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''[[United States|United States]] [[Image:Gotoarrow.png]] [[New Mexico|New Mexico]] [[Image:Gotoarrow.png]] [[Socorro_County,_New_Mexico|Socorro County]]'' <br>
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''[[United States|United States]] [[Image:Gotoarrow.png]] [[New Mexico Genealogy|New Mexico]] [[Image:Gotoarrow.png]] [[Socorro_County,_New_Mexico|Socorro County]]''  
  
{{NMDC}}  
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Guide to '''Socorro County, New Mexico ancestry, family history, and genealogy''' birth records, marriage records, death records, census records, and military records.
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{{Click|Image:NM_ORP.png|New Mexico Online Genealogy Records}}
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{{Infobox U.S. County
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| county = Socorro County
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| county_map =
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| state = New Mexico
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| state_map = New-mexico.png
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| founded year = 1907
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| founded date = April 17
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| seat = Socorro
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| building image =
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| building address =  Socorro County Courthouse <br>200 Church St; PO Box 1<br>Socorro, NM 87801<br>Phone: 505.835.0589&nbsp;<br> [http://www.courtreference.com/Socorro-County-New-Mexico-Courts.htm '''Socorro County Website'''] }}  
  
 
[[Image:Nm-socorro.png|right|300px|Nm-socorro.png]]  
 
[[Image:Nm-socorro.png|right|300px|Nm-socorro.png]]  
  
== County Courthouse ==
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=== County Information ===
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==== Socorro County, New Mexico Record Dates ====
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{| width="100%" cellspacing="1" cellpadding="1" border="1"
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| width="100%" bgcolor="#e4d8e5" align="center" colspan="6" | <center>'''Beginning Dates for Major County Records'''</center>
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| width="16.6%" bgcolor="#e4d8e5" align="center" | '''[[Socorro County, New Mexico Genealogy#Vital_Records|Birth]]'''
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| width="16.6%" bgcolor="#e4d8e5" align="center" | '''[[Socorro County, New Mexico Genealogy#Vital_Records|Marriage]]'''
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| width="16.6%" bgcolor="#e4d8e5" align="center" | '''[[Socorro County, New Mexico Genealogy#Vital_Records|Death]]'''
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| width="16.6%" bgcolor="#e4d8e5" align="center" | '''[[Socorro County, New Mexico Genealogy#Census|Census]]'''
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| width="16.6%" bgcolor="#e4d8e5" align="center" | [[Socorro County, New Mexico Genealogy#Land|'''Land''']]
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| width="16.6%" bgcolor="#e4d8e5" align="center" | '''[[Socorro County, New Mexico Genealogy#Probate|Probate]]'''
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| width="16.6%" align="center" | 1885
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| width="16.6%" align="center" | 1860
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| width="16.6%" align="center" | 1912
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| width="16.6%" align="center" | 1912
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[http://www.courtreference.com/Socorro-County-New-Mexico-Courts.htm Socorro County Courthouse]<br>200 Church St; PO Box 1<br>Socorro, NM 87801<br>Phone: 505.835.0589&nbsp;<br><br>'''''County Clerk''''' has marriage records from 1885, probate records from 1912, land records from 1859, birth and death records 1907-1941.<ref name="HBG">''Handybook for Genealogists: United States of America'', 10th ed. (Draper, Utah: Everton Pub., 2002), Socorro County, New Mexico page 475, {{WorldCat|50140092|disp=At various libraries (WorldCat)}}; {{FHL|1049485|item|disp=FHL Book 973 D27e 2002}}.</ref>  
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=== County Courthouse  ===
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[http://www.courtreference.com/Socorro-County-New-Mexico-Courts.htm Socorro County Courthouse]<br>200 Church St; PO Box 1<br>Socorro, NM 87801<br>Phone: 505.835.0589&nbsp;<br><br>'''''County Clerk''''' has marriage records from 1885, probate records from 1912, land records from 1859, birth and death records 1907-1941.<ref name="HBG">''Handybook for Genealogists: United States of America'', 10th ed. (Draper, Utah: Everton Pub., 2002), Socorro County, New Mexico page 475, {{WorldCat|50140092|disp=At various libraries (WorldCat)}}; {{FHL|1049485|item|disp=FHL Book 973 D27e 2002}}.</ref>
  
