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=== County Courthouse  ===
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Guide to '''San Juan County, Colorado ancestry, genealogy and family history''', birth records, marriage records, death records, census records, family history, and military records.
  
[http://www.sanjuancountycolorado.us/ San Juan County Courthouse]<br>PO Box 466; <br>Silverton, CO 81433-0466<br>Phone 970.387.5671&nbsp;<br>
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{{Infobox U.S. County 2016
  
County Treasurer has birth records from 1880 and death records from 1901;<br>County Clerk has marriage records from 1880, military records from 1941 and land records;<br>Clerk District court has divorce, probate and court records.<ref name="HBG">''Handybook for Genealogists: United States of America'', 10th ed. (Draper, Utah: Everton Pub., 2002), 101, San Juan County, Colorado. {{WorldCat|50140092|disp=At various libraries (WorldCat)}}; {{FHL|1049485|item|disp=FHL Book 973 D27e 2002}}.</ref>  
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|organized= 31 January 1876
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|county seat= Silverton
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|parent county= [[La Plata County, Colorado Genealogy|La Plata ]]<ref>''The Handybook for Genealogists: United States of America'',10th ed. (Draper, UT: Everton Publishers, 2002).</ref>
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|county1= [[Dolores County, Colorado Genealogy|Dolores]]
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|county2= [[Hinsdale County, Colorado Genealogy|Hinsdale]]
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|county3= [[La Plata County, Colorado Genealogy|La Plata]]
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|county4= [[Montezuma County, Colorado Genealogy|Montezuma]]
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|county5= [[Ouray County, Colorado Genealogy|Ouray]]
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|county6= [[San Miguel County, Colorado Genealogy|San Miguel]]</br><center>[[San Juan County, Colorado Genealogy#Maps and Gazetteers|See County Maps]]</center>
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== County Information ==
  
=== Brief History  ===
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=== Description ===
  
==== Parent County  ====
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The County was named for "Saint John", the name Spanish explorers gave to a river and the mountain range in the area. The County has Silverton as it's seat and the County was created January 31, 1876. The County is located in the south central area of the state.<ref>Genealogy Trails History Group, "San Juan, Colorado Genealogy and History", http://genealogytrails.com/colo/sanjuan/ 7/06/2017.</ref>
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=== County Courthouse ===
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{{CO Courthouse Intro|San Juan}}
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'''San Juan County Courthouse'''<br>PO Box 466<br>Silverton, CO 81433-0466<br>Phone: 970.387.5671<br>[http://www.sanjuancountycolorado.us/ San Juan County Website]<br><br>
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County Treasurer has birth records from 1880 and death records from 1901;<br>County Clerk has marriage records from 1880, military records from 1941 and land records;<br>Clerk District court has divorce, probate and court records.<ref name="HBG">''Handybook for Genealogists: United States of America'', 10th ed. (Draper, Utah: Everton Pub., 2002), 101, San Juan County, Colorado. {{WorldCat|50140092|disp=At various libraries (WorldCat)}}; {{FHL|1049485|item|disp=FHL Book 973 D27e 2002}}.</ref>
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=== San Juan County, Colorado Record Dates ===
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{{CO Records Intro}}
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| bgcolor="#e4d8e5" align="center" colspan="7" | <center>'''Known Beginning Dates for Major Records'''<ref>''Handybook for Genealogists: United States of America'', 10th ed. (Draper, Utah: Everton Pub., 2002), San Juan County, Colorado. Page 101 {{WorldCat|50140092|disp=At various libraries (WorldCat)}}; {{FHL|1049485|item|disp=FHL Book 973 D27e 2002}}; Alice Eichholz, ed. Ancestry’s Red Book: American State, County, and Town Sources, Third ed. (Provo, Utah: Ancestry, 2004), 94.</ref></center>
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| width="14.2%" bgcolor="#e4d8e5" align="center" | '''[[San Juan County, Colorado Genealogy#Birth|Birth*]]'''
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| width="14.2%" bgcolor="#e4d8e5" align="center" | '''[[San Juan County, Colorado Genealogy#Marriage|Marriage]]'''
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| width="14.2%" bgcolor="#e4d8e5" align="center" | '''[[San Juan County, Colorado Genealogy#Death|Death*]]'''
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| width="14.2%" bgcolor="#e4d8e5" align="center" | '''[[San Juan County, Colorado Genealogy#Court Records|Court]]'''
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| width="14.2%" bgcolor="#e4d8e5" align="center" | '''[[San Juan County, Colorado Genealogy#Land and Property Records|Land]]'''
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| width="14.2%" bgcolor="#e4d8e5" align="center" | '''[[San Juan County, Colorado Genealogy#Probate Records|Probate]]'''
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| width="14.2%" bgcolor="#e4d8e5" align="center" | '''[[San Juan County, Colorado Genealogy#Census Records|Census]]'''
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| width="14.2%" align="center" |1880
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| width="14.2%" align="center" |1880
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| width="14.2%" align="center" |1901
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| width="14.2%" align="center" |1876
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| width="14.2%" align="center" |1876
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| width="14.2%" align="center" |1876
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| width="14.2%" align="center" |1860
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| colspan="7" | <center>'''*For earlier dates, try...''' '''[[San Juan County, Colorado#Church_Records|Church]] &#124; [[San Juan County, Colorado#Obituaries|Obituaries]] &#124; [[San Juan County, Colorado#Cemeteries|Cemeteries]]'''</center>
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=== Record Loss ===
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=== Boundary Changes ===
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{{CO Boundary Changes Intro|San Juan}}
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*'''1876 ''' San Juan County was created 31 January 1876 from [[La Plata County, Colorado Genealogy|La Plata ]]County.
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*'''County seat:''' Silverton<ref>''The Handybook for Genealogists: United States of America'',10th ed. (Draper, UT: Everton Publishers, 2002).</ref> <br>
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*[http://www.mapofus.org/colorado/ Interactive Formation Boundary Map of Colorado] - shows boundary changes for Colorado Counties
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*[http://publications.newberry.org/ahcbp/documents/CO_Individual_County_Chronologies.htm#Individual_County_Chronologies Colorado Historical Boundary Changes] - list of all boundary changes by county provided by [https://www.newberry.org/ Newberry Library]<br>
  
