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Arapahoe County, Colorado

Arapahoe County

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

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.

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
    • Phone:303.795.4200
  • 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

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

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