Difference between revisions of "Lea County, New Mexico Genealogy"

From FamilySearch Wiki
Jump to: navigation, search
(Edited Text and LInks)
m (Text replacement - "http://ancestry.com " to "http://search.ancestry.com ")
 
(54 intermediate revisions by 21 users not shown)
Line 1: Line 1:
''[[United States|United States]] [[Image:Gotoarrow.png]] [[New Mexico|New Mexico]] [[Image:Gotoarrow.png]] [[Lea_County,_New_Mexico|Lea County]]''
+
{{breadcrumb
 +
| link1=[[United States Genealogy|United States]]
 +
| link2= [[New Mexico Genealogy|New Mexico]]
 +
| link3=
 +
| link4=
 +
| link5=[[Lea County, New Mexico Genealogy|Lea County]]
 +
}}
  
Guide to '''Lea County New Mexico genealogy.''' Birth records, marriage records, death records, census records, family history, and military records.
+
Guide to '''Lea County, New Mexico ancestry, genealogy and family history''', birth records, marriage records, death records, census records, family history, and military records.
  
{{NMDC}}  
+
{| style="width:18%; float:right"
 +
|-
 +
|
 +
<center>{{Click|image:NM_ORP.png|New Mexico_Online_Genealogy_Records}}</center>
 +
|-
 +
|
 +
<center>{{Infobox U.S. County 2016
 +
|organized=  March 7,  1917
 +
|county seat= Lovington
 +
|parent county= [[Chaves County, New Mexico Genealogy|Chaves]], [[Eddy County, New Mexico Genealogy|Eddy]]<ref name="HBG">''Handybook for Genealogists: United States of America'', 10th ed. (Draper, Utah: Everton Pub., 2002), New Mexico.{{WorldCat|50140092|disp=At various libraries (WorldCat)}}; {{FHL|1049485|item|disp=FHL Book 973 D27e 2002}}.</ref>
 +
|variant spellings=
 +
|county1= [[Andrews County, Texas Genealogy|Andrews (TX)]]
 +
|county2= [[Chaves County, New Mexico Genealogy|Chaves]]
 +
|county3= [[Cochran County, Texas Genealogy|Cochran (TX)]]
 +
|county4= [[Eddy County, New Mexico Genealogy|Eddy]]
 +
|county5= [[Gaines County, Texas Genealogy|Gaines (TX)]]
 +
|county6= [[Loving County, Texas Genealogy|Loving (TX)]]
 +
|county7= [[Roosevelt County, New Mexico Genealogy|Roosevelt]]
 +
|county8= [[Winkler County, Texas Genealogy|Winkler (TX)]]
 +
|county9= [[Yoakum County, Texas Genealogy|Yoakum (TX)]]</br><center>[[Lea County, New Mexico Genealogy#Maps and Gazetteers|See County Maps]]</center>
 +
|county10=
 +
|county courthouse= [[Image:NewMexicoLeaCourthouse.jpg|245x245px]]
 +
|county location in state= [[Image:Nm-lea.png|center|185x185px|Nm-lea.png]]
 +
|adoption=
 +
}}
 +
|}</center>
 +
<div style="width:17%; float:left; margin-right:4em; padding:0px">__TOC__</div>
 +
== County Information ==
  
{{Infobox U.S. County
+
=== Description ===
| county = Lea County
+
Lea County was created in 1917. The county seat is Lovington, New Mexico.Lea County was named for Captain Joseph Calloway Lea. Captain Lea was the first Mayor of Roswell and the father of the New Mexico Military Institute. <ref>http://lea.genwebsite.net/ accessed 09/29/2016</ref>
| county_map =  
 
| state = New Mexico 
 
| state_map = New-mexico.png
 
| latd =  
 
| longd =  
 
| founded year = 1917
 
| founded date = March 7
 
| seat = Lovington  
 
| building image =
 
| building address = Lea County Courthouse<br>100 N Main Avenue<br>PO Box 4C<br>Lovington, NM 88260<br>Phone: 505.396.8532<br> [http://www.leacounty.net/ Lea County Website]}}
 