 
== History  ==
 
== History  ==
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*Until '''1821''' -&nbsp; [[New Spain]] controlled land that later would become New Mexico and Arizona. Some records of early settlers may have been sent to an [http://www.mcu.es/archivos/MC/AGI/index.html archives] in Seville, Spain, or to [[Mexico Archives and Libraries|archives]] in Mexico City. <br>  
 
*Until '''1821''' -&nbsp; [[New Spain]] controlled land that later would become New Mexico and Arizona. Some records of early settlers may have been sent to an [http://www.mcu.es/archivos/MC/AGI/index.html archives] in Seville, Spain, or to [[Mexico Archives and Libraries|archives]] in Mexico City. <br>  
*In '''1821''' -&nbsp;[[Mexico]] had jurisdiction over the land that later would become New Mexico and Arizona. Some records of this period may have been sent to [[Mexico Archives and Libraries|archives]] in Mexico City. <br>  
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*In '''1821''' -&nbsp;[[Mexico Genealogy|Mexico]] had jurisdiction over the land that later would become New Mexico and Arizona. Some records of this period may have been sent to [[Mexico Archives and Libraries|archives]] in Mexico City. <br>  
 
*'''1846''' - United States forces occupied New Mexico starting during the {{wpd|Mexican-American War}}.  
 
*'''1846''' - United States forces occupied New Mexico starting during the {{wpd|Mexican-American War}}.  
 
*'''1848''' -&nbsp; Land that became Socorro County formally became a part of the United States when the Mexican-American War ended with the signing of the {{wpd|Treaty of Guadalupe Hidalgo}}.<br>  
 
*'''1848''' -&nbsp; Land that became Socorro County formally became a part of the United States when the Mexican-American War ended with the signing of the {{wpd|Treaty of Guadalupe Hidalgo}}.<br>  
*9 Jan '''1852''' -&nbsp; Socorro County was created from unorganized land.<ref name="HBG" /> It extended west to the California border including land in present day [[Arizona]].<ref>N.M. Terr. Laws 1851, 1st assy., 2d sess. /p. 291</ref> <ref>William Thorndale, and William Dollarhide, ''Map Guide to the U.S. Federal Censuses, 1790-1920'' (Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing, 1987), 26. {{WorldCat|69672637|disp=At various libraries (WorldCat)}}; {{FHL|545087|item|disp=FHL Book 973 X2th}}.</ref> <ref>''Original Counties of New Mexico Territory'' (map) at http://www.nmgs.org/Graphics/nmcoun-orig.jpg (accessed 9 August 2011).</ref> Residents who lived far from the county seat, probably didn't send many records to the county offices. <br>
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*9 Jan '''1852''' -&nbsp; Socorro County was created from unorganized land.<ref name="HBG" /> It extended west to the California border including land in present day [[Arizona Genealogy|Arizona]].<ref>N.M. Terr. Laws 1851, 1st assy., 2d sess. /p. 291</ref> <ref>William Thorndale, and William Dollarhide, ''Map Guide to the U.S. Federal Censuses, 1790-1920'' (Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing, 1987), 26. {{WorldCat|69672637|disp=At various libraries (WorldCat)}}; {{FHL|545087|item|disp=FHL Book 973 X2th}}.</ref> <ref>''Original Counties of New Mexico Territory'' (map) at http://www.nmgs.org/Graphics/nmcoun-orig.jpg (accessed 9 August 2011).</ref> Residents who lived far from the county seat, probably didn't send many records to the county offices. <br>
  
 
[[Image:{{NMSoco1852}}]]  
 
[[Image:{{NMSoco1852}}]]  
  
 
==== Boundary Changes  ====
 
==== Boundary Changes  ====
 
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*[http://www.mapofus.org/newmexico/ Interactive Formation Boundary Map of New Mexico] - shows boundary changes for New Mexico Counties
*29 December '''1863''' [[Arizona]] Territory created from the western half of [[New Mexico]] Territory.<ref>U.S. Stat., vol. 12, pp. 664-665; Van Zandt, 165</ref> Socorro County reduced in size to the portion still within New Mexico Territory.  
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*[http://publications.newberry.org/ahcbp/documents/NM_Individual_County_Chronologies.htm New Mexico Historical Boundary Changes] - list of all boundary changes by county provided by [https://www.newberry.org/ Newberry Library]<br>
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*29 December '''1863''' [[Arizona Genealogy|Arizona]] Territory created from the western half of [[New Mexico Genealogy|New Mexico]] Territory.<ref>U.S. Stat., vol. 12, pp. 664-665; Van Zandt, 165</ref> Socorro County reduced in size to the portion still within New Mexico Territory.  
 
