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|Socorro County, New Mexico|
Location of New Mexico in the U.S.
|Founded||April 17, 1907|
|Address|| Socorro County Courthouse |
200 Church St; PO Box 1
Socorro, NM 87801
Socorro County Website
Socorro County Courthouse
200 Church St; PO Box 1
Socorro, NM 87801
County Clerk has marriage records from 1885, probate records from 1912, land records from 1859, birth and death records 1907-1941.
- Until 1821 - New 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 1821 - Mexico 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. It extended west to the California border including land in present day Arizona.   Residents who lived far from the county seat, probably didn't send many records to the county offices.
- 29 December 1863 Arizona Territory created from the western half of New Mexico Territory. 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. 
- 16 January 1869 - SOCORRO county lost land to the creation of LINCOLN county. 
- 3 April 1884 - SOCORRO county lost land to the creation of SIERRA county. 
- 30 January 1899 - SOCORRO county lost land to the creation of OTERO county. 
- 1 January 1905 - SOCORRO county lost land to the creation of TORRANCE county. 
- 1 July 1921 - SOCORRO county lost land to the creation of CATRON county. 
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.
See also Previous Jurisdictions to land in Arizona for further details.
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- New Mexico Cemetery Records
- AHGP New Mexico Cemetery Transcription & Photo Project
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- New Mexico Cemetery Record Information Online
- New Mexico Tombstone Transcription Project
- New Mexico Cemeteries Project
- New Mexico Vital Record Information: Cemeteries
- Online New Mexico Death Records and Indexes
- Cemeteries of New Mexico
- BillionGraves.com - Provides photos and GPS locations of grave markers.
- Cyndi's List - Cemeteries & funeral homes
For tips on accessing Socorro County, New Mexico census records online, see: New Mexico Census.
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.
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.
Local histories are available for Socorro County, New Mexico. 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.
Civil War Battle
The following Civil War battle was fought in Socorro County.
- Map showing Civil War battles in New Mexico.
- New Mexico Online Historical Newspapers - identifies historical archived and digitized newspapers available online on both free and pay-to-access websites.
Finding More New Mexico Newspapers
Additional newspapers abstracts can sometimes be found using search phrases such as Socorro County, New Mexico newspapers in online catalogs like:
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.
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 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.
A wiki article describing an online collection is found at:
Societies and Libraries
Family History Centers
- Introduction to LDS Family History Centers
- Socorro New Mexico Family History Center
- Socorro, New Mexico
- Socorro County, NM History, Records, Facts and Genealogy
- New Mexico Genealogy Network Community on Google+
- 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.
- Family History Library Catalog
- ↑ 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.
- ↑ N.M. Terr. Laws 1851, 1st assy., 2d sess. /p. 291
- ↑ 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.
- ↑ Original Counties of New Mexico Territory (map) at http://www.nmgs.org/Graphics/nmcoun-orig.jpg (accessed 9 August 2011).
- ↑ U.S. Stat., vol. 12, pp. 664-665; Van Zandt, 165
- ↑ N.M. Terr. Laws 1867-1868, 17th assy., ch. 20/p. 88
- ↑ N.M. Terr. Laws 1868-1869, 18th assy., ch. 8/pp. 28-31
- ↑ N.M. Terr. Laws 1884, 26th assy., ch. 109/pp. 223-225
- ↑ N.M. Terr. Laws 1899, 33d assy., ch. 3/pp. 21-30
- ↑ N.M. Terr. Laws 1903, 35th assy., ch. 70/pp. 132-134
- ↑ N.M. Laws 1921, 5th reg. sess., ch. 28/pp. 37-45
- ↑ Heritage Preservation Services, Civil War Battle Summaries by State, (accessed 8 August, 2012)
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