McKinley County, New Mexico Genealogy

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McKinley County

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

County Facts
County seat: Gallup
Organized: January 1, 1901
Parent County(s): Bernalillo[1]
Neighboring Counties
Apache (AZ)  • Cibola  • San Juan  • Sandoval
See County Maps
Location Map

County Information


McKinley County is a county located in the northwestern section of the state. McKinley County was created 23 February 1899 but did not take effect until 1 January 1901. It was named for William McKinley. The county seat is Gallup.[2]

County Courthouse

McKinley County Courthouse
200 W Hill Avenue
Gallup, NM 87301-6309
Phone: 505.863.6866
McKinley County Website

County Clerk has birth records 1907-1958, probate and land records from 1901, and voter registration
District Court Clerk has divorce records.[1]

McKinley County, New Mexico Record Dates

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 1901 1907 #11 1901 1901 1790
Statewide registration for births and deaths started in 1907. General compliance by 1930.

Record Loss

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

Boundary Changes

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

The following are locations in McKinley County, New Mexico:[6]


  • Gallup (county seat)

Unincorporated communities

  • Borrego Pass
  • Chi Chil Tah
  • Continental Divide
  • Gamerco
  • Jamestown
  • Pinedale
  • Prewitt
  • Rehoboth
  • Smith Lake
  • Vanderwagen

Census-designated places

  • Black Rock
  • Brimhall Nizhoni
  • Church Rock
  • Crownpoint
  • Crystal
  • Nakaibito
  • Navajo
  • Pueblo Pintado
  • Ramah
  • Rock Springs
  • Thoreau
  • Tohatchi
  • Tse Bonito
  • Twin Lakes
  • Yah-ta-hey
  • Zuni Pueblo

History Timeline


Bible Records


Business, Commerce, and Occupations


Cemeteries of McKinley 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

Historical populations
Census Pop.  %±
1910 12,963
1920 13,731 5.9%
1930 20,643 50.3%
1940 23,641 14.5%
1950 27,451 16.1%
1960 37,209 35.5%
1970 43,208 16.1%
1980 56,449 30.6%
1990 60,686 7.5%
2000 74,798 23.3%
2010 71,492 −4.4%
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

Church records and the information they provide vary significantly depending on the denomination and the record keeper. They may contain information about members of the congregation, such as age, date of baptism, christening, or birth; marriage information and maiden names; and death date. For general information about New Mexico denominations, view the New Mexico Church Records wiki page.


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

FS = FamilySearch - free[7]
Nuestra Señora de Guadalupe, Zuni, Parish Registers Online


Indexes Images Indexes Images Indexes Images
FS 1725-1772 1725-1772 1697-1771 1697-1771


LDS Ward and Branch Records

  • Gallup
  • Ramah

Court Records


Emigration and Immigration

Ethnic, Political, and Religious Groups

Funeral Homes



Land and Property Records

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.

The primary function of the McKinley County Clerk is to file and record documents of all kinds, including all land documents, maps and plats for the county, subdivision maps and surveys, legal descriptions, bills of sale, and property tax liens.
   McKinley county Clerks Office

   McKinley county NM Courthouse
   207 West Hill St
   Gallup, NM 87301
Online Land Records

Local Histories

Local histories are available for McKinley 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

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Military Records

Revolutionary War

Civil War

World War I

World War II

Naturalization and Citizenship



Other Records


Probate Records

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

Tax Records

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

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.





Research Facilities


Family History Centers

Family History Centers provide one-on-one assistance and free access to premium genealogical websites. In addition, many centers have free how-to genealogy classes.




Gallup Historical Society, Inc.
300 West Historic 66 Avenue
Gallup, New Mexico, 87301
Telephone: 505-863-1363

Red Rock Historical Society
PO Box 328
Gallup, New Mexico, 87305-0328

Luna County Historical Society
301 S. Silver Ave.
Deming, NM 88030
Telephone: 575-546-2382


Research Guides


  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. accessed 09/29/2016
  3. Handybook for Genealogists: United States of America, 10th ed. (Draper, Utah: Everton Pub., 2002), McKinley 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), 470.
  4. N.M. Terr. Laws 1899, 33d assy., ch. 19/pp. 43-45
  5. N.M. Terr. Laws 1901, 34th assy., ch. 39/pp. 75-79
  7. FamilySearch Catalog. Accessed 12 May 2016.