Summit County, Colorado Genealogy

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Guide to Summit County, Colorado ancestry, genealogy and family history, birth records, marriage records, death records, census records, family history, and military records.

County Facts
County seat: Breckenridge
Organized: November 1, 1861
Parent County(s): Original county[1]
Neighboring Counties
Clear Creek  • Eagle  • Grand  • Lake  • Park
See County Maps
Location Map
Colorado Summit County.png

County Information[edit | edit source]

Description[edit | edit source]

The County was named for the many mountain summits in the county. The County is located in the central area of the state.[2]

County Courthouse[edit | edit source]

Summit County Courthouse
208 E Lincoln St
PO Box 68
Breckenridge, CO 80424-0068
Phone: 970.453.2561
Summit County Website

County Clerk has marriage and land records [3]

Summit County, Colorado Record Dates[edit | edit source]

Information for this chart was taken from various sources, often containing conflicting dates. This information should be taken as a guide and should be verified by contacting the county and/or the state government agency.

Known Beginning Dates for Major Records[4]
Birth* Marriage Death* Court Land Probate Census
1892 1862 1892 1861 1861 1861 1860
*Statewide registration for births in 1910 and deaths in 1910. General compliance by 1920.

Record Loss[edit | edit source]

There is no known history of courthouse disasters in this county.

Boundary Changes[edit | edit source]

Populated Places[edit | edit source]

For a complete list of populated places, including small neighborhoods and suburbs, visit Hometown Locator. The following are the most historically and genealogically relevant populated places in this county: [6]

Census-designated places
Ghost towns
  • Parkville

  • History Timeline[edit | edit source]

    Resources[edit | edit source]

    Bible Records[edit | edit source]

    Biographies[edit | edit source]

    Business, Commerce, and Occupations[edit | edit source]

    Cemeteries[edit | edit source]

    Cemeteries of Summit County, Colorado online and in print
    Tombstone Transcriptions Online
    Tombstone Transcriptions in Print (Often more complete)
    List of Cemeteries in the County
    See Colorado Cemeteries for more information


    Census Records[edit | edit source]

    In 1860, present-day Colorado was enumerated in the Kansas, Nebraska, New Mexico, and Utah Territories. Colorado Territory was created in 1861 and was enumerated as such in the 1870 Census. A state census was taken in 1885 for Colorado.[7] See links listed below.

    Historical populations
    Census Pop.
    1870 258
    1880 5,459 2015.9%
    1890 1,906 −65.1%
    1900 2,744 44.0%
    1910 2,003 −27.0%
    1920 1,724 −13.9%
    1930 987 −42.7%
    1940 1,754 77.7%
    1950 1,135 −35.3%
    1960 2,073 82.6%
    1970 2,665 28.6%
    1980 8,848 232.0%
    1990 12,281 38.8%
    2000 23,548 91.7%
    2010 27,994 18.9%
    Source: "".

    State and Territory Census Records[edit | edit source]

    Federal Census Records[edit | edit source]

    The 1880 Census was the first Federal Census for Colorado after it became a state in 1876.[8] For links to Federal Census indexes, see Colorado Census.

    • 1860-1940 Colorado Census Records from 1860 to 1940 at — index/images

    Church Records[edit | edit source]

    Church records vary significantly depending on the denomination and the record keeper. They may contain information about members of the congregation, such as age, date of baptism, christening, or birth; marriage information and maiden names; and death date. For general information about Colorado denominations, view the Colorado Church Records wiki page.

    Online Church Records

    Presbyterian Church

    List of Churches and Church Parishes

    Court Records[edit | edit source]

    Numerous records are available at Colorado Archives. To use this link scroll down the page to where it asks for Record Type. Click there and scroll down the list to the records you want and select. The next field asks for county. Select the county you want and then click on Search. You can narrow the search by adding the additional information it asks for.

    Directories[edit | edit source]

    Emigration and Immigration[edit | edit source]

    Ethnic, Political, and Religious Groups[edit | edit source]

    Funeral Homes[edit | edit source]

    Genealogies[edit | edit source]

    Guardianship[edit | edit source]

    Land and Property Records[edit | edit source]

    Land and property records can place an ancestor in a particular location, provide economic information, and reveal family relationships. Land records include: deeds, abstracts and indexes, mortgages, leases, grants and land patents.

    See Colorado Land and Property for additional information about early Colorado land grants.

    After land was transferred to private ownership, subsequent transactions were usually recorded at the county courthouse, where current records are also housed.

    Online Land Records

    For more information see Colorado Land and Property

    Local Histories[edit | edit source]

    Online County Histories

    Maps and Gazetteers[edit | edit source]

    Routt CountyJefferson CountyPark CountyLake CountyPitkin CountyBoulder CountyGilpin CountyClear Creek CountyGrand CountyEagle CountyCO SUMMIT.JPG
    Click a neighboring county
    for more resources

    Migration[edit | edit source]

    Military Records[edit | edit source]

    Online Collections[edit | edit source]

    These collections are unique to Colorado. You will find nationwide databases for military records on U.S. Military Online Genealogy Records and Colorado Military Records.

    All Veterans

    Civil War

    Spanish-American War (1898)

    World War I

    World War II

    Vietnam War

    For further information see Colorado Military Records.

    Naturalization and Citizenship[edit | edit source]

    Online Records

    Newspapers[edit | edit source]

    For more information, see Colorado Newspapers.

