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''[[United States|United States]] [[Image:Gotoarrow.png]] [[New Mexico|New Mexico]] [[Image:Gotoarrow.png]] [[Valencia_County,_New_Mexico|Valencia County]]''
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''[[United States|United States]] [[Image:Gotoarrow.png]] [[New Mexico Genealogy|New Mexico]] [[Image:Gotoarrow.png]] Valencia County''  
 
 
Guide to '''Valencia County New Mexico genealogy.''' Birth records, marriage records, death records, census records, family history, and military records.
 
 
 
{{NMDC}}
 
  
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Guide to '''Valencia 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}}
 
{{Infobox U.S. County  
 
{{Infobox U.S. County  
 
| county = Valencia County  
 
| county = Valencia County  
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| founded date = September 22
 
| founded date = September 22
 
| seat = Los Lunas  
 
| seat = Los Lunas  
| building image =  
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| building image = NewMexicoValenciaCourthouse.jpg
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| building address = Valencia County Courthouse<br>444 Luna Ave; PO Box 1119<br>Los Lunas, NM 87031-1119<br>Phone: 505.866.2073<br> [http://www.co.valencia.nm.us/ '''Valencia County Website'''] }}  
Valencia County Courthouse<br>444 Luna Ave; PO Box 1119<br>Los Lunas, NM 87031-1119<br>Phone: 505.866.2073<br> [http://www.co.valencia.nm.us/ '''Valencia County Website'''] }}  
 
  
 
[[Image:Nm-valencia.png|right|300px|Nm-valencia.png]]  
 
[[Image:Nm-valencia.png|right|300px|Nm-valencia.png]]  
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=== County Information ===
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==== Valencia County, New Mexico Record Dates  ====
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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" | '''[[Valencia County, New Mexico Genealogy#Vital_Records|Birth]]'''
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| width="16.6%" bgcolor="#e4d8e5" align="center" | '''[[Valencia County, New Mexico Genealogy#Vital_Records|Marriage]]'''
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| width="16.6%" bgcolor="#e4d8e5" align="center" | '''[[Valencia County, New Mexico Genealogy#Vital_Records|Death]]'''
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| width="16.6%" bgcolor="#e4d8e5" align="center" | '''[[Valencia County, New Mexico Genealogy#Census|Census]]'''
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| width="16.6%" bgcolor="#e4d8e5" align="center" | [[Valencia County, New Mexico Genealogy#Land|'''Land''']]
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| width="16.6%" bgcolor="#e4d8e5" align="center" | '''[[Valencia County, New Mexico Genealogy#Probate|Probate]]'''
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| width="16.6%" align="center" | 1869
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| width="16.6%" align="center" | 1850
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| width="16.6%" align="center" | 1880
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| width="16.6%" align="center" | 1870
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=== County Courthouse  ===
 
=== County Courthouse  ===
  
[http://www.co.valencia.nm.us/ Valencia County Courthouse]<br>444 Luna Ave; PO Box 1119<br>Los Lunas, NM 87031-1119<br>Phone: 505.866.2073&nbsp;<br><br>'''''County Clerk''''' has marriage records from 1865 and probate records from 1900; '''''District Court Clerk''''' has divorce and court records.<ref name="HBG">''Handybook for Genealogists: United States of America'', 10th ed. (Draper, Utah: Everton Pub., 2002), Valencia 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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[http://www.co.valencia.nm.us/ Valencia County Courthouse]<br>444 Luna Ave; PO Box 1119<br>Los Lunas, NM 87031-1119<br>Phone: 505.866.2073&nbsp;<br><br>'''''County Clerk''''' has marriage records from 1865 and probate records from 1900; '''''District Court Clerk''''' has divorce and court records.<ref name="HBG">''Handybook for Genealogists: United States of America'', 10th ed. (Draper, Utah: Everton Pub., 2002), Valencia 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>  
 
