Fremont County, Colorado Genealogy
Guide to Fremont County Colorado genealogy. Birth records, marriage records, death records, census records, family history, and military records.
|Fremont County, Colorado|
Location in the state of Colorado
Location of Colorado in the U.S.
|Founded||November 1, 1861|
|County Seat||Canon City|
|Address|| Fremont County Courthouse|
615 Macon Rm 100
Canon City, CO 81212
Fremont County Website
- 1 County Courthouse
- 2 Historical Facts
- 3 Places / Localities
- 4 Records and Resources
- 4.1 Bible Records
- 4.2 Biography
- 4.3 Business Records and Commerce
- 4.4 Cemeteries
- 4.5 Census
- 4.6 Church Records
- 4.7 Court Records
- 4.8 Directories
- 4.9 Emigration and Immigration
- 4.10 Ethnic, Political, or Religious Groups
- 4.11 Genealogy
- 4.12 History
- 4.13 Land and Property
- 4.14 Maps
- 4.15 Military
- 4.16 Mortality Schedules
- 4.17 Naturalization and Citizenship
- 4.18 Newspapers and Obituaries
- 4.19 Periodicals
- 4.20 Probate Records
- 4.21 Public and Vital Records
- 4.22 Repositories
- 5 Websites
- 6 References
County Clerk has marriage and land records;
Clerk district Court has divorce, probate and court
|Beginning dates for major county records|
|*For earlier dates, try... Church | Obituaries | Cemeteries|
Canon City 
1861--Fremont County was created 1 November 1861 as one of the 17 original counties of the Territory of Colorado. It was created in 1859 from the old Arapahoe County in the territory of Kansas.
Places / Localities
Cities and towns to be found in Fremont County include Brookside, Cañon City, Coal Creek, Cotopaxi, Florence, Lincoln Park, Penrose, Rockvale, and Williamsburg.
Gazetteers and Other Print Sources
- Southern Colorado Historical and Descriptive of Fremont and Custer Counties With Their Principal Towns. Canon City and Other Towns. Fremont County . . . With a Description of the Immense (etc.). Author, Anonymous. This book, published before 1923, is available as a reprint from Amazon.com.
Records and Resources
Business Records and Commerce
Sources for information and tombstone photos for Fremont County, Colorado cemeteries:
Colorado Gravestones Photo Project. Lists some Fremont County cemeteries by name; includes links to the cemetery with names and links to tombstone photos.
Colorado-Cemeteries.com. A site with good general information about cemeteries and tombstones, plus links to a list of Fremont County cemeteries.
The Tombstone Transcription Project. This is so far (updated Jan 2014) the most complete site for Fremont County cemetery information, including photos. Note: Many if not most of the tombstone photos are copyrighted, so they cannot be copied for use without permission at websites like Ancestry.com or find-a-grave.com.
Cemeteries of Canon City, Fremont County, CO
This is not an all-inclusive list. All links in this section, unless otherwise noted, to the USGenWeb Tombstone Transcription Project, Colorado, Fremont Co.
- Abbey Cemetery (aka Holy Cross Abbey Cemetery
- Garden Park Cemetery
- Greenwood Pioneer Cemetery Est. c.1870s.
- I.O.O.F. Cemetery Est. c.1870s. Note: Sometimes the Greenwood Cemetery and IOOF Cemetery are linked together because of their close proximity--across the street from one another.
- Lakeside Cemetery Est. c.1877.
Other Cemeteries of Fremont County
All links to Tombstone Transcription Project unless otherwise noted.
- Cotopaxi Cemetery, Cotopaxi, Colorado
- Hillside Cemetery, Hillside, Colorado; aka San Isabel View Cemetery.
- Howard Cemetery, Howard, Colorado. Est. c.1874. Until 1916, known as Pleasant Valley Cemetery.
- Lower Beaver Creek Cemetery, Penrose, Colorado. Est. c.1865.
- Penrose Cemetery, Penrose BillionGraves . Est. 1915; aka Beaver Park Cemetery.
- Union Highland Cemetery, Florence, Colorado. Est. 1873. Originally named "Highland"; name changed in 1930 when it was turned over to the city of Florence.
- Upper Beaver Creek Cemetery, Florence, Colorado. Est. 1883.
For tips on accessing Fremont County, Colorado Genealogy census records online, see: Colorado Census.
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.
LDS Ward and Branch Records
- Canon City
Emigration and Immigration
Ethnic, Political, or Religious Groups
Crossing The Plains in 1864 and Early History of Fremont County, by William H. Callen.
Contributed by Robyn Michele Asimus, the ggg-grand-daughter of John Vance Callen
and Sarah Jane Moore Callen and the gg-grand-daughter of Mary Ellen Callen Coffman.
Land and Property
- 1880 Mortality Schedule for Fremont County. Persons who died the year ending May 31, 1880. Name; age; sex; color; whether single, married, widowed, or divorced; place of birth; where father born; where mother born; profession, occupation, or trade; month in which the person died; disease or cause of death; how long a resident of the county?; place where disease was contracted, if not Fremont County; name of attending physician. This schedule is available at Ancestry.com.
Naturalization and Citizenship
Newspapers and Obituaries
Microfilm of years of the Canon City Daily Record are housed at the Royal Gorge Museum and History Center. Contact the RGM&HC for specific years.
Additional newspapers abstracts can sometimes be found using search phrases such as Fremont County, Colorado Genealogy newspapers in online catalogs like:
- The Colorado Magazine was published by the Colorado Historical Society from 1923 to 1980 and contains hundreds of articles about significant Colorado and Western people and events. Since 1980, the quarterly has been titled Colorado Heritage.
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 and Vital Records
- Colorado State Archives has put the Fremont County Inheritance Tax Records Index for 1913-1943 on-line.
Family History Centers
- Canon City Public Library
516 Macon Ave
Canon City, CO 81212
Phone: (719) 269-9020
- Cotopaxi School/Community Library
0345 County Road 12
Cotopaxi, CO 81223
Phone: (719) 942-4131
- John C. Fremont Library District (Florence)
130 Church Ave
Florence, CO 81226
Phone: (719) 784-4649
- Penrose Library District
555 4th Ave
Penrose, CO 81240
Phone: (719) 372-0606
- Royal Gorge Regional Museum and History Center
612 Royal Gorge Blvd.
Canon City, CO 81215
Maintains and provides public access to records and artifacts of Fremont and Custer counties in Colorado.
- Fremont County Genealogy Society
Canon City Public Library
516 Macon Ave
Canon City, CO 81218
- Fremont County Historical Society
P.O. Box 965
Canon City, CO 81215
- Wetmore-Hardscrabble Genealogical and Historical Society
PO Box 211
Wetmore, CO 81253
- Family History Library Catalog
- History Colorado Center, Denver, Colorado
- Fremont County, Colorado Genealogy and Family History (Linkpendium)
- Lone Pine Ancestors, a Fremont County website written and maintained by Mary Ann Thomas, copyright 2001. Some information may not be updated.
- Handybook for Genealogists: United States of America, 10th ed. (Draper, Utah: Everton Pub., 2002), Fremont County, Colorado. Page 98 ; .
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