Guide to Bernalillo County, New Mexico ancestry, family history and genealogy birth records, marriage records, death records, census records, and military records.
|Bernalillo County, New Mexico|
Location of New Mexico in the U.S.
|Founded||September 22, 1846|
|Address||Bernalillo County Courthouse|
1 Civic Plaza NW;
Albuquerque, NM 87102
Bernalillo County Website
- 1 County Information
- 2 County Courthouse
- 3 History
- 4 Places/Localities
- 5 Resources
- 5.1 Cemeteries
- 5.2 Census
- 5.3 Church
- 5.4 Court
- 5.5 Land
- 5.6 Local Histories
- 5.7 Maps
- 5.8 Military
- 5.9 Newspapers
- 5.10 Probate
- 5.11 Taxation
- 5.12 Vital Records
- 6 Societies and Libraries
County Information[edit | edit source]
Bernalillo County, New Mexico Record Dates[edit | edit source]
County Courthouse[edit | edit source]
County Clerk has marriage records from 1885, probate records from 1895 and land records from 1888; District Court Clerk has divorce and court records.
History[edit | edit source]
Parent County[edit | edit source]
- Before 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.
- In 1821 - Mexico obtained 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 under the Kearny Code of laws for the occupied Mexican territory. Bernalillo county was one of seven original New Mexico counties. This code named after General Stephen W. Kearny
In 1848, New Mexico Territory formally became a part of the United States when the Mexican-American War ended with the signing of the Treaty of Guadalupe Hidalgo.
Boundary Changes[edit | edit source]
- 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.   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.
- 13 Jan 1876 SANTA ANA county discontinued, BERNALILLO county gained all of its lands and records.
- 1 Jan 1901 BERNALILLO county lost land to the creation of McKINLEY county. 
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[edit | edit source]
There is no known history of courthouse disasters in this county.
Places/Localities[edit | edit source]
Populated Places[edit | edit source]
- Los Ranchos de Albuquerque
- Cedar Crest
- Edith Endave
- Isleta Village Proper
- Manzano Springs
- North Valley
- Pajarito Mesa
- Paradise Hills
- Ponderosa Pine
- San Antonito
- Sandia Heights
- Sandia Knolls
- Sandia Park
- South Valley
Neighboring Counties[edit | edit source]
- Cibola, New Mexico
- Sandoval, New Mexico
- Santa Fe, New Mexico
- Torrance, New Mexico
- Valencia, New Mexico
Resources[edit | edit source]
Cemeteries[edit | edit source]
- New Mexico Cemetery Records
- AHGP New Mexico Cemetery Transcription & Photo Project
- New Mexico Cemetery Records, Luna to Valencia
- New Mexico Cemetery Record Information Online
- New Mexico Tombstone Transcription Project
- New Mexico Cemeteries Project
- New Mexico Vital Record Information: Cemeteries
- Online New Mexico Death Records and Indexes
- Cemeteries of New Mexico
- BillionGraves.com - Provides photos and GPS locations of grave markers.
- Cyndi's List - Cemeteries & funeral homes
- Tijeras Cemetery, Tijeras at 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.
Census[edit | edit source]
State Census Records[edit | edit source]
- 1885 New Mexico Territorial Census 1885 at Ancestry (free)
- Late 1800s Arizona and New Mexico Territories Census, Late 1800s ($)
Federal Census Records[edit | edit source]
Federal Censuses were taken for New Mexico starting in 1850. For links to Federal census indexes, see New Mexico Census.
Church[edit | edit source]
Church records and the information they provide vary significantly depending on the denomination and the record keeper. They may contain information about members of the congregation, such as age, date of baptism, christening, or birth; marriage information and maiden names; and death date. For general information about New Mexico denominations, view the New Mexico Church Records wiki page.
Ward and Branch Records
Court[edit | edit source]
Land[edit | edit source]
Land and property records can place an ancestor in a particular location, provide economic information, and reveal family relationships. Land records include: deeds, abstracts and indexes, mortgages, leases, grants and land patents.
