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Chaffee County, Colorado
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Chaffee County, Colorado Facts

When was Chaffee County, CO Created?
Chaffee County was established on February 10, 1879 from Carbonate County.

What is the County Seat of Chaffee County, CO?
The County Seat is located in Salida and the county government website is

What counties are adjacent to Chaffee County, CO?
Bordering Counties are Lake CountyPark CountyFremont CountySaguache CountyGunnison CountyPitkin County.

Chaffee County, CO Vital Records

Where can find Chaffee County Birth, marriage, Divorce and Death Records?
Chaffee 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 Chaffee 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.

Chaffee County, CO Census Records

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

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

Chaffee County, CO Societies and Family History Resources

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

Chaffee County, CO Courthouse and Government Records

Chaffee County Courthouse

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

Researchers frequently overlook the great importance of Chaffee 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 Chaffee 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.

Formerly Lake County until 1879.

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

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

Chaffee Co. CO Books, Newspapers & Publications

Chaffee Co. CO Birth, Marriage & Death Records

Chaffee Co. CO Court, Probate Land and Tax Records

Chaffee Co. CO Census Records

Chaffee Co. CO Cemeteries & Church Records

Chaffee Co. CO Family Websites, Pictures & Histories

Chaffee Co. CO General and History Websites

Chaffee Co. CO Maps, Atlases & Gazetteers

Chaffee Co. CO Military Records

Chaffee Co. CO Schools & Directories