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''[[United States|United States]] [[Image:Gotoarrow.png]] [[New Mexico|New Mexico]] [[Image:Gotoarrow.png]] [[Chaves_County,_New_Mexico|Chaves County]]'' <br>  
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''[[United States|United States]] [[Image:Gotoarrow.png]] [[New Mexico Genealogy|New Mexico]] [[Image:Gotoarrow.png]] [[Chaves_County,_New_Mexico|Chaves County]]'' <br>  
  
{{NMDC}}
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Guide to '''Chaves County, New Mexico ancestry, family history, and genealogy''' birth records, marriage records, death records, census records, and military records.
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{{Click|Image:NM_ORP.png|New Mexico Online Genealogy Records}}
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{{Infobox U.S. County
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| county = Chaves County
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| county_map =
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| state = New Mexico
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| state_map = New-mexico.png
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| latd =
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| longd =
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| founded year = 1889
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| founded date = February 25
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| seat = Roswell
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| building image = NewMexicoChavesCourthouse.jpg
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| building address = Chaves County Courthouse<br> 401 N Main Street<br>Roswell, NM 88201-4726<br>Phone: 505.624.6614<br>[http://co.chaves.nm.us/ Chaves County Website]}}  
  
 
[[Image:Nm-chaves.png|right|300px|Nm-chaves.png]]  
 
[[Image:Nm-chaves.png|right|300px|Nm-chaves.png]]  
  
== County Courthouse ==
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=== County Information ===
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==== Chaves County, New Mexico Record Dates ====
  
[http://co.chaves.nm.us/ Chaves County Courthouse]<br>401 N Main Street<br>Roswell, NM 88201-4726<br>Phone: 505.624.6614&nbsp;<br><br>'''''County Clerk''''' has marriage, land and military records from 1900; '''''District Court Clerk''''' has probate records from 1900, divorce and court records.<ref name="HBG">''Handybook for Genealogists: United States of America'', 10th ed. (Draper, Utah: Everton Pub., 2002), Catron County, New Mexico page 473, {{WorldCat|50140092|disp=At various libraries (WorldCat)}}; {{FHL|1049485|item|disp=FHL Book 973 D27e 2002}}.</ref>  
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{| width="100%" cellspacing="1" cellpadding="1" border="1"
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| width="100%" bgcolor="#e4d8e5" align="center" colspan="6" | <center>'''Beginning Dates for Major County Records'''</center>
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| width="16.6%" bgcolor="#e4d8e5" align="center" | '''[[Chaves County, New Mexico Genealogy#Vital_Records|Birth]]'''
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| width="16.6%" bgcolor="#e4d8e5" align="center" | '''[[Chaves County, New Mexico Genealogy#Vital_Records|Marriage]]'''
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| width="16.6%" bgcolor="#e4d8e5" align="center" | '''[[Chaves County, New Mexico Genealogy#Vital_Records|Death]]'''
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| width="16.6%" bgcolor="#e4d8e5" align="center" | '''[[Chaves County, New Mexico Genealogy#Census|Census]]'''
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| width="16.6%" bgcolor="#e4d8e5" align="center" | [[Chaves County, New Mexico Genealogy#Land|'''Land''']]
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| width="16.6%" bgcolor="#e4d8e5" align="center" | '''[[Chaves County, New Mexico Genealogy#Probate|Probate]]'''
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| width="16.6%" align="center" |
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| width="16.6%" align="center" | 1891
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| width="16.6%" align="center" |
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| width="16.6%" align="center" | 1900
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| width="16.6%" align="center" | 1887
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| width="16.6%" align="center" | 1900
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|}
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=== County Courthouse  ===
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[http://co.chaves.nm.us/ Chaves County Courthouse]<br>401 N Main Street<br>Roswell, NM 88201-4726<br>Phone: 505.624.6614&nbsp;<br><br>'''''County Clerk''''' has marriage, land and military records from 1900; '''''District Court Clerk''''' has probate records from 1900, divorce and court records.<ref name="HBG">''Handybook for Genealogists: United States of America'', 10th ed. (Draper, Utah: Everton Pub., 2002), Catron County, New Mexico page 473, {{WorldCat|50140092|disp=At various libraries (WorldCat)}}; {{FHL|1049485|item|disp=FHL Book 973 D27e 2002}}.</ref>
  
 
== History  ==
 
== History  ==
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*Up until '''1821''' -&nbsp; [[New Spain]] controlled land that later would become New Mexico and Arizona. Some records of early settlers may have been sent to an [http://www.mcu.es/archivos/MC/AGI/index.html archives] in Seville, Spain, or to [[Mexico Archives and Libraries|archives]] in Mexico City. <br>  
 
