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=== Description ===
 
=== Description ===
 
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The County was named by early fur traders and trappers in the area. The County is located in the central area of the state.<ref>Genealogy Trails History Group, "Park, Colorado Genealogy and History", http://genealogytrails.com/colo/park/ 7/05/2017.</ref>
The County was named by early fur traders and trappers in the area. The County has Fairplay as its seat and the County was created November 1, 1861. The County is located in the central area of the state.<ref>Genealogy Trails History Group, "Park, Colorado Genealogy and History", http://genealogytrails.com/colo/park/ 7/05/2017.</ref>
 
  
 
=== County Courthouse ===
 
=== County Courthouse ===
 
{{CO Courthouse Intro|Park}}
 
{{CO Courthouse Intro|Park}}
  
'''Park County Courthouse'''<br>501 Main Street<br>Fairplay, CO 80440<br>Phone: 719.836.2771<br>[http://www.parkco.us/ Park County Website]<br><br>
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'''Park County Courthouse'''<br>501 Main Street<br>Fairplay, CO 80440<br>Phone: 719-836-2771<br>[http://www.parkco.us/ Park County Website]<br><br>
 
County Clerk has marriage records 1893 and land records;<br>Clerk District Court has divorce, probate and court records<ref name="HBG">''Handybook for Genealogists: United States of America'', 10th ed. (Draper, Utah: Everton Pub., 2002), Park County, Colorado. Page 100 {{WorldCat|50140092|disp=At various libraries (WorldCat)}}; {{FHL|1049485|item|disp=FHL Book 973 D27e 2002}}.</ref>
 
County Clerk has marriage records 1893 and land records;<br>Clerk District Court has divorce, probate and court records<ref name="HBG">''Handybook for Genealogists: United States of America'', 10th ed. (Draper, Utah: Everton Pub., 2002), Park County, Colorado. Page 100 {{WorldCat|50140092|disp=At various libraries (WorldCat)}}; {{FHL|1049485|item|disp=FHL Book 973 D27e 2002}}.</ref>
  
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| colspan="7" | <center>'''*For earlier dates, try...''' '''[[Park County, Colorado#Church_Records|Church]] &#124; [[Park County, Colorado#Obituaries|Obituaries]] &#124; [[Park County, Colorado#Cemeteries|Cemeteries]]'''</center>
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*'''County seat:''' Fairplay<ref>''The Handybook for Genealogists: United States of America'',10th ed. (Draper, UT: Everton Publishers, 2002).</ref> <br>
 
*'''County seat:''' Fairplay<ref>''The Handybook for Genealogists: United States of America'',10th ed. (Draper, UT: Everton Publishers, 2002).</ref> <br>
 
*[http://www.mapofus.org/colorado/ Interactive Formation Boundary Map of Colorado] - shows boundary changes for Colorado Counties
 
*[http://www.mapofus.org/colorado/ Interactive Formation Boundary Map of Colorado] - shows boundary changes for Colorado Counties
*[http://publications.newberry.org/ahcbp/documents/CO_Individual_County_Chronologies.htm#Individual_County_Chronologies Colorado Historical Boundary Changes] - list of all boundary changes by county provided by [https://www.newberry.org/ Newberry Library]<br>
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*[https://digital.newberry.org/ahcb/documents/CO_Individual_County_Chronologies.htm#Individual_County_Chronologies Colorado Historical Boundary Changes] - list of all boundary changes by county provided by [https://www.newberry.org/ Newberry Library]<br>
  
