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=== Genealogy ===
=== Genealogy ===
For some Weld County names and sources, see [http://www.rootsweb.ancestry.com/~cowcgs/contents.htm Weld County Master Index] courtesty of the Weld County Genealogical Society.<br>
=== Local History  ===
=== Local History  ===

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

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Online Records

Weld County, Colorado
Map of Colorado highlighting Weld County
Location in the state of Colorado
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Location of Colorado in the U.S.
Founded November 1, 1861
County Seat Greeley
Address Weld County Courthouse
1402 17th Street
Greeley, CO 80631-1123
Phone: 970.353.3840
Weld County Website

County Courthouse

County Clerk has marriage and land records;
Clerk District Court has divorce, probate and court records[1]

Clerk and Recorder
1402 North 17th Avenue
Greeley, CO 80631
phone: (970) 353-3840

Weld County Birth and Death Information
Department of Public Health and Environment
1555 North 17th Avenue
Greeley, CO 80631
970 304-6410 www.weldhealth.org

Historical Facts

Beginning dates for major county records
1888 [2]*
1864 [3]*
1877 [2]*


*For earlier dates, try... Church | Obituaries | Cemeteries

County Seat

Greeley [4]

Parent County

1861--Weld County was created 1 November 1861 as an original county.

Neighboring Counties

Record Loss

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.

See Colorado Vital Records.


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. [5]

For in-state births from 1900 to present, certificates can be obtained from Weld County Department of Public Health office. For birth certificates before 1900 contact the County where the birth occurred or the State Health Department at (303) 756-4464.

If you are obtaining a birth certificate for a sibling, parent, grandparent, etc., you will need to show chain of relationship. Examples are: A sibling could provide their birth certificate to show same parents. If you are trying to get a grandparent's birth certificate you will need to show your birth certificate, plus your parent's birth certificate to show chain of relationship. If you have questions on this please call our office at 970 304-6410.


The Weld County Recorder's office will search their indexes if you call or come in to the office. If a record is found, a copy can be purchased in person or by mail. Call 970 353-3840.


Death records may become public records when 75 years have elapsed after the date of death. [5]

To obtain a recent death certificate, you must show a direct and tangible interest to the deceased. Relatives include wife, mother, father, child (if they are listed on the death certificate). If they are not listed on the death certificate they must show proof of relationship. This would include maternal grandparents, paternal grandparents, siblings if they can prove chain of relationship. If you have questions on this please call the Weld County Department of Public Health office at 970 304-6410.


Weld County divorces take place in Colorado’s 19th Judicial District. To obtain copies of divorce records there are fees for searching and for copies.

Weld County Combined Courts 970 475-2400.



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



  • Records of Our Savior Lutheran Church, Greeley, in Evangelical Lutheran Church in America database at Archives.com ($).

Court Records


Emigration and Immigration

Ethnic, Political, or Religious Groups



For some Weld County names and sources, see Weld County Master Index courtesty of the Weld County Genealogical Society.

Local History

Template:CO History Intro

Land and Property

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.


Naturalization and Citizenship


Additional newspapers abstracts can sometimes be found using search phrases such as Weld County, Colorado Genealogy newspapers in online catalogs like:

Poor Records

Colorado State Archives has put an Index to the Weld County Poor Records for 1902-1913 on-line.


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.

Public Records

School Records



The Colorado State Archives has the following records available in this online database Archives Search.

Weld County Old Age Pensions 1931

Weld County Poor Record 1902 - 1913

Weld County Probate Cases (1876 – 1981)

Weld County WW1 Vets

Family History Centers


  • Dacono Public Library
    512 Cherry Street
    Dacono, CO 80514
    Telephone: 303-833-2317




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.


Web Sites


  1. Handybook for Genealogists: United States of America, 10th ed. (Draper, Utah: Everton Pub., 2002), Weld County, Colorado. Page 101 At various libraries (WorldCat); FHL Book 973 D27e 2002.
  2. 2.0 2.1 Earliest Colorado Vital Records on File in Colorado Counties, pub. by Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment, online at www.colorado.gov
  3. 3.0 3.1 The Red Book, American State, County, and Town Sources. Edited by Alice Eichholz. (Ancestry, Provo; 3d ed, 2004.) Colorado article by Birdie Monk Holzclaw and Marsha Hoffman Rising. page 94.
  4. The Handybook for Genealogists: United States of America,10th ed. (Draper, UT:Everton Publishers, 2002).
  5. 5.0 5.1 Letter from Colorado State Registrar, Dated September 1, 2011. Policy Number 2011- 08. http://www.colorado.gov