*Up until '''1821''' -&nbsp; [[New Spain]] controlled land that later would become New Mexico and Arizona. Some records of early settlers may have been sent to an [http://www.mcu.es/archivos/MC/AGI/index.html archives] in Seville, Spain, or to [[Mexico Archives and Libraries|archives]] in Mexico City. <br>  
*From 1821 until '''1846''' -&nbsp;[[Mexico]] had jurisdiction over the land that later would become New Mexico and Arizona. Some records of this period may have been sent to [[Mexico Archives and Libraries|archives]] in Mexico City. United States forces occupied New Mexico starting in 1846 during the {{wpd|Mexican-American War}}.  
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*From 1821 until '''1846''' -&nbsp;[[Mexico Genealogy|Mexico]] had jurisdiction over the land that later would become New Mexico and Arizona. Some records of this period may have been sent to [[Mexico Archives and Libraries|archives]] in Mexico City. United States forces occupied New Mexico starting in 1846 during the {{wpd|Mexican-American War}}.  
 
*'''1848''' -&nbsp; Land that became Chaves County formally became a part of the United States when the Mexican War ended with ratification of the {{wpd|Treaty of Guadalupe Hidalgo}}.<br>
 
*'''1848''' -&nbsp; Land that became Chaves County formally became a part of the United States when the Mexican War ended with ratification of the {{wpd|Treaty of Guadalupe Hidalgo}}.<br>
  
'''1889--'''Chaves County was created 25&nbsp;February 1889&nbsp;from [[Lincoln County, New Mexico|Lincoln]] County.<ref name="HBG" />  
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'''1889--'''Chaves County was created 25&nbsp;February 1889&nbsp;from [[Lincoln County, New Mexico Genealogy|Lincoln]] County.<ref name="HBG" />
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==== Description ====
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Chaves county is in the southeastern portion of New Mexico.  Roswell, the county seat. Formed Feb. 25 1889 from part of Lincoln County.<ref>http://genealogytrails.com/newmex/chaves/historyoverview.html accessed 09/29/2016</ref>  Chaves County was named for Colonel Jose Francisco Chaves, a military leader here during the U.S. Civil War and later in Navajo campaigns.<ref>https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Chaves_County,_New_Mexico accessed 10/31/2016</ref>
  
 
==== Boundary Changes  ====
 
==== Boundary Changes  ====
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*[http://www.mapofus.org/newmexico/ Interactive Formation Boundary Map of New Mexico] - shows boundary changes for New Mexico Counties
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*[http://publications.newberry.org/ahcbp/documents/NM_Individual_County_Chronologies.htm New Mexico Historical Boundary Changes] - list of all boundary changes by county provided by [https://www.newberry.org/ Newberry Library]<br>
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For animated maps illustrating New Mexico County boundary changes, [http://www.mapofus.org/newmexico/ "Rotating Formation New Mexico County Boundary Maps"] (1845-1981) may be viewed for free at the MapofUS.org website.
  
 
==== Record Loss  ====
 
==== Record Loss  ====
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There is no known history of courthouse disasters in this county.
  
 
== Places/Localities  ==
 
== Places/Localities  ==
  
==== Populated Places  ====
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==== Populated Places<ref>https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Chaves_County,_New_Mexico#Communities</ref> ====
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=====City=====
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*Roswell (county seat)
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*Towns[edit]
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*Dexter
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*Hagerman
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*Lake Arthur
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=====Census-designated place=====
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*Midway
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=====Unincorporated communities=====
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*Dunken
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*Elk
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*Elkins
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*Greenfield
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*Mesa
  
 
==== Neighboring Counties  ====
 
==== Neighboring Counties  ====
  
*[[De Baca County, New Mexico|De Baca]]  
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*[[De Baca County, New Mexico Genealogy|De Baca]]  
*[[Eddy County, New Mexico|Eddy]]  
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*[[Eddy County, New Mexico Genealogy|Eddy]]  
*[[Lea County, New Mexico|Lea]]  
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*[[Lea County, New Mexico Genealogy|Lea]]  
*[[Lincoln County, New Mexico|Lincoln]]  
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*[[Lincoln County, New Mexico Genealogy|Lincoln]]  
*[[Otero County, New Mexico|Otero]]  
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*[[Otero County, New Mexico Genealogy|Otero]]  
*[[Roosevelt County, New Mexico|Roosevelt]]
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*[[Roosevelt County, New Mexico Genealogy|Roosevelt]]
  
