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''[[United States|United States]] [[Image:Gotoarrow.png]] [[Colorado]] [[Image:Gotoarrow.png]] [[Custer County, Colorado|Custer County]]'' <br>
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''[[United States|United States]] [[Image:Gotoarrow.png]] [[Colorado]] [[Image:Gotoarrow.png]] [[Custer County, Colorado|Custer County]]''  
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Guide to '''Custer 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 = Custer County
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| county_map = Colorado Custer 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 = Westcliffe
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| building address = Custer County Courthouse<br>205 S 6th St PO Box 150<br>Westcliffe, CO 81252<br>Phone: 719.783.0441<br>[http://www.custercountygov.com/'''Custer County Website'''] }}
  
 
== County Courthouse  ==
 
== County Courthouse  ==
  
[http://www.custercountygov.com/ Custer County Courthouse]<br>205 S 6th St; PO Box 150<br>Westcliffe, CO 81252; <br>Phone: 719.783.0441&nbsp;<br>  
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County Clerk has marriage and burial records<ref name="HBG">''Handybook for Genealogists: United States of America'', 10th ed. (Draper, Utah: Everton Pub., 2002), 98, Custer County, Colorado. {{WorldCat|50140092|disp=At various libraries (WorldCat)}}; {{FHL|1049485|item|disp=FHL Book 973 D27e 2002}}.</ref>
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== Historical Facts  ==
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| width="100%" bgcolor="#cccc99" align="center" colspan="6" | '''Beginning dates for major county records'''
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| width="16.6%" valign="middle" | <center>'''[[Custer County, Colorado#Birth|Birth]]'''</center>
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| width="16.6%" valign="middle" | <center>'''[[Custer County, Colorado#Marriage|Marriage]]'''</center>
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| width="16.6%" valign="middle" | <center>'''[[Custer County, Colorado#Death|Death]]'''</center>
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| width="16.6%" valign="middle" | <center>'''[[Custer County, Colorado#Taxation|Tax]]'''</center>
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| width="16.6%" valign="middle" | <center>'''[[Custer County, Colorado#Land_and_Property|Land]]'''</center>
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| width="16.6%" valign="middle" | <center>'''[[Custer County, Colorado#Probate|Probate]]'''</center>
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| width="16.6%" valign="middle" style="height: 25px;" | <center>1905-1907<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></center>
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| width="16.6%" valign="middle" style="height: 25px;" | <center>1877<ref name="red book" />*<br></center>
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| width="16.6%" valign="middle" style="height: 25px;" | <center>1902-1907<ref name="red book" />*<br></center>
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| width="16.6%" valign="middle" style="height: 25px;" | <center>1877<ref name="red book" /><br></center>
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'''*For earlier dates, try...''' '''[[Custer County, Colorado#Church_Records|Church]] &#124; [[Custer County, Colorado#Obituaries|Obituaries]] &#124; [[Custer County, Colorado#Cemeteries|Cemeteries]]'''
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Some earlier marriage records are in the Fremont County miscellaneous file.<ref name="red book" />  
  
County Clerk has marriage and burial records<ref name="HBG">''Handybook for Genealogists: United States of America'', 10th ed. (Draper, Utah: Everton Pub., 2002), 98, Custer County, Colorado. {{WorldCat|50140092|disp=At various libraries (WorldCat)}}; {{FHL|1049485|item|disp=FHL Book 973 D27e 2002}}.</ref>
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==== County Seat  ====
  
== Quick Facts  ==
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Westcliffe<ref name="HBG" />
  
 
==== Parent County  ====
 
==== Parent 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>  
 
:*'''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>  
 
:*'''1 February 1860''' it became part of [[Mora County, Colorado|Mora County]].<ref name="Dollarhide" />  
 
:*'''1 February 1860''' it became part of [[Mora County, Colorado|Mora County]].<ref name="Dollarhide" />  
:*'''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 [[Fremont County, Colorado|Fremont County]]).<ref name="HBG" />  
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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 [[Fremont County, Colorado|Fremont County]]).<ref>''Handybook'', 98, Fremont County, Colorado.</ref>  
 
::Look for pre-1861 records in New Mexico. For further explanation see [[Taos County, Colorado|Taos County]].
 
