Santa Fe County, New Mexico Genealogy

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

County Facts
County seat: Santa Fe
Organized: September 22, 1846
Parent County(s): Original county
Neighboring Counties
Bernalillo  • Los Alamos  • Mora  • Rio Arriba  • San Miguel  • Sandoval  • Torrance
See County Maps
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Location Map

County Information[edit | edit source]

Description[edit | edit source]

Santa Fe county is located in the central area of the state.[1]

County Courthouse[edit | edit source]

Santa Fe County Courthouse
102 Grant Avenue
Santa Fe, NM 87505
Phone: 505.986.6280
Santa Fe County Website

County Clerk has marriage records from 1900, probate records from 1894 and land records from 1848[2]

Santa Fe 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 1900 1907 #1 1848 1894 1790
*Statewide registration for births and deaths started in 1907. General compliance by 1930.

Record Loss[edit | edit source]

There is no known history of courthouse disasters in this county.

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:[8]

Unincorporated communities
Native American communities
Census-designated places
Historic communities

History Timeline[edit | edit source]

Resources[edit | edit source]

Bible Records[edit | edit source]

Biographies[edit | edit source]

Biographies may recount a brief summary of an ancestor's life or profile a lengthy story about their interactions and impact on their community.

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

Cemeteries[edit | edit source]

The oldest cemetery in the Southwest, except the graveyard immediately surrounding San Miguel Church (Santa Fe City), was very near the Garita (Santa Fe City). The following is a lit of cemeteries in Santa Fe County, New Mexico

  • Black Mesa Cemetery
  • Cañoncito Cemetery
  • Cedar Grove Cemetery
  • Chimayo Catholic Cemetery
  • Cristo Rey Cemetery
  • Cundiyo Cemetery
  • Fairview Cemetery
  • Fort Sumner Post Cemetery
  • Glorieta Cemetery
  • Golden Cemetery
  • Guadalupe Cemetery
  • Holy Family Church Cemetery
  • Hyer Cemetery
  • Lamy Cemetery
  • Los Cerrillos Protestant Cemetery
  • Madrid Cemetery
  • Memorial Gardens (aka Santa Fe Memorial Gardens)
  • Mountain Valley Cemetery
  • New Galisteo Cemetery
  • Ojo de Vaca Cemetery
  • Old Galisteo Cemetery
  • Rosario Cemetery
  • San Isidro Cemetery
  • San Miguelito Cemetery (aka San Miguel's Cemetery)
  • San Pedro Cemetery
  • Santa Fe National Cemetery
  • Stanley Cemetery

Cemeteries of Santa Fe 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 14,770
1920 15,030 1.8%
1930 19,567 30.2%
1940 30,826 57.5%
1950 38,153 23.8%
1960 44,970 17.9%
1970 53,756 19.5%
1980 75,360 40.2%
1990 98,928 31.3%
2000 129,292 30.7%
2010 144,170 11.5%
Source: "".

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

Territory / Province 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[9]
Nuestra Senora de Guadalupe, Pojoaque, Online Parish Registers
Indexes Images Indexes Images Indexes Images
FS 1779-1839 1779-1839 1774-1853 1774-1853 1779-1852
Mision de San Diego, Tesuque, Online Parish Registers
Indexes Images Indexes Images Indexes Images
FS 1694-1726 1694-1726 1694-1728 1694-1728 1694-1724


The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints

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 Santa Fe 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]

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Click a neighboring county
for more resources

Migration[edit | edit source]

Military Records[edit | edit source]

Colonial New Mexico

Civil War[edit | edit source]

Civil War Battle

The following Civil War battle was fought in Santa Fe County.

Map showing Civil War battles in New Mexico. 

World War I[edit | edit source]

World War II[edit | edit source]

Naturalization and Citizenship[edit | edit source]

Newspapers[edit | edit source]

For a listing of newspapers that served the county from the 1840s to present, visit the listing for Newspapers on this Genealogy Trails website.

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]

Schools of interest in Santa Fe include:

  • The Presbyterian Mission School was attended by about one hundred girls of Spanish-American birth from New Mexico Territory.
  • Government Indian School

School records include:

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]

Death[edit | edit source]

Divorce[edit | edit source]

Research Facilities[edit | edit source]

Archives[edit | edit source]

Listed below are archives in Santa Fe 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 Santa Fe County. For state-wide library facilities, see New Mexico Archives and Libraries.

Museums[edit | edit source]

Edgewood Family History Center
2 BLKS S of I40, SR 344
Edgewood, NM 87015
Telephone 505-281-5384

Societies[edit | edit source]

Listed below are societies in Santa Fe County. For state-wide genealogical societies, see New Mexico Societies.
Santa Fe Historical Society
PO Box 323
Springer 87747

Santa Fe County Historical Society
PO Box 1985
Santa Fe 87504

New Mexico Jewish Historical Society
PO Box 15598
Santa Fe, New Mexico, 87506

San Iidefonso Historical Society
Route 5, Box 315-A
Santa Fe, New Mexico, 87501

Historic Santa Fe Foundation
545 Canyon Road, Suite 2
Santa Fe NM 87501

Santa Fe County New Mexico Genealogical Society
410 Rodeo Rd
Santa Fe, NM 87505

Facebook page

Websites[edit | edit source]

Research Guides[edit | edit source]

References[edit | edit source]

  1. Wikipedia contributors, "Santa Fe, New Mexico," in,_New_Mexico. accessed 8/30/2018
  2. 2.0 2.1 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.
  3. Handybook for Genealogists: United States of America, 10th ed. (Draper, Utah: Everton Pub., 2002), Santa Fe 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. "Courts and Judicial Powers, Sec. 6” Kearny Code: Laws for the Government of the Territory of New Mexico, September 22, 1846 (Santa Fe, N. Mex.: S. W. Kearny, 1846), 47. Digital online edition.
  5. N.M. Terr. Laws 1851, 1st assy., 2d sess. /p. 291
  6. William Thorndale, and William Dollarhide, Map Guide to the U.S. Federal Censuses, 1790-1920 (Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing, 1987), 26. At various libraries (WorldCat); FHL Book 973 X2th.
  7. Original Counties of New Mexico Territory (map) at (accessed 9 August 2011).
  8. Wikipedia contributors,"Santa Fe County, New Mexico," in Wikipedia: the Free Encyclopedia,,_New_Mexico, accessed 11 February 2019.
  9. FamilySearch Catalog. Accessed 12 May 2016.
  10. Heritage Preservation Services, Civil War Battle Summaries by State, (accessed 8 August, 2012)