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New Mexico Birth, Marriage and Death Records[edit | edit source]

Introduction to Vital Records

Vital Records consist of births, adoptions, marriages, divorces, and deaths recorded on registers, certificates, and documents. United States Vital Records has additional research guidance on researching and using vital records. A copy or an extract of most original records can be purchased from the New New Mexico Vital Records State Department of Health or the County Clerk's office of the county where the event occurred.

Vital Records Reference Dates[edit | edit source]

New Mexico vital records start the following years:

Births Marriages Deaths
Earliest 1907* County Formation 1907*
Statewide Registration 1920 1920

* New Mexico counties were required to keep birth and death records beginning on this date.

New Mexico Birth, Marriage and Death Records Online[edit | edit source]

The following is a list of online resources useful for locating New Mexico Vital Records which consist of births, adoptions, marriages, divorces, and deaths. Check New Mexico Vital Records Online for more information about the resources listed below. Most online resources for New Mexico Vital Records are indexes. After locating a person in an index always consult the original record to confirm the information in the index.




Order Certificats

Birth Records[edit | edit source]

In 1907 each county in New Mexico was required to keep birth and death records. Records dating from the 1880s are available for a few counties. All of these records have been sent to the Vital Statistics Bureau (address below). To locate death records for the years 1899-1949, see the online New Mexico Death Index Project.

Statewide registration of vital statistics began in 1920 and was generally complied with by 1930. Delayed registrations of births are also available from 1935. You can obtain birth and death certificates by writing to:

New Mexico Department of Health
Vital Records Division
Post Office Box 25767
Albuquerque, NM 87125
Telephone: 1-866-534-0051

The current fees for obtaining copies of the state's records are listed in Where to Write for Vital Records: Births, Deaths, Marriages, and Divorces [1] Copies of this booklet are available at the Family History Library and at many Family History Centers. You must have written authorization from the family in order to obtain a copy of a birth or death certificate. The Family History Library does not have copies of these records.

Birth and death certificates can be obtained in person through the Santa Fe State Office:

Bureau of Vital Records & Health Statistics
1105 St. Francis Drive
Santa Fe, NM 87505
Telephone: 505-827-0121

Office hours are Monday through Friday 8:30 am to 4:00 pm. Note: The counter is closed 8:30 am to 9:00 am on the 2nd Thursday of each month.

A wiki article describing an online collection is found at:

New Mexico Births and Christenings - FamilySearch Historical Records

Marriage Records[edit | edit source]

Marriage records were usually kept from the date each county was organized. You can obtain copies of the records from the clerk's office in the county where the marriage was performed.

Marriage records for Bernalillo, Chavez, Eddy, San Juan, Oterro, Quay, Roosevelt, and Curry counties for 1880 to 1920 have been published in Some Marriage Records of the State of New Mexico. [2]

Many of the marriages for the state are searchable online at no cost in the Western States Marriage Index.

Gretna Greens. When a New Mexico couple's marriage is not in their home county, search for it in alternate places like Las Vegas, Clark, Nevada, or Yuma, Yuma, Arizona.[3]

A wiki article describing an online collection is found at:

New Mexico Marriages - FamilySearch Historical Records

Divorce Records[edit | edit source]

Divorce records are available only from the clerk of the district court in the county where the decree was granted.

Death Records[edit | edit source]

New Mexico Death Certificates (1919 to date) are restricted records available only to immediate family members or those who present tangible proof of a legal interest unless they are at least fifty years old. See New Mexico Department of Health website for information.

NMSA 24-14-27 C states:

"When one hundred years have elapsed after the date of birth or fifty years have elapsed after the date of death, the vital records of these events in the custody of the state registrar shall become open public records, and information shall be made available in accordance with regulations that provide for the continued safekeeping of the records; provided that vital records of birth shall not become open public records prior to the individual's death."

Wiki articles describing online collections are found at:

Online Records[edit | edit source]

Cause of Death[edit | edit source]

  • Causes of Death - use this resource when trying to interpret a disease or medical condition listed on a death record or certificate

Substitute Records[edit | edit source]

New Mexico Church Records

New Mexico Cemetery Records

New Mexico Census

New Mexico Newspapers

New Mexico Obituaries

New Mexico Military Records

New Mexico Periodicals

New Mexico History

Tips[edit | edit source]

  • Information listed on vital records is given by an informant. Learn the relationship of the informant to the subject(s) of the record. The closer the relationship of the informant to the subject(s) and whether or not the informant was present at the time of the event can help determine the accuracy of the information found on the record.
  • If you are unable to locate vital records recorded by governments, search for church records of christening, marriage, death or burial. A family Bible may have been used to record births, marriages and deaths.
  • Privacy laws may restrict your access to some vital records. Copies of some vital records recorded in the last 100 years may be unavailable to anyone except a direct relative.
  • Search for Vital Records in the FamilySearch Catalog by using a Place Search and then choosing Vital Records. Search for New Mexico to locate records filed by the State and then search the name of the county to locate records kept by the county.

Archives, Libraries and Societies[edit | edit source]

New Mexico Archives and Libraries

New Mexico Societies

Inventory of Vital Records[edit | edit source]

You can learn more about the history and availability of vital records in Guide to Public Vital Statistics Records in New Mexico. [4]

References[edit | edit source]

  1. Where to Write for Vital Records: Births, Deaths, Marriages, and Divorces (Hyattsville, Maryland: U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, March 1993); Family History Library book 973 V24wv.
  2. Some Marriage Records of the State of New Mexico, (ca. 1880-1920) 2 vols. (N.p.: New Mexico DAR, 1971-1973); FHL book 978.9 V25d; vol. 1 on film 908289 and vol. 2 on 908026 item 4.
  3. "Have you searched and searched for a marriage without finding it?" Arlene H Eakle's Genealogy Blog, 19 February 2007 ( accessed 8 January 2011).
  4. Guide to Public Vital Statistics Records in New Mexico (Albuquerque, New Mexico: Historical Records Survey, 1942; Family History Library book 978.9 V2h; film 874077 item 7; fiche 6051288).