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Guide to '''Washington County, Colorado ancestry, genealogy and family history''', birth records, marriage records, death records, census records, family history, and military records.
  
== County Courthouse  ==
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{{Infobox U.S. County 2016
  
[http://www.co.washington.co.us/ Washington County Courthouse]<br>150 Ash Ave; PO Box L<br>Akron, CO 80720; <br>Phone: 970.453.2561&nbsp;<br>  
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|organized=  February 9,  1887
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|county seat= Akron
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|parent county= [[Arapahoe County, Colorado Genealogy|Arapahoe]] and [[Weld County, Colorado Genealogy|Weld]] <ref>''The Handybook for Genealogists: United States of America'',10th ed. (Draper, UT: Everton Publishers, 2002).</ref>
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|county1= [[Adams County, Colorado Genealogy|Adams]]
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|county2= [[Arapahoe County, Colorado Genealogy|Arapahoe]]
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|county3= [[Elbert County, Colorado Genealogy|Elbert]]
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|county4= [[Kit Carson County, Colorado Genealogy|Kit Carson]]
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|county5= [[Lincoln County, Colorado Genealogy|Lincoln]]
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|county6= [[Logan County, Colorado Genealogy|Logan]]
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|county7= [[Morgan County, Colorado Genealogy|Morgan]]
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|county8= [[Yuma County, Colorado Genealogy|Yuma]]</br><center>[[Washington County, Colorado Genealogy#Maps and Gazetteers|See County Maps]]</center>
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== County Information ==
  
Co Clk has marriage, land and military records from 1887;<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), Washington County, Colorado. Page 101 {{WorldCat|50140092|disp=At various libraries (WorldCat)}}; {{FHL|1049485|item|disp=FHL Book 973 D27e 2002}}.</ref>
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=== Description ===
  
== History ==
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The County was named for George Washington.<ref>Wikipedia contributors, "Washington, Colorado," in ''Wikipedia: the Free Encyclopedia'', https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Washington_County,_Colorado 7/10/2017.</ref> The County has Akron as its seat and the County was created February 9, 1887. The County is located in the northeast area of the state.<ref>Genealogy Trails History Group, "Washington, Colorado Genealogy and History", http://genealogytrails.com/colo/washington/ 7/10/2017.</ref>
  
==== Parent County ====
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=== County Courthouse ===
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{{CO Courthouse Intro|Washington}}
  
*'''1887--'''Washington County was created 9 February 1887 from [[Arapahoe County, Colorado|Arapahoe]] and [[Weld County, Colorado|Weld]] Counties.
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'''Washington County Courthouse'''<br>150 Ash Ave<br>PO Box L<br>Akron, CO 80720<br>Phone: 970.453.2561<br>[http://www.co.washington.co.us/ Washington County Website]<br><br>
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County Clerk has marriage, land and military records from 1887;<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), Washington County, Colorado. Page 101 {{WorldCat|50140092|disp=At various libraries (WorldCat)}}; {{FHL|1049485|item|disp=FHL Book 973 D27e 2002}}.</ref>
  
'''County seat:''' Akron <ref name="Handybook">''The Handybook for Genealogists: United States of America'',10th ed. (Draper, UT:Everton Publishers, 2002).</ref>  
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=== Washington 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), Washington 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" | '''[[Washington County, Colorado Genealogy#Birth|Birth*]]'''
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| width="14.2%" bgcolor="#e4d8e5" align="center" | '''[[Washington County, Colorado Genealogy#Marriage|Marriage]]'''
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| width="14.2%" bgcolor="#e4d8e5" align="center" | '''[[Washington County, Colorado Genealogy#Death|Death*]]'''
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| width="14.2%" bgcolor="#e4d8e5" align="center" | '''[[Washington County, Colorado Genealogy#Court Records|Court]]'''
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| width="14.2%" bgcolor="#e4d8e5" align="center" | '''[[Washington County, Colorado Genealogy#Land and Property Records|Land]]'''
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| width="14.2%" bgcolor="#e4d8e5" align="center" | '''[[Washington County, Colorado Genealogy#Probate Records|Probate]]'''
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| width="14.2%" bgcolor="#e4d8e5" align="center" | '''[[Washington County, Colorado Genealogy#Census Records|Census]]'''
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| width="14.2%" align="center" |1894
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| width="14.2%" align="center" |1887
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| width="14.2%" align="center" |1894
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| width="14.2%" align="center" |1887
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| width="14.2%" align="center" |1887
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| width="14.2%" align="center" |1887
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| width="14.2%" align="center" |1860
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| colspan="7" | <center>'''*For earlier dates, try...''' '''[[Washington County, Colorado#Church_Records|Church]] &#124; [[Washington County, Colorado#Obituaries|Obituaries]] &#124; [[Washington County, Colorado#Cemeteries|Cemeteries]]'''</center>
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==== Boundary Changes  ====
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=== Record Loss ===
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There is no known history of courthouse disasters in this county.
  
