Valencia County, New Mexico

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*Until '''1821''' -&nbsp; [[New Spain]] controlled land that later would become New Mexico and Arizona. Some records of early settlers may have been sent to an [http://www.mcu.es/archivos/MC/AGI/index.html archives] in Seville, Spain, or to [[Mexico Archives and Libraries|archives]] in Mexico City. <br>  
 
*Until '''1821''' -&nbsp; [[New Spain]] controlled land that later would become New Mexico and Arizona. Some records of early settlers may have been sent to an [http://www.mcu.es/archivos/MC/AGI/index.html archives] in Seville, Spain, or to [[Mexico Archives and Libraries|archives]] in Mexico City. <br>  
 
*In '''1821''' -&nbsp;[[Mexico]] had jurisdiction over the land that later would become New Mexico and Arizona. Some records of this period may have been sent to [[Mexico Archives and Libraries|archives]] in Mexico City. <br>  
 
*In '''1821''' -&nbsp;[[Mexico]] had jurisdiction over the land that later would become New Mexico and Arizona. Some records of this period may have been sent to [[Mexico Archives and Libraries|archives]] in Mexico City. <br>  
*22 September '''1846''' - Valencia County was created based on an old Mexican government ''partido&nbsp;'' as one of seven original New Mexico counties under '''{{wpd|Kearny Code}}''' of laws for the occupied Mexican territory.<ref>"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. [http://www.newmexicohistory.org/filedetails.php?fileID=384 Digital online edition].</ref> Code named after General {{wpd|Stephen W. Kearny}}
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*22 September '''1846''' - Valencia County was created based on an old Mexican government ''partido&nbsp;'' as one of seven original New Mexico counties under '''{{wpd|Kearny Code}}''' of laws for the occupied Mexican territory.<ref>"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. [http://www.newmexicohistory.org/filedetails.php?fileID=384 Digital online edition].</ref> Code named after General {{wpd|Stephen W. Kearny}}  
 
*'''1848''' - Valencia county formally became a part of the United States when the {{wpd|Mexican-American War}} ended in 1848 with the signing of the {{wpd|Treaty of Guadalupe Hidalgo}}.<br>
 
*'''1848''' - Valencia county formally became a part of the United States when the {{wpd|Mexican-American War}} ended in 1848 with the signing of the {{wpd|Treaty of Guadalupe Hidalgo}}.<br>
  
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==== Boundary Changes  ====
 
==== Boundary Changes  ====
  
 
*9 January '''1852''' - All New Mexico counties were redefined. Valencia county was extended west to the California border including land in present day [[Arizona]] and [[Nevada]].<ref>N.M. Terr. Laws 1851, 1st assy., 2d sess. /p. 291</ref> <ref>William Thorndale, and William Dollarhide, ''Map Guide to the U.S. Federal Censuses, 1790-1920'' (Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing, 1987), 26. {{WorldCat|69672637|disp=At various libraries (WorldCat)}}; {{FHL|545087|item|disp=FHL Book 973 X2th}}.</ref> <ref>''Original Counties of New Mexico Territory'' (map) at http://www.nmgs.org/Graphics/nmcoun-orig.jpg (accessed 9 August 2011).</ref> Residents living far from the county seat, probably didn't send many records to the county offices. <br>  
 
*9 January '''1852''' - All New Mexico counties were redefined. Valencia county was extended west to the California border including land in present day [[Arizona]] and [[Nevada]].<ref>N.M. Terr. Laws 1851, 1st assy., 2d sess. /p. 291</ref> <ref>William Thorndale, and William Dollarhide, ''Map Guide to the U.S. Federal Censuses, 1790-1920'' (Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing, 1987), 26. {{WorldCat|69672637|disp=At various libraries (WorldCat)}}; {{FHL|545087|item|disp=FHL Book 973 X2th}}.</ref> <ref>''Original Counties of New Mexico Territory'' (map) at http://www.nmgs.org/Graphics/nmcoun-orig.jpg (accessed 9 August 2011).</ref> Residents living far from the county seat, probably didn't send many records to the county offices. <br>  
*24 February '''1863''' [[Arizona]] Territory created from the western half of [[New Mexico]] Territory.<ref>U.S. Stat., vol. 12, pp. 664-665; Van Zandt, 165</ref> Valencia County reduced in size to that portion still within New Mexico Territory.
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*24 February '''1863''' [[Arizona]] Territory created from the western half of [[New Mexico]] Territory.<ref>U.S. Stat., vol. 12, pp. 664-665; Van Zandt, 165</ref> Valencia County reduced in size to that portion still within New Mexico Territory.  
*16 March '''1903''' - VALENCIA county lost land to creation of LEONARD WOOD county (now GUADALUPE county). <ref>N.M. Terr. Laws 1903, 35th assy., ch. 69/pp. 127-131</ref>
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*16 March '''1903''' - VALENCIA county lost land to creation of LEONARD WOOD county (now GUADALUPE county). <ref>N.M. Terr. Laws 1903, 35th assy., ch. 69/pp. 127-131</ref>  
*1 January '''1905''' - VALENCIA county lost land to the creation of TORRANCE county. <ref>N.M. Terr. Laws 1903, 35th assy., ch. 70/pp. 132-134</ref>
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*1 January '''1905''' - VALENCIA county lost land to the creation of TORRANCE county. <ref>N.M. Terr. Laws 1903, 35th assy., ch. 70/pp. 132-134</ref>  
 
