Colorado Counties records differ vastly from county to county both in quality and also quantity. Some have already been carefully preserved and some have been much abused and uncared for. Many Colorado records have simply vanished. For genealogists performing research in Colorado there is no valuable replace for an on-site research of county court house records. For Definitions of all court terms see the Genealogy Encyclopedia.
Colorado Counties – Colorado is divided into 14 counties. Presumably, tax records for each county go back to the time at which each county was formed. However, that isn’t necessarily the case for every single county. So, it’s important to check the county in question. The Colorado State Archives is home to many of the earlier records for each county. Each county has a vital records office. Each of those may hold some of the vital records from the time before statewide recording took place. Probate records are located in the district courts, but court records may be found in district or county courts. Early county records for Colorado may be found at the Colorado State Archives.
Most land records are located at the county seat, along with most marriage records. The County Vital Records offices may also hold older vital records that predate statewide recording. See also a list of links to county and county seat government run websites.