==== Record Loss  ====
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== Places / Localities  ==
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=== Boundary Changes ===
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{{CO Boundary Changes Intro|Washington}}
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*'''1887--'''Washington County was created 9 February 1887 from [[Arapahoe County, Colorado Genealogy|Arapahoe]] and [[Weld County, Colorado Genealogy|Weld]] Counties.
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*'''County seat:''' Akron<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>
  
==== Populated Places  ====
 
  
==== Neighboring Counties  ====
 
  
*[[Adams County, Colorado|Adams]]
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*[[Arapahoe County, Colorado|Arapahoe]]
 
*[[Elbert County, Colorado|Elbert]]
 
*[[Kit Carson County, Colorado|Kit Carson]]
 
*[[Lincoln County, Colorado|Lincoln]]
 
*[[Logan County, Colorado|Logan]]
 
*[[Morgan County, Colorado|Morgan]]
 
*[[Yuma County, Colorado|Yuma]]
 
  
== Resources  ==
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=== Populated Places ===
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{{CO Populated Places Intro|Washington}}
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The following are locations in Washington County, Colorado:
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*[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Akron,_Colorado Akron]</div>
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*[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Otis,_Colorado Otis]</div>
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*[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Anton,_Colorado Anton]
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*[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cope,_Colorado Cope]</div>
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*[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Last_Chance,_Colorado Last Chance]
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*[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lindon,_Colorado Lindon]</div>
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*[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Platner,_Colorado Platner]
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*[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Woodrow,_Colorado Woodrow]</div>
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*[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Messex,_Colorado Messex]</div>
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==== Cemeteries  ====
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=== History Timeline ===
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{{CO Historical Timeline Intro|Washington}}
  
==== Census  ====
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== Resources ==
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{{CO Resources Intro|Washington}}
  
{{Census|Colorado}}  
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=== Bible Records ===
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{{CO Bible Intro|Washington}}
  
==== Church ====
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=== Biographies ===
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{{CO Biographies Intro|Washington}}
  
==== Court  ====
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=== Business, Commerce, and Occupations ===
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{{CO Business Records Intro|Washington}}
  
==== Land  ====
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=== Cemeteries ===
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{{CO Cemeteries Intro|Washington}}
  
==== Local Histories  ====
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| colspan="2" bgcolor="#E0E0E0" style="border:1px solid black"| <center>'''Cemeteries of Washington 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.org/cgi-bin/fg.cgi?page=gsr&GSfn=&GSmn=&GSln=&GSbyrel=all&GSby=&GSdyrel=all&GSdy=&GScntry=4&GSst=7&GScnty=301&GSgrid=&df=all&GSob=n Findagrave.com]
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* [http://www.cogenweb.com/washington/cemetery.htm COGenWeb]
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* [http://www.usgwarchives.net/co/washington.htm#cems COGenWeb Archives]
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* [http://www.usgwtombstones.org/colorado/washington.html Tombstone Project]
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* [http://coloradogravestones.org/cemeteries.php Colorado Gravestones]
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* [https://familysearch.org/search/collection/results?count=20&query=%2Bdeath_place%3A%22Washington%20County%2C%20Colorado%22~&collection_id=2026973 Billion Graves]
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* {{FHL|205489|subject-id|disp=Family History Library}}
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* [http://www.worldcat.org/search?q=+Washington+County%2C+Colorado+cemeteries&qt=notfound_page&search=Search WorldCat]
  