  
[[Image:Nm-lea.png|right|300px|Nm-lea.png]]
+
=== County Courthouse ===
 +
{{NM Courthouse Intro|Lea}}
 +
'''Lea County Courthouse'''<br>100 N Main Avenue<br>PO Box 4C<br>Lovington, NM 88260<br>Phone: 505.396.8532<br>[http://www.leacounty.net/p/elected-officials/lea-county-clerk Lea County Website]<br><br>County Clerk has marriage and probate records from 1917, and land records.<ref name="HBG">''Handybook for Genealogists: United States of America'', 10th ed. (Draper, Utah: Everton Pub., 2002), New Mexico.{{WorldCat|50140092|disp=At various libraries (WorldCat)}}; {{FHL|1049485|item|disp=FHL Book 973 D27e 2002}}.</ref>
  
== County Courthouse ==
+
=== Lea County, New Mexico Record Dates ===
 +
{{NM Record Dates Intro|Lea}}
 +
{| cellspacing="1" cellpadding="1" border="1"
 +
|-
 +
| bgcolor="#e4d8e5" align="center" colspan="7" | <center>'''Known Beginning Dates for Major County Records'''</center>
 +
|-
 +
| width="14.2%" bgcolor="#e4d8e5" align="center" | '''[[Lea County, New Mexico Genealogy#Birth|Birth*]]'''
 +
| width="14.2%" bgcolor="#e4d8e5" align="center" | '''[[Lea County, New Mexico Genealogy#Marriage|Marriage]]'''
 +
| width="14.2%" bgcolor="#e4d8e5" align="center" | '''[[Lea County, New Mexico Genealogy#Death|Death*]]'''
 +
| width="14.2%" bgcolor="#e4d8e5" align="center" | '''[[Lea County, New Mexico Genealogy#Court Records|Court]]'''
 +
| width="14.2%" bgcolor="#e4d8e5" align="center" | '''[[Lea County, New Mexico Genealogy#Land and Property Records|Land]]'''
 +
| width="14.2%" bgcolor="#e4d8e5" align="center" | '''[[Lea County, New Mexico Genealogy#Probate Records|Probate]]'''
 +
| width="14.2%" bgcolor="#e4d8e5" align="center" | '''[[Lea County, New Mexico Genealogy#Census Records|Census]]'''
 +
|-
 +
| width="14.2%" align="center" |
 +
| width="14.2%" align="center" |1917
 +
| width="14.2%" align="center" |
 +
| width="14.2%" align="center" |
 +
| width="14.2%" align="center" |1918
 +
| width="14.2%" align="center" |1917
 +
| width="14.2%" align="center" |1920
 +
|-
 +
| colspan="7"| <center> </center>
 +
|}
 +
=== Record Loss ===
 +
{|
 +
|-
 +
|
 +
There is no known history of courthouse disasters in this county.
  
[http://www.leacounty.net/ Lea County Courthouse]<br>100 N Main Avenue<br>PO Box 4C; <br>Lovington, NM 88260<br>Phone: 505.396.8532&nbsp;<br><br>'''''County Clerk''''' has marriage and probate records from 1917, and land records.<ref name="HBG">''Handybook for Genealogists: United States of America'', 10th ed. (Draper, Utah: Everton Pub., 2002), Lea County, New Mexico page 474, {{WorldCat|50140092|disp=At various libraries (WorldCat)}}; {{FHL|1049485|item|disp=FHL Book 973 D27e 2002}}.</ref>  
+
|}
 +
=== Boundary Changes ===
 +
{{NM Boundary Changes Intro|Lea}}
 +
{|
 +
|-
 +
|
 +
*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 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. Starting in 1846 United States forces occupied New Mexico during the {{wpd|Mexican-American War}}. <br>
 +
*'''1848''' -&nbsp; Land that became Lea County formally became a part of the United States when the Mexican-American War ended with ratification of the {{wpd|Treaty of Guadalupe Hidalgo}}.<br>
 +
*'''1917--'''Lea County was created 7 March 1917 from [[Chaves County, New Mexico Genealogy|Chaves]] and [[Eddy County, New Mexico Genealogy|Eddy]] counties.<ref name="HBG" />
 +
*'''County seat:''' Lovington<ref name="HBG">''Handybook for Genealogists: United States of America'', 10th ed. (Draper, Utah: Everton Pub., 2002), New Mexico.{{WorldCat|50140092|disp=At various libraries (WorldCat)}}; {{FHL|1049485|item|disp=FHL Book 973 D27e 2002}}.</ref><br>
 +
*[http://www.mapofus.org/newmexico/ Interactive Formation Boundary Map of New Mexico] - shows boundary changes for New Mexico Counties
 +
*[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>
 +
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.
 +
 
