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Prowers County, Colorado Genealogy

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

County Facts
County seat: Lamar
Organized: April 11, 1889
Parent County(s): Bent [1]
Neighboring Counties
Baca  • Bent  • Greeley (KS)  • Hamilton (KS)  • Kiowa  • Stanton (KS)
See County Maps
Colorado Prowers County.png

County InformationEdit


County CourthouseEdit

Prowers County Courthouse
300 S Main Street
Lamar, CO 81052-2857
Phone: 719.336.4337
Prowers County Website

County Clerk has marriage, land and some death records 1889;
District Court has divoce and court records. 
County Court has probate records.[2]

Prowers County, Colorado Record DatesEdit

Beginning Dates for Major County Records
Birth* Marriage Death* Court Land Probate Census
1891-1907 [3]*
1889 [3]*
1891-1907 [3]*
*For earlier dates, try... Church | Obituaries | Cemeteries

Record LossEdit

There is no known history of courthouse disasters in this county.

Boundary ChangesEdit

Populated PlacesEdit

The following are locations in Prowers County, Colorado:[4]

Unincorporated communities

History TimelineEdit


Bible RecordsEdit


Business, Commerce, and OccupationsEdit


Cemeteries of Prowers 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
  • Compilation of cemetery records including index from four cemeteries near Lamar, Prowers, Colorado FHL Collection

Sources for Prowers County Cemeteries

  •, Prowers County Cemeteries
  • USGenWeb Colorado Tombstone Transcription Project for Prowers County. Many or perhaps most of the gravestone photos associated with this site are copyrighted by the photographer. They may not be used for another site (like, for example) without the permission of the photographer. Additionally, several of the links to cemeteries associated with this page are broken (update 1/2014).

Cemeteries in or near the town of Lamar

  • Riverside Cemetery

Census RecordsEdit

Historical populations
Census Pop.
1890 1,969
1900 3,766 91.3%
1910 9,520 152.8%
1920 13,845 45.4%
1930 14,762 6.6%
1940 12,304 −16.7%
1950 14,836 20.6%
1960 13,296 −10.4%
1970 13,258 −0.3%
1980 13,070 −1.4%
1990 13,347 2.1%
2000 14,483 8.5%
2010 12,551 −13.3%
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.[5] See links listed below.

State and Territory Census RecordsEdit

For tips on accessing Prowers County, Colorado Genealogy census records online, see: Colorado Census.

Federal Census RecordsEdit

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. The 1880 Census was the first federal census after Colorado became a state in 1876. [6] For links to Federal census indexes, see Colorado Census

Church RecordsEdit

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

Court RecordsEdit

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.


  • Bent and Prowers Counties (Colorado) directories FHL Collection
  • Polk's Lamar (Prowers County, Colorado) city directory: including Prowers County residents and ranchers FHL Collection

Emigration and ImmigrationEdit

Ethnic, Political, and Religious GroupsEdit

Funeral HomesEdit



Land and Property RecordsEdit

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 HistoriesEdit

Template:CO History Intro

Maps and GazetteersEdit



Military RecordsEdit

Naturalization and CitizenshipEdit

Online Records


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

For more information, see Colorado Newspapers.


Other RecordsEdit


Probate RecordsEdit

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 RecordsEdit

1942-1945 Colorado State Archives Index to the Prowers County Amache School Teachers and Personnel for the period 1942-1945. This is an Index to the records of the teachers who were approved and hired at the Center.

Tax RecordsEdit

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 RecordsEdit

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.


Template:CO Vital Records - Birth Intro

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. [7]


Template:CO Vital Records - Marriage Intro

Online Records


Template:CO Vital Records - Death Intro

Death records may become public records when 75 years have elapsed after the date of death. [7]


Template:CO Vital Records - Divorce Intro

Online Records

Research FacilitiesEdit


  • Inventory of the county archives of Colorado, no. 50, Prowers County (Lamar) FHL Collection

The Colorado State Archives has the following records available for Prowers County, Colorado Genealogy in this online database Archives Search. For a full list of online holdings, click here.
1880-1939 Divorce Index
1883-1900 Mine Accidents, Non - fatal
1897-1920 Horseshoers
1936-1942 Civilian Conservation Corps Enrollments
1966-1968 Vietnam Deaths

1933-1936 Prowers County Old Age Pensions

Family History CentersEdit

Family History Centers provide one-on-one assistance and free access to premium genealogical websites. In addition, many centers have free how-to genealogy classes.


Holly Public Library
302 South Main Street
Holly, CO 81047
Telehone 719-537-6520

Lamar Public Library
102 East Parmenter St
Lamar, CO 81052
Telephone 719-336-4632


Big Timbers Museum
Prowers County Historical Society
7515 U.S. Hwy 50
P. O. Box 929
Lamar, CO 81052
Telephone 719-336-2472


Prowers County Genealogical Society
407 E. Olive Street
Lamar, CO 81052
Telephone: 719-336-4072
Hours: Tuesday - Friday 9:30 a.m. to 2:00 p.m


Research GuidesEdit


  1. 1.0 1.1 The Handybook for Genealogists: United States of America,10th ed. (Draper, UT: Everton Publishers, 2002).
  2. Handybook for Genealogists: United States of America, 10th ed. (Draper, Utah: Everton Pub., 2002), Prowers County, Colorado. Page 100 At various libraries (WorldCat); FHL Book 973 D27e 2002.
  3. 3.0 3.1 3.2 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.
  4. Wikipedia contributors, "Prowers County, Colorado," in Wikipedia: the Free Encyclopedia,,_Colorado, accessed 18 May 2017.
  5. 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.
  6. William Thorndale and William Dollarhide, Map Guide to the U.S. Federal Censuses (Bountiful, UT: American Genealogical Lending Library, 1985), page 51-54.
  7. 7.0 7.1 Letter from Colorado State Registrar, Dated September 1, 2011. Policy Number 2011- 08.