*30 January '''1868''' - SOCORRO county lost land to the creation of GRANT county. <ref>N.M. Terr. Laws 1867-1868, 17th assy., ch. 20/p. 88</ref>  
 
*30 January '''1868''' - SOCORRO county lost land to the creation of GRANT county. <ref>N.M. Terr. Laws 1867-1868, 17th assy., ch. 20/p. 88</ref>  
 
*16 January '''1869''' - SOCORRO county lost land to the creation of LINCOLN county. <ref>N.M. Terr. Laws 1868-1869, 18th assy., ch. 8/pp. 28-31</ref>  
 
*16 January '''1869''' - SOCORRO county lost land to the creation of LINCOLN county. <ref>N.M. Terr. Laws 1868-1869, 18th assy., ch. 8/pp. 28-31</ref>  
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*1 July '''1921''' - SOCORRO county lost land to the creation of CATRON county. <ref>N.M. Laws 1921, 5th reg. sess., ch. 28/pp. 37-45</ref>
 
*1 July '''1921''' - SOCORRO county lost land to the creation of CATRON county. <ref>N.M. Laws 1921, 5th reg. sess., ch. 28/pp. 37-45</ref>
  
See also [[Previous Jurisdictions to land in Arizona]] for further details.
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For animated maps illustrating New Mexico County boundary changes, [http://www.mapofus.org/newmexico/ "Rotating Formation New Mexico County Boundary Maps"] (1845-1981) may be viewed for free at the MapofUS.org website.
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See also [[Previous Jurisdictions to Land in Arizona]] for further details.
  
 
==== Record Loss  ====
 
==== Record Loss  ====
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There is no known history of courthouse disasters in this county.
  
 
== Places/Localities  ==
 
== Places/Localities  ==
  
==== Populated Places ====
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==== Populated Places <ref> https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Socorro_County,_New_Mexico#Communities </ref> ====
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=====City=====
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*Socorro (county seat)
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=====Village=====
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*Magdalena
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=====Census-designated places=====
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{{div col|4}}
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*Abeytas
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*Alamillo
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*Alamo
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*Chamizal
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*Escondida
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*La Joya
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*Las Nutrias
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*Lemitar
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*Luis Lopez
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*Polvadera
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*San Acacia
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*San Antonio
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*San Antonito
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*Veguita
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{{div col end}}
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=====Unincorporated communities=====
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{{div col|4}}
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*Bernardo
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*Claunch
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*Luis Lopez
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*Polvadera
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*Sabinal
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*San Antonio
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*Ghost towns[edit]
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*Adobe
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*Carthage
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*Council Rock
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*Field
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*Kelly
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*Park City
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{{div col end}}
  
 
==== Neighboring Counties  ====
 
==== Neighboring Counties  ====
  
*[[Catron County, New Mexico|Catron, New Mexico]]  
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*[[Catron County, New Mexico Genealogy|Catron, New Mexico]]  
*[[Cibola County, New Mexico|Cibola, New Mexico]]  
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*[[Cibola County, New Mexico Genealogy|Cibola, New Mexico]]  
*[[Lincoln County, New Mexico|Lincoln, New Mexico]]  
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*[[Lincoln County, New Mexico Genealogy|Lincoln, New Mexico]]  
*[[Sierra County, New Mexico|Sierra, New Mexico]]  
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*[[Sierra County, New Mexico Genealogy|Sierra, New Mexico]]  
*[[Torrance County, New Mexico|Torrance, New Mexico]]  
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*[[Torrance County, New Mexico Genealogy|Torrance, New Mexico]]  
*[[Valencia County, New Mexico|Valencia, New Mexico]]
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*[[Valencia County, New Mexico Genealogy|Valencia, New Mexico]]
  