 
== Resources  ==
 
== Resources  ==
  
 
==== Cemeteries  ====
 
==== Cemeteries  ====
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*[http://www.nmgenealogy101.com/cemetery-records/ New Mexico Cemetery Records]
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*[http://www.usgennet.org/usa/topic/cemetery/newmexico/ AHGP New Mexico Cemetery Transcription & Photo Project]
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*[http://www.accessgenealogy.com/cemetery/new-mexico-cemetery-records-luna-to-valencia.htm New Mexico Cemetery Records, Luna to Valencia]
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*[http://recordsproject.com/cemetery/new-mexico.asp New Mexico Cemetery Record Information Online]
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*[http://www.usgwtombstones.org/newmexico/newmex.html New Mexico Tombstone Transcription Project]
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*[http://www.uscemeteryproj2.com/newmexico/nmcemproj.htm New Mexico Cemeteries Project]
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*[http://www.nmgs.org/artGRNM-VR.htm#Cemetery New Mexico Vital Record Information: Cemeteries]
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*[http://www.deathindexes.com/newmexico/ Online New Mexico Death Records and Indexes]
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*[http://www.cemeteries-of-tx.com/newmexico/index.html Cemeteries of New Mexico]
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*[http://billiongraves.com/ BillionGraves.com] - Provides photos and GPS locations of grave markers.
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*[http://www.cyndislist.com/cemeteries/ Cyndi's List] - Cemeteries &amp; funeral homes
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*[http://www.findagrave.com/ Findagrave.com]
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*[http://www.interment.net/ Interment.net]
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*[http://userdb.rootsweb.ancestry.com/cemeteries/ Rootsweb]
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*[http://www.usgenweb.com/ UsGenweb.org]
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*[http://billiongraves.com/pages/cemetery/cemetery.php?cemetery_id=68803 South Park Cemetery, Roswelll] BillionGraves
  
*[http://billiongraves.com/pages/cemetery/cemetery.php?cemetery_id=68803 South Park Cemetery, Roswelll] BillionGraves
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{| width="80%" cellspacing="1" cellpadding="1" border="1"
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| width="30%" bgcolor="#E0E0E0" align="center" | '''Tombstone Transcriptions Online'''
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| width="30%" bgcolor="#E0E0E0" align="center" | '''Tombstone Transcriptions in Print'''
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| width="30%" bgcolor="#E0E0E0" align="center" | '''List of Cemeteries in the county'''
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| bgcolor="#F0F0F0" | [http://findagrave.com/cgi-bin/fg.cgi?page=gsr&GSfn=&GSmn=&GSln=&GSbyrel=all&GSby=&GSdyrel=all&GSdy=&GScntry=4&GSst=34&GScnty=1930&GSgrid=&df=all&GSob=n Findagrave.com]
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| bgcolor="#F0F0F0" | {{FHL|370975|subject-id|disp=Family History Library}}
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| bgcolor="#F0F0F0" | [http://www.findagrave.com/cgi-bin/fg.cgi?page=csr&CScn=&CScntry=4&CSst=34&CScnty=1930 Findagrave.com]
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| bgcolor="#F0F0F0" | [http://chaves.nmgenweb.us/records/cemeteries.html NMGenWeb]
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| bgcolor="#F0F0F0" | [http://www.worldcat.org/search?q=su%3Acemetery+Chaves+New+Mexico&qt=advanced&dblist=638 WorldCat]
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| bgcolor="#F0F0F0" | [https://billiongraves.com/search/results?year_range=5&action=search_cemetery&exact=true&country=United%20States&state=New%20Mexico&county=Chaves&cemetery_name=a# Billion Graves]
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| bgcolor="#F0F0F0" | [http://www.usgwarchives.net/nm/chaves/chaves.htm NMGenWeb Archives]
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| bgcolor="#F0F0F0" |
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| bgcolor="#F0F0F0" |
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| bgcolor="#F0F0F0" | [http://usgwtombstones.org/newmexico/chaves.html Tombstone Project]
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| bgcolor="#F0F0F0" |
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| bgcolor="#F0F0F0" | [http://www.uscemeteryproj2.com/newmexico/chaves/chaves.htm NM Cemetery Project]
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| bgcolor="#F0F0F0" | [http://www.interment.net/us/nm/chaves.htm NM Interment]
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|-
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| bgcolor="#F0F0F0" | [https://billiongraves.com/pages/search/# Billion Graves]
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| bgcolor="#F0F0F0" colspan="3" | See [[New Mexico Cemeteries|New Mexico Cemeteries]] for more information.
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==== Census  ====
 
