Otero County, Colorado Genealogy

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Otero County, Colorado
Map of the U.S. highlighting Colorado
Location of Colorado in the U.S.
Founded January 9, 1852
County Seat La Junta
Address Otero County Courthouse
13 W 3rd St
La Junta, CO 81050-0000
Phone: 719.384.8701
Otero County Website

County Courthouse

County Clerk has marriage records from 1892 and land records 1889
Clerk County Court has divorce and probate recors; Clerk District Court
has court records[1]

Quick Facts

Wikipedia has more about this subject: Otero County, Colorado

Parent County

  • Before 1861 the southern 2/3rds of this modern Colorado county were in New Mexico.
Look for pre-1861 records in New Mexico. For further explanation see Taos County.

25 March 1889: Otero County was created from Bent County. County seat: La Junta.[1]

Boundary Changes

Record Loss

Places / Localities

Populated Places

Neighboring Counties


Archives and Libraries

  • Fowler Public Library
    114 E Cranston Ave
    Fowler, CO 81039
    Telehone 719-263-4472
  • Manzanola School/Public Library
    301 S Catalpa
    Manzanola, CO 81058
    Telephone: (719) 462-5542
  • Swink School/Public Library
    610 Columbia Ave
    Swink, CO 81077
    Telephone: (719) 384-8103



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

Church History and Records

Court Records


Land and Property


Military History and Records


Probate Records


Vital Records

Societies, Libraries and Museums

Family History Center



  1. 1.0 1.1 Handybook for Genealogists: United States of America, 10th ed. (Draper, Utah: Everton Pub., 2002), 100, Otero 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.