::Look for pre-1861 records in New Mexico. For further explanation see [[Taos County, Colorado|Taos County]].
  
*'''1877 '''Custer County was created 9 March 1877 from [[Fremont County, Colorado|Fremont ]]County. '''County seat:''' Westcliffe.<ref name="HBG" />
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*'''1877 '''Custer County was created 9 March 1877 from [[Fremont County, Colorado|Fremont ]]County. <br>
  
==== Boundary Changes ====
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==== Neighboring Counties ====
  
==== Record Loss  ====
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[[Image:Cocuster.jpg|right|400px|Cocuster.jpg]]
 
 
== Places / Localities  ==
 
 
 
==== Populated Places  ====
 
 
 
==== Neighboring Counties  ====
 
  
 
*[[Fremont County, Colorado|Fremont]]  
 
*[[Fremont County, Colorado|Fremont]]  
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*[[Saguache County, Colorado|Saguache]]
 
*[[Saguache County, Colorado|Saguache]]
  
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==== Record Loss  ====
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==== Cemeteries  ====
 
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{{Census|Colorado}}  
 
{{Census|Colorado}}  
  
==== Church History and Records  ====
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{{CO Church Intro}}
  
 
==== Court Records  ====
 
==== Court Records  ====
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==== Directories  ====
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==== Gazetteers  ====
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==== Genealogy  ====
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==== History  ====
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===== Local History  =====
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{{CO History Intro}}
  
 
==== Land and Property  ====
 
==== Land and Property  ====
  
==== History  ====
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{{CO Land Intro}} <br>
  
 
==== Maps  ====
 
==== Maps  ====
  
 
==== Military  ====
 
==== Military  ====
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==== Naturalization and Citizenship  ====
  
 
==== Newspapers  ====
 
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{{CO Newspaper abstracts|Adams}} <br>
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==== Probate  ====
 
==== Probate  ====
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{{CO Probate Intro}}
  
 
[http://www.colorado.gov/dpa/doit/archives/wills/1custer.html Colorado State Archives] has put an Index to the Custer County Will Records for the years 1887-1966 on-line.  
 
[http://www.colorado.gov/dpa/doit/archives/wills/1custer.html Colorado State Archives] has put an Index to the Custer County Will Records for the years 1887-1966 on-line.  
  
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===== School Records  =====
  
 
[http://www.colorado.gov/dpa/doit/archives/schools/census/custer_co-dist3.html Colorado State Archives] has put an Index to the Pupil Register for District #3 for the years 1891-1896 on-line.&nbsp; The index gives the name of the pupil, date, and birth place.  
 
[http://www.colorado.gov/dpa/doit/archives/schools/census/custer_co-dist3.html Colorado State Archives] has put an Index to the Pupil Register for District #3 for the years 1891-1896 on-line.&nbsp; The index gives the name of the pupil, date, and birth place.  
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{{CO Archives}}
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Custer County Inheritance Tax 1907 - 1946 <br>Custer County Probates 1879 - 1989 <br>Custer County Teachers Registers of Students 1880 - 1896 <br>Custer County Wills 1887 - 1966
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===== Family History Centers  =====
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[[Introduction to LDS Family History Centers|FamilySearch Centers]] are branches of the [[Family History Library]] in Salt Lake City, Utah, and are located all over the world. Their goal is to provide resources for family history research. <br> 
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*[[West Cliffe Colorado Family History Center]] (Silvercliff)<br>
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*West Custer County Library District<br>209 Main Street<br>Westcliffe, CO 81252<br>Phone: (719) 783-9138<br>[http://westcliffe.colibraries.org/gallery/library-images westcliffe.colibraries.org/gallery/library-images] <br>
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*Wetmore Community Library<br>95 County Road 393<br>Wetmore, CO 81253<br>Phone: (719) 784-6669<br>[http://wetmore.colibraries.org/ http://wetmore.colibraries.org]<br>
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==== Taxation  ====
 
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{{CO Tax Intro}}
  
 
[http://www.colorado.gov/dpa/doit/archives/inh_tax/1custer_inh_tax.htm Colorado State Archives] has put the Custer County Inheritance Tax Records Index for the years 1907-1946 on-line.  
 