 
*'''Before 1861''' the extreme east-central edge of this modern Colorado county on the east side of the {{wpd|Continental Divide}} was in New Mexico.
 
*'''Before 1861''' the extreme east-central edge of this modern Colorado county on the east side of the {{wpd|Continental Divide}} was in New Mexico.
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:*'''9 January 1852''' it was created part of [[Taos County, Colorado Genealogy|Taos County]] in [[New Mexico Genealogy|New Mexico]] Territory.<ref name="Dollarhide">William Thorndale and William Dollarhide, ''Map Guide to the U.S. Federal Censuses, 1790-1920'' (Baltimore: Genealogical Publ., 1987), 52.  {{WorldCat|16509993|disp=At various libraries (WorldCat)}}; {{FHL|545087|item|disp=FHL Book 973 X2th}}.</ref> <ref>[http://www.rootsweb.ancestry.com/~nmahgp/cohis.htm Brief County Histories (New Mexico)] in RootsWeb (accessed 21 June 2012).</ref>
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:*'''28 February 1861''' it was transferred to [[Colorado Genealogy|Colorado]]<ref>Wikipedia contributors, "Colorado Territory" in ''Wikipedia: the Free Encyclopeida'' at http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Colorado_Territory (accessed 19 June 2012).</ref> <ref name="Animap">Adrian B. Ettlinger, ''AniMap 3.0 : with SiteFinder U.S. place name database'' (Alamo, Calif.: Gold Bug, 2008), Colorado 1861 map. {{WorldCat|263846425|disp=At various libraries (WorldCat)}}; {{FHL|1474888|item|disp=FHL CD-ROM no. 4903}}.</ref> (1 Nov 1861 [[Guadalupe County, Colorado Genealogy|Guadalupe County]]).<ref>''Handybook'', 97, Conejos County, Colorado, and 99, Guadalupe County, Colorado.</ref>
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:*'''7 November 1861''' the name was changed from [[Guadalupe County, Colorado Genealogy|Guadalupe County]] to [[Conejos County, Colorado Genealogy|Conejos County]].<ref>Wikipedia contributors, "Guadalupe County, Colorado Territory" in ''Wikipedia: the Free Encyclopedia'' at http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Guadalupe_County,_Colorado_Territory (accessed 23 June 2012).</ref>
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::Look for pre-1861 records in New Mexico. For further explanation see [[Taos County, Colorado Genealogy|Taos County]].
  
:*'''9 January 1852''' it was created part of [[Taos County, Colorado|Taos County]] in [[New Mexico|New Mexico]] Territory.<ref name="Dollarhide">William Thorndale and William Dollarhide, ''Map Guide to the U.S. Federal Censuses, 1790-1920'' (Baltimore: Genealogical Publ., 1987), 52.  {{WorldCat|16509993|disp=At various libraries (WorldCat)}}; {{FHL|545087|item|disp=FHL Book 973 X2th}}.</ref> <ref>[http://www.rootsweb.ancestry.com/~nmahgp/cohis.htm Brief County Histories (New Mexico)] in RootsWeb (accessed 21 June 2012).</ref>
 
