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|Bernalillo County, New Mexico|
Location of New Mexico in the U.S.
|Founded||September 22, 1846|
|Address|| Bernalillo County Courthouse|
1 Civic Plaza NW;
Albuquerque, NM 87102
Bernalillo County Website
County Clerk has marriage records from 1885, probate records from 1895 and land records from 1888; District Court Clerk has divorce and court records.
- Before 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 obtained 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.
- 22 September 1846 - Bernalillo County was created based on an old Mexican government partido under the Kearny Code of laws for the occupied Mexican territory. Bernalillo county was one of seven original New Mexico counties. This code named after General Stephen W. Kearny
In 1848, New Mexico Territory formally became a part of the United States when the Mexican-American War ended with the signing of the Treaty of Guadalupe Hidalgo.
- 9 January 1852 - All New Mexico counties were redefined. Bernalillo county was extended west to the California border including land in present day Arizona and Nevada.   Residents far from the county seat, probably did not send many records to the county offices.
- 29 December 1863 - Arizona Territory was created from the western half of New Mexico Territory. Bernalillo county was reduced in size to the portion that was still in New Mexico Territory.
- 13 Jan 1876 SANTA ANA county discontinued, BERNALILLO county gained all of its lands and records.
- 1 Jan 1901 BERNALILLO county lost land to the creation of McKINLEY 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 Vital Record Information: Cemeteries
- Online New Mexico Death Records and Indexes
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- BillionGraves.com - Provides photos and GPS locations of grave markers.
- Cyndi's List - Cemeteries & funeral homes
- Tijeras Cemetery, Tijeras at BillionGraves. Cemetery appears to be inside south part of freeway interchange involving State Highway 337, US 85, and I-40. A small church is also inside this as well.
For tips on accessing Bernalillo County, New Mexico Genealogy census records online, see: New Mexico Census.
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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 Bernalillo 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.
Finding More New Mexico Newspapers
Additional newspapers abstracts can sometimes be found using search phrases such as Bernalillo County, New Mexico Genealogy newspapers in online catalogs like:
- NewspaperArchive.com ($) has a large collection of Albuquerque and Santa Fe newspapers online. Their database is sometimes free at libraries.
Online 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.
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.
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- Zimmerman Library at University of New Mexico in Albuquerque, New Mexico
- Bernalillo County, NM History, Records, Facts and Genealogy
- New Mexico Genealogy Network Community on Google+
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- Bernalillo County, NMGenWeb County Burials, Census, Marriages, Yearbooks, Bibliography, Cemeteries, cities, maps, and photos for this county.
- FamilySearch Catalog
- Bernalillo County Genealogy at New Mexico Genealogy
- ↑ Handybook for Genealogists: United States of America, 10th ed. (Draper, Utah: Everton Pub., 2002), Bernalillo County, New Mexico page 473, At various libraries (WorldCat); FHL Book 973 D27e 2002.
- ↑ "Courts and Judicial Powers, Sec. 5” Kearny Code: Laws for the Government of the Territory of New Mexico, September 22, 1846 (Santa Fe, N. Mex.: S. W. Kearny, 1846), 47. Digital online edition.
- ↑ Kearny's Code 1846, "Courts and Judicial Powers,” secs. 5-7/p. 49; Abel, Map #2; Coan, 252; Williams, 108-109
- ↑ 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 1875-1876, 22d assy., ch. 8/pp. 38-40
- ↑ N.M. Terr. Laws 1899, 33d assy., ch. 19/pp. 43-45
- ↑ N.M. Terr. Laws 1903, 35th assy., ch. 27/pp. 37-43
- ↑ N.M. Terr. Laws 1903, 35th assy., ch. 70/pp. 132-134
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