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Revision as of 00:18, 14 October 2012

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


County Courthouse

Socorro County Courthouse
200 Church St; PO Box 1
Socorro, NM 87801
Phone: 505.835.0589 

County Clerk has marriage records from 1885, probate records from 1912, land records from 1859, birth and death records 1907-1941.[1]


Parent County

  • 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.
  • In 1821Mexico 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.
  • 1846 - United States forces occupied New Mexico starting during the Mexican-American War.
  • 1848 -  Land that became Socorro County formally became a part of the United States when the Mexican-American War ended with the signing of the Treaty of Guadalupe Hidalgo.
  • 9 Jan 1852 -  Socorro County was created from unorganized land.[1] It extended west to the California border including land in present day Arizona.[2] [3] [4] Residents who lived far from the county seat, probably didn't send many records to the county offices.
Socorro and other counties in New Mexico Territory in 1852.

Boundary Changes

  • 29 December 1863 Arizona Territory created from the western half of New Mexico Territory.[5] Socorro County reduced in size to the portion still within New Mexico Territory.
  • 30 January 1868 - SOCORRO county lost land to the creation of GRANT county. [6]
  • 16 January 1869 - SOCORRO county lost land to the creation of LINCOLN county. [7]
  • 3 April 1884 - SOCORRO county lost land to the creation of SIERRA county. [8]
  • 30 January 1899 - SOCORRO county lost land to the creation of OTERO county. [9]
  • 1 January 1905 - SOCORRO county lost land to the creation of TORRANCE county. [10]
  • 1 July 1921 - SOCORRO county lost land to the creation of CATRON county. [11]

Record Loss


Populated Places

Neighboring Counties




For tips on accessing Socorro County, New Mexico Genealogy census records online, see: New Mexico Census.




Local Histories



Civil War
Civil War Battle

The following Civil War battle was fought in Socorro County.

Map showing Civil War battles in New Mexico. 




Vital Records

A wiki article describing an online collection is found at:

New Mexico, County Death Records (FamilySearch Historical Records)

Societies and Libraries

Family History Centers

Web Sites

  • USGenWeb project. May have maps, name indexes, history or other information for this county. Select the state, then the county.
  • Family History Library Catalog


  1. 1.0 1.1 Handybook for Genealogists: United States of America, 10th ed. (Draper, Utah: Everton Pub., 2002), Socorro County, New Mexico page 475, At various libraries (WorldCat); FHL Book 973 D27e 2002.
  2. N.M. Terr. Laws 1851, 1st assy., 2d sess. /p. 291
  3. William Thorndale, and William Dollarhide, Map Guide to the U.S. Federal Censuses, 1790-1920 (Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing, 1987), 26. At various libraries (WorldCat); FHL Book 973 X2th.
  4. Original Counties of New Mexico Territory (map) at http://www.nmgs.org/Graphics/nmcoun-orig.jpg (accessed 9 August 2011).
  5. U.S. Stat., vol. 12, pp. 664-665; Van Zandt, 165
  6. N.M. Terr. Laws 1867-1868, 17th assy., ch. 20/p. 88
  7. N.M. Terr. Laws 1868-1869, 18th assy., ch. 8/pp. 28-31
  8. N.M. Terr. Laws 1884, 26th assy., ch. 109/pp. 223-225
  9. N.M. Terr. Laws 1899, 33d assy., ch. 3/pp. 21-30
  10. N.M. Terr. Laws 1903, 35th assy., ch. 70/pp. 132-134
  11. N.M. Laws 1921, 5th reg. sess., ch. 28/pp. 37-45
  12. Heritage Preservation Services, Civil War Battle Summaries by State, (accessed 8 August, 2012)
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