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[[United States|United States]] > [[New Mexico|New Mexico]] > Luna County''[[Image:Nm-luna.png|right|300px|Nm-luna.png]]''
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== County Courthouse  ==
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Guide to '''Luna County, New Mexico ancestry, genealogy and family history''', birth records, marriage records, death records, census records, family history, and military records.
  
== History ==
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<center>{{Infobox U.S. County 2016
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|organized16 March,  1901
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|county seat= Deming
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|parent county= [[Dona Ana County, New Mexico Genealogy|Doña Ana]], [[Grant County, New Mexico Genealogy|Grant]]<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>
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|county1= [[Dona Ana County, New Mexico Genealogy|Dona Ana]]
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|county2= [[Grant County, New Mexico Genealogy|Grant]]
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|county3= [[Hidalgo County, New Mexico Genealogy|Hidalgo]]
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|county4= [[Sierra County, New Mexico Genealogy|Sierra]]
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|county5= [[Chihuahua, Mexico Genealogy|Chihuahua, Mexico]]</br><center>[[Luna County, New Mexico Genealogy#Maps and Gazetteers|See County Maps]]</center>
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== County Information ==
  
==== Parent County  ====
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=== Description ===
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The County is situated in southwest New Mexico and the County seat is Deming. Luna County was formed March 16, 1901.<ref>http://www.lunacountynm.us/visitors-guide-information/ accessed 09/29/2016</ref>
  
*'''1901--'''Luna County was created 16 March 1901 from [[Dona Ana County, New Mexico|Dona Ana]] and [[Grant County, New Mexico|Grant]] Counties.&nbsp; '''County seat:''' Deming <ref name="Handybook">''The Handybook for Genealogists: United States of America'',10th ed. (Draper, UT:Everton Publishers, 2002).</ref>
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=== County Courthouse ===
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{{NM Courthouse Intro|Luna}}
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'''Luna County Courthouse'''<br>P.O. Box 1838<br>Deming, NM 88031-1838<br>Phone: 505.546.0491<br>[http://www.lunacountynm.us/government/clerk/index.php Luna County Website]<br><br>County Clerk has marriage, death, land, probate and military records from 1901, Deming newspapers from 1901.<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>
  
==== Boundary Changes  ====
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=== Luna County, New Mexico Record Dates  ===
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{{NM Record Dates Intro|Luna}}
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| bgcolor="#e4d8e5" align="center" colspan="7" | <center>'''Known Beginning Dates for Major County Records'''<ref>''Handybook for Genealogists: United States of America'', 10th ed. (Draper, Utah: Everton Pub., 2002), Luna County, New Mexico. Page 474 {{WorldCat|50140092|disp=At various libraries (WorldCat)}}; {{FHL|1049485|item|disp=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.</ref></center>
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| width="14.2%" bgcolor="#e4d8e5" align="center" | '''[[Luna County, New Mexico Genealogy#Birth|Birth*]]'''
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| width="14.2%" bgcolor="#e4d8e5" align="center" | '''[[Luna County, New Mexico Genealogy#Marriage|Marriage]]'''
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| width="14.2%" bgcolor="#e4d8e5" align="center" | '''[[Luna County, New Mexico Genealogy#Death|Death*]]'''
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| width="14.2%" bgcolor="#e4d8e5" align="center" | '''[[Luna County, New Mexico Genealogy#Court Records|Court]]'''
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| width="14.2%" bgcolor="#e4d8e5" align="center" | '''[[Luna County, New Mexico Genealogy#Land and Property Records|Land]]'''
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| width="14.2%" bgcolor="#e4d8e5" align="center" | '''[[Luna County, New Mexico Genealogy#Probate Records|Probate]]'''
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| width="14.2%" bgcolor="#e4d8e5" align="center" | '''[[Luna County, New Mexico Genealogy#Census Records|Census]]'''
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| width="14.2%" align="center" | 1907
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| width="14.2%" align="center" |1901
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| width="14.2%" align="center" | 1901
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| width="14.2%" align="center" |1901
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| width="14.2%" align="center" |1790
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==== Record Loss ====
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=== Record Loss ===
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There is no known history of courthouse disasters in this county.
  
