La Plata County, Colorado Genealogy Guide

La Plata County, Colorado (Map It) was created on February 10, 1874 from Lake County and Conejos County. La Plata County was named for the many silver deposits in the area. La plata is a Spanish expression for the silver.. Learn More About State of Colorado History

La Plata County is bordered by San Juan County (north), Hinsdale County (northeast), Archuleta County (east), San Juan County, New Mexico (south), Montezuma County (west), Dolores County (northwest).

La Plata County Cities and Towns include Bayfield, Bondad, Breen, Durango, Falfa, Gem Village, Hermosa, Hesperus, Ignacio, Oxford, Redmesa, Tiffany.

A Map of La Plata County, Colorado contains detailed information about roads and boundaries, these maps may include rural communities, churches, and cemeteries.

La Plata County, Colorado Courthouse Records

La Plata County, Colorado Courthouse
La Plata County, CO Courthouse

The La Plata County Courthouse is located in Durango, Colorado. Learn More About State of Colorado Court, Tax, Land and Probate Records.

Please contact the each clerk's department to confirm mailing address, hours, fees and other information before visiting or requesting information because contact information sometimes changes.  The Clerk's Office DOES NOT DO RESEARCH.  The documents are available to interested parties, barring confidential issues.  Most staff will assist people in finding the materials, but it is up to the individual to do the research.

The following dates indicates what vital, land, probate, and court records are in La Plata county. The date listed for each category of record is usually the earliest registration filed. The earliest date does not indicate that there are numerous records for that year and does not mean that all such events were actually registered.

  • La Plata County Clerk & Recorder has Marriage Records from 1880;  early marriages in San Juan County clerk and recorder’s office. and has Land Records from 1874?. The County Clerk & Recorder is responsible for recording deeds, marriage licenses, issuing passports, titling and registering automobiles, issuing driver's licenses, registering voters, administering elections and maintaining records for the Board of County Commissioners.
  • La Plata County Clerk of Courts has Probate Records from 1874? and has Court Records from 1874?.
  • San Juan Basin Health Department has Birth / Death Records from 1895–1918; Vital statistics registrar, City Hall, Durango; also clerk and recorder’s office 1900–12.

La Plata County, Colorado Census Records

La Plata County, Colorado Vital Records

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