See New Mexico Land and Property for additional information about early New Mexico land grants. After land was transferred to private ownership, subsequent transactions were usually recorded at the county courthouse and where records are currently housed.
Online Land Records
- Land Patent Search - index to federal patents and homesteads on the Bureau of Land Management website, some images available
- 1796 - 1907 - U.S. General Land Office Records, 1796-1907 at Ancestry - index, info taken from Bureau of Land Management website
- 1861 - 1936 - U.S. Homestead Records 1861-1936 at Ancestry.com - ($), index and images
Local Histories[edit | edit source]
Local histories are available for Evancol/Sandbox/NewMexico. 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[edit | edit source]
- Interactive Formation Boundary Map of New Mexico - shows boundary changes for New Mexico Counties
- NMGenWeb - historical maps
Military[edit | edit source]
Revolutionary War[edit | edit source]
- 1775 - 1783 - United States Rosters of Revolutionary War Soldiers and Sailors, 1775-1783 at FamilySearch - images only
- For more nationwide Revolutionary War databases, see US Military Online Genealogy Records.
Civil War[edit | edit source]
- 1861 - 1865 Record|1932418|New Mexico Civil War Service Records of Union Soldiers, 1861-1865 at FamilySearch
- For more nationwide Civil War databases, see US Military Online Genealogy Records.
World War I[edit | edit source]
World War II[edit | edit source]
- [https://www.archives.gov/research/military/ww2/navy-casualties/new-mexico.html World War I Records, 1917-1919 State Summary of War Casualties from World War II for Navy, Marine Corps, and Coast Guard Personnel from: New Mexico
- World War II Honor List of Dead and Missing Army and Army Air Forces Personnel from: New Mexico
- 1941 - 1945 New Mexico, World War II Records, 1941-1945 at Ancestry ($)
- For more nationwide World War II databases, see [[United_States_Military_Online_Genealogy_Records|US Military Online Genealogy.
Newspapers[edit | edit source]
- NewspaperArchive.com ($) has a large collection of Albuquerque and Santa Fe newspapers online. Their database is sometimes free at libraries.
Probate[edit | edit source]
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[edit | edit source]
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[edit | edit source]
Births[edit | edit source]
Deaths[edit | edit source]
- 1788 – 1798; 1838 – 1955 New Mexico Deaths and Burials, 1788-1798; 1838-1955 at FamilySearch
- 1889 - 1945 New Mexico Deaths, 1889-1945 at FamilySearch
Marriages[edit | edit source]
- 1727 - 1900 New Mexico Marriages 1727-1900 at Ancestry ($)
- 1751 - 1918 New Mexico Marriages, 1751-1918 at FamilySearch
Societies and Libraries[edit | edit source]
Albuquerque Historical Society
PO Box 1293
Albuquerque, New Mexico, 87125
Family History Centers[edit | edit source]
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.
- Albuquerque New Mexico in Albuquerque, New Mexico
- Albuquerque New Mexico East in Albuquerque, New Mexico
- Albuquerque New Mexico West in Albuquerque, New Mexico
- Zimmerman Library at University of New Mexico in Albuquerque, New Mexico
Web Sites[edit | edit source]
- Bernalillo County, NM History, Records, Facts and Genealogy
- Bernalillo County, NMGenWeb County Burials, Census, Marriages, Yearbooks, Bibliography, Cemeteries, cities, maps, and photos for this county.
- FamilySearch Catalog
- Bernalillo County Genealogy at LDSgenealogy.com
References[edit | edit source]
- 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.
- "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.
- Kearny's Code 1846, "Courts and Judicial Powers,” secs. 5-7/p. 49; Abel, Map #2; Coan, 252; Williams, 108-109
- 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 (accessed 9 August 2011).
- U.S. Stat., vol. 12, pp. 664-665; Van Zandt, 165
- N.M. Terr. Laws 1875-1876, 22d assy., ch. 8/pp. 38-40
- N.M. Terr. Laws 1899, 33d assy., ch. 19/pp. 43-45
- N.M. Terr. Laws 1903, 35th assy., ch. 27/pp. 37-43
- N.M. Terr. Laws 1903, 35th assy., ch. 70/pp. 132-134