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


Mora County, New Mexico
Map of the U.S. highlighting New Mexico
Location of New Mexico in the U.S.
Founded February 1, 1860
County Seat Mora
Address Mora County Courthouse
PO Box 360
Mora, NM 87732
Phone: 585.387.2448
Mora County Website


County Information

Mora County, New Mexico Record Dates

Beginning Dates for Major County Records
Birth Marriage Death Census Land Probate
1891 1860 1861 1920

County Courthouse

County Courthouse
PO Box 360
Mora, NM 87732
Phone: 585.387.2448 

County Clerk has marriage and probate records from 1891, and land records from 1825; District Court Clerk has divorce and court records.[1]


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. Starting in 1846 United States forces occupied New Mexico during the Mexican-American War.
  • 1848 -  Land that became Mora County formally became a part of the United States when the Mexican-American War ended with ratification of the Treaty of Guadalupe Hidalgo.
  • 1860--Mora County was created 1 February 1860 from Taos County.[1]


In 1860, Mora County was established. Before this time, most of the county had been part of Taos County and San Miguel County. The new Mora County was nearly twice the size of what it is today. A process of take away was begun, and, by 1900, it had been reduced to a size only a little larger than it is now. Since then, some of the eastern county was added to Harding County.[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 website.

Record Loss

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


Populated Places[3]

  • Wagon Mound
Census-designated places
  • Mora (county seat)
  • Watrous
Unincorporated communities
  • Buena Vista
  • Canoncito
  • Chacon
  • Cleveland
  • Golondrinas
  • Guadalupita
  • Holman
  • La Cueva
  • Ocate
  • Ojo Feliz
  • Rainsville
  • Valmora
Historical Places

        Agua NegraDon Tomas, Cassidy Mill, Santa Gertrudis,

Neighboring Counties



Tombstone Transcriptions Online Tombstone Transcriptions in Print List of Cemeteries in the county Family History Library
NMGenWeb WorldCat Billion Graves
NMGenWeb Archives
Tombstone Project
Billion Graves
See New Mexico Cemeteries for more information.
Search by Cemetery Name:

          Agua Negra Cemetery, Bethel Cemetery, Buena Vista Cemetery, Calhoun Cemetery, Canada Bonita San Jose Cemetery, Casias Cemetery, Chacon Cemetery, Chacon San Antonio Cemetery, Cherry Valley Cemetery, Christmas Ranch Cemetery, Cleveland Cemetery, Cleveland Catholic CemeteryEl Carmen Cemetery, El Corazon Norteno Cemetery, El Rito Cemetery, El Turquillo Cemetery, Fort Union Cemetery, Gascon San Jose Cemetery, Golondrinas Cemetery, Guadalupita Cemetery, Halls Peak Cemetery, Hillside Cemetery, Holman Cemetery, Holman Presbyterian Cemetery, Immaculate Heart of Mary Cemetery, Jager Cemetery, Kroenig Cemetery, La Cueva Cemetery, La Morada Cemetery, La Sierra Cemetery, Laumbachs Cemetery, LeDoux Cemetery, Los Hueros Cemetery, Lovato Cemetery, Michoacan Cemetery, Montoya Cemetery, Mora Presbyterian Church Cemetery, Mora Presbyterian Cemetery, Mountain View Cemetery, Naranjos Cemetery, Nuestro Padre Jesus Cemetery, Ocate Catholic Cemetery, Ojo Feliz Cemetery, Old Sapello Cemetery, Our Lady of Guadalupe Cemetery, Paises CemeteryQuintana Cemetery, Sacred Heart Church Cemetery - Rainsville, Sacred Heart Cemetery - Watrous, Saint Gertrude Cemetery, Saint Joseph Cemetery, Saint Vrain CemeterySan Antonio Cemetery - Chacon, San Antonio Cemetery - Cleveland, San Antonio de Padua Morada Cemetery, San Isidro Cemetery - HolmanSan Jose Cemetery - Gascon,San Jose Cemetery - Canada Bonita, San Rafael Cemetery, San Ysidro (San Yasdiro) Cemetery, Sandoval Weber Cemetery, Santa Clara Cemetery, Santa Gertrudes Cemetery, Santa Teresita Cemetery, Santisima Trinidad Cemetery, Santo Nino Cemetery, Strong Cemetery, Tiptonvillle Cemetery, Turquillo Cemetery, Watrous Sacred Heart Cemetery, Watrous Cemetery.

Search by Cemetery Location:

          Buena Vista, Canada Bonita, Canon, Chacon, Cleveland, Coyote Creek State Park, Fort Union, Gascon, Golondrinas, Guadalupita, Holman, La Cueva, Le Doux, Levy, Los Cisneros, Los HuerosLucero, Monte AplanadoMora, Naranjos, Ocate, Ojo Feliz, Rainsville, Sapello, Shoemaker, South Carmen, Tiptonville, Turquillo, Valmora, Wagon Mound, Watrous


Historical populations
Census Pop.  %±
1910 12,611
1920 13,915 10.3%
1930 10,322 −25.8%
1940 10,981 6.4%
1950 8,720 −20.6%
1960 6,028 −30.9%
1970 4,673 −22.5%
1980 4,205 −10.0%
1990 4,264 1.4%
2000 5,180 21.5%
2010 4,881 −5.8%
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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 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.



Land and property records can place an ancestor in a particular location, provide economic information, and reveal family relationships. Land records include: deeds, abstracts and indexes, mortgages, leases, grants and land patents.

See New Mexico Land and Property for additional information about early New Mexico land grants. After land was transferred to private ownership, subsequent transactions were usually recorded at the county courthouse and where records are currently housed.

Online Land Records

Local Histories

Local histories are available for Mora 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.




Revolutionary War
Civil War
World War I
World War II



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.


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

  •      1866 - 1890 Mora County Marriages:  1866-1890 

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.

Web Sites


  1. 1.0 1.1 Handybook for Genealogists: United States of America, 10th ed. (Draper, Utah: Everton Pub., 2002), Mora County, New Mexico page 474, At various libraries (WorldCat); FHL Book 973 D27e 2002.
  2. accessed 09/29/2016