  
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=== Populated Places ===
 
=== Populated Places ===
 
{{CO Populated Places Intro|Park}}
 
{{CO Populated Places Intro|Park}}
The following are locations in Park County, Colorado:<ref>Wikipedia contributors, "Park County, Colorado," in ''Wikipedia: the Free Encyclopedia'', https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Park_County,_Colorado, accessed  18 May 2017.</ref>
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For a complete list of populated places, including small neighborhoods and suburbs, visit [https://colorado.hometownlocator.com/counties/cities,cfips,093,c,park.cfm Hometown Locator].
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The following are the most historically and genealogically relevant populated places in this county:<ref>Wikipedia contributors, "Park County, Colorado," in ''Wikipedia: the Free Encyclopedia'', https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Park_County,_Colorado, accessed  18 May 2017.</ref>
  
 
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* [http://findagrave.com/cgi-bin/fg.cgi?page=gsr&GSfn=&GSmn=&GSln=&GSbyrel=all&GSby=&GSdyrel=all&GSdy=&GScntry=4&GSst=7&GScnty=287&GSgrid=&df=all&GSob=n Findagrave.com]
 
 
* [http://cogenweb.com/park/cem-1.htm COGenWeb]
 
* [http://cogenweb.com/park/cem-1.htm COGenWeb]
 
* [http://www.usgwarchives.net/co/park.htm COGenWeb Archives]
 
* [http://www.usgwarchives.net/co/park.htm COGenWeb Archives]
* [http://www.usgwtombstones.org/colorado/park.html Tombstone Project]
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* [http://www.usgwtombstones.org/colorado/park1.html Tombstone Project]
 
* [http://coloradogravestones.org/search.php?cid=47&lm=s&last=&fm=s&first= Colorado Gravestones]
 
* [http://coloradogravestones.org/search.php?cid=47&lm=s&last=&fm=s&first= Colorado Gravestones]
* [https://familysearch.org/search/collection/results?count=20&query=%2Bdeath_place%3A%22Park%20County%2C%20Colorado%22~&collection_id=2026973 Billion Graves]
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* [https://familysearch.org/search/collection/results?count=20&query=%2Bdeath_place%3A%22Park%20County%2C%20Colorado%22~&collection_id=2026973 Billion Graves Index at FamilySearch]
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*[http://www.interment.net/us/co/Park.htm CO Internment]
 
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* [http://www.worldcat.org/search?q=cemeteries+Park+County%2C+Colorado&qt=results_page8 WorldCat]
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* [http://www.findagrave.com/cgi-bin/fg.cgi?page=csr&CScn=&CScntry=4&CSst=7&CScnty=287 Findagrave.com]
 
* [http://www.findagrave.com/cgi-bin/fg.cgi?page=csr&CScn=&CScntry=4&CSst=7&CScnty=287 Findagrave.com]
* [https://billiongraves.com/pages/search/#action=search_cemetery Billion Graves]
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* [https://billiongraves.com/search/results?cemetery_country=United%20States&cemetery_state=Colorado&cemetery_county=Park&year_range=5&size=15 Billion Graves]
 
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*[http://www.colorado-cemeteries.com/Colorado-Cemeteries.html Colorado Cemeteries by County]
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*[https://www.familysearch.org/research/places/?reqParents=393559&reqParentsLabel=Park%2C%20Colorado%2C%20United%20States&reqParentsType=209&reqTypes=20&reqTypeLabel=Cemetery FamilySearch Places]
 
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Courtesy of the Local Historical Archives of Park County, Colorado:
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*[http://www.parkcoarchives.org/ Cemetery Surveys for this area]
 
  
 
=== Census Records ===
 
=== Census Records ===
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====State and Territory Census Records====
 
====State and Territory Census Records====
*'''1860''' - {{RecordSearch|1473181|United States Census, 1860}} at [https://familysearch.org/search/ FamilySearch Historical Records] — index and images; Colorado was included in the 1860 Kansas, Nebraska, New Mexico, and Utah Territories Censuses
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*'''1860''' - {{RecordSearch|1473181|United States Census, 1860}} at [https://familysearch.org/search/ FamilySearch Historical Records] — index and images; Colorado was included in the 1860 Kansas, Nebraska, New Mexico, and Utah Territories Censuses — [[United States Census, 1860 - FamilySearch Historical Records|How to Use this Collection]]
*'''1870''' - {{RecordSearch|1438024|United States Census, 1870}} at [https://familysearch.org/search/ FamilySearch Historical Records] — index and images; Colorado Territory Census
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*'''1870''' - {{RecordSearch|1438024|United States Census, 1870}} at [https://familysearch.org/search/ FamilySearch Historical Records] — index and images; Colorado Territory Census — [[United States Census, 1870 - FamilySearch Historical Records|How to Use this Collection]]
 
