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Conejos County was founded on November 1, 1861 one of the 17 original counties of the Territory of Colorado. (was originally named Guadalupe County, was renamed Conejos County after six days on November 7, 1861). The county was named after cottontail rabbits in the area. Conejos is a Spanish word for rabbits..
Places adjoining Conejos County happen to be Rio Grande County (north), Alamosa County (north) East, Costilla County (east), Taos County, New Mexico (south) East, Rio Arriba County, New Mexico (south), Archuletal County (west).
Cities and towns to be found in Conejos County include Town of Antonito, Bear Creek, Bountiful, Cañon, Capulin, Carmel, Conejos, Elk Creek, Fox Creek, Guadalupe, Horca, La Florida, Town of La Jara, La Sauses, Las Mesitas, Lobatos, Town of Manassa, Mogote, Ortiz, Osier, Platoro, Richfield, Rincones, Town of Romeo, San Antonio, Town of Sanford, Sheep Creek
Conejos 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 Conejos 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.
Conejos 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.
Conejos Co. Mortality Schedules can be acquired for 1870 and 1880. Conejos Co. Industry and Agriculture Schedules is available for 1870 and 1880. Conejos Co. Union Veterans Schedules can be acquired for 1890. There are free online and printable census forms to aid with your research.
A list of Conejos County Historical and Genealogical Societies, Forums, Message Boards, Libraries, Archives.
Genealogist often forget the benefits of Conejos 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 Conejos 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.
The below facts denotes what birth, marriage, death, property, probate, and courtroom records are located in Conejos County. The years suggested below tend to be the first widely known records for this particular county.Some loss of records occurred by fire.
The following are links to Genealogy, Records and Resources related to Conejos 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 Conejos County genealogy or family history associated sites.