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==== Neighboring Counties  ====
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*[[Cibola County, New Mexico|Cibola]]  
*[[Cibola County, New Mexico|Cibola, New Mexico]]  
*[[Sandoval County, New Mexico|Sandoval]]  
*[[Sandoval County, New Mexico|Sandoval, New Mexico]]  
*[[Santa Fe County, New Mexico|Santa Fe]]  
*[[Santa Fe County, New Mexico|Santa Fe, New Mexico]]  
*[[Torrance County, New Mexico|Torrance]]  
*[[Torrance County, New Mexico|Torrance, New Mexico]]  
*[[Valencia County, New Mexico|Valencia]]
*[[Valencia County, New Mexico|Valencia, New Mexico]]
== Resources  ==
== Resources  ==

Revision as of 02:53, 8 October 2012

United States Gotoarrow.png New Mexico Gotoarrow.png Bernalillo County


County Courthouse

Bernalillo County Courthouse
1 Civic Plaza NW;
Albuquerque, NM 87102
Phone:. 505.768.4090 

County Clerk has marriage records from 1885, probate records from 1895 and land records from 1888; District Court Clerk has divorce and court records.[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 - Bernalillo 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][3] 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.
Bernalillo and other counties in New Mexico Territory in 1852.

Boundary Changes

  • 9 January 1852 - All New Mexico counties were redefined. Bernalillo county was extended west to the California border including land in present day Arizona and Nevada.[4] [5] [6] Residents far from the county seat, probably did not send many records to the county offices.
  • 29 December 1863 - Arizona Territory was created from the western half of New Mexico Territory. Bernalillo county was reduced in size to the portion that was still in New Mexico Territory.[7]
  • 13 Jan 1876 SANTA ANA county discontinued, BERNALILLO county gained all of its lands and records.[8]
  • 1 Jan 1901 BERNALILLO county lost land to the creation of McKINLEY county. [9]

14 Apr 1903 BERNALILLO county lost land to the creation of SANDOVAL county. [10]
1 Jan 1905 BERNALILLO county lost land to the creation of TORRANCE county.[11]

Record Loss


Populated Places

Los Lunas

Neighboring Counties



  • Tijeras Cemetery, Tijeras BillionGraves. Cemetery appears to be inside south part of freeway interchange involving State Highway 337, US 85, and I-40. A small church is also inside this as well.


For tips on accessing Bernalillo County, New Mexico Genealogy census records online, see: New Mexico Census.


LDS Ward and Branch Records

  • Albuquerque



Local Histories






Vital Records

Societies and Libraries

Family History Centers

  • Zimmerman Library
    University of New Mexico
    • Albuquerque, New Mexico,

Web Sites


  1. Handybook for Genealogists: United States of America, 10th ed. (Draper, Utah: Everton Pub., 2002), Bernalillo County, New Mexico page 473, At various libraries (WorldCat); FHL Book 973 D27e 2002.
  2. "Courts and Judicial Powers, Sec. 5” 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. Kearny's Code 1846, "Courts and Judicial Powers,” secs. 5-7/p. 49; Abel, Map #2; Coan, 252; Williams, 108-109
  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 http://www.nmgs.org/Graphics/nmcoun-orig.jpg (accessed 9 August 2011).
  7. U.S. Stat., vol. 12, pp. 664-665; Van Zandt, 165
  8. N.M. Terr. Laws 1875-1876, 22d assy., ch. 8/pp. 38-40
  9. N.M. Terr. Laws 1899, 33d assy., ch. 19/pp. 43-45
  10. N.M. Terr. Laws 1903, 35th assy., ch. 27/pp. 37-43
  11. N.M. Terr. Laws 1903, 35th assy., ch. 70/pp. 132-134
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