*'''1885''' - [https://familysearch.org/search/collection/1807096 Colorado State Census, 1885] at [https://www.familysearch.org/search FamilySearch] - Index and images<br>
 
*'''1885''' - [https://familysearch.org/search/collection/1807096 Colorado State Census, 1885] at [https://www.familysearch.org/search FamilySearch] - Index and images<br>
 
*'''1885''' - [http://search.ancestry.com/search/db.aspx?dbid=6837 Colorado State Census, 1885] at [http://search.ancestry.com Ancestry] - ($), Index and images<br>
 
*'''1885''' - [http://search.ancestry.com/search/db.aspx?dbid=6837 Colorado State Census, 1885] at [http://search.ancestry.com Ancestry] - ($), Index and images<br>
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'''Online Church Records'''<br>
 
'''Online Church Records'''<br>
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*'''1692-1942''' - {{RecordSearch|2353034|Colorado, Church Records, 1692-1942}} at [https://familysearch.org/search FamilySearch] — index — [[Colorado, Church Records - FamilySearch Historical Records|How to Use this Collection]]
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''Presbyterian Church''<br>
 
''Presbyterian Church''<br>
 
*'''1743-1970''' - [http://search.ancestry.com/search/db.aspx?dbid=61048 U.S., Presbyterian Records, 1743-1970] at [http://search.ancestry.com Ancestry] — ($); Index and images; Dates vary for each county<br>
 
*'''1743-1970''' - [http://search.ancestry.com/search/db.aspx?dbid=61048 U.S., Presbyterian Records, 1743-1970] at [http://search.ancestry.com Ancestry] — ($); Index and images; Dates vary for each county<br>
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'''List of Churches and Church Parishes'''
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*'''[https://www.familysearch.org/research/places/?reqParents=393559&reqParentsLabel=Park%2C%20Colorado%2C%20United%20States&reqParentsType=209&reqTypeGroups=3&reqTypeLabel=Churches%20and%20Church%20Parishes FamilySearch Places]''' <br>
  
 
=== Court Records ===
 
=== Court Records ===
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*[http://www.glorecords.blm.gov/search/ Land Patent Search] - index to federal patents and homesteads on the [http://www.glorecords.blm.gov/default.aspx Bureau of Land Management] website, some images available<br>
 
*[http://www.glorecords.blm.gov/search/ Land Patent Search] - index to federal patents and homesteads on the [http://www.glorecords.blm.gov/default.aspx Bureau of Land Management] website, some images available<br>
 
*'''1796-1907''' - [http://search.ancestry.com/search/db.aspx?dbid=1246 U.S. General Land Office Records, 1796-1907] at [http://search.ancestry.com Ancestry] - index, info taken from Bureau of Land Management website<br>
 
*'''1796-1907''' - [http://search.ancestry.com/search/db.aspx?dbid=1246 U.S. General Land Office Records, 1796-1907] at [http://search.ancestry.com Ancestry] - index, info taken from Bureau of Land Management website<br>
*'''1861-1936''' - [http://search.ancestry.com/search/db.aspx?dbid=60593 U.S. Homestead Records 1861-1936] at [http://search.ancestry.com/ Ancestry.com] - ($), index and images<br>
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*'''1863-1908''' - [http://search.ancestry.com/search/db.aspx?dbid=60593 U.S. Homestead Records 1863-1908] at [http://search.ancestry.com/ Ancestry.com] - ($), index and images<br>
 
