Otero County, Colorado Genealogy Guide

Otero County, Colorado (Map It) was created on March 25, 1889 from Bent County. Otero County was named in honor of Miguel A. Otero of the prominent Otero family of the Southwest.. Learn More About State of Colorado History

Otero County is bordered by Crowley County (north), Kiowa County (northeast), Bent County (east), Las-Animas County (south), Pueblo County (west).

Otero County Cities and Towns include Cheraw, Fowler, La Junta, Manzanola, Rocky Ford, Swink.

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

Otero County, Colorado Courthouse Records

Otero County, Colorado Courthouse
Otero County, CO Courthouse

The Otero County Courthouse is located in La Junta, 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 Otero 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.

  • Otero County Clerk & Recorder has Marriage Records from 1889 and has Land Records from 1889. 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.
  • Otero County Clerk of Courts has Probate Records from 1889 and has Court Records from 1889.
  • Otero County Health Department (Crowley County Branch) has Birth / Death Records from 1889 / 1887–1907; at Vital statistics registrar, La Junta.

Otero County, Colorado Census Records

  • Learn More: State of Colorado Census Records
  • U.S. Federal Population Schedules: 1890 (fragmented), 1900, 1910, 1920, 1930, 1940
  • State Population Schedules: None
  • U.S. Federal Census Mortality Schedules: None
  • Selected U.S. Federal Census Agriculture Schedules: None
  • Selected U.S. Federal Census Industry Schedules: None
  • Union Veterans Schedules: 1890

Otero County, Colorado Vital Records

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