Ouray County, Colorado Genealogy

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United StatesGotoarrow.pngColoradoGotoarrow.pngOuray County

County Courthouse

Ouray County Courthouse
541 4th St
Ouray, CO 81427
Phone: 970.325.4961 

County Clerk has marriage and land records from 1881  County Treasurer
has birth records from 1877 and death records from 1894;
Court Clerk has divorce, probate and Court records[1]


Parent County

  • 18 January 1877 - Ouray county (original, renamed) was created from San Juan County. [2] This is not quite the same county as the present day county of Ouray. County seat: Ouray [3]

Boundary Changes

  • 19 Feb 1881 - OURAY county lost land to creation of DOLORES county. [4]
  • 27 Feb 1883 - OURAY county lost land to creation of UNCOMPAHGRE County (extinct); OURAY County regained the lost portion when UNCOMPAHGRE County (extinct) was renamed OURAY County and eliminated three days later on 2 March 1883. [5]
  • 2 Mar 1883 - OURAY County was renamed SAN MIGUEL County and UNCOMPAHGRE County (extinct) was renamed OURAY County. OURAY County in effect regained the area it lost three days earlier to the creation of UNCOMPAHGRE County and lost all the territory that became SAN MIGUEL County. [6]

Record Loss

Places / Localities

Populated Places

Neighboring Counties




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




Local Histories





 Colorado State Archives has put the Ouray County Probate Index for the years 1878-1919 on-line


Vital Records

Colorado Vital Records Search

Societies and Libraries

Ouray Library District
320 6th Ave
Ouray, CO 81427
Telephone 970-325-4616
Website http://ouray.ipac.dynixasp.com/#focus

Ridgway Library District
300 Charles
Ridgway, CO 81432
Telephone 970-626-5252
Website http://www.youseemore.com/RIDGWAYPL/DEFAULT.ASP

Ouray County Historical Society
P. O. Box 151
Ouray, CO 81427
Telephone 970-325-4576
Website http://www.ouraycountyhistoricalsociety.org/

Family History Centers

Web Sites


  1. Handybook for Genealogists: United States of America, 10th ed. (Draper, Utah: Everton Pub., 2002), Ouray County, Colorado. Page 100 At various libraries (WorldCat); FHL Book 973 D27e 2002.
  2. Colo. Laws 1876, 1st sess., ch. 21, par. 385-392/pp. 207-209
  3. The Handybook for Genealogists: United States of America,10th ed. (Draper, UT:Everton Publishers, 2002).
  4. Colo. Laws 1881, 3d sess., pp. 92-96
  5. Colo. Laws 1883, 4th sess., pp. 139-142
  6. Colo. Laws 1883, 4th sess., sec. 1/p. 123