*'''1862-1908''' - [http://search.ancestry.com/search/db.aspx?dbid=3313 Denver Land Office Records, 1862-1908] at [http://search.ancestry.com/ Ancestry.com] - ($), index only<br>
 
*'''1862-1908''' - [http://search.ancestry.com/search/db.aspx?dbid=3313 Denver Land Office Records, 1862-1908] at [http://search.ancestry.com/ Ancestry.com] - ($), index only<br>
 
For more information see [[Colorado Land and Property]]<br>
 
For more information see [[Colorado Land and Property]]<br>
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{{CO Neighboring Counties Intro|county={{CO Park County}}}}
 
{{CO Neighboring Counties Intro|county={{CO Park County}}}}
 
*[http://www.mapofus.org/colorado/ Interactive Formation Boundary Map of Colorado] - shows boundary changes for Colorado Counties<br>
 
*[http://www.mapofus.org/colorado/ Interactive Formation Boundary Map of Colorado] - shows boundary changes for Colorado Counties<br>
*[http://publications.newberry.org/ahcbp/documents/CO_Individual_County_Chronologies.htm#Individual_County_Chronologies Colorado Historical Boundary Changes] - list of all boundary changes by county provided by [https://www.newberry.org/ Newberry Library]<br>
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*[https://digital.newberry.org/ahcb/documents/CO_Individual_County_Chronologies.htm#Individual_County_Chronologies Colorado Historical Boundary Changes] - list of all boundary changes by county provided by [https://www.newberry.org/ Newberry Library]<br>
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*[https://www.familysearch.org/research/places/?reqParents=393559&reqParentsLabel=Park%2C%20Colorado%2C%20United%20States&reqParentsType=209&reqTypeGroups=8&reqTypeLabel=Cities%20and%20Towns FamilySearch Places]:Cities and Towns- [[FamilySearch Places|How to Use FS Places]]
  
 
=== Migration ===
 
=== Migration ===
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*'''1916-1919''' - [https://www.colorado.gov/pacific/archives/archives-search Colorado State Archives Denver War Risk Insurance Applicants, 1916-1919] - at the [https://www.colorado.gov/archives/ Colorado State Archives website] - Index only; In the ''Record Type'' field, select, War Risk Insurance<br>
 
*'''1916-1919''' - [https://www.colorado.gov/pacific/archives/archives-search Colorado State Archives Denver War Risk Insurance Applicants, 1916-1919] - at the [https://www.colorado.gov/archives/ Colorado State Archives website] - Index only; In the ''Record Type'' field, select, War Risk Insurance<br>
 
*'''1917-1922''' - [https://www.colorado.gov/pacific/archives/archives-search Colorado State Archives World War I Civilian Service Questionnaires, 1917-1922] - at the [https://www.colorado.gov/archives/ Colorado State Archives website] - Index only; In the ''Record Type'' field, select, WWI Questionnaire<br>
 
*'''1917-1922''' - [https://www.colorado.gov/pacific/archives/archives-search Colorado State Archives World War I Civilian Service Questionnaires, 1917-1922] - at the [https://www.colorado.gov/archives/ Colorado State Archives website] - Index only; In the ''Record Type'' field, select, WWI Questionnaire<br>
*'''1917-1918''' - [http://search.ancestry.com/search/db.aspx?dbid=5442 Colorado Soldiers in WWI, 1917-1918] at [http://search.ancestry.com/] — ($), index<br>
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*'''1917-1918''' - [http://search.ancestry.com/search/db.aspx?dbid=5442 Colorado Soldiers in WWI, 1917-1918] at [http://search.ancestry.com/ Ancestry.com] — ($), index<br>
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''World War II''
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*'''1940-1945''' - {{RecordSearch|2515885|Colorado, World War II Draft Registration Cards,1940-1945}} at [https://familysearch.org/search FamilySearch] — index and images — [[Colorado, World War II Draft Registration Cards - FamilySearch Historical Records|How to Use this Collection]]
  
