Bernalillo County, New Mexico Genealogy
Guide to Bernalillo County New Mexico genealogy. Birth records, marriage records, death records, census records, family history, and military records.
|Bernalillo County, New Mexico|
Location of New Mexico in the U.S.
|Founded||September 22, 1846|
|Address|| Bernalillo County Courthouse|
1 Civic Plaza NW;
Albuquerque, NM 87102
Bernalillo County Website
- 1 County Courthouse
- 2 History
- 3 Places/Localities
- 4 Resources
- 5 Societies and Libraries
- 6 Family History Centers
- 7 Web Sites
- 8 References
County Clerk has marriage records from 1885, probate records from 1895 and land records from 1888; District Court Clerk has divorce and court records.
- Before 1821 - New Spain controlled land that later would become New Mexico and Arizona. Some records of early settlers may have been sent to an archives in Seville, Spain, or to archives in Mexico City.
- In 1821 - Mexico obtained jurisdiction over the land that later would become New Mexico and Arizona. Some records of this period may have been sent to archives in Mexico City.
- 22 September 1846 - Bernalillo County was created based on an old Mexican government partido under the Kearny Code of laws for the occupied Mexican territory. Bernalillo county was one of seven original New Mexico counties. This code named after General Stephen W. Kearny
In 1848, New Mexico Territory formally became a part of the United States when the Mexican-American War ended with the signing of the Treaty of Guadalupe Hidalgo.
- 9 January 1852 - All New Mexico counties were redefined. Bernalillo county was extended west to the California border including land in present day Arizona and Nevada.   Residents far from the county seat, probably did not send many records to the county offices.
- 29 December 1863 - Arizona Territory was created from the western half of New Mexico Territory. Bernalillo county was reduced in size to the portion that was still in New Mexico Territory.
- 13 Jan 1876 SANTA ANA county discontinued, BERNALILLO county gained all of its lands and records.
- 1 Jan 1901 BERNALILLO county lost land to the creation of McKINLEY county. 
See also Previous Jurisdictions to land in Arizona for further details.
- Cibola, New Mexico
- Sandoval, New Mexico
- Santa Fe, New Mexico
- Torrance, New Mexico
- Valencia, New Mexico
- Bernalillo county Cemeteries at Find A Grave
- Tijeras Cemetery, Tijeras at BillionGraves. Cemetery appears to be inside south part of freeway interchange involving State Highway 337, US 85, and I-40. A small church is also inside this as well.
For tips on accessing Bernalillo County, New Mexico Genealogy census records online, see: New Mexico Census.
LDS Ward and Branch Records
- New Mexico Online Historical Newspapers - identifies historical archived and digitized newspapers available online on both free and pay-to-access websites.
- NewspaperArchive.com ($) has a large collection of Albuquerque and Santa Fe newspapers online. Their database is sometimes free at libraries.
Societies and Libraries
Family History Centers
- Albuquerque New Mexico in Albuquerque, New Mexico
- Albuquerque New Mexico East in Albuquerque, New Mexico
- Albuquerque New Mexico West in Albuquerque, New Mexico
- Zimmerman Library at University of New Mexico in Albuquerque, New Mexico
- 'Introduction to LDS Family History Centers'
- Bernalillo County, NMGenWeb County Burials, Census, Marriages, Yearbooks, Bibliography, Cemeteries, cities, maps, and photos for this county.
- Family History Library Catalog
- Bernalillo County Genealogy at New Mexico Genealogy
- Handybook for Genealogists: United States of America, 10th ed. (Draper, Utah: Everton Pub., 2002), Bernalillo County, New Mexico page 473, At various libraries (WorldCat); FHL Book 973 D27e 2002.
- "Courts and Judicial Powers, Sec. 5” 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.
- Kearny's Code 1846, "Courts and Judicial Powers,” secs. 5-7/p. 49; Abel, Map #2; Coan, 252; Williams, 108-109
- N.M. Terr. Laws 1851, 1st assy., 2d sess. /p. 291
- 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.
- Original Counties of New Mexico Territory (map) at http://www.nmgs.org/Graphics/nmcoun-orig.jpg (accessed 9 August 2011).
- U.S. Stat., vol. 12, pp. 664-665; Van Zandt, 165
- N.M. Terr. Laws 1875-1876, 22d assy., ch. 8/pp. 38-40
- N.M. Terr. Laws 1899, 33d assy., ch. 19/pp. 43-45
- N.M. Terr. Laws 1903, 35th assy., ch. 27/pp. 37-43
- N.M. Terr. Laws 1903, 35th assy., ch. 70/pp. 132-134