New Mexico Vital Records

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*Information listed on vittal records is given by an informant. Learn the relationship of the informant to the subject(s) of the record.  The closer the relationship of the informant to the subject(s) and whether or not the informant was present at the time of the event can help determine the accuracy of the infromation found on the record.
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*Information listed on vital records is given by an informant. Learn the relationship of the informant to the subject(s) of the record.  The closer the relationship of the informant to the subject(s) and whether or not the informant was present at the time of the event can help determine the accuracy of the information found on the record.  
*If you are unable to locate vital records recorded by governments, search for church records of christening, marriage, death or burial.  A family BIble may have been used to records births, marriages and deaths.
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*If you are unable to locate vital records recorded by governments, search for church records of christening, marriage, death or burial.  A family Bible may have been used to records births, marriages and deaths.  
*Privacy laws may restrict your access to some vital records.  Copies of some vital records recorded in the last 100 years may be unavailable to anyone except a direct relative.
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*Privacy laws may restrict your access to some vital records.  Copies of some vital records recorded in the last 100 years may be unavailable to anyone except a direct relative.  
 
*Search for Vital Records in the Family History Library Catalog by using a '''Place Search '''and then choosing '''Vital Records'''.  Search for '''New Mexico '''to locate records filed by the State and then search the '''name of the county '''to locate records kept by the county.
 
*Search for Vital Records in the Family History Library Catalog by using a '''Place Search '''and then choosing '''Vital Records'''.  Search for '''New Mexico '''to locate records filed by the State and then search the '''name of the county '''to locate records kept by the county.
  

Revision as of 14:55, 14 September 2009

United States > United States Vital Records > New Mexico > New Mexico Vital Records

Contents

New Mexico Birth, Marriage and Death Records 

New Mexico Vital Records Online Links

Introduction to Vital Records

Birth Records

Birth and Death Records

In 1907 each county in New Mexico was required to keep birth and death records. Records dating from the 1880s are available for a few counties. All of these records have been sent to the Vital Statistics Bureau (address below). To locate death records for the years 1899-1949, please visit the New Mexico Death Index online.

Statewide registration of vital statistics began in 1920 and was generally complied with by 1930. Delayed registrations of births are also available from 1935. You can obtain birth and death certificates by writing to:

Vital Statistics Bureau
New Mexico Health Services
1190 St. Francis Drive
Santa Fe, NM 87505
Telephone: 505-827-2338
Fax: 505-984-1048
Internet: Bureau of Vital Records & Health Statistics

The current fees for obtaining copies of the state's records are listed in Where to Write for Vital Records: Births, Deaths, Marriages, and Divorces [1]Copies of this booklet are at the Family History Library and at many Family History Centers. You must have written authorization from the family in order to obtain a copy of a birth or death certificate. The Family History Library does not have copies of these records.

Adoption Records

open / closed / state statues

Marriage Records

Marriage records were usually kept from the date each county was organized. You can obtain copies of the records from the clerk's office in the county where the marriage was performed.

Marriage records for Bernalillo, Chavez, Eddy, San Juan, Oterro, Quay, Roosevelt, and Curry counties for 1880 to 1920 have been published in Some Marriage Records of the State of New Mexico. [2]

Many of the marriages for the state are searchable online at no cost in the Western States Marriage Index.

Divorce Records

Divorce records are available only from the clerk of the district court in the county where the decree was granted.

Death Records

Substitute Records

New Mexico Church Records

New Mexico Cemetery Records

New Mexico Census

New Mexico Newspapers

New Mexico Military Records

New Mexico Periodicals

New Mexico History

Tips

  • Information listed on vital records is given by an informant. Learn the relationship of the informant to the subject(s) of the record.  The closer the relationship of the informant to the subject(s) and whether or not the informant was present at the time of the event can help determine the accuracy of the information found on the record.
  • If you are unable to locate vital records recorded by governments, search for church records of christening, marriage, death or burial.  A family Bible may have been used to records births, marriages and deaths.
  • Privacy laws may restrict your access to some vital records.  Copies of some vital records recorded in the last 100 years may be unavailable to anyone except a direct relative.
  • Search for Vital Records in the Family History Library Catalog by using a Place Search and then choosing Vital Records.  Search for New Mexico to locate records filed by the State and then search the name of the county to locate records kept by the county.

Analyzing Records

Archives, Libraries and Societies

New Mexico Archives and Libraries

New Mexico Societies

Inventory of Vital Records

You can learn more about the history and availability of vital records in Guide to Public Vital Statistics Records in New Mexico. [3]

References

  1. Where to Write for Vital Records: Births, Deaths, Marriages, and Divorces (Hyattsville, Maryland: U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, March 1993; Family History Library  book 973 V24wv)
  2. Some Marriage Records of the State of New Mexico, (ca. 1880-1920) 2 vols. (N.p.: New Mexico DAR, 1971-1973; FHL book 978.9 V25d; vol. 1 on film 908289 and vol. 2 on 908026 item 4).
  3. Guide to Public Vital Statistics Records in New Mexico (Albuquerque, New Mexico: Historical Records Survey, 1942; Family History Library  book 978.9 V2h; film 874077 item 7; fiche 6051288).