:*'''28 February 1861''' it was transferred to [[Colorado]]<ref>Wikipedia contributors, "Colorado Territory" in ''Wikipedia: the Free Encyclopeida'' at http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Colorado_Territory (accessed 19 June 2012).</ref> <ref name="Animap">Adrian B. Ettlinger, ''AniMap 3.0 : with SiteFinder U.S. place name database'' (Alamo, Calif.: Gold Bug, 2008), Colorado 1861 map. {{WorldCat|263846425|disp=At various libraries (WorldCat)}}; {{FHL|1474888|item|disp=FHL CD-ROM no. 4903}}.</ref> (1 Nov 1861 [[Guadalupe County, Colorado|Guadalupe County]]).<ref>''Handybook'', 97, Conejos County, Colorado, and 99, Guadalupe County, Colorado.</ref>
 
:*'''7 November 1861''' the name was changed from [[Guadalupe County, Colorado|Guadalupe County]] to [[Conejos County, Colorado|Conejos County]].<ref>Wikipedia contributors, "Guadalupe County, Colorado Territory" in ''Wikipedia: the Free Encyclopedia'' at http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Guadalupe_County,_Colorado_Territory (accessed 23 June 2012).</ref>
 
::Look for pre-1861 records in New Mexico. For further explanation see [[Taos County, Colorado|Taos County]].
 
  
*'''1876 ''' San Juan County was created 31 January 1876 from [[La Plata County, Colorado|La Plata ]]County. '''County seat:''' Silverton.<ref name="HBG" />
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==== Boundary Changes  ====
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=== Populated Places ===
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{{CO Populated Places Intro|San Juan}}
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The following are locations in San Juan County, Colorado:
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*[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Silverton,_Colorado Silverton]</div>
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*[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Howardsville,_Colorado Howardsville]</div>
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*[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Middleton,_Colorado Middleton]</div>
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*[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Needleton,_Colorado Needleton]</div>
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*[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Animas_Forks,_Colorado Animas Forks]
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*[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Eureka,_Colorado Eureka] </div>
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==== Record Loss  ====
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=== History Timeline ===
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{{CO Historical Timeline Intro|San Juan}}
  
=== Places / Localities  ===
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== Resources ==
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{{CO Resources Intro|San Juan}}
  
==== Populated Places  ====
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=== Bible Records ===
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{{CO Bible Intro|San Juan}}
  
==== Neighboring Counties ====
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=== Biographies ===
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{{CO Biographies Intro|San Juan}}
  
*[[Dolores County, Colorado|Dolores]]
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=== Business, Commerce, and Occupations ===
*[[Hinsdale County, Colorado|Hinsdale]]
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{{CO Business Records Intro|San Juan}}
*[[La Plata County, Colorado|La Plata]]
 
*[[Montezuma County, Colorado|Montezuma]]
 
*[[Ouray County, Colorado|Ouray]]
 
*[[San Miguel County, Colorado|San Miguel]]
 
  
=== Resources  ===
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=== Cemeteries ===
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{{CO Cemeteries Intro|San Juan}}
  
==== Cemeteries ====
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| colspan="2" bgcolor="#E0E0E0" style="border:1px solid black"| <center>'''Cemeteries of San Juan County, Colorado''' online and in print</center>
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| width="21%" bgcolor="#E0E0E0" style="border:1px solid black" | <center>'''Tombstone Transcriptions Online'''</center>
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* [http://findagrave.com/cgi-bin/fg.cgi?page=gsr&GSfn=&GSmn=&GSln=&GSbyrel=all&GSby=&GSdyrel=all&GSdy=&GScntry=4&GSst=7&GScnty=296&GSgrid=&df=all&GSob=n Findagrave.com]
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* [http://www.cogenweb.com/sanjuan/ COGenWeb]
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* [http://www.usgwarchives.net/co/sanjuan.htm COGenWeb Archives]
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* [http://www.usgwtombstones.org/colorado/sanjuan.html Tombstone Project]
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* [http://coloradogravestones.org/search.php?cid=56&lm=s&last=&fm=s&first= Colorado Gravestones]
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* [https://familysearch.org/search/collection/results?count=20&query=%2Bdeath_place%3A%22San%20Juan%20County%2C%20Colorado%22~&collection_id=2026973 Billion Graves]
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* {{FHL|415158|subject-id|disp=Family History Library}}
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* [http://www.worldcat.org/search?q=cemeteries+San+Juan+County%2C+Colorado&qt=results_page WorldCat]
  
==== Census  ====
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| width="21%" bgcolor="#E0E0E0" style="border:1px solid black" |<center>'''List of Cemeteries in the County'''</center>
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* [http://www.findagrave.com/cgi-bin/fg.cgi?page=csr&CScn=&CScntry=4&CSst=7&CScnty=296 Findagrave.com]
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* [https://billiongraves.com/pages/search/#action=search_cemetery Billion Graves]
  
