Arapahoe County, Colorado
Arapahoe County was founded on November 1, 1861 as one of the 17 original counties of the Territory of Colorado. The county was named for the Arapahoe County, Kansas Territory, which in turn was named for the Arapaho Nation of Native Americans..
The Arapahoe County Seat is situated in Littleton and the county government website is http://www.co.arapahoe.co.us/
Places adjoining Arapahoe County happen to be Saguache County (north), Huerfano County (east), Costilla County (southeasat), Conejos County (southwest), Rio Grande County (west).
Cities and towns to be found in Arapahoe County include Aurora, Bennett, Bow Mar, Centennial, Cherry Hills Village, Columbine Valley, Deer Trail, Englewood, Foxfield, Glendale, Greenwood Village, Littleton, Sheridan
Arapahoe County vital records can be found at the Colorado Office of Vital Records which has copies of birth, marriage, divorce and death records. There is a fee for each copy requested. Please refer to the information to the Statewide Vital Records in Colorado for current fees and application process.
You can search online for Arapahoe County Birth, Marriage, Divorce or Death Records. You can also Order Electronically Online or can download an application for Colorado Birth Certificate, Marriage Verification, Divorce Verification, Death Certificate Applications to mail.
Arapahoe County includes Federal Census Schedules to guide in exploring your family tree. Federal Population Schedules are present for 1870, 1880 (free index), 1890 (fragment), 1900, 1910, 1920, 1930, 1940.
Arapahoe Co. Mortality Schedules can be acquired for 1870 and 1880. Arapahoe Co. Industry and Agriculture Schedules is available for 1870 and 1880. Arapahoe Co. Union Veterans Schedules can be acquired for 1890. There are free online and printable census forms to aid with your research.
Arapahoe County Society and Family History Resources
A list of Arapahoe County Historical and Genealogical Societies, Forums, Message Boards, Libraries, Archives.
- Colorado Genealogy Community (plus.google.com)
- Colorado State Genealogy Network (facebook.com)
- Aurora Genealogical Society, P.O. Box 31732, Aurora, CO 80041-0732
- Columbine Genealogical And Historical Society, P.O. Box 2074, Littleton CO 80161-2074
- Littleton Historical Society, 6028 S Gallup St., Littleton CO 80120-2703; (303) 795-3950
- Sheridan Historical Society, 4101 S. Federal Blvd., Sheridan Colorado 80110-5399
- Arapahoe County, Colorado Message Boards (boards.ancestry.com) read and post messages about your ancestors in Arapahoe County
- Arapahoe County, Colorado Genealogy Forum (genforum.genealogy.com) read and post messages with other genealogy researchers for Arapahoe County
- USGenWeb Archives for Arapahoe County (usgwarchives.net)
Arapahoe County Courthouse and Government Records
Genealogist often forget the benefits of Arapahoe County court, probate, and land documents as a source of family history and genealogy details. Buried away in Colorado courthouses and archives just about everywhere could be the dreams and worries of many Colorado citizens. The chances are great that your potential ancestors and forefathers have left a detailed record of at least several aspects of their lives in the Arapahoe County court records. Even if your forebears is not mentioned in a Court case, give some thought to all of the other procedures that could have lead to him or her appearing in court records.
Please make sure to contact the clerk's dept to determine hours, mailing address, fees and other facts before visiting or seeking information because of from time to time changing contact information. The Department Offices DO NOT DO RESEARCH. The documents are available to interested parties, barring private issues. A lot of employees will guide men and women in obtaining the materials, but it's up to the man or women to undertake the researching.
The below facts denotes what birth, marriage, death, property, probate, and courtroom records are located in Arapahoe County. The years suggested below tend to be the first widely known records for this particular county.
- Arapahoe County Courthouse (all departments listed below are located here, unless otherwise noted)
- Address: 5334 S Prince Street, Littleton, CO 80166-0001
- Arapahoe County Clerk & Recorder is responsible for recording deeds, marriage licenses, issuing passports, titling and registering automobiles, issuing driver's licenses, registering voters, administering elections and maintaining records for the Board of County Commissioners.