== Places/Localities  ==
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=== Boundary Changes ===
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{{NM Boundary Changes Intro|Luna}}
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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>
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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. Starting in 1846 United States forces occupied New Mexico during the {{wpd|Mexican-American War}}. <br>
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*'''1848''' -&nbsp; Land that became the northern quarter of Luna 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>
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*'''1855''' -&nbsp; The {{wpd|Gadsden Purchase}} of Mexican land was added to '''Doña Ana County''', New Mexico, part of which later became the southern part of '''Luna County'''.
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*'''1901--'''Luna County was created 16 March 1901 from [[Dona Ana County, New Mexico Genealogy|Doña Ana]] and [[Grant County, New Mexico Genealogy|Grant]] counties.<ref name="HBG" />
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*'''County seat:''' Deming<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>
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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.
  
==== Populated Places ====
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=== Populated Places ===
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{{NM Populated Places Intro|Luna}}
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The following are locations in Luna County, New Mexico:<ref> https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Luna_County,_New_Mexico#Communities </ref>
  
==== Neighboring Counties  ====
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'''''City'''''<br>
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* Deming (county seat)
  
*[[Dona Ana County, New Mexico|Dona Ana]]
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'''''Village'''''<br>
*[[Grant County, New Mexico|Grant]]
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* Columbus
*[[Hidalgo County, New Mexico|Hidalgo]]
 
*[[Sierra County, New Mexico|Sierra]]
 
  
== Resources  ==
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'''''Census-designated places'''''<br>
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* City of the Sun
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* Keeler Farm
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* La Hacienda
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* Mountain View
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* Pecan Park
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* Pulpotio Bareas
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* Sunshine
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* Ventura
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==== Cemeteries  ====
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'''''Ghost towns'''''<br>
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* Gage
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* Mowry City
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* Myndus
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* Nutt
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* Ojo de Vaca Station
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=== History Timeline ===
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{{NM Historical Timeline Intro|Luna}}
  
==== Census ====
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== Resources ==
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{{NM Resources Intro|Luna}}
  
{{Census|New Mexico}}
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=== Bible Records ===
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{{NM Bible Intro|Luna}}
  
==== Church ====
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=== Biographies ===
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{{NM Biographies Intro|Luna}}
  
LDS Ward and Branch Records  
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=== Business, Commerce, and Occupations ===
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{{NM Business Records Intro|Luna}}
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=== Cemeteries ===
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{{NM Cemeteries Intro|Luna}}
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| colspan="2" bgcolor="#E0E0E0" style="border:1px solid black"| <center>'''Cemeteries of Luna County, New Mexico''' online and in print</center>
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| width="25%" bgcolor="#E0E0E0" style="border:1px solid black" | <center>'''Tombstone Transcriptions Online'''</center>
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* [http://findagrave.com/cgi-bin/fg.cgi?page=gsr&GSfn=&GSmn=&GSln=&GSbyrel=all&GSby=&GSdyrel=all&GSdy=&GScntry=4&GSst=34&GScnty=1944&GSgrid=&df=all&GSob=n Findagrave.com]
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* [http://luna.nmgenweb.us/cemeteries/ NMGenWeb]
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* [http://www.usgwarchives.net/nm/luna/luna.htm NMGenWeb Archives]
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* [http://usgwtombstones.org/newmexico/luna.html Tombstone Project]
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* [http://www.uscemeteryproj2.com/newmexico/luna/luna.htm NM Cemetery Project]
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* [http://www.interment.net/us/nm NM Interment]
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* [https://billiongraves.com/pages/search/# Billion Graves]
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| 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>
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* {{FHL|477490|subject-id|disp=Family History Library}}
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*[https://www.worldcat.org/search?qt=worldcat_org_all&q=Luna%2C+New+Mexico+cemeteries+ WorldCat]
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| width="25%" bgcolor="#E0E0E0" style="border:1px solid black" |<center>'''List of Cemeteries in the County'''</center>
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* [http://www.findagrave.com/cgi-bin/fg.cgi?page=csr&CScn=&CScntry=4&CSst=34&CScnty=1944 Findagrave.com]
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* [https://billiongraves.com/search/results?year_range=5&action=search_cemetery&exact=true&country=United%20States&state=New%20Mexico&county=Luna&cemetery_name=a# Billion Graves]
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*[http://www.cemeteries-of-tx.com/newmexico/luna/ListLuna.html Cemeteries of New Mexico]
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*[http://www.epodunk.com/cgi-bin/localList.php?local=17896&locTGroup=Cemeteries&direction=down&sec=0&qty=8&stateAbbv=&stateName= Cemeteries in or near Luna by EPunk]
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| colspan="2" bgcolor="#E0E0E0" style="border:1px solid black"| <center>See '''[[New Mexico Cemeteries]]''' for more information</center>
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=== Census Records ===
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{{NM Census Intro|Luna}}
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{{Historical populations
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|footnote = Source: [https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Luna_County,_New_Mexico#Demographics "Wikipedia.org".]
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|1910 |3913
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|1920 |12270
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|1930 |6247
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|1940 |6457
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|1950 |8753
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|1960 |9839
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|1970 |11706
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|1980 |15585
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|1990 |18110
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|2000 |25016
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|2010 |25095
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}}
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'''''Federal Census Records'''''<br>
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Federal Censuses were taken for New Mexico starting in 1850. For links to Federal census indexes, see [[New Mexico Census]].
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'''''State Census Records'''''<br>
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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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=== Church Records ===
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{{NM Church Intro|Luna}}
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LDS Ward and Branch Records
  
