Bernalillo County, New Mexico Genealogy

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Bernalillo County, New Mexico
Map
Map of the U.S. highlighting New Mexico
Location of New Mexico in the U.S.
Facts
Founded September 22, 1846
County Seat Albuquerque
Courthouse
NewMexicoBernalilloCourthouse.jpg
Address Bernalillo County Courthouse
1 Civic Plaza NW;
Albuquerque, NM 87102
Phone:. 505.768.4090 
Bernalillo County Website


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County Information

Bernalillo County, New Mexico Record Dates

Beginning Dates for Major County Records
Birth Marriage Death Census Land Probate
1885 1850 1873 1861

County Courthouse


County Clerk has marriage records from 1885, probate records from 1895 and land records from 1888; District Court Clerk has divorce and court records.[1]

History

Parent County

  • Before 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 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.[2][3] 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.
Bernalillo and other counties in New Mexico Territory in 1852.


Description

Bernalillo County was founded in 1852. The county name is derived from one of the early Franciscan friars laboring in the province. The plaza or village of old Albuquerque has been the county seat since 1854. Georgraphically the county lies near the center of the State, its eastern end being covered by the Sandia and Manzano ranges of mountains, its western half being succession of high table lands rising toward the continental divide.[4]

Boundary Changes

  • Interactive Formation Boundary Map of New Mexico - shows boundary changes for New Mexico Counties
  • New Mexico Historical Boundary Changes - list of all boundary changes by county provided by Newberry Library
  • 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.[5] [6] [7] 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.[8]
  • 13 Jan 1876 SANTA ANA county discontinued, BERNALILLO county gained all of its lands and records.[9]
  • 1 Jan 1901 BERNALILLO county lost land to the creation of McKINLEY county. [10]
  • 14 Apr 1903 BERNALILLO county lost land to the creation of SANDOVAL county. [11]
    1 Jan 1905 BERNALILLO county lost land to the creation of TORRANCE county.[12]

Record Loss

There is no known history of courthouse disasters in this county.

Places/Localities

Populated Places[13]

Cities
  • Albuquerque (county seat)
Town
  • Edgewood
Villages
  • Los Ranchos de Albuquerque
  • Tijeras
Census-designated places
  • Carnuel
  • Cedar Crest
  • Cedro
  • Chilili
  • Edith Endave
  • Isleta Village Proper
  • Manzano Springs (partial)
  • North Valley
  • Pajarito Mesa
  • Paradise Hills
  • Ponderosa Pine
  • San Antonito
  • Sandia Heights
  • Sandia Knolls
  • Sandia Park
  • Sedillo
  • South Valley
Unincorporated communities
  • Carpenter
  • Isleta Pueblo
  • Laguna Pueblo
  • Zuzax


Neighboring Counties

Resources

Cemeteries

  • 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.
Tombstone Transcriptions Online Tombstone Transcriptions in Print List of Cemeteries in the county
Findagrave.com Family History Library Findagrave.com
NMGenWeb [Bernalillo County, New Mexico WorldCat] Billion Graves
NMGenWeb Archives
Tombstone Project
NM Cemetery Project
NM Interment
Billion Graves
See New Mexico Cemeteries for more information.

Census

Historical populations
Census Pop.  %±
1850 7,751
1860 8,769 13.1%
1870 7,591 −13.4%
1880 17,225 126.9%
1890 20,913 21.4%
1900 28,630 36.9%
1910 23,606 −17.5%
1920 29,855 26.5%
1930 45,430 52.2%
1940 69,391 52.7%
1950 145,673 109.9%
1960 262,199 80.0%
1970 315,774 20.4%
1980 419,700 32.9%
1990 480,577 14.5%
2000 556,678 15.8%
2010 662,564 19.0%
Source: "Wikipedia.org".
State Census Records
Federal Census Records

Federal Censuses were taken for New Mexico starting in 1850. For links to Federal census indexes, see New Mexico Census.

Church

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.

LDS Ward and Branch Records

  • Albuquerque

Court

Land

Online Land Records


Local Histories

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.

Maps

Bernalillo County

Military

Revolutionary War
Civil War
World War I
World War II

Newspapers

Probate

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.

Taxation

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

Births

Deaths

Marriages

Societies and Libraries

Albuquerque Genealogical Society
PO Box 25512
Albuquerque, New Mexico, 87125-0512
E-mail:atkinsosgenealogy@outlook.com
Website

Albuquerque Historical Society
PO Box 1293
Albuquerque, New Mexico, 87125
Website

Family History Centers

Family History Centers provide one-on-one assistance and free access to premium genealogical websites. In addition, many centers have free how-to genealogy classes. See Family History Center for more information. Search the online FHC directory for a nearby family history center.



Web Sites

References

  1. 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.
  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. Kearny's Code 1846, "Courts and Judicial Powers,” secs. 5-7/p. 49; Abel, Map #2; Coan, 252; Williams, 108-109
  4. http://genealogytrails.com/newmex/bernalillo/history.html accessed 09/29/2016
  5. N.M. Terr. Laws 1851, 1st assy., 2d sess. /p. 291
  6. 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.
  7. Original Counties of New Mexico Territory (map) at http://www.nmgs.org/Graphics/nmcoun-orig.jpg (accessed 9 August 2011).
  8. U.S. Stat., vol. 12, pp. 664-665; Van Zandt, 165
  9. N.M. Terr. Laws 1875-1876, 22d assy., ch. 8/pp. 38-40
  10. N.M. Terr. Laws 1899, 33d assy., ch. 19/pp. 43-45
  11. N.M. Terr. Laws 1903, 35th assy., ch. 27/pp. 37-43
  12. N.M. Terr. Laws 1903, 35th assy., ch. 70/pp. 132-134
  13. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bernalillo_County,_New_Mexico#Communities