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San Juan County, New Mexico
Map
Map of the U.S. highlighting New Mexico
Location of New Mexico in the U.S.
Facts
Founded February 24, 1887
County Seat Aztec
Courthouse
NewMexicoSanJuanCourthouse.jpg
Address San Juan County Courthouse
100 S Oliver Drive
Aztec, NM 87410
Phone: 505.334.9471
San Juan County Website


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County Information

San Juan County, New Mexico Record Dates

Beginning Dates for Major County Records
Birth Marriage Death Census Land Probate
1887 1890 1887 1909

County Courthouse

San Juan County Courthouse
100 S Oliver Drive
Aztec, NM 87410
Phone:. 505.334.9471 

County Clerk has marriage and land records from 1887
and probate records from 1899; Clerk District Court has divorce
and court records[1]

History

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 San Juan County formally became a part of the United States when the Mexican-American War ended with ratification of the Treaty of Guadalupe Hidalgo.
  • 1887--San Juan County was created 24 February 1887 from Rio Arriba County.[1]

Description

The county seat is Aztec. San Juan County is located on the Colorado Plateau. [2] It was formed on February 24, 1887.[3]

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 MapofUS.org website.

See also Previous Jurisdictions to Land in Arizona for further details.

Record Loss

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

Places/Localities

Populated Places [4]

Cities
  • Aztec
  • Bloomfield
  • Farmington
Census-designated places
  • Beclabito
  • Blanco
  • Crystal
  • Flora Vista
  • Huerfano
  • Kirtland
  • Nageezi
  • Napi HQ
  • Naschitti
  • Nenahnezad
  • Newcomb
  • Ojo Amarillo
  • Sanostee
  • Sheep Springs
  • Shiprock
  • Upper Fruitland
Other communities
  • Fruitland
  • Riverside

Neighboring Counties

Resources

Cemeteries

Tombstone Transcriptions Online Tombstone Transcriptions in Print List of Cemeteries in the county
Findagrave.com Family History Library Findagrave.com
NMGenWeb WorldCat Billion Graves
NMGenWeb Archives
Tombstone Project
NM Interment
Billion Graves
See New Mexico Cemeteries for more information.

Census

Historical populations
Census Pop.  %±
1910 8,504
1920 8,333 −2.0%
1930 14,701 76.4%
1940 17,115 16.4%
1950 18,292 6.9%
1960 53,306 191.4%
1970 52,517 −1.5%
1980 81,433 55.1%
1990 92,605 13.7%
2000 113,801 22.9%
2010 130,044 14.3%
Source: "Wikipedia.org".
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

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. LDS Ward and Branch Records

  • Aztec
  • Bloomfield
  • Farmington
  • Jewett
  • Kirtland

Court

Land

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 San Juan 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.

Maps

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Military

Revolutionary War
Civil War
World War I
World War II

Newspapers


Probate

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.

Taxation

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

Births
Deaths
Marriages

Societies and Libraries

Aztec Museum
125 North Main Street
Aztgec, New Mexico, 87410
Telephone: 505-334-9829

Farmington Family History Center
400 West Apache
Farmington, New Mexico, 87401
Telephone: 505-325-5813

Farmington Museum
302 N. Orchard
Farmington, New Mexico, 87401-6227

San Juan County Historical Society
PO Box 37
Flora Vista, New Mexico, 87415-0037

Totah Tracers Genealogical Society
1412 Anna Lane
Farmington, NM 87401
Telephone: 505-632-2013
Website


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.


Farmington New Mexico Family History Center400 W Apache St Farmington, San Juan, New Mexico, United States *Location Map




Web Sites

References

  1. 1.0 1.1 Handybook for Genealogists: United States of America, 10th ed. (Draper, Utah: Everton Pub., 2002), San Juan County, New Mexico page 474, At various libraries (WorldCat); FHL Book 973 D27e 2002.
  2. http://genealogytrails.com/newmex/sanjuan/ accessed 09/29/2016
  3. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/San_Juan_County,_New_Mexico 09/29/2016
  4. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/San_Juan_County,_New_Mexico#Communities