New Mexico, County Marriages (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 Marriage Records
Collection years 1885-1954
FamilySearch Resources
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State archives and county courthouses, New Mexico



What is in the Collection?

This collection contains images of county marriage records for the years 1885 to 1954, acquired from the state archives and county courthouses. This collection consists of records for the following counties:

  • Sandoval
  • Socorro
  • Valencia

To Browse this Collection

You can browse through images in this collection by visiting the browse page for New Mexico, County Marriages, 1885-1954.

Collection Content

Coverage Map

To see a coverage map of FamilySearch's holdings of New Mexico county marriages, click here.

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What Can these Records Tell Me?

The records usually includes the following:

  • Name
  • Name of intended spouse
  • Age
  • Birth date
  • Birth place
  • Residence
  • License date
  • If under age, signature of consenting parent
  • Marriage date
  • Marriage place
  • Officiator and title
  • Witnesses
  • Recording dates

How Do I Search the Collection?

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

  • The names of the bride and groom.
  • The date of marriage.
  • The place of marriage.
  • 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" category
⇒Select the "Record Type, Year Range, and Volume number or letter" category


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 age to calculate a birth date and to find other records such as birth, christening, census, land and death records.
  • Use the information to find additional family members. Witnesses or bondsmen were usually relatives.
  • 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

Citing your sources makes it easy for others to find and evaluate the records you used. When you copy information from a record, list where you found that information. Here you can find citations already created for the entire collection and for each individual record or image.


Collection Citation

"New Mexico, County Marriages, 1885-1954." Images. FamilySearch. http://FamilySearch.org : accessed 2017. State archives and 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 Marriages, 1885-1954.


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