*22 September '''1846''' - Valencia County was created based on an old Mexican government ''partido&nbsp;'' as one of seven original New Mexico counties under '''{{wpd|Kearny Code}}''' of laws for the occupied Mexican territory.<ref>"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. [http://www.newmexicohistory.org/filedetails.php?fileID=384 Digital online edition].</ref> Code named after General {{wpd|Stephen W. Kearny}}  
 
*22 September '''1846''' - Valencia County was created based on an old Mexican government ''partido&nbsp;'' as one of seven original New Mexico counties under '''{{wpd|Kearny Code}}''' of laws for the occupied Mexican territory.<ref>"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. [http://www.newmexicohistory.org/filedetails.php?fileID=384 Digital online edition].</ref> Code named after General {{wpd|Stephen W. Kearny}}  
 
*'''1848''' - Valencia county formally became a part of the United States when the {{wpd|Mexican-American War}} ended in 1848 with the signing of the {{wpd|Treaty of Guadalupe Hidalgo}}.<br>
 
*'''1848''' - Valencia county formally became a part of the United States when the {{wpd|Mexican-American War}} ended in 1848 with the signing of the {{wpd|Treaty of Guadalupe Hidalgo}}.<br>
  
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==== Description ====
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The county seat is Los Lunas.<ref>http://genealogytrails.com/newmex/valencia/ accessed 09/29/2016</ref>
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Valencia County was formed January 9, 1852.<ref>https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Valencia_County,_New_Mexico accessed 09/29/2016</ref>
  
 
==== 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
*9 January '''1852''' - All New Mexico counties were redefined. Valencia county was extended west to the California border including land in present day [[Arizona]] and [[Nevada]].<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 living far from the county seat, probably didn't send many records to the county offices. <br>  
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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>
*24 February '''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> Valencia County reduced in size to that portion still within New Mexico Territory.  
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*9 January '''1852''' - All New Mexico counties were redefined. Valencia county was extended west to the California border including land in present day [[Arizona Genealogy|Arizona]] and [[Nevada Genealogy|Nevada]].<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 living far from the county seat, probably didn't send many records to the county offices. <br>  
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*24 February '''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> Valencia County reduced in size to that portion still within New Mexico Territory.  
 
*16 March '''1903''' - VALENCIA county lost land to creation of LEONARD WOOD county (now GUADALUPE county). <ref>N.M. Terr. Laws 1903, 35th assy., ch. 69/pp. 127-131</ref>  
 
*16 March '''1903''' - VALENCIA county lost land to creation of LEONARD WOOD county (now GUADALUPE county). <ref>N.M. Terr. Laws 1903, 35th assy., ch. 69/pp. 127-131</ref>  
 
*1 January '''1905''' - VALENCIA county lost land to the creation of TORRANCE county. <ref>N.M. Terr. Laws 1903, 35th assy., ch. 70/pp. 132-134</ref>  
 
*1 January '''1905''' - VALENCIA county lost land to the creation of TORRANCE county. <ref>N.M. Terr. Laws 1903, 35th assy., ch. 70/pp. 132-134</ref>  
*17 March '''1981''' Valencia county lost the westernmost four-fifths to the creation of&nbsp;[[Cibola County, New Mexico|Cibola County, New Mexico]].<ref>N.M. Laws 1981, 35th reg. sess., ch. 24/pp. 76-80</ref>
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*17 March '''1981''' Valencia county lost the westernmost four-fifths to the creation of&nbsp;[[Cibola County, New Mexico Genealogy|Cibola County, New Mexico]].<ref>N.M. Laws 1981, 35th reg. sess., ch. 24/pp. 76-80</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. 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/Valencia_County,_New_Mexico#Communities </ref> ====
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=====Cities=====
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*Belen
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*Rio Communities
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=====Towns=====
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*Peralta
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=====Villages=====
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*Bosque Farms
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*Los Lunas (county seat)
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=====Census-designated places=====
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*Casa Colorada
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*Duran
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*El Cerro-Monterey Park
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*Jarales
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*Los Chavez
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*Los Trujillos-Gabaldon
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*Meadow Lake
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*Rio Communities North
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*Tome-Adelino
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*Valencia
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=====Unincorporated communities=====
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*Bosque
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*Tome-Adelino
  