 
''Vietnam War''<br>
 
''Vietnam War''<br>
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''Online Records''<br>
 
''Online Records''<br>
 
*'''1868-1990''' - [http://search.ancestry.com/search/db.aspx?dbid=61194 Colorado, State and Federal Naturalization Records, 1868-1990] at [http://search.ancestry.com Ancestry] ($); Index and images<br>
 
*'''1868-1990''' - [http://search.ancestry.com/search/db.aspx?dbid=61194 Colorado, State and Federal Naturalization Records, 1868-1990] at [http://search.ancestry.com Ancestry] ($); Index and images<br>
*'''1876-1990''' - {{RecordSearch|2285702|Colorado Naturalization Records, 1876-1990}} at [https://www.familysearch.org/search FamilySearch] - Browseable images only; District Court records<br>
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*'''1876-1990''' - {{RecordSearch|2285702|Colorado Naturalization Records, 1876-1990}} at [https://familysearch.org/search FamilySearch] — index and images; District Court records — [[Colorado Naturalization Records - FamilySearch Historical Records|How to Use this Collection]]<br>
  
 
=== Newspapers ===
 
=== Newspapers ===
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*'''1875–1974''' [http://search.ancestry.com/search/db.aspx?dbid=8665 Colorado Wills and Probate Records 1875-1974] at [http://search.ancestry.com/ Ancestry.com] — index and images '''$'''
 
*'''1875–1974''' [http://search.ancestry.com/search/db.aspx?dbid=8665 Colorado Wills and Probate Records 1875-1974] at [http://search.ancestry.com/ Ancestry.com] — index and images '''$'''
 
*'''1892-1925''' The Colorado State Archives has put the [https://www.colorado.gov/pacific/archives/archives-search Park County Will Records Index] 1892-1925 online.
 
*'''1892-1925''' The Colorado State Archives has put the [https://www.colorado.gov/pacific/archives/archives-search Park County Will Records Index] 1892-1925 online.
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*'''1895-1926 & 1959-1976''' [https://www.colorado.gov/pacific/archives/archives-search Park County Will Record ] at  Colorado State Archives - index, select record type for search
  
 
=== School Records ===
 
=== School Records ===
 
{{CO Schools Intro|Park}}
 
{{CO Schools Intro|Park}}
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*'''1918-1959''' [https://www.colorado.gov/pacific/archives/archives-search Park County School Board Oaths] at  Colorado State Archives - index, select record type for search
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===Social Security Records===
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*'''1935-2014''' {{RecordSearch|1202535|United States Social Security Death Index}} at [https://www.familysearch.org/search/ FamilySearch] - [[United States Social Security Death Index - FamilySearch Historical Records|How to use this collection]]; index. ''Also at [https://www.ancestry.com/search/collections/3693/ Ancestry], [https://search.findmypast.com/search-world-Records/social-security-death-index findmypast], [https://www.fold3.com/title/830/ Fold3], [https://www.genealogybank.com/explore/ssdi/all GenealogyBank], [https://www.myheritage.com/research/collection-10002/us-social-security-death-index-ssdi?s=270606331 MyHeritage], and [https://stevemorse.org/ssdi/ssdi.html Steve Morse].'' [[United States Social Security Administration Records#Social Security Death Index (SSDI)|Click here for more information]].
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*'''1936-2007''' [https://www.ancestry.com/search/collections/60901/ U.S., Social Security Applications and Claims Index, 1936-2007] at [https://www.ancestry.com/search/ Ancestry ($)] — index, [[United States Social Security Administration Records#Social Security Applications and Claims Index|click here for more information]].
  