{{Census|Colorado}}
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==== Church Records ====
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=== Census Records ===
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{{CO Census Intro|San Juan}}
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|footnote = Source: [https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/San_Juan_County,_Colorado#Demographics "Wikipedia.org".]
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|1880 |1087
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|1890 |1572
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|1900 |2342
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|1910 |3063
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|1920 |1700
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|1930 |1935
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|1940 |1439
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|1950 |1471
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|1960 |849
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|1970 |831 
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|1980 |833 
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|1990 |745 
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|2000 |558
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|2010 |699
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====State and Territory Census Records====
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*'''1860''' - {{RecordSearch|1473181|United States Census, 1860}} at [https://familysearch.org/search/ FamilySearch Historical Records] — index and images; Colorado was included in the 1860 Kansas, Nebraska, New Mexico, and Utah Territories Censuses
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*'''1870''' - {{RecordSearch|1438024|United States Census, 1870}} at [https://familysearch.org/search/ FamilySearch Historical Records] — index and images; Colorado Territory Census
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*'''1885''' - [https://familysearch.org/search/collection/1807096 Colorado State Census, 1885] at [https://familysearch.org/search FamilySearch] - Index and images<br>
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*'''1885''' - [http://search.ancestry.com/search/db.aspx?dbid=6837 Colorado State Census, 1885] at [http://search.ancestry.com Ancestry] - ($), Index and images<br>
  
==== Court Records  ====
 
  
==== History  ====
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==== Federal Census Records ====
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The 1880 Census was the first Federal Census for Colorado after it became a state in 1876.<ref>William Thorndale and William Dollarhide, Map Guide to the U.S. Federal Censuses (Bountiful, UT: American Genealogical Lending Library, 1985), page 54.</ref> For links to Federal Census indexes, see [[Colorado Census]].<br>
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*'''1860-1940''' Colorado Census Records from 1860 to 1940 at [https://familysearch.org/search/catalog/results?count=20&placeId=378&query=%2Bplace%3A%22United%20States%2C%20Colorado%22%20%2Bsubject%3ACensus FamilySearch.org] — index/images
  
==== Land and Property  ====
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=== Church Records ===
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{{CO Church Intro|San Juan}}
  
==== Maps  ====
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'''Online Church Records'''<br>
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''Presbyterian Church''<br>
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*'''1743-1970''' - [http://search.ancestry.com/search/db.aspx?dbid=61048 U.S., Presbyterian Records, 1743-1970] at [http://search.ancestry.com Ancestry] — ($); Index and images; Dates vary for each county<br>
  
==== Military Records ====
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=== Court Records ===
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{{CO Court Intro|San Juan}}
  
==== Newspapers ====
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Numerous records are available at [https://www.colorado.gov/pacific/archives/archives-search Colorado Archives]. To use this link scroll down the page to where it asks for Record Type. Click there and scroll down the list to the records you want and select.  The next field asks for county. Select the county you want and then click on Search. You can narrow the search by adding the additional information it asks for.
  
==== Probate Records  ====
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=== Directories ===
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{{CO Directories Intro|San Juan}}
  
==== Taxation ====
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=== Emigration and Immigration ===
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{{CO Emigration Intro|San Juan}}
  
==== Vital Records  ====
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=== Ethnic, Political, and Religious Groups ===
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{{CO Ethnic Groups Intro|San Juan}}
  
=== Repositories ===
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=== Funeral Homes ===
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{{CO Funeral Homes Intro|San Juan}}
  
==== Societies and Libraries ====
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=== Genealogies ===
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{{CO Genealogies Intro|San Juan}}
  
Silverton Public Library<br>1117 Reese<br>Silverton, CO 81433<br>Telephone: 970-387-5770<br>Website http://silvertonpl.ipac.dynixasp.com/#focus<br>
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=== Guardianship ===
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{{CO Guardianship Intro|San Juan}}
  
San Juan County Historical Society<br>1569 Greene Street<br>Silverton, CO 81433<br>Telephone 970-387-5838<br>Website http://www.silvertonhistoricsociety.org/<br>  
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=== Land and Property Records ===
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{{CO Land Intro|San Juan}}
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''Online Land Records''<br>
  
