New Mexico Births and Christenings (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 Births and Christenings Index
Collection years 1726-1918
FamilySearch Resources
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Archive
Genealogical Society of Utah, Salt Lake City



What is in the Collection?

This index is an electronic index for the years 1726 to 1918.

This index is not complete for any particular place, region or time period. This collection may include information previously published in the International Genealogical Index or Vital Records Index collections.

Collection Content

Coverage Table

The coverage table shows the places and time periods of the original records in this collection. The table indicates how many records the collection has from each place. Most of the records in the collection are from the time periods listed in the table; however, the collection may have a few records from before or after the time period.

Locality Births and Christenings, 1726-1918 Marriages, 1751-1918 Deaths and Burials, 1788-1798; 1838-1955
Bernalillo 64,622 17,023 1
Colfax 516 0 0
Doña Ana 10,231 2,076 0
Grant 1,427 3,426 0
Guadalupe 3,063 1,075 0
Lincoln 808 320 0
McKinley 3,425 0 0
Mora 11,572 927 0
New Mexico 13,985 4,153 9,607
Otero 794 231 0
Rio Arriba 70,823 9,504 0
San Juan 102 0 0

San Miguel

39,126 11,799 17
Sandoval 23,124 5,931 0
Santa Fe 30,625 8,643 2
Sierra 0 424 0
Socorro 41,510 1,867 0
Taos 68,070 16,527 0
Torrance 1,034 374 0
Valencia 50,554 9,087 0
Total 435,411 93,387 9,627

What Can these Records Tell Me?

Birth and christening index entries usually include (over 98% of the time):

  • Name of the child
  • Gender
  • Names of the parents
  • Birth date
  • Birthplace
  • Christening date (if the source is a church record)
  • Family History Library Microfilm and item numbers for the source materials

Birth and christening index entries sometimes include:

  • Father's birthplace
  • Mother's birthplace


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 date of birth for your ancestor.
  • The place of birth for your ancestor.
  • The names of the child's parents.

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.

Search by Name by visiting the Collection Page:


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 find other records such as marriage, census, church, land and death records.
  • Use the occupations to find employment or military records.
  • Use the information to establish a migration pattern and 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, Births and Christenings, 1726-1918." Database. FamilySearch. http://FamilySearch.org : accessed 2017. Index based upon data collected by the Genealogical Society of Utah, Salt Lake City.

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, Births and Christenings, 1726-1918.


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