How to Find New Mexico Marriage Records
Finding New Mexico Marriage Records
New Mexico has no statewide registration of marriage records. All license applications and marriage records are permanently held in the county where the marriage took place and are usually filed with the county clerk.
|More marriage information is usually found on the marriage license application or the marriage register. Less information is found on the marriage certificate.|
Next Step: When did the marriage occur?
Marriages Before 1852
There are no marriage records filed with the government before 1852. Early marriages were recorded by the Catholic Church. To locate marriage information you must search other records.
|1. Look first in||2. Then search|
| Church Records
Marriages 1852 to Present
New Mexico marriage license and records are held in the counties where the marriage took place. The first nine counties were formed in 1852.
STEP ONE: Find Marriage Information
|New Mexico Marriage Database - Includes Digital Images Only|
|New Mexico, County Marriages, 1885-1954||
Free; images online at FamilySearch. Browse images by county. Only contains Sandoval, Socorro, and Valencia counties.
|New Mexico Marriage Database - Includes Index Only|
|New Mexico, Marriages, 1751-1918||
Free; name index online at FamilySearch. No images available.
|Western States Marriage Index 1850-2000||Free; Name index, no images available. Dates vary by county.|
|Ancestry Database - Choose one of the following:|
||New Mexico Marriages, 1727-1900 - use Ancestry Institution at FamilySearch Centers/Libraries||Free; at FamilySearch Centers and Libraries; Find your local FamilySearch Center|
||New Mexico Marriages, 1727-1900 - use your Ancestry subscription||($); To obtain a subscription to Ancestry; Ancestry is often available for free through your local public library|
|Can't find your ancestor in the online index?||Tips for searching online indexes|
|No marriage record for your ancestor?||
Search for Gretna Greens-- locations away from the home county where marriage laws were less restrictive.
STEP TWO: Obtain the Certificate
New Mexico marriage licenses and records are held in the county where the marriage occurred. Access county vital record offices online.
|When ordering New Mexico marriage records: Ask for the marriage license or the marriage register, not the marriage certificate. The license or register usually contains more information.|
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