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Otero County, Colorado
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Otero County, Colorado Facts

When was Otero County, CO Created?
Otero County was established on March 25, 1889 from Bent County.

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

What counties are adjacent to Otero County, CO?
Bordering Counties are Crowley CountyKiowa CountyBent CountyLas Animas CountyPueblo County.

Otero County, CO Vital Records

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

Otero County, CO Census Records

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

Otero Co. Union Veterans Schedules can be acquired for 1890. There are free online and printable census forms to aid with your research.

Otero County, CO Societies and Family History Resources

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

Otero County, CO Courthouse and Government Records

Otero County Courthouse

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

Researchers frequently overlook the great importance of Otero 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 Otero 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.

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

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

Otero Co. CO Books, Newspapers & Publications

Otero Co. CO Birth, Marriage & Death Records

Otero Co. CO Court, Probate Land and Tax Records

Otero Co. CO Census Records

Otero Co. CO Cemeteries & Church Records

Otero Co. CO Family Websites, Pictures & Histories

Otero Co. CO General and History Websites

Otero Co. CO Maps, Atlases & Gazetteers

Otero Co. CO Military Records

Otero Co. CO Schools & Directories