==== Maps  ====
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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=301 Findagrave.com]
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* [https://billiongraves.com/pages/search/#action=search_cemetery Billion Graves]
  
==== Military  ====
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| colspan="2" bgcolor="#E0E0E0" style="border:1px solid black"| <center>See '''[[Colorado Cemeteries]]''' for more information</center>
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==== Newspapers  ====
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=== Census Records ===
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{{CO Census Intro|Washington}}
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{{Historical populations
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|footnote = Source: [https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Washington_County,_Colorado#Demographics "Wikipedia.org".]
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|1890 |2301
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|1900 |1241
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|1910 |6002
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|1920 |11208
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|1930 |9591
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|1940 |8336
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|1950 |7520
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|1960 |6625
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|1970 |5550
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|1980 |5304
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|1990 |4812
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|2000 |4926
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|2010 |4814
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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://www.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>
  
==== Probate  ====
 
  
==== Taxation  ====
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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
  
==== Vital Records ====
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=== Church Records ===
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{{CO Church Intro|Washington}}
  
'''[[Colorado Vital Records Search|Colorado Vital Records Search]]'''
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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>
  
== Societies and Libraries  ==
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=== Court Records ===
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{{CO Court Intro|Washington}}
  
Akron Public LibraryAkron Public Library<br>302 Main Ave<br>Akron, CO 80720<br>Telephone: 970-345-6818<br>Website http://akron.ipac.dynixasp.com/#focus
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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.
  
==== Family History Centers<br>  ====
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=== Directories ===
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{{CO Directories Intro|Washington}}
  
*[[Introduction to LDS Family History Centers]]
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=== Emigration and Immigration  ===
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{{CO Emigration Intro|Washington}}
  
== Web Sites  ==
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=== Ethnic, Political, and Religious Groups ===
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{{CO Ethnic Groups Intro|Washington}}
  