- Marriage Records: 1860–1903
- Land Records: 1861
- Arapahoe County Clerk of Courts
Most records for Denver prior to 1902 have been deposited with the Colorado State Archives. Early land records, surveys, post offices, and territorial government papers are extant for Arapahoe County, and some are located in both the Colorado and Kansas historical societies. However, typical county records such as probate or county court minutes do not
exist for the early territorial period of the county before state formation.
- Probate Records: 1902
- Court Records: 1902
- Alamosa County Public Health Department
- Birth / Death Records: 1872–1902 / 1887–1902; At Colorado Department of Health, Vital Records Section.
Arapahoe County Links
The following are links to Genealogy, Records and Resources related to Arapahoe County. A majority of these genealogy links fall into 3 categories: Business oriented Sites, Private Sites or Organization Sites. Some have free access some require a fee. This is basically a collection that has been gathered or submitted. I do not endorse or promote one genealogy site over another. Feel free to submit your own favorite Arapahoe County genealogy or family history associated sites.
Arapahoe Co. CO Books, Newspapers & Publications
Arapahoe Co. CO Birth, Marriage & Death Records
- See Also Statewide Birth, Marriage, Divorce and Death Certificates in Colorado
- Order Hard Copies of Vital Records (archives.com)
- Colorado Marriages, 1859-1900 (search.ancestry.com) This database is a collection of marriage records from three counties in Colorado. Taken from microfilm copies of original county documents, each record provides spouses' names, marriage date, and county of residence. The database lists the names of more than 37,000 men and women. This database includes marriages for Arapahoe County from 16 October 1859 through 1900.
- Colorado Divorce Records, Various Sources 1851 - 2004 (archives.com) Various Public Records Sources
- Colorado Marriage Records 1975 - 2004 (archives.com) Colorado State Public Record Offices
- Colorado, Statewide Divorce Index, 1900-1939 (familysearch.org) Colorado Department of Health card index of divorces in Colorado from 1900-1939. The index is arranged in alphabetical order.
- Colorado, Statewide Marriage Index, 1900-1939 (familysearch.org) Card index created by the Division of Vital Statistics, Department of Health in Colorado. The index is arranged alphabetically by groom's name providing county, names of husband and wife, age, race, date and place of marriage, certificate number.
- Social Security Death Index (search.ancestry.com)
Arapahoe Co. CO Court, Probate Land and Tax Records
Arapahoe Co. CO Census Records
Arapahoe Co. CO Cemeteries & Graveyards
Arapahoe Co. CO Church & Bible Records
Arapahoe Co. CO Family Websites, Pictures & Histories
Arapahoe Co. CO General and History Websites
Arapahoe Co. CO Maps, Atlases & Gazetteers
Arapahoe Co. CO Military Records
Arapahoe Co. CO Schools & Directories
- Colorado City Directories (search.ancestry.com) This database is a collection of city directories for various years and cities in Colorado. Generally a city directory will contain an alphabetical list of its citizens, listing the names of the heads of households, their addresses, and occupational information. Sometimes the wife's name will be listed in parentheses or italics following the husband's. Often, dates of deaths of individuals listed in the previous year's directory are listed as well as the names of partners of firms, and when possible, the forwarding addresses or post offices of people who moved to another town. In addition to the alphabetical portion, a city directory may also contain a business directory, street directory, governmental directory, and listings of town officers, schools, societies, churches, post offices, and other miscellaneous matters of general and local interest.
- The Colorado state business directory: 1876, 1879, 1880, 1881, 1882, 1883, 1884, 1885, 1887-8, 1889, 1890, 1894, 1896, 1899, 1900, 1901, 1903, 1906, 1909, 1910, 1920, 1921, 1923 (search.ancestry.com)