 
==== Neighboring Counties  ====
 
==== Neighboring Counties  ====
  
*[[Bernalillo County, New Mexico|Bernalillo, New Mexico]]  
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*[[Bernalillo County, New Mexico Genealogy|Bernalillo, New Mexico]]  
*[[Cibola County, New Mexico|Cibola, New Mexico]]  
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*[[Cibola County, New Mexico Genealogy|Cibola, New Mexico]]  
*[[Socorro County, New Mexico|Socorro, New Mexico]]  
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*[[Socorro County, New Mexico Genealogy|Socorro, New Mexico]]  
*[[Torrance County, New Mexico|Torrance, New Mexico]]
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*[[Torrance County, New Mexico Genealogy|Torrance, New Mexico]]
  
 
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==== Cemeteries  ====
 
==== Cemeteries  ====
  
[http://www.findagrave.com/cgi-bin/fg.cgi?page=csr&CScn=&CScntry=4&CSst=34&CScnty=1960 Cemeteries of Valencia County, New Mexico] at Find A Grave
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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 &amp; 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]
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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=1960&GSgrid=&df=all&GSob=n Findagrave.com]
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| bgcolor="#F0F0F0" | {{FHL|606514|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=1960 Findagrave.com]
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| bgcolor="#F0F0F0" | [http://valencia.genwebsite.net/ NMGenWeb]
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| bgcolor="#F0F0F0" | [http://www.worldcat.org/search?q=su%3Acemetery+Valencia+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=Valencia&cemetery_name=a# Billion Graves]
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| bgcolor="#F0F0F0" | [http://www.usgwarchives.net/nm/valencia/valencia.htm NMGenWeb Archives]
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| bgcolor="#F0F0F0" | [http://usgwtombstones.org/newmexico/valencia.html Tombstone Project]
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| bgcolor="#F0F0F0" | [http://www.uscemeteryproj2.com/newmexico/valencia/valencia.htm NM Cemetery Project]
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| bgcolor="#F0F0F0" | [https://billiongraves.com/pages/search/# Billion Graves]
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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/Valencia_County,_New_Mexico#Demographics "Wikipedia.org".]
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|1910 |13320
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|1920 |13795
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|1930 |16186
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|1940 |20245
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|1950 |22481
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|1960 |39085
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|1970 |40539
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|1980 |61115
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|1990 |45235
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|2000 |66152
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|2010 |76569
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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  ====
 
==== Church  ====
  
LDS Ward and Branch Records  
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{{NM Church Intro}} LDS Ward and Branch Records  
  
Bluewater and Ramah Wards were originally within Valencia county. But in 1894, Ramah was placed in the new county of McKinley. Then in 1981, Bluewater was placed in the new county of Cibola.  
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Bluewater and Ramah Wards were originally within Valencia county. But in 1894, Ramah became part of in the new county of McKinley. Then in 1981, Bluewater became part of the new county of Cibola.
  
 
==== Court  ====
 
==== Court  ====
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==== Land  ====
 
==== Land  ====
  
Land Records are located at the [http://www.co.valencia.nm.us/departments/clerk/County_Clerk.html County Clerks Office of Valencia County NM]<br>
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{{NM Land Intro}}
  
Most of the land in New Mexico was originally obtained from the US federal government by a patent. These [http://www.glorecords.blm.gov/search/default.aspx General Land Office Records] are searchable online and most have free images of patents to download. The minimum information needed for a search is the state where the land is located and the name of the person receiving the patent. Surveys and Land Status Records can also be searched here.  
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Most of the land in New Mexico was originally obtained from the US federal government by a patent. These [http://www.glorecords.blm.gov/search/default.aspx General Land Office Records] are searchable online and most have free images of patents to download. The minimum information needed for a search is the state where the land is located and the name of the person receiving the patent. Surveys and Land Status Records can also be searched here.<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
  