==== Census  ====
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{{Historical populations
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|type = USA
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|heading = Census
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|footnote = Source: [https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Chaves_County,_New_Mexico#Demographics "Wikipedia.org".]
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|1910 |16850
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|1920 |12075
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|1930 |19549
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|1940 |23980
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|1950 |40605
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|1960 |57649
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|1970 |43335
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|1980 |51103
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|1990 |57849
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|2000 |61382
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|2010 |65645
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}}
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===== State Census Records =====
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*'''1885''' [http://search.ancestry.com/search/db.aspx?dbid=1976 New Mexico Territorial Census 1885] at [http://search.ancestry.com Ancestry] (free)
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*'''Late 1800s''' [http://search.ancestry.com/search/db.aspx?dbid=3085 1800s Arizona and New Mexico Territories Census, Late 1800s] ($)
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===== Federal Census Records =====
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Federal Censuses were taken for New Mexico starting in 1850. For links to Federal census indexes, see [[New Mexico Census]].
  
{{Census|New Mexico}}  
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==== Church ====
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{{NM Church Intro}}
  
==== Church ====
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==== Court ====
  
==== Court  ====
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==== Land ====
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''Online Land Records''
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*[http://www.glorecords.blm.gov/search/ Land Patent Search] - index to federal patents and homesteads on the [http://www.glorecords.blm.gov/default.aspx Bureau of Land Management] website, some images available
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*'''1796 - 1907''' - [http://search.ancestry.com/search/db.aspx?dbid=1246 U.S. General Land Office Records, 1796-1907] at [http://search.ancestry.com Ancestry] - index, info taken from Bureau of Land Management website<br>
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*'''1861 - 1936''' - [http://search.ancestry.com/search/db.aspx?dbid=60593 U.S. Homestead Records 1861-1936] at [http://home.ancestry.com Ancestry.com] - ($), index and images
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<br>
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==== Local Histories ====
  
==== Land  ====
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{{NM History Intro}}
  
==== Local Histories  ====
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==== Maps ====
  
==== Maps  ====
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[[Image:Nmchaves.jpg|300px]]
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*[http://www.mapofus.org/newmexico/ Interactive Formation Boundary Map of New Mexico] - shows boundary changes for New Mexico Counties
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*[http://guadalupe.nmgenweb.us/Histmaps.html NMGenWeb] - historical maps
  
 
==== Military  ====
 
==== Military  ====
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===== Revolutionary War =====
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*'''1775 - 1783''' - {{RecordSearch|2546162|United States Rosters of Revolutionary War Soldiers and Sailors, 1775-1783}} at [https://www.familysearch.org/search FamilySearch] - images only<br>
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*''For more nationwide Revolutionary War databases, see [[United_States_Military_Online_Genealogy_Records|US Military Online Genealogy Records]].''
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===== Civil War =====
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*'''1861 - 1865''' - {{RecordSearch|1932418|New Mexico Civil War Service Records of Union Soldiers, 1861-1865}} at [https://www.familysearch.org/search FamilySearch]
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*''For more nationwide Civil War databases, see [[United_States_Military_Online_Genealogy_Records|US Military Online Genealogy Records]].''
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===== World War I =====
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*'''1917 - 1919''' - [http://search.ancestry.com/search/db.aspx?dbid=8803 New Mexico, World War I Records, 1917-1919] at [http://search.ancestry.com Ancestry] ($)
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*''For more natiowide World War I databases'', see [[United_States_Military_Online_Genealogy_Records|US Military OnlineGenealogy Records]].''
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===== World War II =====
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*'''1941 - 1945''' - [https://www.archives.gov/research/military/ww2/navy-casualties/new-mexico.html World War II Records], 1941-1945 State Summary of War Casualties from World War II for Navy, Marine Corps, and Coast Guard Personnel from: New Mexico
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*'''1941 - 1945''' - [https://www.archives.gov/research/military/ww2/army-casualties/new-mexico.html World War II Honor List of Dead and Missing Army and Army Air Forces Personnel from: New Mexico]
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*'''1941 - 1945''' - [http://search.ancestry.com/search/db.aspx?dbid=8867 New Mexico, World War II Records, 1941-1945] at [http://search.ancestry.com Ancestry] ($)
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*''For more nationwide World War II databases'', see [[United_States_Military_Online_Genealogy_Records|US Military Online Genealogy]].
  