 +
|}
 +
=== Populated Places ===
 +
{{NM Populated Places Intro|Lea}}
 +
The following are locations in Lea County, New Mexico:<ref> https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lea_County,_New_Mexico#Communities </ref>
 +
 
 +
'''''Cities'''''<br>
 +
{| width="60%"
 +
|-
 +
| valign="top" width="20%"|
 +
* Eunice
 +
* Hobbs
 +
| valign="top" width="20%"|
 +
* Jal
 +
| valign="top" width="20%"|
 +
* Lovington
 +
|}
 +
 
 +
'''''Town'''''<br>
 +
* Tatum
 +
 
 +
'''''Unincorporated communities'''''<br>
 +
{| width="60%"
 +
|-
 +
| valign="top" width="20%"|
 +
* Caprock
 +
* Crossroads
 +
| valign="top" width="20%"|
 +
* Maljamar
 +
| valign="top" width="20%"|
 +
* McDonald
 +
|}
 +
 
 +
'''''Census-designated place'''''<br>
 +
* Monument
 +
=== History Timeline ===
 +
{{NM Historical Timeline Intro|Lea}}
 +
 
 +
== Resources ==
 +
{{NM Resources Intro|Lea}}
 +
 
 +
=== Bible Records ===
 +
{{NM Bible Intro|Lea}}
 +
 
 +
=== Biographies  ===
 +
{{NM Biographies Intro|Lea}}
 +
 
 +
=== Business, Commerce, and Occupations ===
 +
{{NM Business Records Intro|Lea}}
 +
 
 +
=== Cemeteries ===
 +
{{NM Cemeteries Intro|Lea}}
 +
 
 +
{| style = "border:1px solid black; width:70%;  "
 +
|-
 +
| colspan="2" bgcolor="#E0E0E0" style="border:1px solid black"| <center>'''Cemeteries of Lea County, New Mexico''' online and in print</center>
 +
|-
 +
| width="25%" bgcolor="#E0E0E0" style="border:1px solid black" | <center>'''Tombstone Transcriptions Online'''</center>
 +
|bgcolor="#F0F0F0" valign="top" style="border:1px solid black" |
 +
* [http://findagrave.com/cgi-bin/fg.cgi?page=gsr&GSfn=&GSmn=&GSln=&GSbyrel=all&GSby=&GSdyrel=all&GSdy=&GScntry=4&GSst=34&GScnty=1941&GSgrid=&df=all&GSob=n Findagrave.com]
 +
* [http://lea.genwebsite.net/ NMGenWeb]
 +
* [http://www.usgwarchives.net/nm/lea/lea.htm NMGenWeb Archives]
 +
* [http://usgwtombstones.org/newmexico/lea.html Tombstone Project]
 +
* [http://www.uscemeteryproj2.com/newmexico/lea/lea.htm NM Cemetery Project]
 +
* [http://www.interment.net/us/nm/lea.htm NM Interment]
 +
* [https://billiongraves.com/pages/search/# Billion Graves]
 +
|-
 +
| width="25%" bgcolor="#E0E0E0" style="border:1px solid black" | <center>'''Tombstone Transcriptions in Print''' ([[The Value of Cemetery Records in Print |Often more complete]])</center>
 +
|bgcolor="#F0F0F0" style="border:1px solid black" valign="top" |
 +
* {{FHL|477490|subject-id|disp=Family History Library}}
 +
* [http://www.worldcat.org/search?q=su%3Acemetery+Lea+New+Mexico&qt=advanced&dblist=638 WorldCat]
 +
|-
 +
| width="25%" bgcolor="#E0E0E0" style="border:1px solid black" |<center>'''List of Cemeteries in the County'''</center>
 +
|bgcolor="#F0F0F0" style="border:1px solid black" valign="top" |
 +
* [http://www.findagrave.com/cgi-bin/fg.cgi?page=csr&CScn=&CScntry=4&CSst=34&CScnty=1941 Findagrave.com]
 +
* [https://billiongraves.com/search/results?year_range=5&action=search_cemetery&exact=true&country=United%20States&state=New%20Mexico&county=Lea&cemetery_name=a# Billion Graves]
 +
|-
 +
| colspan="2" bgcolor="#E0E0E0" style="border:1px solid black"| <center>See '''[[New Mexico Cemeteries]]''' for more information</center>
 +
|}
 +
&nbsp;
 +
*[http://www.nmgenealogy101.com/cemetery-records/ New Mexico Cemetery Records]
 +
*[http://www.usgennet.org/usa/topic/cemetery/newmexico/ AHGP New Mexico Cemetery Transcription & Photo Project]
 +
*[http://www.accessgenealogy.com/cemetery/new-mexico-cemetery-records-luna-to-valencia.htm New Mexico Cemetery Records, Luna to Valencia]
 +
*[http://recordsproject.com/cemetery/new-mexico.asp New Mexico Cemetery Record Information Online]
 +
*[http://www.usgwtombstones.org/newmexico/newmex.html New Mexico Tombstone Transcription Project]
 +
*[http://www.uscemeteryproj2.com/newmexico/nmcemproj.htm New Mexico Cemeteries Project]
 +
*[http://www.nmgs.org/artGRNM-VR.htm#Cemetery New Mexico Vital Record Information: Cemeteries]
 +
*[http://www.deathindexes.com/newmexico/ Online New Mexico Death Records and Indexes]
 +
*[http://www.cemeteries-of-tx.com/newmexico/index.html Cemeteries of New Mexico]
 +
*[http://billiongraves.com/ BillionGraves.com] - Provides photos and GPS locations of grave markers.
 +
*[http://www.cyndislist.com/cemeteries/ Cyndi's List] - Cemeteries &amp; funeral homes
 +
*[http://www.findagrave.com/ Findagrave.com]
 +
*[http://www.interment.net/ Interment.net]
 +
*[http://userdb.rootsweb.ancestry.com/cemeteries/ Rootsweb]
 +
*[http://www.usgenweb.com/ UsGenweb.org]
 +
=== Census Records ===
 +
{{NM Census Intro|Lea}}
 +
 
