Colorado Cemetery Records

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This entry was originally written by Birdie Monk Holsclaw and Marsha Hoffman Rising CG, FUGA, FASG for Red Book: American State, County, and Town Sources.

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Kay R. Merrill, ed., The Colorado Cemetery Directory (Colorado Council of Genealogical Societies, 1985) attempts to identify, locate, and publish information from every known cemetery in the state of Colorado. The book is divided by county and then by alphabetical name of the cemetery. Location, type of cemetery, history, status, and existence of published records are included in this comprehensive publication. Contact the staff at Denver Public Library'Western History and Genealogy for update information.

A number of Colorado cemeteries have been indexed or abstracted on various websites, particularly those associated with the USGenWeb project. See this page for links to many of these cemetery records.

The Colorado National Guard maintains an incomplete registration for military graves that covers military burials (1862'1949). These restricted records are located at the Colorado State Archives, but an unrestricted index is available at its website. If a copy of the original or cause of death is desired, the researcher will need authorization from the Office of the Adjutant General, Colorado Department of Military Affairs, Administration, 6848 S. Revere Pkwy., Englewood, CO 80112.

There are two national cemeteries in Colorado: Fort Logan National Cemetery, 3698 S. Sheridan Blvd., Denver, CO 80235, and Fort Lyon National Cemetery, VA Medical Center, Fort Lyon, CO 81038. An index to each of these is available at and respectively.

Many online cemetery transcriptions can be located here: Colorado Cemetery Records