New Mexico, Territorial Census, 1885 (FamilySearch Historical Records)

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New Mexico, United States
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Record Description
Record Type Census
Record Group RG 29: Records of the Bureau of the Census
Collection years 1885
Microfilm Publication M846. Schedules of the New Mexico Territory Census of 1885. 6 rolls.
National Archives Identifier 2791166
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What is in the Collection?

This collection contains indexes and images of the population schedule listing inhabitants of the New Mexico Territory in 1885. This collection coincides with NARA publication M846.

To Browse this Collection

You can browse through images in this collection by visiting the browse page for New Mexico, Territorial Census, 1885.

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What Can these RecordsTell Me?

The following information is usually found in this collection:

  • Name
  • Color
  • Sex
  • Age
  • Month of birth if born within the census year
  • Relationship to head of the household
  • Marital status
  • Occupation
  • Sick, deaf, dumb, blind, or mentally ill
  • Attending school
  • Can read and write
  • Birthplace (state or country)
  • Birthplace of parents (state or country)

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 approximate age of your ancestor.
  • The place where your ancestor resided.
  • The names of family members and their relationships.

Fill in the requested information in the initial search page. This search will return a list of possible matches. Compare the information in the list to what you already know about your ancestor to determine if it is the correct person. You may need to compare several persons in the list before you find your ancestor.

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⇒Select the appropriate "City/Town/Village/Precinct" category


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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 listed to determine an approximate birth date. This date along with the place of birth can help you find a birth record. Birth records often list biographical and marital details about the parents and close relatives other than the immediate family.
  • Use the race information to find records related to that ethnicity such as records of the Freedman’s Bureau or Indian censuses.
  • Use the naturalization information to find their naturalization papers in the county court records. It can also help you locate immigration records such as a passenger list which would usually be kept records at the port of entry into the United States.
  • Birth places can tell you former residences and can help to establish a migration pattern for the family.
  • If they are subject to military service they may have military files in the State or National Archives.
  • Occupations listed can lead you to employment records or other types of records such as school records; children’s occupations are often listed as “at school.”
  • 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, Territorial Census, 1885." Database with images. FamilySearch. http://FamilySearch.org : accessed 2017. Citing NARA publication T1175. National Archives and Records Administration, Washington DC.

Record citation (or citation for the index entry):

The citation for a record is available with each record in this collection, at the bottom of the record screen. You can search records in this collection by visiting the search page for New Mexico, Territorial Census, 1885.


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, Territorial Census, 1885.


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