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Guide to Santa Fe County, New Mexico ancestry, family history, and genealogy birth records, marriage records, death records, census records, and military records.


Santa Fe County, New Mexico
Map of the U.S. highlighting New Mexico
Location of New Mexico in the U.S.
Founded September 22, 1846
County Seat Santa Fe
Address Santa Fe County Courthouse
102 Grant Avenue
Santa Fe, NM 87505
Phone: 505.986.6280
Santa Fe County Website


County Information

Santa Fe County, New Mexico Record Dates

Beginning Dates for Major County Records
Birth Marriage Death Census Land Probate
1900 1850 1848 1894

County Courthouse

Santa Fe County Courthouse
102 Grant Avenue
Santa Fe, NM 87505
Phone: 505.986.6280 

County Clerk has marriage records from 1900, probate records from 1894 and land records from 1848[1]


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.
  • 22 September 1846 - Santa Fe County was created based on an old Mexican government partido  as one of seven original New Mexico counties under General Stephen W. Kearny's Kearny Code of laws for the occupied Mexican territory.[2] It formally became a part of the United States when the Mexican-American War ended in 1848 with the signing of the Treaty of Guadalupe Hidalgo.


Formed in 1852. Santa Fe is the county seat of Santa Fe County. [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 website.

Record Loss

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


Populated Places[7]

  • Española
  • Santa Fe (county seat)
  • Edgewood
Census-designated places
  • Agua Fria
  • Cañada de los Alamos
  • Cedar Grove
  • Chimayo
  • Chupadero
  • Cuartelez
  • Cundiyo
  • Cuyamungue
  • El Rancho
  • El Valle de Arroyo Seco
  • Eldorado at Santa Fe
  • Galisteo
  • Glorieta
  • Jaconita
  • La Cienega
  • La Puebla
  • Lamy
  • Los Cerrillos
  • Madrid
  • Pojoaque
  • Rio Chiquito
  • Rio en Medio
  • San Ildefonso Pueblo
  • Santa Cruz
  • Sombrillo
  • Tesuque
Unincorporated communities
  • Cañoncito
  • Nambé Pueblo
  • Seton Village
  • Stanley
  • Waldo

Neighboring Counties



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


Historical populations
Census Pop.  %±
1910 14,770
1920 15,030 1.8%
1930 19,567 30.2%
1940 30,826 57.5%
1950 38,153 23.8%
1960 44,970 17.9%
1970 53,756 19.5%
1980 75,360 40.2%
1990 98,928 31.3%
2000 129,292 30.7%
2010 144,170 11.5%
Source: "".
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 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.


Parish registers (baptisms, marriages, and burials) are available online for the following years:

FS = FamilySearch - free[8]
Nuestra Senora de Guadalupe, Pojoaque, Online Parish Registers


Indexes Images Indexes Images Indexes Images
FS 1779-1839 1779-1839 1774-1853 1774-1853

Mision de San Diego, Tesuque, Online Parish Registers


Indexes Images Indexes Images Indexes Images
FS 1694-1726 1694-1726 1694-1728 1694-1728


LDS Ward and Branch Records

  • Santa Fe



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 Santa Fe 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.




Revolutionary War
Civil War
Civil War Battle

The following Civil War battle was fought in Santa Fe County.

Map showing Civil War battles in New Mexico. 
World War I
World War II

Newspapers ($) has a large collection of Santa Fe and Albuquerque newspapers online. Their database is sometimes free at libraries.


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.


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


Societies and Libraries

Santa Fe Historical Society
PO Box 323
Springer 87747

Santa Fe County Historical Society
PO Box 1985
Santa Fe 87504

Edgewood Family History Center
2 BLKS S of I40, SR 344
Edgewood, NM
Telephone: 505-281-5384

New Mexico Jewish Historical Society
PO Box 15598
Santa Fe, New Mexico, 87506

Santa Fe Family History Center
410 Rodeo Road
Santa Fe, NM.
Telephone: 505-986-8254

San Iidefonso Historical Society
Route 5, Box 315-A
Santa Fe, New Mexico, 87501

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.

Web Sites


  1. Handybook for Genealogists: United States of America, 10th ed. (Draper, Utah: Everton Pub., 2002), Santa Fe County, New Mexico page 474, At various libraries (WorldCat); FHL Book 973 D27e 2002.
  2. "Courts and Judicial Powers, Sec. 6” Kearny Code: Laws for the Government of the Territory of New Mexico, September 22, 1846 (Santa Fe, N. Mex.: S. W. Kearny, 1846), 47. Digital online edition.
  3. accessed 09/29/2016
  4. N.M. Terr. Laws 1851, 1st assy., 2d sess. /p. 291
  5. William Thorndale, and William Dollarhide, Map Guide to the U.S. Federal Censuses, 1790-1920 (Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing, 1987), 26. At various libraries (WorldCat); FHL Book 973 X2th.
  6. Original Counties of New Mexico Territory (map) at (accessed 9 August 2011).
  8. FamilySearch Catalog. Accessed 12 May 2016.
  9. Heritage Preservation Services, Civil War Battle Summaries by State, (accessed 8 August, 2012)