==== Family History Center  ====
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*[https://www.colorado.gov/pacific/archives/archives-search Colorado DPA Land Records] - Index only; Choose ''Record Type,'' and search either "Land Patents" or "Land Records."<br>
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*[http://www.glorecords.blm.gov/search/ Land Patent Search] - index to federal patents and homesteads on the [http://www.glorecords.blm.gov/default.aspx Bureau of Land Management] website, some images available<br>
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*'''1796-1907''' - [http://search.ancestry.com/search/db.aspx?dbid=1246 U.S. General Land Office Records, 1796-1907] at [http://search.ancestry.com Ancestry] - index, info taken from Bureau of Land Management website<br>
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*'''1861-1936''' - [http://search.ancestry.com/search/db.aspx?dbid=60593 U.S. Homestead Records 1861-1936] at [http://home.ancestry.com Ancestry.com] - ($), index and images<br>
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*'''1862-1908''' - [http://search.ancestry.com/search/db.aspx?dbid=3313 Denver Land Office Records, 1862-1908] at [http://home.ancestry.com Ancestry.com] - ($), index only<br>
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For more information see [[Colorado Land and Property]]<br>
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=== Local Histories ===
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{{CO Histories Intro|San Juan}}
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=== Maps and Gazetteers ===
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{{CO Maps Intro|San Juan}}
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[[Image:Cosanjuan.jpg|right|250px]]<br>
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*[http://www.mapofus.org/colorado/ Interactive Formation Boundary Map of Colorado] - shows boundary changes for Colorado Counties<br>
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*[http://publications.newberry.org/ahcbp/documents/CO_Individual_County_Chronologies.htm#Individual_County_Chronologies Colorado Historical Boundary Changes] - list of all boundary changes by county provided by [https://www.newberry.org/ Newberry Library]<br>
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=== Migration ===
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{{CO Migration Intro|San Juan}}
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=== Military Records ===
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{{CO Military Intro|San Juan}}
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==== Online Collections ====
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These collections are unique to Colorado. You will find nationwide databases for military records on [[United States Military Online Genealogy Records|U.S. Military Online Genealogy Records]] and [[Colorado Military Records|Colorado Military Records]].<br>
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''All Veterans''<br>
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*[https://www.colorado.gov/pacific/archives/archives-search Colorado State Archives Veterans Grave Registration Index] at the [https://www.colorado.gov/archives/ Colorado State Archives website] - Index only; In the ''Record Type'' field, select, Military - Grave<br>
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''Civil War''<br>
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*[https://www.colorado.gov/pacific/archives/archives-search Colorado Civil War Casualties Index] at the [https://www.colorado.gov/archives/ Colorado State Archives website] - Index only; In the ''Record Type'' field, select, Civil War Casualty<br>
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*'''1861-1865''' - [https://www.colorado.gov/pacific/archives/archives-search Colorado State Archives Volunteers Transcript of Record Index (1861-1865)] at the [https://www.colorado.gov/archives/ Colorado State Archives website] - Index only; In the ''Record Type'' field, select, Transcript of Record<br>
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''Spanish-American War (1898)''<br>
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*'''1898''' - [https://www.colorado.gov/pacific/archives/archives-search Colorado Volunteers in the Spanish American War, 1898] - at the [https://www.colorado.gov/archives/ Colorado State Archives website] - Index only; In the ''Record Type'' field, select, Span-Am War Soldiers<br>
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''World War I''<br>
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*'''1916-1919''' - [https://www.colorado.gov/pacific/archives/archives-search Colorado State Archives Denver War Risk Insurance Applicants, 1916-1919] - at the [https://www.colorado.gov/archives/ Colorado State Archives website] - Index only; In the ''Record Type'' field, select, War Risk Insurance<br>
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*'''1917-1922''' - [https://www.colorado.gov/pacific/archives/archives-search Colorado State Archives World War I Civilian Service Questionnaires, 1917-1922] - at the [https://www.colorado.gov/archives/ Colorado State Archives website] - Index only; In the ''Record Type'' field, select, WWI Questionnaire<br>
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*'''1917-1918''' - [http://search.ancestry.com/search/db.aspx?dbid=5442 Colorado Soldiers in WWI, 1917-1918] at [http://search.ancestry.com/] — ($), index<br>
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''Vietnam War''<br>
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*'''1966 & 1968''' - [https://www.colorado.gov/pacific/archives/archives-search Colorado State Archives Vietnam War Casualties - June-December 1966 & January-December 1968] - at the [https://www.colorado.gov/archives/ Colorado State Archives website] - Index only; In the ''Record Type'' field, select, Vietnam Deaths<br>
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For further information see [[Colorado Military Records]].
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=== Naturalization and Citizenship ===
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{{CO Naturalization Intro|San Juan}}
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''Online Records''<br>
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*'''1868-1990''' - [http://search.ancestry.com/search/db.aspx?dbid=61194 Colorado, State and Federal Naturalization Records, 1868-1990] at [http://search.ancestry.com Ancestry] ($); Index and images<br>
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*'''1876-1990''' - {{RecordSearch|2285702|Colorado Naturalization Records, 1876-1990}} at [https://familysearch.org/search FamilySearch] - Browseable images only; District Court records<br>
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=== Newspapers ===
