Sandoval County, New Mexico Genealogy

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Guide to Sandoval County, New Mexico ancestry, genealogy and family history, birth records, marriage records, death records, census records, and military records.

County Facts
County seat: Bernalillo
Organized: 10 March, 1903
Parent County(s): Bernalillo[1]
Neighboring Counties
Bernalillo  • Cibola  • Los Alamos  • McKinley  • Rio Arriba  • San Juan  • Santa Fe
See County Maps
Location Map

County Information[edit | edit source]

Description[edit | edit source]

Sandoval County is located in the north central area of the state.[2]

County Courthouse[edit | edit source]

Sandoval County Courthouse
711 Camino Del Pueblo
PO Box 40
Bernalillo, NM 87004
Phone: 505.867.2209
Sandoval County Website

County Clerk has marriage, probate and land records.[1]

Sandoval County, New Mexico Record Dates[edit | edit source]

Information for this chart was taken from various sources, often containing conflicting dates. This information should be taken as a guide and should be verified by contacting the county and/or the state government agency.

Known Beginning Dates for Major County Records[3]
Birth* Marriage Death* Court Land Probate Census
1907 1887 1907 #11 1887 1899 1790
*Statewide registration for births and deaths started in 1907. General compliance by 1930.

Record Loss[edit | edit source]

Sandoval County Courthouse had a Record loss in 1926.

Boundary Changes[edit | edit source]

For animated maps illustrating New Mexico County boundary changes, "Rotating Formation New Mexico County Boundary Maps" (1845-1981) may be viewed for free at the website.

Populated Places[edit | edit source]

For a complete list of populated places, including small neighborhoods and suburbs, visit HomeTown Locator The following are the most historically and genealogically relevant populated places in this county:[4]

Unincorporated communities
Census-designated places
  • San Felipe Pueblo
  • San Luis
  • Santa Ana Pueblo
  • Torreon
  • Zia Pueblo

  • History Timeline[edit | edit source]

    Resources[edit | edit source]

    Bible Records[edit | edit source]

    Biographies[edit | edit source]

    Business, Commerce, and Occupations[edit | edit source]

    Cemeteries[edit | edit source]

    Cemeteries of Sandoval County, New Mexico online and in print
    Tombstone Transcriptions Online
    Tombstone Transcriptions in Print (Often more complete)
    List of Cemeteries in the County
    See New Mexico Cemeteries for more information

    Census Records[edit | edit source]

    Historical populations
    Census Pop.
    1910 8,579
    1920 8,863 3.3%
    1930 11,144 25.7%
    1940 13,898 24.7%
    1950 12,438 −10.5%
    1960 14,201 14.2%
    1970 17,492 23.2%
    1980 34,799 98.9%
    1990 63,319 82.0%
    2000 89,908 42.0%
    2010 131,561 46.3%
    Source: "".

    Federal Census Records
    Federal Censuses were taken for New Mexico starting in 1850. For links to Federal census indexes, see New Mexico Census.

    State Census Records

    Church Records[edit | edit source]

    List of Churches and Church Parishes


    Parish registers (baptisms, marriages, and burials) are available online for the following years:

    FS = FamilySearch - free[5]
    Misión de San Felipe, San Felipe, Online Parish Registers
    Indexes Images Indexes Images Indexes Images
    FS 1767-1829 1767-1829 1726-1814 1726-1814 1726-1860
    Our Lady of the Assumption, Zia, Online Parish Registers
    Indexes Images Indexes Images Indexes Images
    FS 1694-1772 1694-1772 1697-1771 1697-1771 1727-1772

    Court Records[edit | edit source]

    Directories[edit | edit source]

    Emigration and Immigration[edit | edit source]

    Ethnic, Political, and Religious Groups[edit | edit source]

    Funeral Homes[edit | edit source]

    Genealogies[edit | edit source]

    Guardianship[edit | edit source]

    Land and Property Records[edit | edit source]

    Land and property records can place an ancestor in a particular location, provide economic information, and reveal family relationships. Land records include: deeds, abstracts and indexes, mortgages, leases, grants and land patents.

    See New Mexico Land and Property for additional information about early New Mexico land grants. After land was transferred to private ownership, subsequent transactions were usually recorded at the county courthouse and where records are currently housed.

    Online Land Records

    Local Histories[edit | edit source]

    Local histories are available for Sandoval County, New Mexico Genealogy. County histories may include biographies, church, school and government history, and military information. For more information about local histories, see the wiki page section New Mexico Local Histories.

