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Welcome to Bent County, Colorado

A Part of the COGenWeb & USGenWeb Projects

Hello, my name is Alice Allen and I am your Bent County Coordinator. This web site is devoted to helping you find your family who resided in Bent County. You'll find links to query sites and Message Boards where you can leave messages about your family in Bent County. We also have a lookups page, where you can find people with Bent County resources who have indicated they are willing to use them to help you, our Bent County researcher. There are records and/or links to records for Bent County. The Bent County Archives pages contain biographies, cemetery records, census records, vital records, and so forth. In the works is a special project for Bent County families, a mini-biography of sorts. If you would like to contribute a write-up of your Bent County families, contact me and I'll be happy to put it online. Not all the records are available, but we are working at adding them as we can. If you have anything to contribute, be sure to contact me. My email address is

Copy and paste my address into your email template, add something in the subject line related to Bent County so I'll be sure to notice it, and send it along.

Now, come along as we explore links for your research in Bent County.

Message Boards and Mailing Lists

One of the first steps in your research should be making use of Message Boards and Mailing Lists. Here is where you can leave a query about your Bent County family members. You may meet a new cousin. You may meet someone who has a record or book with your family in it, who will see and answer your request.

Join the COBent Mailing List on Rootsweb
Rootsweb has long been a repository for mailing lists for Surnames and Counties. Here are the instructions for joining the Bent County mailing list.

Address an email to
In the subject line and the body of your email, type the word "Subscribe" (without the quotation marks) and send it on its way. There's a Digest mode as well, which bundles up all the emails and send them to you at one time. Right now the mailing list isn't very busy, so your mailbox won't be overloaded in the List mode. To subscribe in Digest mode, address the email to
Follow the directions above to subscribe in this mode.

Message Boards

Message Boards are a great resource for leaving queries.

Rootsweb's Bent County Message Board
CousinConnect Message Boards

Cyndi'sList for Queries and Message Boards
CyndisList has links to other Message Boards, as well as how-to help for writing effective queries.

Colorado Links

Bent County Links

USGenWeb Bent Co. Archives Biographies Cemeteries Cemeteries -
Bent County Tombstones Political Graveyard - Bent County Bent County Federal Census Index Linkpendium-Bent Co.
1870 Mortality Schedule 1880 Mortality Schedule Bethel Cemetery Union Valley Cemetery
Divorce Index - 1907-1919 Pioneer Historical Society of Bent County History of Bent County Early Bent Co. Families
John M. Johnson Obituary Bent County Photos Bent County Marriages Las Animas Funeral Ledgers, 1910-1911
Register of Funerals, Las Animas 1896-1910    

Miscellaneous Links and Resources for Bent County

Las Animas City Clerk
532 Carson Avenue
P.O. Box 468
Las Animas, CO 81054
Phone: 719-456-0422

Fax: 719- 456-1210

Office hours are Monday-Friday, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.
City Clerk/Treasurer: Charmaine Cook

Bent County Chamber of Commerce
Ambassador Thompson Boulevard
Las Animas, Colorado 81054
Phone: (719) 456-0453

Las Animas-Bent County District Library
5th Street
Las Animas, CO 81054
Phone: (719) 456-0111

Bent County Democrat (Newspaper)
516 Carson Avenue
Las Animas, CO 81054
Phone: (719) 456-1333

"The Fine Print"
USGenWeb and COGenWeb volunteers will not charge fees for services rendered, but may sometimes ask for reimbursement for postage and copies made or similar out-of-pocket expense.

ALSO: When contacted by someone offering info on your surname, make sure whether there are any charges involved before agreeing to have them do the research!

This WEB site and its contents, except where otherwise noted on the page, are copyrighted 2010, and may not be copied, altered, converted nor uploaded to any electronic system or BBS, nor linked from any pay-for-view site, linked in such a manner as to appear to be part of another site including frame capturing, nor included in any software collection or print collection of any type without the express written permission of the author of this site, namely: The COGenWeb and/or Alice Allen, Bent County Coordinator.

My thanks to those previous coordinators of Bent County who started this site.

Last Update: June 30, 2011

Gail Kilgore, State Coordinator
Sundee Anderson, Asst. State Coordinator
Billie Erin Walsh, Asst. State Coordinator
Daryl Lytton, Asst. State Coordinator