 
== Resources  ==
 
== Resources  ==
  
 
==== Cemeteries  ====
 
==== Cemeteries  ====
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*[http://www.nmgenealogy101.com/cemetery-records/ New Mexico Cemetery Records]
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*[http://www.usgennet.org/usa/topic/cemetery/newmexico/ AHGP New Mexico Cemetery Transcription & Photo Project]
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*[http://www.accessgenealogy.com/cemetery/new-mexico-cemetery-records-luna-to-valencia.htm New Mexico Cemetery Records, Luna to Valencia]
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*[http://recordsproject.com/cemetery/new-mexico.asp New Mexico Cemetery Record Information Online]
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*[http://www.usgwtombstones.org/newmexico/newmex.html New Mexico Tombstone Transcription Project]
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*[http://www.uscemeteryproj2.com/newmexico/nmcemproj.htm New Mexico Cemeteries Project]
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*[http://www.nmgs.org/artGRNM-VR.htm#Cemetery New Mexico Vital Record Information: Cemeteries]
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*[http://www.deathindexes.com/newmexico/ Online New Mexico Death Records and Indexes]
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*[http://www.cemeteries-of-tx.com/newmexico/index.html Cemeteries of New Mexico]
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*[http://billiongraves.com/ BillionGraves.com] - Provides photos and GPS locations of grave markers.
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*[http://www.cyndislist.com/cemeteries/ Cyndi's List] - Cemeteries &amp; funeral homes
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*[http://www.findagrave.com/ Findagrave.com]
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*[http://www.interment.net/ Interment.net]
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*[http://userdb.rootsweb.ancestry.com/cemeteries/ Rootsweb]
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*[http://www.usgenweb.com/ UsGenweb.org]
  
*[http://www.findagrave.com/cgi-bin/fg.cgi?page=csr&CScn=&CScntry=4&CSst=34&CScnty=1956 Cemeteries of Socorro County, New Mexico] at Find A Grave
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{| width="80%" cellspacing="1" cellpadding="1" border="1"
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| width="30%" bgcolor="#E0E0E0" align="center" | '''Tombstone Transcriptions Online'''
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| width="30%" bgcolor="#E0E0E0" align="center" | '''Tombstone Transcriptions in Print'''
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| width="30%" bgcolor="#E0E0E0" align="center" | '''List of Cemeteries in the county'''
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| bgcolor="#F0F0F0" | [http://findagrave.org/cgi-bin/fg.cgi?page=gsr&GSfn=&GSmn=&GSln=&GSbyrel=all&GSby=&GSdyrel=all&GSdy=&GScntry=4&GSst=34&GScnty=1956&GSgrid=&df=all&GSob=n Findagrave.com]
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| bgcolor="#F0F0F0" | {{FHL|802232|subject-id|disp=Family History Library}}
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| bgcolor="#F0F0F0" | [http://www.findagrave.com/cgi-bin/fg.cgi?page=csr&CScn=&CScntry=4&CSst=34&CScnty=1956 Findagrave.com]
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| bgcolor="#F0F0F0" | [http://socorro.nmgenweb.us/Scemetery.html NMGenWeb]
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| bgcolor="#F0F0F0" | [http://www.worldcat.org/search?q=su%3Acemetery+Socorro+New+Mexico&qt=advanced&dblist=638 WorldCat]
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| bgcolor="#F0F0F0" | [https://billiongraves.com/search/results?year_range=5&action=search_cemetery&exact=true&country=United%20States&state=New%20Mexico&county=Socorro&cemetery_name=a# Billion Graves]
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| bgcolor="#F0F0F0" | [http://www.usgwarchives.net/nm/socorro/sococem.htm NMGenWeb Archives]
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| bgcolor="#F0F0F0" | [http://usgwtombstones.org/newmexico/socorro.html Tombstone Project]
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| bgcolor="#F0F0F0" | [https://billiongraves.com/pages/search/# Billion Graves]
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| bgcolor="#F0F0F0" |
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| bgcolor="#F0F0F0" colspan="3" | See [[New Mexico Cemeteries|New Mexico Cemeteries]] for more information.
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==== Census  ====
 
==== Census  ====
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{{Historical populations
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|type = USA
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|heading = Census
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|footnote = Source: [https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Socorro_County,_New_Mexico#Demographics "Wikipedia.org".]
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|1910 |14761
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|1920 |14061
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|1930 |9611
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|1940 |11422
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|1950 |9670
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|1960 |10168
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|1970 |9763
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|1980 |12566 
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|1990 |14764
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|2000 |18078
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|2010 |17866
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}}
  
{{Census|New Mexico}}
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===== State Census Records =====
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*'''1885''' [http://search.ancestry.com/search/db.aspx?dbid=1976 New Mexico Territorial Census 1885] at [http://ancestry.com Ancestry] (free)
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*'''Late 1800s''' [http://search.ancestry.com/search/db.aspx?dbid=3085 1800s Arizona and New Mexico Territories Census, Late 1800s] ($)
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===== Federal Census Records =====
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Federal Censuses were taken for New Mexico starting in 1850. For links to Federal census indexes, see [[New Mexico Census]].
  