 
==== Newspapers  ====
 
==== Newspapers  ====
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*NewspaperArchive.com ($) has the [http://www.newspaperarchive.com/BrowseLocations.aspx?co=7&s=66 Roswell Daily Record] (1916-2009) available online.
 
*NewspaperArchive.com ($) has the [http://www.newspaperarchive.com/BrowseLocations.aspx?co=7&s=66 Roswell Daily Record] (1916-2009) available online.
  
==== Probate ====
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{{NM Newspaper abstracts|Chaves}}
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==== Probate ====
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'''Online Probate Records'''
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*'''1801 – 1993''' [http://search.ancestry.com/search/db.aspx?dbid=9075 New Mexico Wills and Probate Records 1801-1993] at [http://home.ancestry.com Ancestry.com] — index and images $
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{{NM Probate Intro}}
  
==== Taxation ====
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==== Taxation ====
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{{NM Tax Intro}}
  
 
==== Vital Records  ====
 
==== Vital Records  ====
  
*[http://files.usgwarchives.net/nm/chaves/vitals/births/chvbirth.txt 1903-1907 Birth Records]<br>
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=====Births=====
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*'''1726 – 1918''' {{RecordSearch|1680839|New Mexico Births and Christenings, 1726-1918}} at [http://familysearch.org/search FamilySearch]
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*'''1903 - 1907''' [http://files.usgwarchives.net/nm/chaves/vitals/births/chvbirth.txt Birth Records 1903-1907]at [http://files.usgwarchives.net USG Archives.net]
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=====Deaths=====
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*'''1788 – 1798; 1838 – 1955''' {{RecordSearch|1680843|New Mexico Deaths and Burials, 1788-1798; 1838-1955}} at [http://familysearch.org/search FamilySearch]
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*'''1889 - 1945''' {{RecordSearch|1546466|New Mexico Deaths, 1889-1945}} at [http://familysearch.org/search FamilySearch]
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=====Marriages=====
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*'''1727 - 1900''' [http://search.ancestry.com/search/db.aspx?dbid=7872 New Mexico Marriages 1727-1900] at [http://search.ancestry.com Ancestry] ($)
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*'''1751 - 1918''' {{RecordSearch|1680844|New Mexico Marriages, 1751-1918}} at [http://familysearch.org/search FamilySearch]
  
 
== Societies and Libraries  ==
 
== Societies and Libraries  ==
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'''Historical Society For Southeast New Mexico'''<br>200 N Lea Ave<br>Roswell, NM 88201<br>Telephone: 575-622-8333<br>[http://www.roswellnmhistory.org/ Website]<br><br>
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'''Chaves County Genealogical Society'''<br>PO Box 51<br>Roswell, New Mexico, 88201<br><br>
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'''Chaves County Genealogy and History Societies'''<br>Florence Hamilton<br>807 N. Missouri<br>Roswell, New Mexico, 88201<br>Telephone: 505-624-2477<br><br>
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'''Roswell Historical Society'''<br> 100 West 11th Street<br>Roswell, New Mexico, 88201<br><br>
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==== Family History Centers  ====
 
==== Family History Centers  ====
  
*[[Introduction to LDS Family History Centers]]
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{{FamilySearch Centers Intro}}
*[[Roswell New Mexico Family History Center]]  
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**Roswell, New Mexico<br>
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*[[Roswell New Mexico Family History Center]] 2201 W Country Club Rd Roswell NM 88201 United States [https://www.google.com/maps/place/2201+W+Country+Club+Rd/@33.4233819,-104.5547536,17z/data=!3m1!4b1!4m2!3m1!1s0x86e26e7d47845a03:0xc816773023e4bcfc Location Map]
  
== Web Sites ==
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== Websites ==
  
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*[http://www.genealogyinc.com/newmexico/chaves-county/ Chaves County, NM History, Records, Facts and Genealogy]
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*[https://plus.google.com/u/0/communities/104941354458187372272 New Mexico Genealogy Network Community on Google+]
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*[https://www.facebook.com/groups/255419071140350/ New Mexico Genealogy Network Group on Facebook]
 
*USGenWeb project. May have maps, name indexes, history or other information for this county. Select the state, then the county.  
 
