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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 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, CO Courthouse
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
- Learn More: State of Colorado Census Records
- U.S. Federal Population Schedules: 1880 (free index), 1890 (fragmented), 1900, 1910, 1920, 1930, 1940
- State Population Schedules: 1885
- U.S. Federal Census Mortality Schedules: 1880
- Selected U.S. Federal Census Agriculture Schedules: 1880
- Selected U.S. Federal Census Industry Schedules: 1880
- Union Veterans Schedules: 1890
La Plata County, Colorado Vital Records
- Learn More: State of Colorado Vital Records
- Birth Records: from July 1910 to present.
- Marriage Records: None, but are available from the County Clerk of District Court.
- Death Records: from 1900 to present.
- Divorce Records: None, but are available from the County Clerk of District Court.
- Locations: Vital Records Section, Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment, 4300 Cherry Creek Drive South, HSVRD-VS-A1, Denver, CO 80246-1530; PH (916) (303) 692-2224 General, (303) 756-4464 Information.
- Vital Records Online: USAVital or Social Security Death Index
- Vital Records by Mail: Birth Certificate, Marriage Verification, Divorce Verification, Death Certificate Applications.
La Plata County, Colorado Resources
- Four Corners Genealogy Society, P.O. Box 2636, Durango CO 81302
- Genealogical Research Society Of Durango, 2720 Delwood, Durango CO 81301
- La Plata County Historical Society & The Animas Museum
- La Plata County, Colorado Message Boards
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