 
=== Tax Records ===
 
=== Tax Records ===
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=== Vital Records ===
 
=== Vital Records ===
 
{{CO Vital Intro|Park}}
 
{{CO Vital Intro|Park}}
 
'''[[Colorado Vital Records Search|Colorado Vital Records Search]]
 
  
 
==== Birth ====
 
==== Birth ====
{{CO Vital Records - Birth Intro|Park}}
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{{CO Birth Intro|Park}}
  
 
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. <ref name="registrar">Letter from Colorado State Registrar, Dated September 1, 2011. Policy Number 2011- 08. http://www.colorado.gov</ref>
 
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. <ref name="registrar">Letter from Colorado State Registrar, Dated September 1, 2011. Policy Number 2011- 08. http://www.colorado.gov</ref>
  
 
==== Marriage ====
 
==== Marriage ====
{{CO Vital Records - Marriage Intro|Park}}
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{{CO Marriage Intro|Park}}
  
 
''Online Records''<br>
 
''Online Records''<br>
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*'''1784-2007''' - [https://search.findmypast.com/search-world-records/united-states-marriages?state=colorado%2cco Colorado, United States Marriages] at [http://findmypast.com/ FindMyPast] — index $
 
*'''1809-2011''' - [http://abish.byui.edu/specialCollections/westernStates/search.cfm Western States Marriage Index, 1809-2011] - Index, incomplete, [http://abish.byui.edu/specialcollections/westernstates/alphabeticalListOfCounties.cfm list of counties included]<br>
 
*'''1809-2011''' - [http://abish.byui.edu/specialCollections/westernStates/search.cfm Western States Marriage Index, 1809-2011] - Index, incomplete, [http://abish.byui.edu/specialcollections/westernstates/alphabeticalListOfCounties.cfm list of counties included]<br>
*'''1853-2006''' - {{RecordSearch|1932434|Colorado Statewide Marriage Index, 1853-2006}} at [https://www.familysearch.org/search FamilySearch.org] - Index and images<br>
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*'''1853-2006''' - {{RecordSearch|1932434|Colorado Statewide Marriage Index, 1853-2006}} at [https://www.familysearch.org/search FamilySearch.org] - Index and images — [[Colorado Statewide Marriage Index - FamilySearch Historical Records|How to Use this Collection]]<br>
 
*'''1862-2006''' - [http://search.ancestry.com/search/db.aspx?dbid=61366 Colorado, County Marriages and State Indexes, 1862-2006] at [http://http://search.ancestry.com Ancestry] ($), Index and images<br>
 
*'''1862-2006''' - [http://search.ancestry.com/search/db.aspx?dbid=61366 Colorado, County Marriages and State Indexes, 1862-2006] at [http://http://search.ancestry.com Ancestry] ($), Index and images<br>
*'''1864-1995''' - {{RecordSearch|1942851|Colorado, County Marriages, 1864-1995}} at [https://www.familysearch.org/search FamilySearch] - Index and images<br>
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*'''1864-1995''' - {{RecordSearch|1942851|Colorado, County Marriages, 1864-1995}} at [https://www.familysearch.org/search FamilySearch] - Index and image — [[Colorado, County Marriages - FamilySearch Historical Records|How to Use this Collection]]<br>
 
*'''1881-1950''' [http://www.parkcoarchives.org/Archives_Marriage_Records.pdf Marriage Records 1881-1950] - Donated by Lucille Brown through the Local Historical Archives, Park County, Colorado<br>
 
*'''1881-1950''' [http://www.parkcoarchives.org/Archives_Marriage_Records.pdf Marriage Records 1881-1950] - Donated by Lucille Brown through the Local Historical Archives, Park County, Colorado<br>
 
*'''1900-1939''' - [http://search.ancestry.com/search/db.aspx?dbid=60251 Colorado, Statewide Marriage Index, 1900-1939] at [http://search.ancestry.com/ Ancestry.com] - ($); Browseable images of original index<br>
 