==== Church ====
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==== Church ====
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{{NM Church Intro}}
  
 
==== Court  ====
 
==== Court  ====
  
==== Land ====
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==== Land ====
  
==== Local Histories ====
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{{NM Land Intro}}<br><br>
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''Online Land Records''
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*[http://www.glorecords.blm.gov/search/ Land Patent Search] - index to federal patents and homesteads on the [http://www.glorecords.blm.gov/default.aspx Bureau of Land Management] website, some images available
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*'''1796 - 1907''' - [http://search.ancestry.com/search/db.aspx?dbid=1246 U.S. General Land Office Records, 1796-1907] at [http://ancestry.com Ancestry] - index, info taken from Bureau of Land Management website<br>
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*'''1861 - 1936''' - [http://search.ancestry.com/search/db.aspx?dbid=60593 U.S. Homestead Records 1861-1936] at [http://home.ancestry.com Ancestry.com] - ($), index and images
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==== Local Histories ====
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{{NM History Intro}}
  
 
==== Maps  ====
 
==== Maps  ====
 
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[[Image:Nmsocorro.jpg|300px]]
 
*[http://www.livgenmi.com/1895/NM/County/socorro.htm 1895 map of Socorro County]
 
*[http://www.livgenmi.com/1895/NM/County/socorro.htm 1895 map of Socorro County]
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*[http://www.mapofus.org/newmexico/ Interactive Formation Boundary Map of New Mexico] - shows boundary changes for New Mexico Counties
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*[http://guadalupe.nmgenweb.us/Histmaps.html NMGenWeb] - historical maps
  
 
==== Military  ====
 
==== Military  ====
  
===== Civil War =====
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===== Revolutionary War =====
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*'''1775 - 1783''' - {{RecordSearch|2546162|United States Rosters of Revolutionary War Soldiers and Sailors, 1775-1783}} at [https://familysearch.org/search FamilySearch] - images only<br>
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*''For more nationwide Revolutionary War databases, see [[United_States_Military_Online_Genealogy_Records|US Military Online Genealogy Records]].''
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===== Civil War =====
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*'''1861 - 1865''' - {{RecordSearch|1932418|New Mexico Civil War Service Records of Union Soldiers, 1861-1865}} at [https://familysearch.org/search FamilySearch]
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*''For more nationwide Civil War databases, see [[United_States_Military_Online_Genealogy_Records|US Military Online Genealogy Records]].''
  
 
====== Civil War Battle  ======
 
====== Civil War Battle  ======
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:[http://www.nps.gov/hps/abpp/battles/NMmap.htm Map] showing Civil War battles in New Mexico.&nbsp;
 
:[http://www.nps.gov/hps/abpp/battles/NMmap.htm Map] showing Civil War battles in New Mexico.&nbsp;
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===== World War I =====
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*'''1917 - 1919''' - [http://search.ancestry.com/search/db.aspx?dbid=8803 New Mexico, World War I Records, 1917-1919] at [http://ancestry.com Ancestry] ($)
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*''For more natiowide World War I databases'', see [[United_States_Military_Online_Genealogy_Records|US Military OnlineGenealogy Records]].''
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===== World War II =====
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*'''1941 - 1945''' - [https://www.archives.gov/research/military/ww2/navy-casualties/new-mexico.html World War II Records], 1941-1945 State Summary of War Casualties from World War II for Navy, Marine Corps, and Coast Guard Personnel from: New Mexico
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*'''1941 - 1945''' - [https://www.archives.gov/research/military/ww2/army-casualties/new-mexico.html World War II Honor List of Dead and Missing Army and Army Air Forces Personnel from: New Mexico]
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*'''1941 - 1945''' - [http://search.ancestry.com/search/db.aspx?dbid=8867 New Mexico, World War II Records, 1941-1945] at [http://ancestry.com Ancestry] ($)
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*''For more nationwide World War II databases'', see [[United_States_Military_Online_Genealogy_Records|US Military Online Genealogy]].
  
