Jefferson County, Colorado Genealogy
Guide to Jefferson County Colorado genealogy. Birth records, marriage records, death records, census records, family history, and military records.
|Jefferson County, Colorado|
Location in the state of Colorado
Location of Colorado in the U.S.
|Founded||November 1, 1861|
|Address|| Jefferson County Courthouse|
100 Jefferson City Pkwy #2530
Golden, CO 80419-2530
Jefferson County Website
- 1 County Courthouse
- 2 Historical Facts
- 2.1 County Seat
- 2.2 Parent County
- 2.3 Neighboring Counties
- 2.4 Record Loss
- 2.5 Resources
- 2.5.1 Bible Records
- 2.5.2 Biography
- 2.5.3 Business Records and Commerce
- 2.5.4 Cemeteries
- 2.5.5 Census
- 2.5.6 Church Records
- 2.5.7 Court Records
- 2.5.8 Directories
- 2.5.9 Emigration and Immigration
- 2.5.10 Ethnic, Political, or Religious Groups
- 2.5.11 Gazetteers
- 2.5.12 Genealogy
- 2.5.13 History
- 2.5.14 Land and Property
- 2.5.15 Maps
- 2.5.16 Military
- 2.5.17 Naturalization and Citizenship
- 2.5.18 Newspapers
- 2.5.19 Obituaries
- 2.5.20 Periodicals
- 2.5.21 Probate
- 2.5.22 Public Records
- 2.5.23 Repositories
- 2.5.24 Taxation
- 2.5.25 Vital Records
- 2.6 Places
- 3 Web Sites
- 4 References
County Clerk has marriage records 1868 and land records from 1860;
County Health Department has birth, death and burial records; Clerk
District Court has divorce records County Court has probate and court records
Jefferson County, commonly referred to as the Gateway to the Rockies, is the fourth most populated county in Colorado. The county runs along the west side of the Denver Metro area along the front range. The county website can be found at http://www.co.jefferson.co.us/.
An excellent chronological history is found in the archives section of the county website
|Beginning dates for major county records|
|*For earlier dates, try... Church | Obituaries | Cemeteries|
1861--Jefferson County was created 1 November 1861 as an original county.
Business Records and Commerce
- Arvada Cemetery
5581 Independence Street
Arvada, CO 80002-2973
- Crown Hill Cemetery, Wheat Ridge BillionGraves
- Evergreen Memorial Park
26624 N. Turkey Creek Rd.
Evergreen, Colorado 80439
- Golden Cemetery
755 Ulysses St.
Golden, CO 80401
755 Ulysses St.
Golden, CO 80401 (303) 279-1435
- Golden Hill Cemetery (Jewish)
12000 West Colfax Avenue
Lakewood, CO 80215-3717
- Mount Olivet Cemetery
12801 W. 44th Avenue
Wheat Ridge, Colorado 80033
- Olinger Crown Hill Mortuary & Cemetery
7777 West 29th Avenue, Wheat Ridge, CO 80033 303-233-4611
- Olinger Mt Lindo Cemetery
5928 South Turkey Creek Road
Morrison, CO 80465-9501
For tips on accessing Jefferson County, Colorado Genealogy census records online, see: Colorado Census.
Census Year Population
Source: Jefferson County Archives
Emigration and Immigration
Ethnic, Political, or Religious Groups
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.
Naturalization and Citizenship
Additional newspapers abstracts can sometimes be found using search phrases such as Jefferson County, Colorado Genealogy newspapers in online catalogs like:
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.
Family History Centers
- Introduction to LDS Family History Centers
- Arvada Colorado Family History Center
- Columbine Colorado Family History Center (Littleton)
- Golden Colorado Family History Center
- Lakewood Colorado Family History Center
- Jefferson County Historical Societies
For a listing of currently known Historical Societies in the County see
- Foothills Genealogical Society of Colorado, Inc.
P.O. Box 150382
Lakewood, CO 80215-0382
- Golden Landmarks Association
14th & Washington St.
P.O. Box 1136
Golden, Colorado 80402-1136
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 Jefferson County Inheritance Tax Records Index for 1913-1945 on-line
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.
- Family History Library Catalog
- Jefferson County, Colorado Genealogy and Family History (Linkpendium)
- Handybook for Genealogists: United States of America, 10th ed. (Draper, Utah: Everton Pub., 2002), Jefferson County, Colorado. Page 99 At various libraries (WorldCat); FHL Book 973 D27e 2002.
- The Handybook for Genealogists: United States of America,10th ed. (Draper, UT:Everton Publishers, 2002).