Volunteers Dedicated to Free Genealogy

Presented by Colorado Genealogy Trails
a part of Genealogy Trails

Genealogy and History

Welcome! and Happy Trails to you on your quest for your ancestors

Our goal is to help you track your ancestors through time by transcribing genealogical and historical data and placing it online for the free use of all researchers.

Regularly adding fresh, interesting and NEW data to this site leaves me no time to do personal research, but we can help answer questions and accept your data contributions; feel free to email me, Julie Schadek, your county host.  We Thank you for visiting and hope you'll come back again to view the updates we make to this site.


Jefferson County is the fourth most populous county of the State of Colorado. The count seat is Golden and the most populous city is Lakewood. Jefferson County was formally organized in 1861 by the Colorado Territorial Legislature and named after U.S. President Thomas Jefferson. Read the history of Jefferson County.

Cities: Arvada (mostly) - Edgewater - Golden - Lakewood - Littleton (partially) - Westminster (partially) - Wheatridge

Towns: Bailey - Bow Mar - Buffalo Creek - Conifer - Idledale - Lakeside - Morrison - Mount Vernon - Mountain View - Pine - South Platte - Ralston - Resort - Semper - South Platte - Superior (partially)

Census-designated places: Applewood - Aspen Park - Columbine - Conifer - East Pleasant View - Evergreen - Genesee - Indian Hills - Ken Caryl - Kittredge - West Pleasant View

Elijah L. West brought to the section, and put into active operation, the first combined mowing and reaping machine ever used in Jefferson county. Mr. West is justly recognized as one of the very first settlers in the Wheatridge section, the entire region being an undeveloped wilderness at the time of his location here. Not only has he been a witness to the growth and developments of the community, but has also had active part in bringing about the transition. He was also one of the most active workers in organizing the Wheatridge Grange, of which he became a charter member and was elected the first master, a position he has filled, at various times, to the extent of more than ten years. This was the first Grange to be established in Colorado, receiving Charter No. 1.
History of Colorado, Vol 4, by Wilbur Fiske Stone, 1919 - transcribed by J.S.

In 1873 George W. Harriman was the builder of a large reservoir, the first in Colorado, and he became the father of the great system of storage reservoirs now so prominent a feature in the development of the state and the promotion of its agricultural interests.
History of Colorado, Vol 4, by Wilbur Fiske Stone, 1919 - transcribed by J.S.

In the fall of 1861, Joseph C. Remington was elected first Sheriff of Jefferson Co, under the United States Government.
History of Clear Creek and Boulder Valleys, Colorado, by A. Bixby; Chicago; O. L. Baskin & Co., Historical Publishers, 1880 - transcribed by J.S. pages 547-599

This is a farming region, about 6 miles north of Golden City. A neat little frame church was built here under the pastorate of Rev. Jesse Smith, costing about $1800. This is the first strictly rural church ever built in Colorado. The pastors of this circuit have been W.M. Smith, D.W. Scott, Jesse Smith and G.W. Swift, the present pastor.
The Rocky Mountain Directory and Colorado Gazetteer for 1871, transcribed by J.S.

Online Data

Adjacent Counties County Resources

Biographies Births
Cemeteries Census
Churches Cities & Towns
County Records Court Records
Deaths Directories
Family Stories History
Marriages Military
News Articles Obituaries
Passports Pictures
Schools State Executions
Wills/ Probate

Website Updates:

Census: 1900 Federal for Ralston and Reservoir (both complete)

News: Accidents: Edward F. Ryan, Michael Ryan and Richard Adkins, were buried by a snow-slide,
Obits: Mullins

Cities & Towns: Edgewater
News: Community: Wheatridge gets Edgewater Route
News: Court: Simpson Again Convicted, Ray Thompson Acquitted of Non-Support Charge,
News: Marriage: KEEL-SWANSON
News: Military: 29 Draft Men Leave Monday, 17 Youths, Just 21, Register For Army
Obits: Swan W. Rapp,

Churches: H.S. Beavis accepted charge of Presbyterian church; A.H. Moore received 5 new members; A.C. McClelland will be be Waverly Hall
Wills/Probate: Notice of intention to make proof - Mary Wolfe Dargin, William A. Maxwell

Bios: William M. Sarell, William M.B. Sarell, Adam C. Shock, Abijah G. Smith, Elmus  Smith, Ensign B. Smith, Leander J. Smith, Levi M. Smith, William G. Smith, William L. Smith, Andrew H. Spickerman, Frederick J. Stanley, Fred. L. Stebbins, H. Herbert Stebbins, Isaac B. Stebbins, William A.L. Tarr, James M. Thomas, A.L. Trambull, Benjamin R. Wadsworth, J.E. Wannemaker, James R. Ward, C.C. Welch, Capt. George West, Reuben C. Wells, Joseph B. Wight, Henry F. Wulff
Cities & Towns: updates - Arvada, Golden, Morrison, Mount Vernon, Mountain View, Ralston, Resort, Semper, South Platte

Census: 1870 Mortality; 1880 Mortality
Bios: James T. King, George E. Kerr, William A.H. Loveland, Prof. Arthur Lakes, Paul Lanius, Henry Lee, John Loughery,  David Lees, Allen Lewis, Joseph Mann,  John S. Moody, George Morrsion, William Edwin Mathews, D.D. McIlvoy, Milton Moss, Robert Millikin, James Metcalf, John Nicholls, Adam A. Ochus, Joel K. Palmer, Joseph G. Pease,  Joseph C. Remington

Bios: Hon. James Burrell, Hon. Chester Calvin Carpenter, Jones Heivner, Abraham L. Hess, Arthur L. Hyatt,
History: History of Jefferson County, Colorado (up to the year 1880)
Marriages: Divorce 1900-1939

For help in locating your ancestors

Submit an Obituary with our automated from

We're looking for folks who share our dedication to putting data online and are interested in helping this project be as successful as it can be. If you are interested in joining Genealogy Trails, view our Volunteer Page for further information.

If you would like to be kept informed of our state and county website updates,
subscribe to any or all of our mailing lists

web counters

Back to Colorado Trails


Visit Our National Genealogy Trails Site

Copyright © Genealogy Trails
All data on this website is Copyright by Genealogy Trails with full rights reserved for original submitters.