Santa Fe County, New Mexico Genealogy

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New Mexico
Santa Fe County

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

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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
Courthouse
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Location Map
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Adoption
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County Information

Description

Formed in 1852. Santa Fe is the county seat of Santa Fe County. [1]

County Courthouse

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

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
1900 1848 1894 1850

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 MapofUS.org website.

Populated Places

The following are locations in Santa Fe County, New Mexico:[8]

Cities

  • Española
  • Santa Fe (county seat)

Town

  • Edgewood

Unincorporated communities

  • Cañoncito
  • Nambé Pueblo
  • Seton Village
  • Stanley
  • Waldo

Census-designated places

  • Agua Fria
  • Cañada de los Alamos
  • Cedar Grove
  • Chimayo
  • Chupadero
  • Cuartelez
  • Cundiyo
  • Cuyamungue
  • El Rancho
  • El Valle de Arroyo Seco
  • Eldorado at Santa Fe
  • Galisteo
  • Glorieta
  • Jaconita
  • La Cienega
  • La Puebla
  • Lamy
  • Los Cerrillos
  • Madrid
  • Pojoaque
  • Rio Chiquito
  • Rio en Medio
  • San Ildefonso Pueblo
  • Santa Cruz
  • Sombrillo
  • Tesuque

History Timeline

Resources

Bible Records

Biographies

Business, Commerce, and Occupations

Cemeteries

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

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: "Wikipedia.org".

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.

Catholic

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
Baptisms
Marriages
Burials
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
Baptisms
Marriages
Burials
Indexes Images Indexes Images Indexes Images
FS 1694-1726 1694-1726 1694-1728 1694-1728 1694-1724

LDS

LDS Ward and Branch Records

  • Santa Fe

Court Records

Directories

Emigration and Immigration

Ethnic, Political, and Religious Groups

Funeral Homes

Genealogies

Guardianship

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.

Online Land Records

Local Histories

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

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Migration

Military Records

Revolutionary War

Civil War

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

World War II

Naturalization and Citizenship

Newspapers

NewspaperArchive.com ($) has a large collection of Santa Fe and Albuquerque newspapers online. Their database is sometimes free at libraries.


Obituaries

Other Records

Periodicals

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.

Birth

Marriage

Death

Divorce

Research Facilities

Archives

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.

Santa Fe Family History Center
410 Rodeo Road
Santa Fe, NM.
Telephone: 505-986-8254

Libraries

Museums

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

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

Websites

Research Guides

References

  1. http://genealogytrails.com/newmex/santafe/ accessed 09/29/2016
  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. Alice Eichholz, Ancestry’s Red Book: American State, County and Town Sources, Revised ed. (Salt Lake City: Ancestry, 1992). At various libraries (WorldCat); FHL Book 973 D27rb 1992
  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 http://www.nmgs.org/Graphics/nmcoun-orig.jpg (accessed 9 August 2011).
  8. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Santa_Fe_County,_New_Mexico#Communities
  9. FamilySearch Catalog. Accessed 12 May 2016.
  10. Heritage Preservation Services, Civil War Battle Summaries by State, (accessed 8 August, 2012)