[http://www.colorado.gov/dpa/doit/archives/inh_tax/1custer_inh_tax.htm Colorado State Archives] has put the Custer County Inheritance Tax Records Index for the years 1907-1946 on-line.  
  
 
==== Vital Records  ====
 
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{{CO Vital Intro}}
  
 
'''[[Colorado Vital Records Search|Colorado Vital Records Search]]'''  
 
'''[[Colorado Vital Records Search|Colorado Vital Records Search]]'''  
  
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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><br>
  
West Custer County Library District<br>209 Main Street<br>Westcliffe, CO 81252<br>Phone: (719) 783-9138<br>[http://westcliffe.colibraries.org/gallery/library-images westcliffe.colibraries.org/gallery/library-images]
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<br>Wetmore Community Library<br>95 County Road 393<br>Wetmore, CO 81253<br>Phone: (719) 784-6669<br>[http://wetmore.colibraries.org/ http://wetmore.colibraries.org]
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Death records may become public records when 75 years have elapsed after the date of death. <ref name="registrar" /><br>  
  
==== Family History Center ====
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===== Divorce =====
  
*[[Introduction to LDS Family History Centers|Introduction to LDS Family History Center]]
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*[[West Cliffe Colorado Family History Center]] (Silvercliff)<br><br>
 
  
 
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Revision as of 20:10, 18 April 2014

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Guide to Custer County Colorado genealogy. Birth records, marriage records, death records, census records, family history, and military records.

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Custer County, Colorado
Map
Map of Colorado highlighting Custer 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 Westcliffe
Courthouse
Address Custer County Courthouse
205 S 6th St PO Box 150
Westcliffe, CO 81252
Phone: 719.783.0441
Custer County Website


County Courthouse

County Clerk has marriage and burial records[1]

Historical Facts

Beginning dates for major county records
Birth
Marriage
Death
Tax
Land
Probate
1905-1907[2]*
1877[2]*
1902-1907[2]*

1877[2]

*For earlier dates, try... Church | Obituaries | Cemeteries

Some earlier marriage records are in the Fremont County miscellaneous file.[2]

County Seat

Westcliffe[1]

Parent County

  • Before 1861 the southern quarter of this modern Colorado county was in New Mexico.
Look for pre-1861 records in New Mexico. For further explanation see Taos County.
  • 1877 Custer County was created 9 March 1877 from Fremont County.

Neighboring Counties

Cocuster.jpg

Record Loss

Resources

Cemeteries

Census

For tips on accessing Custer 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

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 Custer 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.


Colorado State Archives has put an Index to the Custer County Will Records for the years 1887-1966 on-line.

Public Records

School Records

Colorado State Archives has put an Index to the Pupil Register for District #3 for the years 1891-1896 on-line.  The index gives the name of the pupil, date, and birth place.

Repositories

Archives

The Colorado State Archives has the following records available for Custer 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

Custer County Inheritance Tax 1907 - 1946
Custer County Probates 1879 - 1989
Custer County Teachers Registers of Students 1880 - 1896
Custer County Wills 1887 - 1966


Family History Centers

FamilySearch Centers are branches of the Family History Library in Salt Lake City, Utah, and are located all over the world. Their goal is to provide resources for family history research.

Libraries
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.


Colorado State Archives has put the Custer County Inheritance Tax Records Index for the years 1907-1946 on-line.

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. [8]

Marriage
Death

Death records may become public records when 75 years have elapsed after the date of death. [8]

Divorce

Places

Websites

References

  1. 1.0 1.1 Handybook for Genealogists: United States of America, 10th ed. (Draper, Utah: Everton Pub., 2002), 98, Custer County, Colorado. At various libraries (WorldCat); FHL Book 973 D27e 2002.
  2. 2.0 2.1 2.2 2.3 2.4 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.
  3. 3.0 3.1 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.
  4. Brief County Histories (New Mexico) in RootsWeb (accessed 21 June 2012).
  5. Wikipedia contributors, "Colorado Territory" in Wikipedia: the Free Encyclopeida at http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Colorado_Territory (accessed 19 June 2012).
  6. 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.
  7. Handybook, 98, Fremont County, Colorado.
  8. 8.0 8.1 Letter from Colorado State Registrar, Dated September 1, 2011. Policy Number 2011- 08. http://www.colorado.gov