 +
{{Historical populations
 +
|type = USA
 +
|heading = Census
 +
|footnote = Source: [https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lea_County,_New_Mexico#Demographics "Wikipedia.org".]
 +
|1920 |3545
 +
|1930 |6144
 +
|1940 |21154
 +
|1950 |30717
 +
|1960 |53429
 +
|1970 |49554
 +
|1980 |55993
 +
|1990 |55765
 +
|2000 |55511
 +
|2010 |64727
 +
}}
 +
 
 +
'''''Federal Census Records'''''<br>
 +
Federal Censuses were taken for New Mexico starting in 1850. For links to Federal census indexes, see [[New Mexico Census]].
 +
 
 +
'''''State Census Records'''''<br>
 +
*'''1885''' [http://search.ancestry.com/search/db.aspx?dbid=1976 New Mexico Territorial Census 1885] at [http://search.ancestry.com Ancestry](free)
 +
*'''Late 1800s''' [http://search.ancestry.com/search/db.aspx?dbid=3085 1800s Arizona and New Mexico Territories Census, Late 1800s] ($)
 +
=== Church Records ===
 +
{{NM Church Intro|Lea}}
 +
 
 +
=== Court Records ===
 +
{{NM Court Intro|Lea}}
 +
 
 +
=== Directories ===
 +
{{NM Directories Intro|Lea}}
 +
 
 +
=== Emigration and Immigration  ===
 +
{{NM Emigration Intro|Lea}}
 +
 
 +
=== Ethnic, Political, and Religious Groups ===
 +
{{NM Ethnic Groups Intro|Lea}}
 +
 
 +
=== Funeral Homes  ===
 +
{{NM Funeral Homes Intro|Lea}}
 +
 
 +
=== Genealogies  ===
 +
{{NM Genealogies Intro|Lea}}
 +
 
 +
=== Guardianship ===
 +
{{NM Guardianship Intro|Lea}}
  
== History  ==
+
=== Land and Property Records ===
 +
{{NM Land Intro|Lea}}
  
==== Parent County  ====
+
<br><br>
 +
''Online Land Records''
 +
*[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
 +
*'''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>
 +
*'''1861 - 1936''' - [http://search.ancestry.com/search/db.aspx?dbid=60593 U.S. Homestead Records 1861-1936] at [http://search.ancestry.com/ Ancestry.com] - ($), index and images
  
