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United States Gotoarrow.png Colorado Gotoarrow.png Las Animas County

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

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Online Records

Las Animas County, Colorado
Map of Colorado highlighting Las Animas County
Location in the state of Colorado
Map of the U.S. highlighting Colorado
Location of Colorado in the U.S.
Founded January 9, 1852
County Seat Trinidad
Address Las Animas County Courthouse
200 E 1st St
Trinidad, CO 81082
Phone: 719.846.3314
Las Animas County Website

County Courthouse

County Clerk has marriage records from 1887,
land records from 1883 and military dischrage records from 1918;
County Health Department has birth and death records.
Clerk District Court has divorce, probate and court records[1]

Historical Facts

Las Animas takes its name from the Spanish name for the Purgatoire River that runs through the county. Originally the river was called "El Rio de las Animas Perdidas en Purgatorio", which means "River of the Lost Souls in Purgatory".

Las Animas is the largest of the 64 counties in Colorado.

Beginning dates for major county records

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

County Seat


Parent County

  • Before 1861 this modern Colorado county was in New Mexico.
Look for pre-1861 records in New Mexico. For further explanation see Taos County.
  • 1866 Las Animas was created 9 February 1866 from Huerfano County.

Neighboring Counties

Record Loss


Bible Records


Business Records and Commerce


Search by Cemetery Name

Aguilar Cemetery, Aguilar Community Cemetery, Albertson Cemetery, Andrix Cemetery, Barela Cemetery, Bloom Cemetery, Branson Community Cemetery, Burro Canyon Cemetery, Carpios Cemetery, Cedar Hill Cemetery, Cejita Cemetery, Chicosa Cemetery, Cordova Cemetery, Crespin Cemetery,Edenview Cemetery, Gallegos Cemetery, Garcia Cemetery,Hicks Cemetery, Jansen Cemetery, Jarosa Cemetery, Johnson Cemetery, Kim Cemetery, Knights of Pythias Cemetery, Leyba Cemetery, Los Hermanos Penitentes Cemetery, Lucero Cemetery, Martinez Cemetery, Masonic Cemetery, Mestas Cemetery, Mountain View Cemetery, Nola Cemetery, Pacheco Cemetery, Parker Cemetery, Pleasant View Cemetery, Plum Valley Cemetery, Prince Cemetery, Rivera Cemetery, Robb Cemetery, Romero Cemetery, Saint Anthony Cemetery, Saint Anthony Cemetery, Saint Pius Cemetery, San Juan Cemetery, San Juan Cemetery, Scott CemeterySimpson Cemetery, Starkville Cemetery, Tapia Cemetery, Tercio Cemetery, Thorp Cemetery, Tijeras Cemetery, Trinchera Cemetery, Trujillo Creek Cemetery, Valdea Cemetery, Valdez Cemetery, Vigil Cemetery, Vigil Cemetery, Wilcox Cemetery.

Search be Cemetery Location

Abeyta, Aguilar, Andrix, Barela, Beshoar, Boncarbo, Branson, Burro Canyon, Cokedale, Cordova Plaza, Delhi, Earl, El Moro, Engleville, Gulnare, Hoehne, Houghton, Jansen, Kim, Ludlow, Lynn, Medina Plaza, Model, Monument Park, Parras Plaza, Patterson Crossing, Reilly Canyon, Rugby, San Luis, San Miguel, Segundo, Simpson, Sopris, Starkville, Stonewall, Stonewall Gap, Tercio, Thatcher, Tijeras, Tobe, Torres, Trinchera, Trinidad, Tyrone, Valdez, Vallorso, Velasquez Plaza, Vigil, Villegreen, Walts CornerWeston, Whiskey Canyon, Zamara

Other Cemetery Websites


For tips on accessing Las Animas County, Colorado Genealogy census records online, see: Colorado Census.

Church Records

Court Records


Emigration and Immigration

Ethnic, Political, or Religious Groups




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.



Naturalization and Citizenship


Additional newspapers abstracts can sometimes be found using search phrases such as Las Animas 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.

Public Records

School Records


Family History Centers
  • Aguilar Public Library
    146 W. Main Street
    Aguilar, CO 81020
    Telephone: 719-941-4426


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.



Populated Places

Abeyta, Aguilar, Andrix, Barela, Beshoar, Boncarbo, Branson, Cokedale, Cordova Plaza, Delhi, Earl, El Moro, Engleville, Gulnare, Hoehne, Houghton, Jansen, Kim, Ludlow, Lynn, Medina Plaza, Model, Monument Park, Parras Plaza, Patterson Crossing, Reilly Canyon, Rugby, San Miguel, Segundo, Simpson, Sopris, Starkville, Stonewall, Stonewall Gap, Tercio, Thatcher, Tijeras, Tobe, Torres, Trinchera, Trinidad, Tyrone, Valdez, Valleroso, Velasquez Plaza, Vigil, Villegreen, Walts Corner, Weston, Zamara

Ghost Towns

Berwind, Del Agua, Morley, Primero, Tabaco

Web Sites


  1. 1.0 1.1 Handybook for Genealogists: United States of America, 10th ed. (Draper, Utah: Everton Pub., 2002), 99, Las Animas County, Colorado. At various libraries (WorldCat); FHL Book 973 D27e 2002.
  2. 2.0 2.1 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.
  3. Brief County Histories (New Mexico) in RootsWeb (accessed 21 June 2012).
  4. Wikipedia contributors, "Colorado Territory" in Wikipedia: the Free Encyclopeida at http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Colorado_Territory (accessed 19 June 2012).
  5. 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.
  6. Handybook, 99, Huerfano County, Colorado.