*'''1900-1939''' - [http://search.ancestry.com/search/db.aspx?dbid=60251 Colorado, Statewide Marriage Index, 1900-1939] at [http://search.ancestry.com/ Ancestry.com] - ($); Browseable images of original index<br>
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*'''1975 - 2004''' [https://www.myheritage.com/research/collection-10203/colorado-marriages-1975-2004 Colorado, Marriages, 1975 - 2004] at [https://www.myheritage.com/research MyHeritage] - index and images ($)
  
 
==== Death ====
 
==== Death ====
{{CO Vital Records - Death Intro|Park}}
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{{CO Death Intro|Park}}
  
 
Death records may become public records when 75 years have elapsed after the date of death. <ref name="registrar" />
 
Death records may become public records when 75 years have elapsed after the date of death. <ref name="registrar" />
  
 
==== Divorce ====
 
==== Divorce ====
{{CO Vital Records - Divorce Intro|Park}}
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{{CO Divorce Intro|Park}}
  
 
''Online Records''<br>
 
''Online Records''<br>
 
*'''1851-1985''' [http://search.ancestry.com/search/db.aspx?dbid=60927 Colorado, Divorce Index, 1851-1985] at [http://search.ancestry.com Ancestry] - ($); Index only<br>
 
*'''1851-1985''' [http://search.ancestry.com/search/db.aspx?dbid=60927 Colorado, Divorce Index, 1851-1985] at [http://search.ancestry.com Ancestry] - ($); Index only<br>
*'''1900-1939''' - {{RecordSearch|2043439|Colorado Statewide Divorce Index, 1900-1939}} at [https://www.familysearch.org/search FamilySearch] - Browseable images of original index<br>
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*'''1878-2004''' [https://www.myheritage.com/research/collection-10216/colorado-divorces-1878-2004 Colorado, Divorces, 1878 - 2004] at [https://www.myheritage.com/research MyHeritage] - index ($)
*'''1957-1974''' The Colorado State Archives has put a name only index to the [https://www.colorado.gov/pacific/archives/archives-search Park County Divorce Records] for the period 7/30/1957 to 6/3/1974 on-line.
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*'''1900-1939''' {{RecordSearch|2043439|Colorado Statewide Divorce Index, 1900-1939}} at [https://www.familysearch.org/search FamilySearch] - Browseable images of original index — [[Colorado Statewide Divorce Index - FamilySearch Historical Records|How to Use this Collection]]<br>
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*'''1957-1974''' [https://www.colorado.gov/pacific/archives/archives-search Park County Divorce Record ] at  Colorado State Archives - index, select record type for search
  
 
== Research Facilities ==
 
== Research Facilities ==

Revision as of 14:34, 19 May 2021

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

County Facts
County seat: Fairplay
Organized: November 1, 1861
Parent County(s): Original county[1]
Neighboring Counties
Chaffee  • Clear Creek  • Douglas  • Fremont  • Jefferson  • Lake  • Summit  • Teller
See County Maps
Courthouse
ColoradoParkCourthouse.jpg
Location Map
Colorado Park County.png
Adoption

County Information[edit | edit source]

Description[edit | edit source]

The County was named by early fur traders and trappers in the area. The County is located in the central area of the state.[2]

County Courthouse[edit | edit source]

Park County Courthouse
501 Main Street
Fairplay, CO 80440
Phone: 719-836-2771
Park County Website

County Clerk has marriage records 1893 and land records;
Clerk District Court has divorce, probate and court records[3]

Park 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]
Marriage Court Land Probate Census
1892 1893 1899 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:[7]

Towns
Unincorporated communities
Census-designated places
Ghost towns


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 Park 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.[8] See links listed below.