*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>
+
=== Local Histories ===
*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. Starting in 1846 United States forces occupied New Mexico during the {{wpd|Mexican-American War}}. <br>
+
{{NM Histories Intro|Lea}}
*'''1848''' -&nbsp; Land that became Lea County formally became a part of the United States when the Mexican-American War ended with ratification of the {{wpd|Treaty of Guadalupe Hidalgo}}.<br>
+
 
 +
{{NM History Intro}}
 +
 
 +
=== Maps and Gazetteers ===
 +
{{NM Maps Intro|Lea}}
 +
[[Image:Nmlea.jpg|500px|Nmlea.jpg]]
 +
*[http://www.mapofus.org/newmexico/ Interactive Formation Boundary Map of New Mexico] - shows boundary changes for New Mexico Counties
 +
*[http://guadalupe.nmgenweb.us/Histmaps.html NMGenWeb] - historical maps
 +
 
 +
=== Migration ===
 +
{{NM Migration Intro|Lea}}
 +
 
 +
=== Military Records ===
 +
{{NM Military Intro|Lea}}
 +
 
 +
==== Revolutionary War ====
 +
{{NM Revolutionary War Intro|Lea}}
 +
*'''1775 - 1783''' - {{RecordSearch|2546162|United States Rosters of Revolutionary War Soldiers and Sailors, 1775-1783}} at [https://familysearch.org/search FamilySearch] - images only<br>
 +
*''For more nationwide Revolutionary War databases, see [[United_States_Military_Online_Genealogy_Records|US Military Online Genealogy Records]].''
 +
==== Civil War ====
 +
{{NM Civil War Intro|Lea}}
 +
*'''1861 - 1865''' - {{RecordSearch|1932418|New Mexico Civil War Service Records of Union Soldiers, 1861-1865}} at [https://familysearch.org/search FamilySearch]
 +
*''For more nationwide Civil War databases, see [[United_States_Military_Online_Genealogy_Records|US Military Online Genealogy Records]].''
 +
==== World War I ====
 +
{{NM World War I Intro|Lea}}
 +
*'''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]($)
 +
*''For more natiowide World War I databases'', see [[United_States_Military_Online_Genealogy_Records|US Military OnlineGenealogy Records]].''
 +
==== World War II ====
 +
{{NM World War II Intro|Lea}}
 +
*'''1941 - 1945''' - [https://www.archives.gov/research/military/ww2/navy-casualties/new-mexico.html World War II Records], 1941-1945 State Summary of War Casualties from World War II for Navy, Marine Corps, and Coast Guard Personnel from: New Mexico
 +
*'''1941 - 1945''' - [https://www.archives.gov/research/military/ww2/army-casualties/new-mexico.html World War II Honor List of Dead and Missing Army and Army Air Forces Personnel from: New Mexico]
 +
*'''1941 - 1945''' - [http://search.ancestry.com/search/db.aspx?dbid=8867 New Mexico, World War II Records, 1941-1945] at [http://search.ancestry.com Ancestry]($)
 +
*''For more nationwide World War II databases'', see [[United_States_Military_Online_Genealogy_Records|US Military Online Genealogy]].
 +
 
 +
=== Naturalization and Citizenship ===
 +
{{NM Naturalization Intro|Lea}}
 +
 
 +
=== Newspapers ===
 +
{{NM Newspapers Intro|Lea}}
  
*'''1917--'''Lea County was created 7 March 1917 from [[Chaves County, New Mexico|Chaves]] and [[Eddy County, New Mexico|Eddy]] counties.<ref name="HBG" />
+
{{NM Newspaper abstracts|Lea}}
  
==== Boundary Changes  ====
+
=== Obituaries ===
 +
{{NM Obituaries Intro|Lea}}
  
==== Record Loss  ====
+
=== Other Records ===
 +
{{NM Other Records Intro|Lea}}
  
== Places/Localities  ==
+
=== Periodicals ===
 +
{{NM Periodicals Intro|Lea}}
  
==== Populated Places  ====
+
=== Probate Records ===
 +
{{NM Probate Intro|Lea}}
  