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{{CO Newspapers Intro|San Juan}}
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''Colorado Newspapers Online''
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*[https://sites.google.com/site/onlinenewspapersite/Home/usa/co Colorado Online Historical Newspapers online] - in the [https://www.coloradohistoricnewspapers.org/ Colorado Historic Newspaper Collection] by the Colorado State Library
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*[http://search.ancestry.com/Places/US/Colorado/Default.aspx?category=38&ldf=2 Colorado Newspapers] at [https://www.ancestry.com/ Ancestry.com] - ($)
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*[http://www.genealogybank.com/explore/newspapers/all/usa/colorado GenealogyBank] - ($), contains images of Colorado newspapers
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*[http://newspaperarchive.com/us/colorado/ Newspaper Archive] - ($), contains images of Colorado newspapers
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*[http://chroniclingamerica.loc.gov/ Chronicling America] - contains images of some Colorado newspapers; [http://chroniclingamerica.loc.gov/help/#basic_searching searching tips]
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*[http://elephind.com/ Elephind] - Free; search engine that retrieves newspaper images from other free newspaper websites
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''Colorado Newspaper Catalogs''
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*[http://chroniclingamerica.loc.gov/search/titles/ U.S. Newspaper Directory, 1690-Present] on Chronicling America - contains a list of all known newspapers and the dates they cover; once you locate a newspaper name, contact the local library to see if they have copies of the newspaper
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=== Obituaries ===
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{{CO Obituaries Intro|San Juan}}
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=== Other Records ===
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{{CO Other Records Intro|San Juan}}
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=== Periodicals ===
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{{CO Periodicals Intro|San Juan}}
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=== Probate Records ===
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{{CO Probate Intro|San Juan}}''Online Records
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*'''1875–1974''' [http://search.ancestry.com/search/db.aspx?dbid=8665 Colorado Wills and Probate Records 1875-1974] at [http://home.ancestry.com Ancestry.com] — index and images '''$'''
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=== School Records ===
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{{CO Schools Intro|San Juan}}
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=== Tax Records ===
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{{CO Tax Intro|San Juan}}
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=== Vital Records ===
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{{CO Vital Intro|San Juan}}
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==== Birth ====
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{{CO Vital Records - Birth Intro|San Juan}}
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Birth records may become public records when 100 years have elapsed after the date of birth. EXCEPTION: The birth record of any individual who is known to be currently alive will remain confidential even if they are 100 years of age or greater. <ref name="registrar">Letter from Colorado State Registrar, Dated September 1, 2011. Policy Number 2011- 08. http://www.colorado.gov</ref>
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==== Marriage ====
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{{CO Vital Records - Marriage Intro|San Juan}}
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''Online Records''<br>
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*'''1809-2011''' - [http://abish.byui.edu/specialCollections/westernStates/search.cfm Western States Marriage Index, 1809-2011] - Index, incomplete, [http://abish.byui.edu/specialcollections/westernstates/alphabeticalListOfCounties.cfm list of counties included]<br>
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*'''1853-2006''' - {{RecordSearch|1932434|Colorado Statewide Marriage Index, 1853-2006}} at [https://familysearch.org/search FamilySearch.org] - Index and images<br>
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*'''1862-2006''' - [http://search.ancestry.com/search/db.aspx?dbid=61366 Colorado, County Marriages and State Indexes, 1862-2006] at [http://http://search.ancestry.com Ancestry] ($), Index and images<br>
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*'''1864-1995''' - {{RecordSearch|1942851|Colorado, County Marriages, 1864-1995}} at [https://familysearch.org/search FamilySearch] - Index and images<br>
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*'''1900-1939''' - [http://search.ancestry.com/search/db.aspx?dbid=60251 Colorado, Statewide Marriage Index, 1900-1939] at [http://search.ancestry.com/ Ancestry.com] - ($); Browseable images of original index<br>
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==== Death ====
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{{CO Vital Records - Death Intro|San Juan}}
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Death records may become public records when 75 years have elapsed after the date of death. <ref name="registrar" />
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==== Divorce ====
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{{CO Vital Records - Divorce Intro|San Juan}}
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''Online Records''<br>
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*'''1851-1985''' [http://search.ancestry.com/search/db.aspx?dbid=60927 Colorado, Divorce Index, 1851-1985] at [http://search.ancestry.com Ancestry] - ($); Index only<br>
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*'''1900-1939''' - {{RecordSearch|2043439|Colorado Statewide Divorce Index, 1900-1939}} at [https://familysearch.org/search FamilySearch] - Browseable images of original index<br>
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== Research Facilities ==
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{{CO Research Facilities Intro|San Juan}}
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=== Archives ===
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{{CO Archives Intro|San Juan}}
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{{CO Archives}}
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=== Family History Centers ===
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{{Family History Centers Intro}}
  