    Maps and Gazetteers[edit | edit source]

    Los Alamos CountySandoval CountySan Juan CountyRio Arriba CountySanta Fe CountyCibola CountyBernalillo CountyMcKinley CountyNM SANDOVAL.jpg
    Click a neighboring county
    for more resources

    Migration[edit | edit source]

    Military Records[edit | edit source]

    Revolutionary War[edit | edit source]

    Civil War[edit | edit source]

    World War I[edit | edit source]

    World War II[edit | edit source]

    Naturalization and Citizenship[edit | edit source]

    Newspapers[edit | edit source]

    Online Newspapers

    Obituaries[edit | edit source]

    Other Records[edit | edit source]

    Periodicals[edit | edit source]

    Probate Records[edit | edit source]

    Since statehood in 1912, probate matters have been under the jurisdiction of probate courts in each county. Records of guardianship and adoption have usually been transferred to the district courts. In 1953 the district courts were given concurrent jurisdiction with the probate court over all probate matters in each county.

    See the wiki page New Mexico Probate Records for information about how to find earlier probate records.

    The Family History Library does not have copies of the New Mexico county probate records. They are available at each county courthouse. You can obtain copies by contacting the county clerk.

    Content: Probate Records may give the decedent's date of death, names of his or her spouse, children, parents, siblings, in-laws, neighbors, associates, relatives, and their place of residence.

    Record types: Wills, estates, guardianships, naturalizations, marriage, and adoption.

    Online Probate Records

    School Records[edit | edit source]

    Social Security Records[edit | edit source]

    Tax Records[edit | edit source]

    New Mexico tax records complement land records and can be used to supplement the years between censuses. There may be gaps of several years in the tax records of some counties. For more information, see the Wiki page New Mexico Taxation.

    Vital Records[edit | edit source]

    Vital Records consist of births, adoptions, marriages, divorces, and deaths recorded on registers, certificates, and documents. See the Wiki page, New Mexico Vital Records, for additional information about the vital records in New Mexico.

    Marriage records - are at the County Clerk's office

    Divorce records - are at the office of the County Clerk of Court

    Birth and death records - are at the New Mexico Vital Records and Health Statistics Office which has records since 1920 and delayed records since 1880.

    See also How to order New Mexico Vital Records, order electronically online or download an application for New Mexico Birth Certificate, Death Certificate Applications to mail.

    Birth[edit | edit source]

    Marriage[edit | edit source]

    A wiki article describing an online collection is found at:

    New Mexico, County Death Records - FamilySearch Historical Records

    Death[edit | edit source]

    Divorce[edit | edit source]

    Research Facilities[edit | edit source]

    Archives[edit | edit source]

    Listed below are archives in Sandoval County. For state-wide archival repositories, see New Mexico Archives and Libraries.

    Family History Centers[edit | edit source]

    Family History Center and Affiliate Library Locator map - search for local Family History Centers or Affiliate Libraries

    • Family History Centers provide one-on-one assistance, free access to center-only databases, and to premium genealogical websites.
    • FamilySearch Affiliate Libraries have access to most center-only databases, but may not always have full services normally provided by a family history center.

    Local Centers and Affiliate Libraries

    Libraries[edit | edit source]

    Listed below are libraries in Sandoval County. For state-wide library facilities, see New Mexico Archives and Libraries.

    Museums[edit | edit source]

    Societies[edit | edit source]

    Listed below are societies in Sandoval County. For state-wide genealogical societies, see New Mexico Societies.

    Sandoval County Historical Society
    151 Edmund Rd
    PO Box 692
    Bernalillo, NM, 87004-0692
    Telephone 505-867-2755

    Websites[edit | edit source]

    Research Guides[edit | edit source]

    References[edit | edit source]

    1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 1.3 Handybook for Genealogists: United States of America, 10th ed. (Draper, Utah: Everton Pub., 2002), New Mexico.At various libraries (WorldCat); FHL Book 973 D27e 2002.
    2. Wikipedia contributors, "Sandoval, New Mexico," in,_New_Mexico. accessed 8/30/2018
    3. Handybook for Genealogists: United States of America, 10th ed. (Draper, Utah: Everton Pub., 2002), Sandoval County, New Mexico. Page 474 At various libraries (WorldCat); FHL Book 973 D27e 2002; Alice Eichholz, ed. Ancestry’s Red Book: American State, County, and Town Sources, Third ed. (Provo, Utah: Ancestry, 2004), 471.
    4. Wikipedia contributors,"Sandoval County, New Mexico," in Wikipedia: the Free Encyclopedia,,_New_Mexico, accessed 10 February 2019.
    5. FamilySearch Catalog. Accessed 12 May 2016.