Socorro County, New Mexico Genealogy
- 1 County Courthouse
- 2 History
- 3 Places/Localities
- 4 Resources
- 5 Societies and Libraries
- 6 Web Sites
- 7 References
Socorro County Courthouse
200 Church St; PO Box 1
Socorro, NM 87801
County Clerk has marriage records from 1885,
probate records from 1912, land records from 1859,
birth and death records 1907-1941
- Up until 1821 - New 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 1846 - Mexico 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.
United States forces occupied New Mexico starting in 1846 during the Mexican-American War.
- 1848 - Land that became Socorro County formally became a part of the United States when the Mexican War ended with the signing of the Treaty of Guadalupe Hidalgo.
- 1852 - Socorro County was created 9 January from unorganized land. Socorro county extended west to the California border including land in present day Arizona.   There is a small chance that a few records from 1846 to 1863 in what is now Arizona may have been sent to courthouses in their respective New Mexico counties.
- 29 December 1863 Arizona's three judicial districts were established by the Arizona Territory Organic Act from the western half of New Mexico Territory. All previous counties were dissolved, and eventually four new counties were created in the new Arizona Territory.
For tips on accessing Socorro County, New Mexico Genealogy census records online, see: New Mexico Census.
Civil War Battle
The following Civil War battle was fought in Socorro County.
- Map showing Civil War battles in New Mexico.
A wiki article describing an online collection is found at:
Societies and Libraries
Family History Centers
- Introduction to LDS Family History Centers
- Socorro New Mexico Family History Center
- Socorro, New Mexico
- USGenWeb project. May have maps, name indexes, history or other information for this county. Select the state, then the county.
- Family History Library Catalog
- 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.
- N.M. Terr. Laws 1851, 1st assy., 2d sess. /p. 291
- 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.
- Original Counties of New Mexico Territory (map) at http://www.nmgs.org/Graphics/nmcoun-orig.jpg (accessed 9 August 2011).
- Wikipedia contributors, "1st Arizona Territorial Legislature" in Wikipedia: the Free Encyclopedia at http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/1st_Arizona_Territorial_Legislature (accessed 8 August 2011).
- Heritage Preservation Services, Civil War Battle Summaries by State, (accessed 8 August, 2012)