*{{FHL|Colorado%2C+Washington|subject|disp=Family History Library Catalog}}  
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=== Funeral Homes  ===
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{{CO Funeral Homes Intro|Washington}}
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=== Genealogies  ===
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{{CO Genealogies Intro|Washington}}
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=== Guardianship ===
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{{CO Guardianship Intro|Washington}}
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=== Land and Property Records ===
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{{CO Land Intro|Washington}}
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''Online Land Records''<br>
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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://search.ancestry.com/ Ancestry.com] - ($), index and images<br>
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*'''1862-1908''' - [http://search.ancestry.com/search/db.aspx?dbid=3313 Denver Land Office Records, 1862-1908] at [http://search.ancestry.com/ Ancestry.com] - ($), 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|Washington}}
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''Online County Histories''
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*''The Pioneer Book of Washington County, Colorado.'' c1959. By Washington County Museum Association. Akron, Colorado : Washington County Museum Association (Colorado). Online at: {{FSbook|4343613}}; {{WorldCat|895091851|disp=At various libraries (WorldCat)}}.
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=== Maps and Gazetteers ===
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{{CO Maps Intro|Washington}}
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{{CO Neighboring Counties Intro|county={{CO Washington County}}}}
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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|Washington}}
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=== Military Records ===
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{{CO Military Intro|Washington}}
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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/] — ($), index<br>
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''Vietnam War''<br>
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*'''1966 & 1968''' - [https://www.colorado.gov/pacific/archives/archives-search Colorado State Archives Vietnam War Casualties - June-December 1966 & January-December 1968] - at the [https://www.colorado.gov/archives/ Colorado State Archives website] - Index only; In the ''Record Type'' field, select, Vietnam Deaths<br>
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For further information see [[Colorado Military Records]].
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=== Naturalization and Citizenship ===
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{{CO Naturalization Intro|Washington}}
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''Online Records''<br>
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*'''1868-1990''' - [http://search.ancestry.com/search/db.aspx?dbid=61194 Colorado, State and Federal Naturalization Records, 1868-1990] at [http://search.ancestry.com Ancestry] ($); Index and images<br>
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*'''1876-1990''' - {{RecordSearch|2285702|Colorado Naturalization Records, 1876-1990}} at [https://www.familysearch.org/search FamilySearch] - Browseable images only; District Court records<br>
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=== Newspapers ===
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{{CO Newspapers Intro|Washington}}
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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] - ($), contains images of Colorado newspapers
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*[http://chroniclingamerica.loc.gov/ Chronicling America] - contains images of some Colorado newspapers; [http://chroniclingamerica.loc.gov/help/#basic_searching searching tips]
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*[http://elephind.com/ Elephind] - Free; search engine that retrieves newspaper images from other free newspaper websites
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''Colorado Newspaper Catalogs''
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*[http://chroniclingamerica.loc.gov/search/titles/ U.S. Newspaper Directory, 1690-Present] on Chronicling America - contains a list of all known newspapers and the dates they cover; once you locate a newspaper name, contact the local library to see if they have copies of the newspaper
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=== Obituaries ===
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{{CO Obituaries Intro|Washington}}
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=== Other Records ===
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{{CO Other Records Intro|Washington}}
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=== Periodicals ===
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{{CO Periodicals Intro|Washington}}
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=== Probate Records ===
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{{CO Probate Intro|Washington}}'''Online Records
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*'''1875–1974''' [http://search.ancestry.com/search/db.aspx?dbid=8665 Colorado Wills and Probate Records 1875-1974] at [http://search.ancestry.com/ Ancestry.com] — index and images '''$'''
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=== School Records ===
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{{CO Schools Intro|Washington}}
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=== Tax Records ===
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{{CO Tax Intro|Washington}}
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=== Vital Records ===
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{{CO Vital Intro|Washington}}
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'''[[Colorado Vital Records Search|Colorado Vital Records Search]]
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==== Birth ====
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{{CO Vital Records - Birth Intro|Washington}}
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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|Washington}}
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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://www.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] ($), Index and images<br>
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*'''1864-1995''' - {{RecordSearch|1942851|Colorado, County Marriages, 1864-1995}} at [https://www.familysearch.org/search FamilySearch] - Index and images<br>
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*'''1900-1939''' - [http://search.ancestry.com/search/db.aspx?dbid=60251 Colorado, Statewide Marriage Index, 1900-1939] at [http://search.ancestry.com/ Ancestry.com] - ($); Browseable images of original index<br>
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==== Death ====
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{{CO Vital Records - Death Intro|Washington}}
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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|Washington}}
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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://www.familysearch.org/search FamilySearch] - Browseable images of original index<br>
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== Research Facilities ==
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{{CO Research Facilities Intro|Washington}}
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=== Archives ===
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{{CO Archives Intro|Washington}}
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{{CO Archives}}<br>'''1896-1897''' Washington County Pauper Record
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=== Family History Centers ===
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{{Family History Centers Intro}}
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*[[Fort Morgan Colorado Family History Center]]
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*[[Sterling Colorado Family History Center]]
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=== Libraries ===
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{{CO Libraries Intro|Washington}}
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'''Akron Public Library'''<br>302 Main Ave<br>Akron, CO 80720<br>Telephone: 970-345-6818<br>[http://akron.colibraries.org/ Website]
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=== Museums ===
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{{CO Museums Intro|Washington}}
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== Societies ==
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{{CO Societies Intro|Washington}}
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== Websites ==
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{{CO Websites Intro|Washington}}
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*{{FHL Place IDNum|205489|Colorado|Washington}}- 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
 
*[http://www.linkpendium.com/genealogy/USA/CO/Washington/ Washington County, Colorado Genealogy and Family History] (Linkpendium)
 
*[http://www.linkpendium.com/genealogy/USA/CO/Washington/ Washington County, Colorado Genealogy and Family History] (Linkpendium)
  