 
==== Newspapers  ====
 
==== Newspapers  ====
  
==== Probate ====
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*[https://sites.google.com/site/onlinenewspapersite/Home/usa/nm New Mexico Online Historical Newspapers] - identifies historical archived and digitized newspapers available online on both free and pay-to-access websites.
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{{NM Newspaper abstracts|Socorro}}
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===Probate===
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'''Online Probate Records'''
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*'''1801 – 1993''' [http://search.ancestry.com/search/db.aspx?dbid=9075 New Mexico Wills and Probate Records 1801-1993] at [http://home.ancestry.com Ancestry.com] — index and images $
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{{NM Probate Intro}}
  
==== Taxation ====
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==== Taxation ====
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{{NM Tax Intro}}
  
 
==== Vital Records  ====
 
==== Vital Records  ====
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=====Births=====
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*'''1726 – 1918''' {{RecordSearch|1680839|New Mexico Births and Christenings, 1726-1918}} at [http://familysearch.org/search FamilySearch]
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=====Deaths=====
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*'''1788 – 1798; 1838 – 1955''' {{RecordSearch|1680843|New Mexico Deaths and Burials, 1788-1798; 1838-1955}} at [http://familysearch.org/search FamilySearch]
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*'''1889 - 1945''' {{RecordSearch|1546466|New Mexico Deaths, 1889-1945}} at [http://familysearch.org/search FamilySearch]
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=====Marriages=====
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*'''1727 - 1900''' [http://search.ancestry.com/search/db.aspx?dbid=7872 New Mexico Marriages 1727-1900] at [http://ancestry.com Ancestry] ($)
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*'''1751 - 1918''' {{RecordSearch|1680844|New Mexico Marriages, 1751-1918}} at [http://familysearch.org/search FamilySearch]
  
 
'''A wiki article describing an online collection is found at:'''<br>  
 
'''A wiki article describing an online collection is found at:'''<br>  
  
[[New Mexico, County Death Records (FamilySearch Historical Records)|New Mexico, County Death Records (FamilySearch Historical Records)]]<br>  
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[[New Mexico, County Death Records (FamilySearch Historical Records)|New Mexico, County Death Records (FamilySearch Historical Records)]]<br>
  
 
== Societies and Libraries  ==
 
== Societies and Libraries  ==
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'''Socorro County Historical Society, Inc.'''<br>PO Box 923<br>Socorro, New Mexico 87801-0923<br>[http://www.rootsweb.ancestry.com/~nmschs/ Website]<br><br>
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==== Family History Centers  ====
 
==== Family History Centers  ====
  
*[[Introduction to LDS Family History Centers]]
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{{FamilySearch Centers Intro}}
*[[Socorro New Mexico Family History Center]]  
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**Socorro, New Mexico
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*[[Socorro New Mexico Family History Center]] El Camino Real across Sedillo Socorro, NM 87801 United States [ Location Map]
  
 
== Web Sites  ==
 
== Web Sites  ==
  
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*[http://www.genealogyinc.com/newmexico/socorro-county/ Socorro County, NM History, Records, Facts and Genealogy]
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*[https://plus.google.com/u/0/communities/104941354458187372272 New Mexico Genealogy Network Community on Google+]
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*[https://www.facebook.com/groups/255419071140350/ New Mexico Genealogy Network Group on Facebook]
 
*USGenWeb project. May have maps, name indexes, history or other information for this county. Select the state, then the county.  
 
*USGenWeb project. May have maps, name indexes, history or other information for this county. Select the state, then the county.  
*{{FHL|New+Mexico%2C+Socorro|subject|disp=Family History Library Catalog}}
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Guide to Socorro County, New Mexico ancestry, family history, and genealogy birth records, marriage records, death records, census records, and military records.


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Socorro County, New Mexico
Map
Map of the U.S. highlighting New Mexico
Location of New Mexico in the U.S.
Facts
Founded April 17, 1907
County Seat Socorro
Courthouse
Address Socorro County Courthouse
200 Church St; PO Box 1
Socorro, NM 87801
Phone: 505.835.0589 
Socorro County Website


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County Information

Socorro County, New Mexico Record Dates

Beginning Dates for Major County Records
Birth Marriage Death Census Land Probate
1885 1860 1912 1912

County Courthouse

Socorro County Courthouse
200 Church St; PO Box 1
Socorro, NM 87801
Phone: 505.835.0589 

County Clerk has marriage records from 1885, probate records from 1912, land records from 1859, birth and death records 1907-1941.[1]

History

Parent County

  • 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.
  • In 1821Mexico 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.
  • 1846 - United States forces occupied New Mexico starting during the Mexican-American War.
  • 1848 -  Land that became Socorro County formally became a part of the United States when the Mexican-American War ended with the signing of the Treaty of Guadalupe Hidalgo.
  • 9 Jan 1852 -  Socorro County was created from unorganized land.[1] It extended west to the California border including land in present day Arizona.[2] [3] [4] Residents who lived far from the county seat, probably didn't send many records to the county offices.
Socorro and other counties in New Mexico Territory in 1852.