*[[Introduction to LDS Family History Centers]]
 
 
*[[Silverton Colorado Family History Center]]
 
*[[Silverton Colorado Family History Center]]
  
=== References ===
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=== Libraries ===
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{{CO Libraries Intro|San Juan}}
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'''Silverton Public Library'''<br>1117 Reese<br>Silverton, CO 81433<br>Telephone: 970-387-5770<br>[http://silverton.colibraries.org/ Website]
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=== Museums ===
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{{CO Museums Intro|San Juan}}
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== Societies ==
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{{CO Societies Intro|San Juan}}
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'''San Juan County Historical Society'''<br>1569 Greene Street<br>Silverton, CO 81433<br>Telephone: 970-387-5838<br>[http://www.sanjuancountyhistoricalsociety.org/ Website]
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== Websites ==
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{{CO Websites Intro|San Juan}}
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*{{FHL Place IDNum|205474|Colorado|San%20Juan}}- The FamilySearch catalog contains descriptions and access information for all genealogical materials (including books, online materials, microfilm, microfiche, and publications) in their collection.  Use [https://familysearch.org/search/ Historical Records] to search for specific individuals in genealogical records
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== Research Guides ==
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{{CO Research Guides Intro|San Juan}}
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== References ==
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Latest revision as of 21:49, 10 July 2017

United States
Colorado
San Juan County


Guide to San Juan County, Colorado ancestry, genealogy and family history, birth records, marriage records, death records, census records, family history, and military records.

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County Facts
County seat: Silverton
Organized: 31 January 1876
Parent County(s): La Plata [1]
Neighboring Counties
Dolores  • Hinsdale  • La Plata  • Montezuma  • Ouray  • San Miguel
See County Maps
Courthouse
ColoradoSanJuanCourthouse.jpg
Location Map
Colorado San Juan County.png
Adoption
This page is available for adoption

County Information

Description

The County was named for "Saint John", the name Spanish explorers gave to a river and the mountain range in the area. The County has Silverton as it's seat and the County was created January 31, 1876. The County is located in the south central area of the state.[2]

County Courthouse

San Juan County Courthouse
PO Box 466
Silverton, CO 81433-0466
Phone: 970.387.5671
San Juan County Website

County Treasurer has birth records from 1880 and death records from 1901;
County Clerk has marriage records from 1880, military records from 1941 and land records;
Clerk District court has divorce, probate and court records.[3]

San Juan County, Colorado Record Dates

Information for this chart was taken from various sources, often containing conflicting dates. This information should be taken as a guide and should be verified by contacting the county and/or the state government agency.

Known Beginning Dates for Major Records[4]
Birth* Marriage Death* Court Land Probate Census
1880 1880 1901 1876 1876 1876 1860
*For earlier dates, try... Church | Obituaries | Cemeteries

Record Loss

There is no known history of courthouse disasters in this county.

Boundary Changes

  • Before 1861 the extreme east-central edge of this modern Colorado county on the east side of the Continental Divide was in New Mexico.
Look for pre-1861 records in New Mexico. For further explanation see Taos County.


Populated Places

The following are locations in San Juan County, Colorado:

Towns
Unincorporated communites
Ghost towns


History Timeline

Resources

Bible Records

Biographies

Business, Commerce, and Occupations

Cemeteries

Cemeteries of San Juan County, Colorado online and in print
Tombstone Transcriptions Online
Tombstone Transcriptions in Print (Often more complete)
List of Cemeteries in the County
See Colorado Cemeteries for more information

 

Census Records

In 1860, present-day Colorado was enumerated in the Kansas, Nebraska, New Mexico, and Utah Territories. Colorado Territory was created in 1861 and was enumerated as such in the 1870 Census. A state census was taken in 1885 for Colorado.[12] See links listed below.

Historical populations
Census Pop.  %±
1880 1,087
1890 1,572 44.6%
1900 2,342 49.0%
1910 3,063 30.8%
1920 1,700 −44.5%
1930 1,935 13.8%
1940 1,439 −25.6%
1950 1,471 2.2%
1960 849 −42.3%
1970 831 −2.1%
1980 833 0.2%
1990 745 −10.6%
2000 558 −25.1%
2010 699 25.3%
Source: "Wikipedia.org".

State and Territory Census Records


Federal Census Records

The 1880 Census was the first Federal Census for Colorado after it became a state in 1876.[13] For links to Federal Census indexes, see Colorado Census.

  • 1860-1940 Colorado Census Records from 1860 to 1940 at FamilySearch.org — index/images

Church Records

Church records vary significantly depending on the denomination and the record keeper. They may contain information about members of the congregation, such as age, date of baptism, christening, or birth; marriage information and maiden names; and death date. For general information about Colorado denominations, view the Colorado Church Records wiki page.

Online Church Records
Presbyterian Church

Court Records

Numerous records are available at Colorado Archives. To use this link scroll down the page to where it asks for Record Type. Click there and scroll down the list to the records you want and select. The next field asks for county. Select the county you want and then click on Search. You can narrow the search by adding the additional information it asks for.