 
*Columbus
 
*Columbus
  
==== Court  ====
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=== Court Records ===
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{{NM Court Intro|Luna}}
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=== Directories ===
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{{NM Directories Intro|Luna}}
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=== Emigration and Immigration  ===
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{{NM Emigration Intro|Luna}}
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=== Ethnic, Political, and Religious Groups ===
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{{NM Ethnic Groups Intro|Luna}}
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=== Funeral Homes ===
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{{NM Funeral Homes Intro|Luna}}
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=== Genealogies  ===
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{{NM Genealogies Intro|Luna}}
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=== Guardianship ===
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{{NM Guardianship Intro|Luna}}
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=== Land and Property Records ===
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{{NM Land Intro|Luna}}
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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://search.ancestry.com/ Ancestry.com] - ($), index and images
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=== Local Histories ===
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{{NM Histories Intro|Luna}}
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{{NM History Intro}}
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=== Maps and Gazetteers ===
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{{NM Maps Intro|Luna}}
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[[Image:Nmluna.jpg|500px]]
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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
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=== Migration ===
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{{NM Migration Intro|Luna}}
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=== Military Records ===
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{{NM Military Intro|Luna}}
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==== Revolutionary War ====
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{{NM Revolutionary War Intro|Luna}}
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*'''1775 - 1783''' - {{RecordSearch|2546162|United States Rosters of Revolutionary War Soldiers and Sailors, 1775-1783}} at [https://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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{{NM Civil War Intro|Luna}}
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*'''1861 - 1865''' - {{RecordSearch|1932418|New Mexico Civil War Service Records of Union Soldiers, 1861-1865}} at [https://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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{{NM World War I Intro|Luna}}
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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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{{NM World War II Intro|Luna}}
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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]].
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=== Naturalization and Citizenship ===
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{{NM Naturalization Intro|Luna}}
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=== Newspapers ===
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{{NM Newspapers Intro|Luna}}
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*[https://sites.google.com/site/onlinenewspapersite/Home/usa/nm New Mexico Online Historical Newspapers] - identifies historical archived and digitized newspapers available online on both free and pay-to-access websites.
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{{NM Newspaper abstracts|Luna}}
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=== Obituaries ===
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{{NM Obituaries Intro|Luna}}
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=== Other Records ===
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{{NM Other Records Intro|Luna}}
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=== Periodicals ===
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{{NM Periodicals Intro|Luna}}
  
==== Land  ====
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=== Probate Records ===
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{{NM Probate Intro|Luna}}
  
==== Local Histories  ====
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'''Online Probate Records
  
==== Maps  ====
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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://search.ancestry.com/ Ancestry.com] — index and images $
  
==== Military  ====
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=== School Records ===
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{{NM Schools Intro|Luna}}
  
==== Newspapers  ====
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=== Tax Records ===
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{{NM Tax Intro|Luna}}
  
==== Probate  ====
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=== Vital Records ===
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{{NM Vital Intro|Luna}}
  
==== Taxation  ====
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==== Birth ====
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{{NM Vital Records - Birth Intro|Luna}}
  
==== Vital Records  ====
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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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==== Marriage ====
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{{NM Vital Records - Marriage Intro|Luna}}
  
== Societies and Libraries  ==
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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]
  
==== Family History Centers  ====
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==== Death ====
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{{NM Vital Records - Death Intro|Luna}}
  
*[[Introduction to LDS Family History Centers]]  
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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]
*[[Deming New Mexico Family History Center]]<br>
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*'''1889 - 1945''' {{RecordSearch|1546466|New Mexico Deaths, 1889-1945}} at [http://familysearch.org/search FamilySearch]
*[[Luna New Mexico Family History Center]]<br>
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==== Divorce ====
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{{NM Vital Records - Divorce Intro|Luna}}
  
== Web Sites  ==
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== Research Facilities ==
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{{NM Research Facilities Intro|Luna}}
  
