Colorado Probate 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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The county court, created by the 1876 state constitution, retains jurisdiction of all matters of probate. Researchers can expect to find indexes to probate records, case files of probate records, administration of estates including record of wills, letters of testamentary and administration, appraisements, inventories, sales records, and guardianships. These records are held at the county level, although some early records have been deposited with the Colorado State Archives.

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