==== Neighboring Counties  ====
+
'''Online Probate Records'''
  
*[[Andrews County, Texas|Andrews County, Texas]]
+
*'''1801 – 1993''' [http://search.ancestry.com/search/db.aspx?dbid=9075 New Mexico Wills and Probate Records 1801-1993] at [http://search.ancestry.com/ Ancestry.com] — index and images $
*[[Chaves County, New Mexico|Chaves]]
 
*[[Cochran County, Texas|Cochran County, Texas]]
 
*[[Eddy County, New Mexico|Eddy]]
 
*[[Gaines County, Texas|Gaines County, Texas]]
 
*[[Loving County, Texas|Loving County, Texas]]
 
*[[Roosevelt County, New Mexico|Roosevelt]]
 
*[[Winkler County, Texas|Winkler County, Texas]]
 
*[[Yoakum County, Texas|Yoakum County, Texas]]  
 
*
 
  
== Resources  ==
+
=== School Records ===
 +
{{NM Schools Intro|Lea}}
  
==== Cemeteries  ====
+
=== Tax Records ===
 +
{{NM Tax Intro|Lea}}
  
==== Census  ====
+
=== Vital Records ===
 +
{{NM Vital Intro|Lea}}
  
{{Census|New Mexico}}  
+
==== Birth ====
 +
{{NM Vital Records - Birth Intro|Lea}}
  
==== Church  ====
+
*'''1726 – 1918''' {{RecordSearch|1680839|New Mexico Births and Christenings, 1726-1918}} at [http://familysearch.org/search FamilySearch]
 +
==== Marriage ====
 +
{{NM Vital Records - Marriage Intro|Lea}}
  
==== Court  ====
+
*'''1727 - 1900''' [http://search.ancestry.com/search/db.aspx?dbid=7872 New Mexico Marriages 1727-1900] at [http://search.ancestry.com Ancestry]($)
 +
*'''1751 - 1918''' {{RecordSearch|1680844|New Mexico Marriages, 1751-1918}} at [http://familysearch.org/search FamilySearch]
  
==== Land  ====
+
==== Death ====
 +
{{NM Vital Records - Death Intro|Lea}}
  
==== Local Histories  ====
+
*'''1788 – 1798; 1838 – 1955''' {{RecordSearch|1680843|New Mexico Deaths and Burials, 1788-1798; 1838-1955}} at [http://familysearch.org/search FamilySearch]
 +
*'''1889 - 1945''' {{RecordSearch|1546466|New Mexico Deaths, 1889-1945}} at [http://familysearch.org/search FamilySearch]
 +
==== Divorce ====
 +
{{NM Vital Records - Divorce Intro|Lea}}
  
==== Maps  ====
+
== Research Facilities ==
 +
{{NM Research Facilities Intro|Lea}}
  
==== Military  ====
+
=== Archives ===
 +
{{NM Archives Intro|Lea}}
  
==== Newspapers  ====
+
=== Family History Centers ===
 +
{{Family History Centers Intro}}
  
==== Probate  ====
+
*[[Hobbs New Mexico Family History Center]] 3720 N Grimes Hobbs, NM 88240 United States [https://www.google.com/maps/place/3720+N+Grimes+St/@32.7416534,-103.1448546,17z/data=!3m1!4b1!4m2!3m1!1s0x86fc953359670bbd:0x537acc39ceb2df97 Location Map]
  
==== Taxation  ====
+
=== Libraries ===
 +
{{NM Libraries Intro|Lea}}
  
==== Vital Records  ====
+
=== Museums ===
 +
{{NM Museums Intro|Lea}}
  
== Societies and Libraries  ==
+
'''Hobbs Family History Research Center'''<br> 3720 N. Grimes<br> Hobbs, New Mexico, 88240<br>Telephone: 505-392-6200<br><br>
  
==== Family History Centers  ====
+
== Societies ==
 +
{{NM Societies Intro|Lea}}
  
*[[Introduction to LDS Family History Centers]]
+
'''Lea County Historical Society'''<br>PO Box 1195<br>Lovington 88260<br><br>
*[[Hobbs New Mexico Family History Center]]
 
