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Wild West Digitized: Colorado Records

This is third in a series of posts about digitized records available on for the Western States.  I previously introduced collections for Arizona and California and today would like to show you what is available for Colorado.   Some collections are more plentiful than others, and as of today there are only 5 Colorado databases available.  Two of them are valuable collections of marriage records, and the 1885 state census is also a good resource. 

Colorado digitized collections at
Colorado digitized collections at

I love the “Colorado, County Marriages, 1864-1995” collection, because it includes an image of the marriage application, license, and certificate, and has all kinds of questions for the prospective bride and groom to answer regarding previous marriages, etc.

There is so much more information about each collection than originally meets the eye.  To find out more about any collection on FamilySearch, click on the title and the link to “Learn more”, and this will bring up more detail:

FS Colorado databases 3 edited

You will get a list of the counties included, a rundown on how the record was created and by whom, and an additional link to learn more specifics about the localities and dates published in the collection:

FS Colorado databases 4 edited

You will also be given a sample of the record content.  I looooove this:FS Colorado databases 6

The detail also includes a helpful sample for citing this source:

FS Colorado databases 5

Remember, if you see the words “Browse images” instead of the number of records beside a collection title, this means the collection has not yet been indexed by the volunteers at FamilySearch.  Do not despair!  The collections are arranged in a way that you can drill down to the record you want without too much trouble, even if there is no index.  Just put on your “I’m looking through a collection of microfilm” glasses to remember how you did it in the good old days (last year).

Okay, now hit the trail!


I am an Accredited Genealogist® professional living in California. I have been researching and teaching since 1988.

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