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== Research Guides ==
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{{CO Research Guides Intro|Washington}}
  
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[[Category:Washington_County,_Colorado]] [[Category:Colorado_Counties]]

Latest revision as of 21:50, 18 October 2017

United States
Colorado
Washington County


Guide to Washington 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: Akron
Organized: February 9, 1887
Parent County(s): Arapahoe and Weld [1]
Neighboring Counties
Adams  • Arapahoe  • Elbert  • Kit Carson  • Lincoln  • Logan  • Morgan  • Yuma
See County Maps
Courthouse
ColoradoWashingtonCourthouse.jpg
Location Map
Colorado Washington County.png
Adoption
This page is available for adoption

County Information

Description

The County was named for George Washington.[2] The County has Akron as its seat and the County was created February 9, 1887. The County is located in the northeast area of the state.[3]

County Courthouse

Washington County Courthouse
150 Ash Ave
PO Box L
Akron, CO 80720
Phone: 970.453.2561
Washington County Website

County Clerk has marriage, land and military records from 1887;
Clerk District Court has divorce, probate and court records[4]

Washington 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[5]
Birth* Marriage Death* Court Land Probate Census
1894 1887 1894 1887 1887 1887 1860
*For earlier dates, try... Church | Obituaries | Cemeteries

Record Loss

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

Boundary Changes


Populated Places

The following are locations in Washington County, Colorado:

Towns
Unincorporated communites
Ghost towns


History Timeline

Resources

Bible Records

Biographies

Business, Commerce, and Occupations

Cemeteries

Cemeteries of Washington 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.[7] See links listed below.

Historical populations
Census Pop.  %±
1890 2,301
1900 1,241 −46.1%
1910 6,002 383.6%
1920 11,208 86.7%
1930 9,591 −14.4%
1940 8,336 −13.1%
1950 7,520 −9.8%
1960 6,625 −11.9%
1970 5,550 −16.2%
1980 5,304 −4.4%
1990 4,812 −9.3%
2000 4,926 2.4%
2010 4,814 −2.3%
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.[8] 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

Online County Histories

Maps and Gazetteers

Morgan CountyLogan CountyPhillips CountyAdams CountyArapahoe CountyElbert CountyLincoln CountyKit Carson CountyYuma CountyCO WASHINGTON.JPG
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Click a neighboring county
for more resources


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.

Colorado Vital Records Search

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. [9]

Marriage

Online Records

Death

Death records may become public records when 75 years have elapsed after the date of death. [9]

Divorce

Online Records

Research Facilities

Archives

The Colorado State Archives has the following records available for Washington 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
1896-1897 Washington County Pauper Record

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

Akron Public Library
302 Main Ave
Akron, CO 80720
Telephone: 970-345-6818
Website

Museums

Societies

Websites

Research Guides

References

  1. The Handybook for Genealogists: United States of America,10th ed. (Draper, UT: Everton Publishers, 2002).
  2. Wikipedia contributors, "Washington, Colorado," in Wikipedia: the Free Encyclopedia, https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Washington_County,_Colorado 7/10/2017.
  3. Genealogy Trails History Group, "Washington, Colorado Genealogy and History", http://genealogytrails.com/colo/washington/ 7/10/2017.
  4. Handybook for Genealogists: United States of America, 10th ed. (Draper, Utah: Everton Pub., 2002), Washington County, Colorado. Page 101 At various libraries (WorldCat); FHL Book 973 D27e 2002.
  5. Handybook for Genealogists: United States of America, 10th ed. (Draper, Utah: Everton Pub., 2002), Washington 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.
  6. The Handybook for Genealogists: United States of America,10th ed. (Draper, UT: Everton Publishers, 2002).
  7. 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.
  8. William Thorndale and William Dollarhide, Map Guide to the U.S. Federal Censuses (Bountiful, UT: American Genealogical Lending Library, 1985), page 54.
  9. 9.0 9.1 Letter from Colorado State Registrar, Dated September 1, 2011. Policy Number 2011- 08. http://www.colorado.gov