**Hobbs, New Mexico.
 
  
== Web Sites  ==
+
'''Lea County Genealogical Society'''<br>PO Box 1044<br> Lovington, New Mexico, 88260<br><br>
  
*USGenWeb project. May have maps, name indexes, history or other information for this county. Select the state, then the county.
+
'''Southeastern New Mexico Genealogical Society'''<br>PO Box 5725<br> Hobbs, New Mexico, 88240<br><br>
*{{FHL|New+Mexico%2C+Lea|subject|disp=Family History Library Catalog}}
 
  
== References  ==
+
== Websites ==
 +
{{NM Websites Intro|Lea}}
  
<references />
+
*[http://www.genealogyinc.com/newmexico/lea-county/ Lea County, NM History, Records, Facts and Genealogy]
 +
*[https://plus.google.com/u/0/communities/104941354458187372272 New Mexico Genealogy Network Community on Google+]
 +
*[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.
 +
*{{FHL Place IDNum|205596|New%20Mexico|Lea}}- The FamilySearch catalog contains descriptions and access information for all genealogical materials (including books, online materials, microfilm, microfiche, and publications) in their collection.  Use [https://familysearch.org/search/ Historical Records] to search for specific individuals in genealogical records
 +
== Research Guides ==
 +
{{NM Research Guides Intro|Lea}}
  
{{New Mexico|New Mexico}} {{New Mexico-stub}}
+
== References ==
 +
<references />
  
[[Category:Lea_County,_New_Mexico]] [[Category:New_Mexico_counties]]
+
{{New Mexico|New Mexico}}
 +
[[Category:Lea_County,_New_Mexico]] [[Category:New_Mexico_Counties]]

Latest revision as of 22:04, 3 October 2017

United States
New Mexico
Lea County

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

{{{link}}}
County Facts
County seat: Lovington
Organized: March 7, 1917
Parent County(s): Chaves, Eddy[1]
Neighboring Counties
Andrews (TX)  • Chaves  • Cochran (TX)  • Eddy  • Gaines (TX)  • Loving (TX)  • Roosevelt  • Winkler (TX)  • Yoakum (TX)
See County Maps
Courthouse
NewMexicoLeaCourthouse.jpg
Location Map
Nm-lea.png
Adoption
This page is available for adoption

County Information

Description

Lea County was created in 1917. The county seat is Lovington, New Mexico.Lea County was named for Captain Joseph Calloway Lea. Captain Lea was the first Mayor of Roswell and the father of the New Mexico Military Institute. [2]

County Courthouse

Lea County Courthouse
100 N Main Avenue
PO Box 4C
Lovington, NM 88260
Phone: 505.396.8532
Lea County Website

County Clerk has marriage and probate records from 1917, and land records.[1]

Lea 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
Birth* Marriage Death* Court Land Probate Census
1917 1918 1917 1920

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 Lea County, New Mexico:[3]

Cities

  • Eunice
  • Hobbs
  • Jal
  • Lovington

Town

  • Tatum

Unincorporated communities

  • Caprock
  • Crossroads
  • Maljamar
  • McDonald

Census-designated place

  • Monument

History Timeline

Resources

Bible Records

Biographies

Business, Commerce, and Occupations

Cemeteries

Cemeteries of Lea 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.  %±
1920 3,545
1930 6,144 73.3%
1940 21,154 244.3%
1950 30,717 45.2%
1960 53,429 73.9%
1970 49,554 −7.3%
1980 55,993 13.0%
1990 55,765 −0.4%
2000 55,511 −0.5%
2010 64,727 16.6%
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.

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 Lea 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

Nmlea.jpg

Migration

Military Records

Revolutionary War

Civil War

World War I

World War II

Naturalization and Citizenship

Newspapers

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.

Libraries

Museums

Hobbs Family History Research Center
3720 N. Grimes
Hobbs, New Mexico, 88240
Telephone: 505-392-6200

Societies

Lea County Historical Society
PO Box 1195
Lovington 88260

Lea County Genealogical Society
PO Box 1044
Lovington, New Mexico, 88260

Southeastern New Mexico Genealogical Society
PO Box 5725
Hobbs, New Mexico, 88240

Websites

Research Guides

References

  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. http://lea.genwebsite.net/ accessed 09/29/2016
  3. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lea_County,_New_Mexico#Communities