*USGenWeb project. May have maps, name indexes, history or other information for this county. Select the state, then the county.
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=== Archives ===
*{{FHL|New+Mexico%2C+Luna|subject|disp=Family History Library Catalog}}
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{{NM Archives Intro|Luna}}
  
== References ==
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=== Family History Centers ===
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{{Family History Centers Intro}}
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*[[Deming New Mexico Family History Center]] 1000 W Florida St Deming NM 88030 United States [https://www.google.com/maps/place/1000+W+Florida+St/@32.254085,-107.7686699,17z/data=!3m1!4b1!4m2!3m1!1s0x86dec4017e9a6939:0x55313c28e40341e Location Map]
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*[[Luna New Mexico Family History Center]] East Main St Luna NM 87824 United States [https://www.google.com/maps/place/Main+St/@33.818843,-108.9557791,17z/data=!3m1!4b1!4m2!3m1!1s0x872651837823e4c3:0x76152f5d38913481 Location Map]
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=== Libraries ===
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{{NM Libraries Intro|Luna}}
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=== Museums ===
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{{NM Museums Intro|Luna}}
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== Societies ==
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{{NM Societies Intro|Luna}}
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== Websites ==
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{{NM Websites Intro|Luna}}
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*[http://www.genealogyinc.com/newmexico/luna-county/ Luna 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]
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*USGenWeb project. May have maps, name indexes, history or other information for this county. Select the state, then the county.
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*{{FHL Place IDNum|205609|New%20Mexico|Luna}}- 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
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== Research Guides ==
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{{NM Research Guides Intro|Luna}}
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== References ==
 
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[[Category:Luna_County,_New_Mexico]]
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[[Category:Luna_County,_New_Mexico]] [[Category:New_Mexico_Counties]]

Latest revision as of 20:53, 6 November 2017

United States
New Mexico
Luna County

Guide to Luna 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: Deming
Organized: 16 March, 1901
Parent County(s): Doña Ana, Grant[1]
Neighboring Counties
Dona Ana  • Grant  • Hidalgo  • Sierra  • Chihuahua, Mexico
See County Maps
Courthouse
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Location Map
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Adoption

County Information

Description

The County is situated in southwest New Mexico and the County seat is Deming. Luna County was formed March 16, 1901.[2]

County Courthouse

Luna County Courthouse
P.O. Box 1838
Deming, NM 88031-1838
Phone: 505.546.0491
Luna County Website

County Clerk has marriage, death, land, probate and military records from 1901, Deming newspapers from 1901.[1]

Luna 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 1901 #6 1901 19019 1790

Record Loss

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

Boundary Changes

  • 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. Starting in 1846 United States forces occupied New Mexico during the Mexican-American War.
  • 1848 -  Land that became the northern quarter of Luna County formally became a part of the United States when the Mexican-American War ended with ratification of the Treaty of Guadalupe Hidalgo.
  • 1855 -  The Gadsden Purchase of Mexican land was added to Doña Ana County, New Mexico, part of which later became the southern part of Luna County.
  • 1901--Luna County was created 16 March 1901 from Doña Ana and Grant counties.[1]
  • County seat: Deming[1]
  • Interactive Formation Boundary Map of New Mexico - shows boundary changes for New Mexico Counties
  • New Mexico Historical Boundary Changes - list of all boundary changes by county provided by Newberry Library

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 Luna County, New Mexico:[4]

City

  • Deming (county seat)

Village

  • Columbus

Census-designated places

  • City of the Sun
  • Keeler Farm
  • La Hacienda
  • Mountain View
  • Pecan Park
  • Pulpotio Bareas
  • Sunshine
  • Ventura

Ghost towns

  • Gage
  • Mowry City
  • Myndus
  • Nutt
  • Ojo de Vaca Station

History Timeline

Resources

Bible Records

Biographies

Business, Commerce, and Occupations

Cemeteries

Cemeteries of Luna 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 3,913
1920 12,270 213.6%
1930 6,247 −49.1%
1940 6,457 3.4%
1950 8,753 35.6%
1960 9,839 12.4%
1970 11,706 19.0%
1980 15,585 33.1%
1990 18,110 16.2%
2000 25,016 38.1%
2010 25,095 0.3%
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.

LDS Ward and Branch Records

  • Columbus

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 Luna 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

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

Societies

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://www.lunacountynm.us/visitors-guide-information/ accessed 09/29/2016
  3. Handybook for Genealogists: United States of America, 10th ed. (Draper, Utah: Everton Pub., 2002), Luna 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. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Luna_County,_New_Mexico#Communities