 
==== Local Histories  ====
 
==== Local Histories  ====
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{{NM History Intro}}
  
 
==== Maps  ====
 
==== Maps  ====
  
[http://www.livgenmi.com/1895/NM/County/valencia.htm 1895 map of Valevcia county, New Mexico]  
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[[Image:Nmvalencia.jpg|300px|thmb]]
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*[http://www.livgenmi.com/1895/NM/County/valencia.htm 1895 map of Valevcia county, New Mexico]
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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  ====
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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]].''
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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  ====
  
[http://chroniclingamerica.loc.gov/search/titles/results/?city=&rows=20&terms=&language=&lccn=&material_type=&year1=1690&year2=2012&labor=&county=Valencia&state=New+Mexico&frequency=&page=1&ethnicity= Valencia county NM Newspapers] found at Library of Congress  
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{{NM Newspaper abstracts|Valencia}}
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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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*[http://chroniclingamerica.loc.gov/search/titles/results/?city=&rows=20&terms=&language=&lccn=&material_type=&year1=1690&year2=2012&labor=&county=Valencia&state=New+Mexico&frequency=&page=1&ethnicity= Valencia county NM Newspapers] found at Library of Congress
  
 
==== Probate  ====
 
==== 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  ====
 
==== 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>  
 
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[[New Mexico, County Death Records (FamilySearch Historical Records)|New Mexico, County Death Records (FamilySearch Historical Records)]]<br>  
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== Societies and Libraries  ==
 
== Societies and Libraries  ==
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'''Valencia County Historical Society'''<br>104 North First Street<br>Belen 87002<br><br>
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'''Acoma Pueblo Historical Society'''<br>PO Box 309<br> Acoma Pueblo, 87034<br><br>
  
 
==== Family History Centers<br>  ====
 
==== Family History Centers<br>  ====
  
*[[Introduction to LDS Family History Centers]]
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{{FamilySearch Centers Intro}}
*[[Los Lunas New Mexico Family History Center|Los Lunas New Mexico Family History Center]]  
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**Los Lunas, New Mexico
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*[[Los Lunas New Mexico Family History Center]] 160 James St Los Lunas NM 87301 United States [https://www.google.com/maps/place/James+St+NW/@34.8136086,-106.7356424,17z/data=!3m1!4b1!4m2!3m1!1s0x87221cb9dc3ae0e1:0x9977c930851e50bf Location Map]
  
 
== Web Sites  ==
 
== Web Sites  ==
  
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*[http://www.genealogyinc.com/newmexico/valencia-county/ Valencia 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+Valencia|subject|disp=Family History Library Catalog}}
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*{{FHL|New+Mexico%2C+Valencia|subject|disp=FamilySearch Catalog}}
  
 
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United States Gotoarrow.png New Mexico Gotoarrow.png Valencia County

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

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Valencia County, New Mexico
Map
Map of the U.S. highlighting New Mexico
Location of New Mexico in the U.S.
Facts
Founded September 22, 1846
County Seat Los Lunas
Courthouse
NewMexicoValenciaCourthouse.jpg
Address Valencia County Courthouse
444 Luna Ave; PO Box 1119
Los Lunas, NM 87031-1119
Phone: 505.866.2073
Valencia County Website


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County Information

Valencia County, New Mexico Record Dates

Beginning Dates for Major County Records
Birth Marriage Death Census Land Probate
1869 1850 1880 1870

County Courthouse

Valencia County Courthouse
444 Luna Ave; PO Box 1119
Los Lunas, NM 87031-1119
Phone: 505.866.2073 

County Clerk has marriage records from 1865 and probate records from 1900; District Court Clerk has divorce and court records.[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.
  • 22 September 1846 - Valencia County was created based on an old Mexican government partido  as one of seven original New Mexico counties under Kearny Code of laws for the occupied Mexican territory.[2] Code named after General Stephen W. Kearny
  • 1848 - Valencia county 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.
Valencia and other counties in New Mexico Territory in 1852.