    Colorado Newspapers Online

    Colorado Newspaper Catalogs

    • U.S. Newspaper Directory, 1690-Present on Chronicling America - contains a list of all known newspapers and the dates they cover; once you locate a newspaper name, contact the local library to see if they have copies of the newspaper

    Obituaries[edit | edit source]

    Other Records[edit | edit source]

    Periodicals[edit | edit source]

    Probate Records[edit | edit source]

    Probate records have been kept by the county courts. Colorado probate records include bonds, affidavits, letters, claims, appraisals, fee accounts, minutes, judgments, dockets, calendars, case files, and wills. The Family History Library does not have copies of probate records from Colorado.

    You may obtain copies of documents from the clerk's office in the county courthouse.

    Online Records

    School Records[edit | edit source]

    Social Security Records[edit | edit source]

    Tax Records[edit | edit source]

    Colorado tax records complement land records and can be used as supplements to censuses. There may be gaps of several years in the records. To find tax records in the FamilySearch Catalog, do a Place Search for the county.

    Vital Records[edit | edit source]

    Vital Records consist of births, adoptions, marriages, divorces, and deaths recorded on registers, certificates, and documents. A copy or an extract of most original records can be purchased from the Vital Records Section Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment or the County Clerk's office of the county where the event occurred.

    For some online statewide indexes, see the FamilySearch Historical Record Collections for Colorado.

    Birth[edit | edit source]

    Birth records may become public records when 100 years have elapsed after the date of birth. EXCEPTION: The birth record of any individual who is known to be currently alive will remain confidential even if they are 100 years of age or greater. [9]

    Marriage[edit | edit source]

    Online Records

    Death[edit | edit source]

    Death records may become public records when 75 years have elapsed after the date of death. [9]

    Divorce[edit | edit source]

    Online Records

    Research Facilities[edit | edit source]

    Archives[edit | edit source]

    Listed below are archives in Summit County. For state-wide archival repositories, see Colorado Archives and Libraries.

    The Colorado State Archives has the following records available for Summit County, Colorado Genealogy in this online database Archives Search. For a full list of online holdings, click here.
    1880-1939 Divorce Index
    1883-1900 Mine Accidents, Non - fatal
    1897-1920 Horseshoers
    1936-1942 Civilian Conservation Corps Enrollments
    1966-1968 Vietnam Deaths
    1877-1916 Summit County Probate Cases/Record

    Family History Centers[edit | edit source]

    Family History Center and Affiliate Library Locator map - search for local Family History Centers or Affiliate Libraries

    • Family History Centers provide one-on-one assistance, free access to center-only databases, and to premium genealogical websites.
    • FamilySearch Affiliate Libraries have access to most center-only databases, but may not always have full services normally provided by a family history center.

    Local Centers and Affiliate Libraries

    Libraries[edit | edit source]

    Listed below are libraries in Summit County. For state-wide library facilities, see Colorado Archives and Libraries.

    Summit County Library
    0037 County Road 1005
    Frisco, CO 80443
    Telephone: 970-668-5555

    Museums[edit | edit source]

    Societies[edit | edit source]

    Listed below are societies in Summit County. For state-wide genealogical societies, see Colorado Societies.

    Summit Historical Society
    Rutledge Historic Collections Room
    PO Box 143
    403 La Bonte St.
    Dillon, CO 80435
    Telephone: 970-468-2207

    Summit Historical Society
    Mather Archive Room
    PO Box 745
    309 N Main
    Breckenridge, CO 80424

    Frisco Historical Society
    120 Main St.
    Frisco, CO 80443
    Telephone: 970-668-342

    Websites[edit | edit source]

    Research Guides[edit | edit source]

    References[edit | edit source]

    1. The Handybook for Genealogists: United States of America,10th ed. (Draper, UT: Everton Publishers, 2002).
    2. Genealogy Trails History Group, "Summit, Colorado Genealogy and History", 7/06/2017.
    3. Handybook for Genealogists: United States of America, 10th ed. (Draper, Utah: Everton Pub., 2002), Summit County, Colorado. Page 101 At various libraries (WorldCat); FHL Book 973 D27e 2002.
    4. Alice Eichholz, ed. Ancestry’s Red Book: American State, County, and Town Sources, Third ed. (Provo, Utah: Ancestry, 2004), 94.
    5. The Handybook for Genealogists: United States of America,10th ed. (Draper, UT: Everton Publishers, 2002).
    6. Wikipedia contributors, "Summit County, Colorado," in Wikipedia: the Free Encyclopedia,,_Colorado, accessed 25 January 2018.
    7. William Thorndale and William Dollarhide, Map Guide to the U.S. Federal Censuses (Bountiful, UT: American Genealogical Lending Library, 1985), page 51-54; Alice Eichholz, ‘’Ancestry’s Red Book: American State, County and Town Sources,’’ 3rd ed. (Salt Lake City: Ancestry, 2004), 86. Free online version; FHL Book 973 D27rb 2004; WorldCat entry.
    8. William Thorndale and William Dollarhide, Map Guide to the U.S. Federal Censuses (Bountiful, UT: American Genealogical Lending Library, 1985), page 54.
    9. 9.0 9.1 Letter from Colorado State Registrar, Dated September 1, 2011. Policy Number 2011- 08.