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General Information About Colorado Death Records and Laws
In Colorado, death records are available. A death record is a notation of a person's death, usually associated with their living within the state. Death records at the state level provide very minimal information, but it is often enough to start a more thorough investigation of information. Death records can be useful for searches for family trees. They are also helpful when searching for property ownership or change of hands information. That information can be ideal to provide other information as well.
The first step when searching for Colorado death records is to start with local searches when possible. The county offices gather information and they will report this information to the state. However, county offices of public health are often the sources for more information and additional data than more extensive services.
In Colorado, the state does require individuals to report information about deaths directly. The state began recording both births and deaths in 1875. However, it was not a simple process at that time and, as a result the compliance to this requirement is sporadic at best. You will find some records from that time onwards available at a limited level. Improvement to the system began in 1900 and at that time, implementation of a system for reporting Colorado deaths became more successful. Most death records after 1900 are available in the state through the Vital Records Department. You can write to these organizations at the following address.
Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment
Vital Records Department
4300 Cherry Creek Drive South
Denver, Colorado 80222
It is possible to contact the organization by phone as well. To do so, you can call 303 756-4464. This information is available through a request, but it can take some time to get it. The information is available for those who require it without restriction, though. Colorado does not have a specific law in place to limit access to death records. However, for most death certificate requests at a local level within five to ten years of a person's death, it is likely that this information will be provided only to family members who request it. It is important to know this information prior to making a request. For older requests made to the Vital Records office, it can still take some time to get this information. The agency reports it can take up to three months to receive some data, especially if you report the information is for genealogy research.
The key to obtaining Colorado death records is to start at a local level whenever it is possible to do so. At the local level, information is more readily available. However, if you do not know the local information or you do not find it at that least, consider a search through the Vital Records Department. It can also be possible to find some information through churches, town hall clerks or other agencies that were active and community involved at the time you are searching for information. This information can answer many of your questions.
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