Boundary Changes

  • Interactive Formation Boundary Map of New Mexico - shows boundary changes for New Mexico Counties
  • New Mexico Historical Boundary Changes - list of all boundary changes by county provided by Newberry Library
  • 29 December 1863 Arizona Territory created from the western half of New Mexico Territory.[5] Socorro County reduced in size to the portion still within New Mexico Territory.
  • 30 January 1868 - SOCORRO county lost land to the creation of GRANT county. [6]
  • 16 January 1869 - SOCORRO county lost land to the creation of LINCOLN county. [7]
  • 3 April 1884 - SOCORRO county lost land to the creation of SIERRA county. [8]
  • 30 January 1899 - SOCORRO county lost land to the creation of OTERO county. [9]
  • 1 January 1905 - SOCORRO county lost land to the creation of TORRANCE county. [10]
  • 1 July 1921 - SOCORRO county lost land to the creation of CATRON county. [11]

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 [12]

City
  • Socorro (county seat)
Village
  • Magdalena
Census-designated places
  • Abeytas
  • Alamillo
  • Alamo
  • Chamizal
  • Escondida
  • La Joya
  • Las Nutrias
  • Lemitar
  • Luis Lopez
  • Polvadera
  • San Acacia
  • San Antonio
  • San Antonito
  • Veguita
Unincorporated communities
  • Bernardo
  • Claunch
  • Luis Lopez
  • Polvadera
  • Sabinal
  • San Antonio
  • Ghost towns[edit]
  • Adobe
  • Carthage
  • Council Rock
  • Field
  • Kelly
  • Park City

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
Billion Graves
See New Mexico Cemeteries for more information.

Census

Historical populations
Census Pop.  %±
1910 14,761
1920 14,061 −4.7%
1930 9,611 −31.6%
1940 11,422 18.8%
1950 9,670 −15.3%
1960 10,168 5.1%
1970 9,763 −4.0%
1980 12,566 28.7%
1990 14,764 17.5%
2000 18,078 22.4%
2010 17,866 −1.2%
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.

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 Socorro 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
Civil War Battle

The following Civil War battle was fought in Socorro County.

Map showing Civil War battles in New Mexico. 
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

A wiki article describing an online collection is found at:

New Mexico, County Death Records (FamilySearch Historical Records)

Societies and Libraries

Socorro County Historical Society, Inc.
PO Box 923
Socorro, New Mexico 87801-0923
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.



Web Sites

References

  1. 1.0 1.1 Handybook for Genealogists: United States of America, 10th ed. (Draper, Utah: Everton Pub., 2002), Socorro County, New Mexico page 475, At various libraries (WorldCat); FHL Book 973 D27e 2002.
  2. N.M. Terr. Laws 1851, 1st assy., 2d sess. /p. 291
  3. 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.
  4. Original Counties of New Mexico Territory (map) at http://www.nmgs.org/Graphics/nmcoun-orig.jpg (accessed 9 August 2011).
  5. U.S. Stat., vol. 12, pp. 664-665; Van Zandt, 165
  6. N.M. Terr. Laws 1867-1868, 17th assy., ch. 20/p. 88
  7. N.M. Terr. Laws 1868-1869, 18th assy., ch. 8/pp. 28-31
  8. N.M. Terr. Laws 1884, 26th assy., ch. 109/pp. 223-225
  9. N.M. Terr. Laws 1899, 33d assy., ch. 3/pp. 21-30
  10. N.M. Terr. Laws 1903, 35th assy., ch. 70/pp. 132-134
  11. N.M. Laws 1921, 5th reg. sess., ch. 28/pp. 37-45
  12. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Socorro_County,_New_Mexico#Communities
  13. Heritage Preservation Services, Civil War Battle Summaries by State, (accessed 8 August, 2012)