*USGenWeb project. May have maps, name indexes, history or other information for this county. Select the state, then the county.  
*{{FHL|New+Mexico%2C+Chaves|subject|disp=Family History Library Catalog}}
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*{{FHL|New+Mexico%2C+Chaves|subject|disp=FamilySearch Catalog}}
  
 
== References  ==
 
== References  ==
  
<references /> {{New Mexico|New Mexico}} {{New Mexico-stub}}
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<references /> {{New Mexico|New Mexico}}
  
[[Category:Chaves_County,_New_Mexico]]
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[[Category:Chaves_County,_New_Mexico]] [[Category:New_Mexico_Counties]]

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United States Gotoarrow.png New Mexico Gotoarrow.png Chaves County

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


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Chaves County, New Mexico
Map
Map of the U.S. highlighting New Mexico
Location of New Mexico in the U.S.
Facts
Founded February 25, 1889
County Seat Roswell
Courthouse
NewMexicoChavesCourthouse.jpg
Address Chaves County Courthouse
401 N Main Street
Roswell, NM 88201-4726
Phone: 505.624.6614
Chaves County Website


Nm-chaves.png

County Information

Chaves County, New Mexico Record Dates

Beginning Dates for Major County Records
Birth Marriage Death Census Land Probate
1891 1900 1887 1900

County Courthouse

Chaves County Courthouse
401 N Main Street
Roswell, NM 88201-4726
Phone: 505.624.6614 

County Clerk has marriage, land and military records from 1900; District Court Clerk has probate records from 1900, divorce and court records.[1]

History

Parent County

  • Up until 1821New 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.
  • From 1821 until 1846Mexico had 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. United States forces occupied New Mexico starting in 1846 during the Mexican-American War.
  • 1848 -  Land that became Chaves County formally became a part of the United States when the Mexican War ended with ratification of the Treaty of Guadalupe Hidalgo.

1889--Chaves County was created 25 February 1889 from Lincoln County.[1]

Description

Chaves county is in the southeastern portion of New Mexico. Roswell, the county seat. Formed Feb. 25 1889 from part of Lincoln County.[2] Chaves County was named for Colonel Jose Francisco Chaves, a military leader here during the U.S. Civil War and later in Navajo campaigns.[3]

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.

Record Loss

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

Places/Localities

Populated Places[4]

City
  • Roswell (county seat)
  • Towns[edit]
  • Dexter
  • Hagerman
  • Lake Arthur
Census-designated place
  • Midway
Unincorporated communities
  • Dunken
  • Elk
  • Elkins
  • Greenfield
  • Mesa

Neighboring Counties

Resources

Cemeteries

Tombstone Transcriptions Online Tombstone Transcriptions in Print List of Cemeteries in the county
Findagrave.com Family History Library Findagrave.com
NMGenWeb WorldCat Billion Graves
NMGenWeb Archives
Tombstone Project
NM Cemetery Project
NM Interment
Billion Graves
See New Mexico Cemeteries for more information.

Census

Historical populations
Census Pop.  %±
1910 16,850
1920 12,075 −28.3%
1930 19,549 61.9%
1940 23,980 22.7%
1950 40,605 69.3%
1960 57,649 42.0%
1970 43,335 −24.8%
1980 51,103 17.9%
1990 57,849 13.2%
2000 61,382 6.1%
2010 65,645 6.9%
Source: "Wikipedia.org".
State Census Records
Federal Census Records

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

Church

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.

Court

Land

Online Land Records


Local Histories

Local histories are available for Chaves 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

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Military

Revolutionary War
Civil War
World War I
World War II

Newspapers


Probate

Online 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.

Taxation

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

Births
Deaths
Marriages

Societies and Libraries

Historical Society For Southeast New Mexico
200 N Lea Ave
Roswell, NM 88201
Telephone: 575-622-8333
Website

Chaves County Genealogical Society
PO Box 51
Roswell, New Mexico, 88201

Chaves County Genealogy and History Societies
Florence Hamilton
807 N. Missouri
Roswell, New Mexico, 88201
Telephone: 505-624-2477

Roswell Historical Society
100 West 11th Street
Roswell, New Mexico, 88201



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. See family history center for more information. Search the online FHC directory for a nearby family history center.

Websites

References

  1. 1.0 1.1 Handybook for Genealogists: United States of America, 10th ed. (Draper, Utah: Everton Pub., 2002), Catron County, New Mexico page 473, At various libraries (WorldCat); FHL Book 973 D27e 2002.
  2. http://genealogytrails.com/newmex/chaves/historyoverview.html accessed 09/29/2016
  3. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Chaves_County,_New_Mexico accessed 10/31/2016
  4. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Chaves_County,_New_Mexico#Communities