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Colorado Marriages and How to Find Them

Official recording of marriage records in Colorado was not required until 1881. There are records of marriages much earlier than 1881, but this varies by county. Some of the early marriages in Colorado were written down by the officiate on whatever was handy. One county has some original early marriages recorded on 3" x 3" pieces of paper.

After 1881 a couple wanting to marry purchased a marriage license from the county clerk. The basic info found on an early Colorado marriage record include:

  • the bride and groom's full name
  • the bride and groom's age and birthdates
  • county of application and marriage
  • residence and parents names
  • previous marriages
  • divorce status
  • names of witnesses
  • the officiate, such as a minister or justice of the peace

Marriage records may be ordered from the State Vital Records Section of the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment or from individual county clerks in Colorado. The Vital Records Section has records available for the following years: 1900 to 1939, and 1975 to present. The 1900 to 1939 records are indexed by groom name only-the 1975 to present records are indexed and searchable by both bride name and groom name. For official copies of Colorado marriage certificates, contact the county clerk where the license was issued. Early Colorado marriage records are public records. There are no restrictions on who can view and order early Colorado Marriage Records. By law, these records are public records and are not confidential as in some other states.

Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment
Vital Records Section
4300 Cherry Creek Drive South
Denver, CO 80246-1530

Verifications for the years 1940 to 1974 must be obtained from the county where the license was obtained. For information and fees from the state vital records office call (303) 692-2200.
(County Clerk Addresses)

Colorado County Clerks have marriages starting at these dates.

Adams - 1902
Alamosa - 1913
Arapahoe - 1860
Archuleta - 1886
Baca - 1889
Bent -1888
Boulder - 1864
Broomfield - 2001
Chaffee - 1866
Cheyenne - 1889
Clear Creek - 1864
Conejos - 1871
Costilla - 1863
Crowley - 1911
Custer - 1877
Delta - 1883
Denver - 1860
Dolores - 1881
Douglas - 1864
Eagle - 1879
Elbert - 1874
El Paso - 1861
Fremont - 1865
Garfield - 1884
Gilpin - 1865
Grand - 1881
Gunnison - 1877
Hinsdale - 1876
Huerfano - 1875
Jackson - 1909
Jefferson - 1874
Kiowa - 1889
Kit Carson - 1889
Lake - 1869
Larimer - 1862
Las Animas - 1868
Lincoln - 1887
Logan - 1887
Mesa - 1883
Mineral - 1891
Moffat - 1911
Montezuma - 1889
Montrose - 1883
Morgan - 1889
Otero - 1889
Ouray - 1881
Park - 1876
Phillips - 1889
Pitkin - 1881
Prowers - 1889
Pueblo - 1860
Rio Blanco - 1883
Rio Grande - 1874
Routt - 1877
Saguache - 1869
San Juan - 1871
San Miguel - 1883
Sedgwick - 1889
Summit - 1862
Teller - 1889
Washington - 1887
Weld - 1864
Yuma - 1889

Carbonate - see Lake
Guadalupe - see Conejos
Lake - (old Lake County) see Chafee
La Plata - 1880 (earlier records in parent county, San Juan)

I haven't checked all counties, but am assuming that records exist from at least the date of county formation. Check with the county of interest to see what records they have and fees associated with ordering copies of records.

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The internet is not like any other type of dating. With old fashioned dating you were able to know, almost instantly, exactly what type of person you are dealing with. Chances are likely that you may even have mutual friends, which makes it even easier to know for sure that the person that you're dating is a nice, decent, single person. With the internet, however, you can say almost anything you want. You could be a 60 year old man saying that you're 30, or even a woman saying that you're a man. This makes it difficult to know if someone online is telling you the truth about themselves or not.

It's actually much easier than you may think to uncover the truth about someone, especially if you are even the least internet savvy. Having access to marriage records is one way to ensure that the person that you're chatting with is exactly who they say they are and that they are not married. So how do you do it? First, you'll need to know where the person lives, and if your relationship has progressed to the point where you'd like to meet with the person, you should know where they live. If the person you're interested in lives in Colorado, than you'd want to access Colorado marriage records.

In order to do so you can do one of two things: you can contact the records bureau in the town where the person you're talking with has been living, or you can utilize the internet to get the information you require. Contacting the records bureau can take a great deal of time and may, or may not, get you the information that you want, as you have to have the right city. The internet, however, is a surefire way to help you to learn a great deal of information about almost anyone, and you can easily access Colorado marriage records online. There are a number of websites that you can utilize to access Colorado marriage records online, but it's up to you to find the website that you're the most comfortable using. Once you do, you simply input the name of the person that you're looking for information about and you'll know if that person is single or not!

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