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This Collection will include records from 1889 to 1945.
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.
The state required counties to begin recording deaths to track public health issues.
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.
Information found in most death records includes:
- Name of the deceased
- Death date and place
- Cause of death
- Age in years, months, and days
- Color or race
- Marital status
- Parents’ names
- 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
- Marital status
- Name 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
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The following citation refers to the original source of the information published in FamilySearch.org Historical Records collections. Sources include the author, custodian, publisher, and archive for the original records.
- "New Mexico, Deaths, 1889-1945." Index. FamilySearch. http://FamilySearch.org : accessed 2013. Citing Department of Health. Bureau of Vital Records and Health Statistics, Santa Fe.