Description

The county seat is Los Lunas.[3] Valencia County was formed January 9, 1852.[4]

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
  • 9 January 1852 - All New Mexico counties were redefined. Valencia county was extended west to the California border including land in present day Arizona and Nevada.[5] [6] [7] Residents living far from the county seat, probably didn't send many records to the county offices.
  • 24 February 1863 Arizona Territory created from the western half of New Mexico Territory.[8] Valencia County reduced in size to that portion still within New Mexico Territory.
  • 16 March 1903 - VALENCIA county lost land to creation of LEONARD WOOD county (now GUADALUPE county). [9]
  • 1 January 1905 - VALENCIA county lost land to the creation of TORRANCE county. [10]
  • 17 March 1981 Valencia county lost the westernmost four-fifths to the creation of Cibola County, New Mexico.[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]

Cities
  • Belen
  • Rio Communities
Towns
  • Peralta
Villages
  • Bosque Farms
  • Los Lunas (county seat)
Census-designated places
  • Casa Colorada
  • Duran
  • El Cerro-Monterey Park
  • Jarales
  • Los Chavez
  • Los Trujillos-Gabaldon
  • Meadow Lake
  • Rio Communities North
  • Tome-Adelino
  • Valencia
Unincorporated communities
  • Bosque
  • Tome-Adelino

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
NM Cemetery Project
Billion Graves
See New Mexico Cemeteries for more information.

Census

Historical populations
Census Pop.  %±
1910 13,320
1920 13,795 3.6%
1930 16,186 17.3%
1940 20,245 25.1%
1950 22,481 11.0%
1960 39,085 73.9%
1970 40,539 3.7%
1980 61,115 50.8%
1990 45,235 −26.0%
2000 66,152 46.2%
2010 76,569 15.7%
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. LDS Ward and Branch Records

Bluewater and Ramah Wards were originally within Valencia county. But in 1894, Ramah became part of in the new county of McKinley. Then in 1981, Bluewater became part of the new county of Cibola.

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.

Most of the land in New Mexico was originally obtained from the US federal government by a patent. These General Land Office Records are searchable online and most have free images of patents to download. The minimum information needed for a search is the state where the land is located and the name of the person receiving the patent. Surveys and Land Status Records can also be searched here.

Online Land Records

Local Histories

Local histories are available for Valencia 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
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

Valencia County Historical Society
104 North First Street
Belen 87002

Acoma Pueblo Historical Society
PO Box 309
Acoma Pueblo, 87034

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. Handybook for Genealogists: United States of America, 10th ed. (Draper, Utah: Everton Pub., 2002), Valencia County, New Mexico page 475, 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. http://genealogytrails.com/newmex/valencia/ accessed 09/29/2016
  4. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Valencia_County,_New_Mexico accessed 09/29/2016
  5. N.M. Terr. Laws 1851, 1st assy., 2d sess. /p. 291
  6. 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.
  7. Original Counties of New Mexico Territory (map) at http://www.nmgs.org/Graphics/nmcoun-orig.jpg (accessed 9 August 2011).
  8. U.S. Stat., vol. 12, pp. 664-665; Van Zandt, 165
  9. N.M. Terr. Laws 1903, 35th assy., ch. 69/pp. 127-131
  10. N.M. Terr. Laws 1903, 35th assy., ch. 70/pp. 132-134
  11. N.M. Laws 1981, 35th reg. sess., ch. 24/pp. 76-80
  12. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Valencia_County,_New_Mexico#Communities