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Bent County, Colorado
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Bent County, Colorado Facts

When was Bent County, CO Created?
Bent County was established on February 6, 1874 from Huerfano County and former Cheyenne and Arapaho tribal land.

What is the County Seat of Bent County, CO?
The County Seat is located in Las Animas and the county government website is


What counties are adjacent to Bent County, CO?
Bordering Counties are  Kiowa CountyProwers CountyBaca CountyLas Animas CountyOtero County.

Bent County, CO Vital Records

Where can find Bent County Birth, marriage, Divorce and Death Records?
Bent 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 Bent County Birth, Marriage, Divorce or Death Records. You can also Order Electronically Online or can download an application for Colorado Birth CertificateMarriage VerificationDivorce VerificationDeath Certificate Applications to mail.

Bent County, CO Census Records

What Bent County, CO census records are available?
There are many types of census records for Bent County guide you in researching your family tree. Federal Population Schedules are available for 18701880 (free index)1890 (fragment)19001910192019301940.

Bent Co. Mortality Schedules can be acquired for 1870 and 1880. Bent Co. Industry and Agriculture Schedules is available for 1870 and 1880. Bent Co. Union Veterans Schedules can be acquired for 1890. There are free online and printable census forms to aid with your research.

Bent County, CO Societies and Family History Resources

What genealogical and historical societies, archives, museums, associations and libraries are available for Bent County, CO?
A list of Bent County Historical  and Genealogical Societies, Libraries, Archives. See also list of Statewide Colorado Archives, Historical & Genealogical Societies.

Bent County, CO Courthouse and Government Records

Bent County Courthouse

What genealogical records can I find in the Bent County Courthouse?

Researchers frequently overlook the great importance of Bent County court, probate, and land records data as a useful resource of ancestry and genealogy information. Buried away in Colorado courthouses and archives everywhere are the ambitions and frustrations of countless Colorado residents.

The possibilities are excellent that your forefathers have left a comprehensive document of at least a number of facets of their lives in the Bent County court records. Even if your forebears is not referred to in a Court case, contemplate all of the other procedures that could have lead to him or her to appear in court records. See Also Colorado Corthouse Records Research Guide.

Greenwood dissolved in 1874 to Bent and Elbert counties.

Where can I connect with other Bent County, CO Researchers through message boards and forums?

What other genealogical resources are available in Bent County, CO?
The following are web links to Genealogy, Records and Resources pertaining to Bent County.

Bent Co. CO Books, Newspapers & Publications

Bent Co. CO Birth, Marriage & Death Records

Bent Co. CO Court, Probate Land and Tax Records

Bent Co. CO Census Records

Bent Co. CO Cemeteries & Church Records

Bent Co. CO Family Websites, Pictures & Histories

Bent Co. CO General and History Websites

Bent Co. CO Maps, Atlases & Gazetteers

Bent Co. CO Military Records

Bent Co. CO Schools & Directories