Historical populations
Census Pop.
1870 447
1880 3,970 788.1%
1890 3,548 −10.6%
1900 2,998 −15.5%
1910 2,492 −16.9%
1920 1,977 −20.7%
1930 2,052 3.8%
1940 3,272 59.5%
1950 1,870 −42.8%
1960 1,822 −2.6%
1970 2,185 19.9%
1980 5,333 144.1%
1990 7,174 34.5%
2000 14,523 102.4%
2010 16,206 11.6%
Source: "Wikipedia.org".

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.[9] For links to Federal Census indexes, see Colorado Census.

  • 1860-1940 Colorado Census Records from 1860 to 1940 at FamilySearch.org — 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]

Courtesy of The Park County Historic Preservation Advisory Committee and the Park County Local History Archives:

Maps and Gazetteers[edit | edit source]

Fremont CountyTeller CountyDouglas CountyJefferson CountyClear Creek CountySummit CountyEagle CountyLake CountyChaffee CountyGunnison CountyCO PARK.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

Courtesy of Park County Historical Archives:


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. [10]

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. [10]

Divorce[edit | edit source]

Online Records

Research Facilities[edit | edit source]

Archives[edit | edit source]

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

The Colorado State Archives has the following records available for Park County, Colorado Genealogy in this online database Archives Search. For a full list of online holdings, click here.
(Statewide)
1880-1939 Divorce Index
1883-1900 Mine Accidents, Non - fatal
1897-1920 Horseshoers
1936-1942 Civilian Conservation Corps Enrollments
1966-1968 Vietnam Deaths
1895-1926 & 1959-1976 Park County Will Record
1918-1959 Park County School Board Oaths
1957-1974 Park County Divorce 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 Park County. For state-wide library facilities, see Colorado Archives and Libraries.

Park County Public Library
418 Main Street
Fairplay, CO 80440
Telephone: 719-836-4299
Website

Museums[edit | edit source]

Societies[edit | edit source]

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

Foothills Genealogical Society of Colorado, Inc.
PO Box 150382
Lakewood, CO 80215-0382
Telephone: 303-935-9192
E-mail:foothillsgensoc@yahoo.com
Website

Park County Historical Society
PO BOx 43
Bailey, CO 80421
Telephone: 303-838-8241
E-mail:karenchristenson@msn.com
Website

South Park Historical Society
100 4th St.
Fairplay CO 80440

Slovenian Genealogy Society
Colorado Chapter
837 Swiggler Road
Jefferson, CO 90456-9732

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, "Park, Colorado Genealogy and History", http://genealogytrails.com/colo/park/ 7/05/2017.
  3. Handybook for Genealogists: United States of America, 10th ed. (Draper, Utah: Everton Pub., 2002), Park County, Colorado. Page 100 At various libraries (WorldCat); FHL Book 973 D27e 2002.
  4. Handybook for Genealogists: United States of America, 10th ed. (Draper, Utah: Everton Pub., 2002), Park County, Colorado. Page 100 At various libraries (WorldCat); FHL Book 973 D27e 2002; Alice Eichholz, ed. Ancestry’s Red Book: American State, County, and Town Sources, Third ed. (Provo, Utah: Ancestry, 2004), 93.
  5. The Red Book, American State, County, and Town Sources. Edited by Alice Eichholz. (Ancestry, Provo; 3d ed, 2004.) Colorado article by Birdie Monk Holzclaw and Marsha Hoffman Rising. page 93.
  6. The Handybook for Genealogists: United States of America,10th ed. (Draper, UT: Everton Publishers, 2002).
  7. Wikipedia contributors, "Park County, Colorado," in Wikipedia: the Free Encyclopedia, https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Park_County,_Colorado, accessed 18 May 2017.
  8. 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.
  9. William Thorndale and William Dollarhide, Map Guide to the U.S. Federal Censuses (Bountiful, UT: American Genealogical Lending Library, 1985), page 54.
  10. 10.010.1 Letter from Colorado State Registrar, Dated September 1, 2011. Policy Number 2011- 08. http://www.colorado.gov