Rio Grande County, Colorado Genealogy

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

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Rio Grande County, Colorado
Map of Colorado highlighting Rio Grande 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 Del Norte
Address Rio Grande County Courthouse
925 6th
PO Box 160
Del Norte, CO 81132-0160
Phone: 719.657.2744
Rio Grande County Website

County Courthouse

County Clerk Recorder has marriage records from 1876
and land records from 1874; Clerk County Court has
divorce, probate and court records.[1]

Brief History

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.
  • 1874 Rio Grande County was created 10 February 1874 from Conejos and Costilla Counties. County seat: Del Norte.[1]

Boundary Changes

Record Loss

Places / Localities

Populated Places

Neighboring Counties

Alamosa | Archuleta | Conejos | Mineral | Saguache




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

Church Records

Court Records


Land and Property


Military Records


Probate Records

School Records

Colorado State Archives put has an Index of Rio Grande County teacher certificate applications for the years 1874-1893 on-line. Index gives only the name and the date.


Vital Records

Colorado Vital Records Search


Societies and Libraries

Carnegie Public Library
120 Jefferson Street
Monte Vista, CO 81144
Telephone 719-852-3931

Family History Centers

  • Introduction to LDS Family History Centers
    The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints Family History Center
    100 San Francisco Creek Dr
    Del Norte, Rio Grande, Colorado, United States
    Telephone: 719-657-2853
    This is not a mailing address. Due to limited staff, Family History Centers are unable to respond to mail inquiries.
    Contact Center for open hours as they vary.


  1. 1.0 1.1 Handybook for Genealogists: United States of America, 10th ed. (Draper, Utah: Everton Pub., 2002), 101, Rio Grande County, Colorado. At various libraries (WorldCat); FHL Book 973 D27e 2002.
  2. 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 (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, 97, Conejos County, Colorado, and 99, Guadalupe County, Colorado.
  7. Wikipedia contributors, "Guadalupe County, Colorado Territory" in Wikipedia: the Free Encyclopedia at,_Colorado_Territory (accessed 23 June 2012).