Directories

Emigration and Immigration

Ethnic, Political, and Religious Groups

Funeral Homes

Genealogies

Guardianship

Land and Property Records

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.


Online Land Records

For more information see Colorado Land and Property

Local Histories

Maps and Gazetteers

Cosanjuan.jpg

Migration

Military Records

Online Collections

These collections are unique to Colorado. You will find nationwide databases for military records on U.S. Military Online Genealogy Records and Colorado Military Records.

All Veterans

Civil War

Spanish-American War (1898)

World War I

Vietnam War

For further information see Colorado Military Records.

Naturalization and Citizenship

Online Records

Newspapers

For more information see Colorado Newspapers. Colorado Newspapers Online

Colorado Newspaper Catalogs

  • U.S. Newspaper Directory, 1690-Present on Chronicling America - contains a list of all known newspapers and the dates they cover; once you locate a newspaper name, contact the local library to see if they have copies of the newspaper


Obituaries

Other Records

Periodicals

Probate Records

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.

Online Records

School Records

Tax Records

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.

Birth

Birth records may become public records when 100 years have elapsed after the date of birth. EXCEPTION: The birth record of any individual who is known to be currently alive will remain confidential even if they are 100 years of age or greater. [14]

Marriage

Online Records

Death

Death records may become public records when 75 years have elapsed after the date of death. [14]

Divorce

Online Records

Research Facilities

Archives

The Colorado State Archives has the following records available for San Juan County, Colorado Genealogy in this online database Archives Search. For a full list of online holdings, click here.
(Statewide)
1880-1939 Divorce Index
1883-1900 Mine Accidents, Non - fatal
1897-1920 Horseshoers
1936-1942 Civilian Conservation Corps Enrollments
1966-1968 Vietnam Deaths

Family History Centers

Family History Centers provide one-on-one assistance and free access to premium genealogical websites. In addition, many centers have free how-to genealogy classes.

Libraries

Silverton Public Library
1117 Reese
Silverton, CO 81433
Telephone: 970-387-5770
Website

Museums

Societies

San Juan County Historical Society
1569 Greene Street
Silverton, CO 81433
Telephone: 970-387-5838
Website

Websites

  • FamilySearch Catalog - The FamilySearch catalog contains descriptions and access information for all genealogical materials (including books, online materials, microfilm, microfiche, and publications) in their collection.  Use Historical Records to search for specific individuals in genealogical records

Research Guides

References

  1. The Handybook for Genealogists: United States of America,10th ed. (Draper, UT: Everton Publishers, 2002).
  2. Genealogy Trails History Group, "San Juan, Colorado Genealogy and History", http://genealogytrails.com/colo/sanjuan/ 7/06/2017.
  3. Handybook for Genealogists: United States of America, 10th ed. (Draper, Utah: Everton Pub., 2002), 101, San Juan County, Colorado. At various libraries (WorldCat); FHL Book 973 D27e 2002.
  4. Handybook for Genealogists: United States of America, 10th ed. (Draper, Utah: Everton Pub., 2002), San Juan County, Colorado. Page 101 At various libraries (WorldCat); FHL Book 973 D27e 2002; Alice Eichholz, ed. Ancestry’s Red Book: American State, County, and Town Sources, Third ed. (Provo, Utah: Ancestry, 2004), 94.
  5. The Handybook for Genealogists: United States of America,10th ed. (Draper, UT: Everton Publishers, 2002).
  6. 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.
  7. Brief County Histories (New Mexico) in RootsWeb (accessed 21 June 2012).
  8. Wikipedia contributors, "Colorado Territory" in Wikipedia: the Free Encyclopeida at http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Colorado_Territory (accessed 19 June 2012).
  9. 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.
  10. Handybook, 97, Conejos County, Colorado, and 99, Guadalupe County, Colorado.
  11. Wikipedia contributors, "Guadalupe County, Colorado Territory" in Wikipedia: the Free Encyclopedia at http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Guadalupe_County,_Colorado_Territory (accessed 23 June 2012).
  12. William Thorndale and William Dollarhide, Map Guide to the U.S. Federal Censuses (Bountiful, UT: American Genealogical Lending Library, 1985), page 51-54; Alice Eichholz, ‘’Ancestry’s Red Book: American State, County and Town Sources,’’ 3rd ed. (Salt Lake City: Ancestry, 2004), 86. Free online version; FHL Book 973 D27rb 2004; WorldCat entry.
  13. William Thorndale and William Dollarhide, Map Guide to the U.S. Federal Censuses (Bountiful, UT: American Genealogical Lending Library, 1985), page 54.
  14. 14.0 14.1 Letter from Colorado State Registrar, Dated September 1, 2011. Policy Number 2011- 08. http://www.colorado.gov