Vital records, as their name suggests, are connected with central life events: birth, marriage, and death. Maintained by civil authorities, they are prime sources of genealogical information; but, unfortunately, official vital records are available only for relatively recent periods. These records, despite their recent creation in the United States, are critically important in genealogical research, often supplying details on family members well back into the nineteenth century. The Source: A Guidebook of American Genealogy, by Loretto Szucs and Sandra Luebking.

Colorado Dept. of Health
4300 Cherry Creek Drive
South Denver, CO 80222-1450
Phone 303 692-2224
Fax 800 423-1108

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Earliest birth and death records on file in Colorado county offices County vital records offices – Phone listing Fax 800 423-1108 Colorado County seats

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Colorado Birth Records

$15.00 extra copy $6.00 1910 to Current

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Birth and death certificate application forms (pdf files) Birth records are available1910 to present. The person named on the record, members of the immediate family, legal representatives of those named above, and others demonstrating a direct and tangible interest in the record may request a copy.

Colorado Death Records

$15.00 extra copy $6.00 1900 to Current

  • Priority Service – Order a Death Certificate Online

Birth and death certificate application forms (pdf files) Death records are available from 1900 to present. Parents, grandparents, step-parents, siblings, spouses, or adult children may request a certificate. Legal representatives of the above, legal representatives of the deceased, probate researchers, or others demonstrating a direct and tangible interest may request a certificate.

Colorado Marriage Records

$15.00 extra copy $6.00 1900 to 1939, 1975 to Current

Marriage and divorce verification application forms (pdf files)

Marriage verifications from 1975 to present can now be found at the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment Any individual may search. If you find the record you want, please contact the county clerk or recorder in that county from the list to request a copy of the marriage record.

Ancestry.com Mesa County, CO Marriages, 1883-1900 This database is a collection of marriage records from three counties in Colorado, since this update adds Arapahoe and Boulder counties to records from Mesa County, Colorado. Taken from microfilm copies of original county documents, each record provides spouses’ names, marriage date, and county of residence. The database lists the names of more than 37,000 men and women. (Requires Ancestry.com Membership) Get 14 Days Free Access!!!

Colorado Divorce Records

$15.00 extra copy $6.00 1900 to 1939, 1975 to Current

Marriage and divorce verification application forms (pdf files)

Divorce verifications from 1975 to present can now be found at the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment .Any individual may search. If you find the record you want, please contact the district court clerk in the county where the divorce was finalized for a copy of the decree.

In most cases local registrars are the best sources for early birth and death records. A microfiche index of approximately 3,000 Colorado births from 1863-1899 is available for free viewing at the Colorado State Archives.

Colorado Marriage and Divorce Records Online
Search on all marriages (from1975 to 1998) and divorces (from 1975 to March 1999) in the state of Colorado.