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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;
Clerk Distroct Court has divorce and court records[1]

History

Parent County

  • Up 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.
  • From 1821 until 1846Mexico 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 General Stephen W. Kearny's Kearny Code of laws for the occupied Mexican territory.[2] It formally became a part of the United States when the Mexican 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] There is a small chance that a few records from 1846 to 1963 in what is now Arizona may  have been sent to courthouses in their respective New Mexico counties.
  • 29 December 1863 Arizona's three judicial districts were established by the Arizona Territory Organic Act  from the western half of New Mexico Territory.[6] All previous counties were dissolved, and eventually four new counties were created in the new Arizona Territory.
  • 19 June 1981 Valencia county lost the westernmost four-fifths to the creation of Cibola county.[7]

Record Loss

Places/Localities

Populated Places

Neighboring Counties

Resources

Cemeteries

Census

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


Church

LDS Ward and Branch Records

  • Bluewater
  • Ramah

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

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, {WorldCat|50140092|disp=At various libraries (WorldCat)}}; FHL Book 973 D27e 2002.
  2. "Courts and Judicial Powers, Sec. 7” 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. Wikipedia contributors, "1st Arizona Territorial Legislature" in Wikipedia: the Free Encyclopedia at http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/1st_Arizona_Territorial_Legislature (accessed 8 August 2011).
  7. N.M. Laws 1981, 35th reg. sess., ch. 24/pp. 76-80

 

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