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Guide to Catron County, New Mexico ancestry, family history, and genealogy birth records, marriage records, death records, census records, and military records.


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Catron County, New Mexico
Map
Map of the U.S. highlighting New Mexico
Location of New Mexico in the U.S.
Facts
Founded February 25, 1921
County Seat Reserve
Courthouse
NewMexicoCatronCourthouse.jpg
Address Catron County Courthouse
101 Main St; PO Box 507
Reserve, NM 87830-0507
Phone: 505.533.6400 

Catron County Website


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County Information

Catron County, New Mexico Record Dates

Beginning Dates for Major County Records
Birth Marriage Death Census Land Probate
1921 1930 1921 1921

County Courthouse

Catron County Courthouse
101 Main St; PO Box 507
Reserve, NM 87830-0507
Phone: 505.533.6400 

County Clerk has birth, marriage, probate, and land records from 1921; District Court Clerk 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. United States forces occupied New Mexico starting in 1846 during the Mexican-American War.
  • 1848 -  Land that became Catron County formally became a part of the United States when the Mexican War ended with ratification of the Treaty of Guadalupe Hidalgo.

1921--Catron County was created 25 February 1921 from Socorro County.[1]

Description

Catron County is named after a famous attorney and Santa Fe political leader, Thomas B. Catron. Catron County became a county on February 25, 1921. The county is comprised of mostly rugged mountainous terrain. The county seat is Reserve.[2]

Boundary Changes

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.

Record Loss

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

Places/Localities

Populated Places[3]

Village
  • Reserve (county seat)
Census-designated places
  • Apache Creek
  • Aragon
  • Clairmont
  • Cooney
  • Cruzville
  • Datil
  • Glenwood
  • Luna
  • Mogollon
  • Pie Town
  • Pleasanton
  • Quemado
  • Red Hill
Unincorporated communities
  • Alma
  • Old Horse Springs
  • San Francisco Plaza

Neighboring Counties

Resources

Cemeteries

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

Census

Historical populations
Census Pop.  %±
1930 3,282
1940 4,881 48.7%
1950 3,533 −27.6%
1960 2,773 −21.5%
1970 2,198 −20.7%
1980 2,720 23.7%
1990 2,563 −5.8%
2000 3,543 38.2%
2010 3,725 5.1%
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

  • Luna

Court

Land

Online Land Records


Local Histories

Local histories are available for Catron 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

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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

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.


Websites

References

  1. 1.0 1.1 Handybook for Genealogists: United States of America, 10th ed. (Draper, Utah: Everton Pub., 2002), Catron County, New Mexico page 473, At various libraries (WorldCat); FHL Book 973 D27e 2002.
  2. http://catroncounty.us/ accessed 09/29/2016
  3. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Catron_County,_New_Mexico#Communities