New Mexico, Deaths (FamilySearch Historical Records)

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Collection Time Period

This collection of death certificates for New Mexico covers the years 1889-1945.

Record Description

Death entries were recorded in preprinted register books. Earlier records were handwritten, but later the entries were mostly typewritten.

Statewide vital records registration officially began in 1920, although there are some records as early as 1889. Death records prior to 1919 were collected by a variety of institutions which were not health-related, including counties and churches. For the most part these records are not available from New Mexico Vital Records and Health Statistics. The state achieved 90-percent compliance by the end of the 1920s. 

Citation for This Collection:

The following citation refers to the original source of the data and images published on FamilySearch.org Historical Records. It may include the author, custodian, publisher and archive for the original records. 

"New Mexico Statewide Death Records," index FamilySearch; from New Mexico Dept. of Health. "New Mexico death certificates, 1927-1945," FHL microfilm, 46 reels. Family History Library, Salt Lake City, Utah.

Information about creating source citations for FamilySearch Historical Collections is listed in the wiki article Help:How to Create Source Citations For FamilySearch Historical Records Collections

Record Content

The key genealogical facts found in most death records include:

  • Name of the deceased
  • Death date and place
  • Cause of death
  • Age in years, months, and days
  • Gender
  • Color or race
  • Marital status
  • Parents’ names
  • Birthplace
  • Occupation
  • Name of the informant (earlier entries list the relationship to the deceased)

How to Use the Records

The records usually contain clues for further research, including:

  • Birth date and birthplace of the individual
  • Spouse’s name
  • Parents’ names
  • Residence
  • Occupation
  • Marital status
  • Nname of an informant

Death records contain information about a person's death, including:

  • Date of death
  • Place of death
  • Sometimes the names of the mother and father
  • Physician who attended the death

Death certificates issued by state and local governments will often include:

  • Place of residence
  • Mother's maiden name

Why This Record was Created

The state required counties to begin recording deaths to track public health issues.

Record Reliability

The information recorded about the death is usually reliable; however there is always a chance for errors. The accuracy of the information depended on the memory of the informant, who was often a family member.

Related Web Sites

Online New Mexico Death Records & Indexes

Related Wiki Articles

Contributions to This Article

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Citing FamilySearch Historical Collections

When you copy information from a record, you should also list where you found the information. This will help you or others to find the record again. It is also good to keep track of records where you did not find information, including the names of the people you looked for in the records.

A suggested format for keeping track of records that you have searched is found in the Wiki Article: Help:How to Create Source Citations For FamilySearch Historical Records Collections.

Citation Example for Records Found in This Collection:

"New Mexico Deaths, 1889-1945." database, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/pal:/MM9.1.1/FLYL-B89) entry for death of Ricardo Martinez, died 7 February 1931; citing Death Records, FHL microfilm number 19133134; New Mexico Department of Health, FHL microfilm, 46 reels. Family History Library, Salt Lake City, Utah.