Colorado Cemetery Records Research Guide

Multiple websites have indexes and abstracts of Colorado cemetery records. The UsGenWeb Project, for instance, has many of those records listed.

Military burials from 1862 to 1949 are on file with the Colorado National Guard, but the listing of military graves that they have is not complete.

The Colorado Department of Military Affairs’ Office of the Adjutant General must issue authorization for anyone who wants cause of death or original death records relating to military service members.

The state of Colorado is home to Fort Lyon National Cemetery and Fort Logan National Cemetery. Those are the only two national cemeteries in the state.

Colorado cemetery records can really help a lot when you are trying to research your family history. You could be doing this for a number of reasons, but no matter what your reason for doing this research you need Colorado cemetery records and other documents if you want to learn more about your Colorado ancestors.

 For Definitions of all Cemetery Terms See Symbols on Gravestones and Their Interpretations

If you are creating a family tree, here are a few tips that will help you with your work and research:

  • Figure out what you need to learn. When you are using Colorado cemetery records, you can get a lot of great information, but this is not going to help much if you are not organized and know what you are looking for in the first place.
  • Write down the things you already know. The easiest way to start a family tree is to work with the information you have, starting with your immediate family. Then, you can use Colorado cemetery records and other documents to work your way back.
  • Figure out how to get the information you need. Colorado cemetery records are just some of the documents you can use to research your family history. It is a good idea to create a list of documents you can use, many of which you can obtain from local or State government offices and websites.

Using Colorado cemetery records is one of the best ways to get a lot of information without having to do a lot of work. You might be surprised at the many things you can learn from Colorado cemetery records. One of the best things about using these records for your research is that they are going to lead you to even more ancestors. You will be able to get information that goes as far back as the first burial in any cemetery, which in some cases could be hundreds of years.

Getting Colorado cemetery records is easy. You simply have to ask for them, and you will probably be required to pay a small fee. When you are doing research about your family, or for someone else, you can get a lot of the information you need from Colorado cemetery records.

Research In Colorado Cemetery Records

Kay R. Merrill, ed., The Colorado Cemetery Directory (Colorado Council of Genealogical Societies, 1985) attempts to identify, locate, and publish information from every known cemetery in the state of Colorado. The book is divided by county and then by alphabetical name of the cemetery.

Location, type of cemetery, history, status, and existence of published records are included in this comprehensive publication. Contact the staff at Denver Public Library—Western History and Genealogy for update information.

A number of Colorado cemeteries have been indexed or abstracted on various websites, particularly those associated with the USGenWeb project.

The Colorado National Guard maintains an incomplete registration for military graves that covers military burials (1862–1949). These restricted records are located at the Colorado State Archives, but an unrestricted index is available at its website.

If a copy of the original or cause of death is desired, the researcher will need authorization from the Office of the Adjutant General, Colorado Department of Military Affairs, Administration, 6848 S. Revere Pkwy., Englewood, CO 80112.

There are two national cemeteries in Colorado:

  • Fort Logan National Cemetery, 3698 S. Sheridan Blvd., Denver, CO 80235
  • Fort Lyon National Cemetery, VA Medical Center, Fort Lyon, CO 81038.

An index to each of these is available at and respectively

Famous People Buried in Colorado Cemeteries

County Name / Date / Cemetery Description
Arapahoe Columbine School Memorial

Chapel Hill Memorial Gardens
Memorial Garden at Chapel Hill Memorial Gardens, Littleton, Arapahoe County, Colorado that honors the Victims of the Columbine High School Tragedy.
Denver Yabes, Maximo
1/29/1932 – 2/26/1967
Fort Logan National Cemetery
Viet Nam Congressional Medal of Honor Recipient.
Served during the Viet Nam War in the United States Army as a  First Sergeant in Company A, 4th Battalion, 9th Infantry, 25th Infantry Division.
El Paso Merman (Zimmerman), Ethel (Ethel Agnes)
1/16/1908 – 2/15/1984
Shrine of Remembrance Mausoleum
One of the most celebrated performers of the Broadway Musical stage.
Garfield Holliday, Doc (John Henry)
8/14/1851 – 11/1/1887
Pioneer Cemetery
Western Lawman.
He has gained legendary status in popular culture from his career as a gambler, dentist and occasional gunfighter of the American Western Frontier.
Jefferson Cody, William Frederick ‘Buffalo Bill’
2/26/1846 – 1/10/1917
Buffalo Bill Memorial Museum
Western Frontiersman, Entertainer, Indian Wars Congressional Medal of Honor Recipient.
Jefferson Swigert, Jack
8/30/1931 – 12/27/1982
Mount Olivet Cemetery
Astronaut, US Congressman.
Born John Leonard Swigert in Denver, Colorado, he served with the US Air Force as a fighter pilot 1953 to 1956 and with the Air National Guard 1957 to 1965.
La Plata Sapiah ‘Buckskin Charley’
1/13/1905 – 5/9/1936
Ouray Memorial Cemetery
Native American Chief.
He was the leader of the Capote band of the Ute tribe from 1880 until his death in 1936.

Colorado Cemeteries

Cemetery Name Cemetery City
United States Air Force Academy Cemetery Colorado Springs
Fairmount Cemetery Denver
Fort Logan National Cemetery Denver
Riverside Cemetery Denver
Grandview Cemetery Fort Collins
Fort Lyon National Cemetery Las Animas
Crown Hill Cemetery Wheat Ridge
Tower of Memories Wheat Ridge

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