New Mexico, County Death Records (FamilySearch Historical Records)

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This article describes a collection of records at FamilySearch.org.
New Mexico, United States
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Record Description
Record Type Death Records
Collection years 1907-1952
FamilySearch Resources
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What is in the Collection?

This collections contains images of death records for the years 1907 to 1952, acquired from the county courthouses of Sandoval, Socorro, and Valencia.

To Browse this Collection

You can browse through images in this collection by visiting the browse page for New Mexico, County Death Records, 1907-1952.

Collection Content

Sample Image

What Can these Records Tell Me?

Death records usually contain the following information:

  • Name of deceased
  • Date and place of death
  • Age in years, months, and days
  • Gender, color, and occupation of deceased
  • Birth place of deceased
  • Marital status
  • Name of spouse, if married
  • Name and birth place of father
  • Maiden name and birth place of mother
  • Cause of death
  • Name of informant and relationship to deceased
  • Burial information
  • Name of undertaker

How Do I Search the Collection?

To begin your search it is helpful to know at least some of the following:

  • The name of your ancestor.
  • The date of death.
  • The place of death.
  • The names of family members and their relationships.

Compare the information on the image to what you already know about your ancestor to determine if it is the correct family or person. You may need to compare several images before you find your ancestor.

View images in this collection by visiting the Browse Page then:
⇒Select the "County"
⇒Select "Record Type, Year Range, Volume number/letter"


For tips about searching on-line collections see the on-line article FamilySearch Search Tips and Tricks.

What Do I Do Next?

Whenever possible, view the original records to verify the information and to find additional information that might not be reported. These pieces of information can lead you to additional records and family members.

I Found Who I was Looking for, What Now?

  • Use the information to locate funeral home, obituary or cemetery record.
  • Use the information to find other records such as birth, christening, marriage, census, land and probate records.
  • Use the information to find additional family members.
  • Repeat this process with additional family members found, to find more generations of the family.
  • Church Records often were kept years before government records were required and are a good source for finding ancestors before 1900.

I Can’t Find Who I’m Looking for, What Now?

  • Try viewing the original record to see if there were errors in the transcription of the name, age, residence, etc. Remember that there may be more than one person in the records with the same name.
  • Collect entries for every person who has the same surname. This list can help you identify possible relations that can be verified by records.
  • If you cannot locate your ancestor in the locality in which you believe they lived, then try searching records of a nearby locality in an area search.
  • Standard spelling of names typically did not exist during the periods our ancestors lived in. Try variations of your ancestor’s name while searching the index or browsing through images.
  • Remember that sometimes individuals went by nicknames or alternated between using first and middle names. Try searching for these names as well.
  • Search the indexes and records of New Mexico, United States Genealogy.
  • Search in the New Mexico Archives and Libraries.

Citing this Collection

When you copy information from a record, you should list where you found the information; that is, cite your sources. This will help people find the record again and evaluate the reliability of the source. It is also good to keep track of records where you did not find information, including the names of the people you looked for in the records. Citations are available for the collection as a whole and each record or image individually.

Collection Citation:

"New Mexico, County Death Records, 1907-1952." Images. FamilySearch. http://FamilySearch.org : accessed 2017. County courthouses, New Mexico.

Image Citation:

The image citation is available by clicking on the Information tab at the bottom left of the screen. You can browse through images in this collection by visiting the browse page for New Mexico, County Death Records, 1907-1952.


How Can I Contribute to the FamilySearch Wiki?

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