Colorado Church Records

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Before 1900 the largest religious groups in Colorado were the Catholic, Methodist-Episcopal, Presbyterian, and Baptist.

An inventory that can help you find church records is Guide to Vital Statistics Records in Colorado, Volume 2. Church Archives (Denver: Colorado Historical Records Survey W.P.A., 1942; FHL book 978.8 A3h; film 897482 item 9). This book lists churches that existed about 1940.

The Family History Library has records of some Catholic and Presbyterian congregations and pre-1949 LDS ward records, but few other church records. The library also has histories of the Episcopal, Latter-day Saint, and Presbyterian groups in the state.

Many denominations have collected their records into central repositories. You can write to the following addresses to learn where their records are located:


American Baptist Historical Society
P.O. Box 851
Valley Forge, PA 19482-0851
Telephone: 610-768-2374


Diocese of Colorado
1300 Washington St
Denver, CO 80203-2008
Telephone: 303-837-1173


Rocky Mountain Conference Historical Society
Ira J. Taylor Library
Iliff School of Theology
2201 S. University Boulevard
Denver, CO 80210-4798
Telephone: 303-744-1287
Fax: 303-777-3387 or 303-777-0164


Presbyterian Historical Society
425 Lombard Street
Philadelphia, PA 19147
Telephone: 215-627-1852
Fax: 215-627-0509

Roman Catholic
Archives of the Archdiocese of Denver
1300 South Steele St.
Denver, CO 80210-2599
Telephone: 303-722-4687
Fax: 303-331-8071

Diocese of Pueblo
1001 No. Grand Avenue
Pueblo, CO 81003
Telephone: 719-544-9861
Fax: 719-544-5202

For a history of the Catholic church in Colorado, see Rev. Jean Baptiste Salpointe, Soldiers of the Cross . . . , 1898, Reprint (Albuquerque, New Mexico: Calvin Horn Publishers, 1967; FHL book 973 K2sj).