Vital records in Colorado were not required to be recorded until a law was put into place in 1875. Even though that law required deaths and births to be registered, it still wasn’t followed consistently. The location of recorded vital records in the state of Colorado is also inconsistent. Some can be found in the health department offices in each county, while others might be found in the county courthouses.
Statewide death registration didn’t begin in Colorado until 1900. Statewide birth registration didn’t begin until ten years later, in 1910. Colorado became a member of the national death registration system in 1906. Although, it had its own health departments in each county beginning in 1900. Colorado births were not registered on a national level until 1928.
The Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment has records of both deaths and births on file. However, there is restricted access to some of those records, especially the records of birth. The policy on death record research is a little more lenient. The application form lists the people who are potentially eligible to view those records on the back of it. For example, if an individual has passed away, the relatives of that individual may be able to get a copy of the death certificate for that individual from the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment.
Some of the health departments in the various Colorado counties have given their birth records, including some records that predate statewide recording, to the Colorado State Archives. However, some health departments in the state have retained those records and have them on file in their offices.
Marriage records are on file with each county’s clerk, while divorce records are held at the district court clerk’s office.
Some vital records were listed in Colorado newspapers before registrations were recorded. There is a card catalog index of such listings from 1860 to 1940 at the Colorado Historical Society. Many records of marriages, deaths, and births are also on file in the History and Genealogy Department of the Denver Public Library. Several of them were taken from newspapers across the state.