McKinley County, New Mexico Genealogy

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


County Courthouse

McKinley County Courthouse
200 W Hill Ave;
Gallup, NM 87301-6309
Phone: 505.863.6866 

County Clerk has birth records 1907-1958, probate and land records from 1901, and voter registeration; District Court Clerk has divorce 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. Starting in 1846 United States forces occupied New Mexico during the Mexican-American War.
  • 1848 -  Land that became McKinley County formally became a part of the United States when the Mexican-American War ended with ratification of the Treaty of Guadalupe Hidalgo.
  • 1901--McKinley County was created 1 January 1901 (law dated 23 February 1899) from Bernalillo County.[1] [2]

Boundary Changes

Record Loss


Populated Places

Neighboring Counties



Ramah Cemetery in Ramah NM


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


LDS Ward and Branch Records

  • Gallup
  • Ramah



The primary function of the McKinley County Clerk is to file and record documents of all kinds, including all land documents, maps and plats for the county, subdivision maps and surveys, legal descriptions, bills of sale, and property tax liens.
   McKinley county Clerks Office

   McKinley county NM Courthouse
   207 West Hill St
   Gallup, NM 87301

Local Histories






Vital Records

Societies and Libraries

Family History Centers

Web Sites


  1. 1.0 1.1 Handybook for Genealogists: United States of America, 10th ed. (Draper, Utah: Everton Pub., 2002), McKinley County, New Mexico page 474, At various libraries (WorldCat); FHL Book 973 D27e 2002.
  2. N.M. Terr. Laws 1899, 33d assy., ch. 19/pp. 43-45
  3. N.M. Terr. Laws 1901, 34th assy., ch. 39/pp. 75-79
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