (WorldCat); FHL Book 973 D27e 2002.
  4. Handybook for Genealogists: United States of America, 10th ed. (Draper, Utah: Everton Pub., 2002), Costilla County, Colorado. Page 98 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.
  5. The Handybook for Genealogists: United States of America,10th ed. (Draper, UT: Everton Publishers, 2002).
  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. Wikipedia contributors, "Costilla County, Colorado," in Wikipedia: the Free Encyclopedia, https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Costilla_County%2C_Colorado, accessed May 16, 2017.
  11. 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.
  12. William Thorndale and William Dollarhide, Map Guide to the U.S. Federal Censuses (Bountiful, UT: American Genealogical Lending Library, 1985), page 54.
  13. 13.0 13.1 Letter from Colorado State Registrar, Dated September 1, 2011. Policy Number 2011- 08. http://www.colorado.gov