*17 March '''1981''' Valencia county lost the westernmost four-fifths to the creation of&nbsp;[[Cibola County, New Mexico|Cibola County, New Mexico]].<ref>N.M. Laws 1981, 35th reg. sess., ch. 24/pp. 76-80</ref>
 
*17 March '''1981''' Valencia county lost the westernmost four-fifths to the creation of&nbsp;[[Cibola County, New Mexico|Cibola County, New Mexico]].<ref>N.M. Laws 1981, 35th reg. sess., ch. 24/pp. 76-80</ref>
  
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== Resources  ==
 
== Resources  ==
  
 
==== Cemeteries  ====
 
==== Cemeteries  ====
[http://www.findagrave.com/cgi-bin/fg.cgi?page=csr&CScn=&CScntry=4&CSst=34&CScnty=1960 Cemeteries of Valencia County, New Mexico] at Find A Grave
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[http://www.findagrave.com/cgi-bin/fg.cgi?page=csr&CScn=&CScntry=4&CSst=34&CScnty=1960 Cemeteries of Valencia County, New Mexico] at Find A Grave  
  
 
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LDS Ward and Branch Records  
 
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Bluewater and Ramah Wards were originally within Valencia county. But in 1894, Ramah was placed in the new county of McKinley. Then in 1981, Bluewater was placed in the new county of Cibola.
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Bluewater and Ramah Wards were originally within Valencia county. But in 1894, Ramah was placed in the new county of McKinley. Then in 1981, Bluewater was placed in the new county of Cibola.  
  
 
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[http://www.livgenmi.com/1895/NM/County/valencia.htm 1895 map of Valevcia county, New Mexico]
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[http://www.livgenmi.com/1895/NM/County/valencia.htm 1895 map of Valevcia county, New Mexico]  
  
 
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Contents

County Courthouse

Valencia County Courthouse
444 Luna Ave; PO Box 1119
Los Lunas, NM 87031-1119
Phone: 505.866.2073 

County Clerk has marriage records from 1865 and probate records from 1900; District Court Clerk has divorce and court records.[1]

History

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.
  • 22 September 1846 - Valencia County was created based on an old Mexican government partido  as one of seven original New Mexico counties under Kearny Code of laws for the occupied Mexican territory.[2] Code named after General Stephen W. Kearny
  • 1848 - Valencia county formally became a part of the United States when the Mexican-American War ended in 1848 with the signing of the Treaty of Guadalupe Hidalgo.
Valencia and other counties in New Mexico Territory in 1852.

Boundary Changes

  • 9 January 1852 - All New Mexico counties were redefined. Valencia county was extended west to the California border including land in present day Arizona and Nevada.[3] [4] [5] Residents living far from the county seat, probably didn't send many records to the county offices.
  • 24 February 1863 Arizona Territory created from the western half of New Mexico Territory.[6] Valencia County reduced in size to that portion still within New Mexico Territory.
  • 16 March 1903 - VALENCIA county lost land to creation of LEONARD WOOD county (now GUADALUPE county). [7]
  • 1 January 1905 - VALENCIA county lost land to the creation of TORRANCE county. [8]
  • 17 March 1981 Valencia county lost the westernmost four-fifths to the creation of Cibola County, New Mexico.[9]

Record Loss

Places/Localities

Populated Places

Neighboring Counties


Resources

Cemeteries

Cemeteries of Valencia County, New Mexico at Find A Grave

Census

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

Church

LDS Ward and Branch Records

Bluewater and Ramah Wards were originally within Valencia county. But in 1894, Ramah was placed in the new county of McKinley. Then in 1981, Bluewater was placed in the new county of Cibola.

Court

Land

Land Records are located at the County Clerks Office of Valencia County NM

Most of the land in New Mexico was originally obtained from the US federal government by a patent. These General Land Office Records are searchable online and most have free images of patents to download. The minimum information needed for a search is the state where the land is located and the name of the person receiving the patent. Surveys and Land Status Records can also be searched here.

Local Histories

Maps

1895 map of Valevcia county, New Mexico

Military

Newspapers

Valencia county NM Newspapers found at Library of Congress

Probate

Taxation

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

References

  1. Handybook for Genealogists: United States of America, 10th ed. (Draper, Utah: Everton Pub., 2002), Valencia County, New Mexico page 475, At various libraries (WorldCat); FHL Book 973 D27e 2002.
  2. "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.
  3. N.M. Terr. Laws 1851, 1st assy., 2d sess. /p. 291
  4. 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.
  5. Original Counties of New Mexico Territory (map) at http://www.nmgs.org/Graphics/nmcoun-orig.jpg (accessed 9 August 2011).
  6. U.S. Stat., vol. 12, pp. 664-665; Van Zandt, 165
  7. N.M. Terr. Laws 1903, 35th assy., ch. 69/pp. 127-131
  8. N.M. Terr. Laws 1903, 35th assy., ch. 70/pp. 132-134
  9. N.M. Laws 1981, 35th reg. sess., ch. 24/pp. 76-80