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La Plata County, Colorado Facts

When was La Plata County, CO Created?
La Plata County was established on February 10, 1874 from Lake County and Conejos County.

What is the County Seat of La Plata County, CO?
The County Seat is located in Durango and the county government website is

What counties are adjacent to La Plata County, CO?
Bordering Counties are San Juan CountyHinsdale CountyArchuletal CountySan Juan County, New Mexico, Montezuma CountyDolores County.

La Plata County, CO Vital Records

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

La Plata County, CO Census Records

What La Plata County, CO census records are available?
There are many types of census records for La Plata County guide you in researching your family tree. Federal Population Schedules are available for 1880 (free index)1890 (fragment)19001910192019301940.

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

La Plata County, CO Societies and Family History Resources

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

La Plata County, CO Courthouse and Government Records

La Plata County Courthouse

What genealogical records can I find in the La Plata County Courthouse?

Researchers frequently overlook the great importance of La Plata 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 La Plata 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.

  • La Plata County Courthouse (all departments listed below are located here, unless otherwise noted)
    • Address: 1060 E 2nd Ave, Durango, CO 81301
    • Phone: (970) 385-0240
  • La Plata County Clerk & Recorder
    • Marriage Records: 1880;  early marriages in San Juan County clerk and recorder’s office.
    • Land Records: 1874?
  • La Plata County Clerk of Courts
    • Probate Records: 1874?
    • Court Records: 1874?
  • San Juan Basin Health Department
    • Birth / Death Records: 1895–1918; Vital statistics registrar, City Hall, Durango; also clerk and recorder’s office 1900–12

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

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

La Plata Co. CO Books, Newspapers & Publications

La Plata Co. CO Birth, Marriage & Death Records

La Plata Co. CO Court, Probate Land and Tax Records

La Plata Co. CO Census Records

La Plata Co. CO Cemeteries & Church Records

La Plata Co. CO Family Websites, Pictures & Histories

La Plata Co. CO General and History Websites

La Plata Co. CO Maps, Atlases & Gazetteers

La Plata Co. CO Military Records

La Plata Co. CO Schools & Directories