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Guide to '''Sierra County, New Mexico ancestry, family history, and genealogy''' birth records, marriage records, death records, census records, and military records.  
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Guide to '''Sierra County, New Mexico ancestry, genealogy and family history''', birth records, marriage records, death records, census records, family history, and military records.
  
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<center>{{Infobox U.S. County 2016
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|organized=  3 April,  1884
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|county seat= Truth or Consequences
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|parent county= [[Socorro County, New Mexico Genealogy|Socorro]],  [[Grant County, New Mexico Genealogy|Grant]],  [[Dona Ana County, New Mexico Genealogy|Doña Ana]]<ref name="HBG">''Handybook for Genealogists: United States of America'', 10th ed. (Draper, Utah: Everton Pub., 2002), New Mexico.{{WorldCat|50140092|disp=At various libraries (WorldCat)}}; {{FHL|1049485|item|disp=FHL Book 973 D27e 2002}}.</ref>
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|county1= [[Catron County, New Mexico Genealogy|Catron]]
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|county2= [[Dona Ana County, New Mexico Genealogy|Dona Ana]]
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|county3= [[Grant County, New Mexico Genealogy|Grant]]
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|county4= [[Lincoln County, New Mexico Genealogy|Lincoln]]
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|county5= [[Luna County, New Mexico Genealogy|Luna]]
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|county6= [[Otero County, New Mexico Genealogy|Otero]]
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|county7= [[Socorro County, New Mexico Genealogy|Socorro]]</br><center>[[Sierra County, New Mexico Genealogy#Maps and Gazetteers|See County Maps]]</center>
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== County Information ==
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| founded year = 1884
 
| founded date = 3 April
 
| seat = Truth or Consequences
 
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| building address =  Sierra County Courthouse]<br>311 N Date<br>Truth or Consequences, NM 87901<br>Phone: 505.894.2840<br> [http://www.courtreference.com/Sierra-County-New-Mexico-Courts.htm'''Sierra County Website]}}
 
  
[[Image:Nm-sierra.png|right|300px|Nm-sierra.png]]
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=== Description ===
  
=== County Information ===
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Sierra County is located in the southwest central area of the state.<ref>Wikipedia contributors, "Sierra, New Mexico," in ''https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sierra_County,_New_Mexico.'' accessed 8/30/2018</ref>
  
==== Sierra County, New Mexico Record Dates  ====
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=== County Courthouse ===
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{{NM Courthouse Intro|Sierra}}
  
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'''Sierra County Courthouse'''<br>311 N Date<br>Truth or Consequences, NM 87901<br>Phone: 505.894.2840<br> [http://www.sierraco.org/ Sierra County Website]<br><br>County Clerk has marriage and land records from 1884, probate records, military discharge records from 1945; <br>Clerk of the District Court has divorce and court records.<ref name="HBG">''Handybook for Genealogists: United States of America'', 10th ed. (Draper, Utah: Everton Pub., 2002), New Mexico.{{WorldCat|50140092|disp=At various libraries (WorldCat)}}; {{FHL|1049485|item|disp=FHL Book 973 D27e 2002}}.</ref>
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=== Sierra County, New Mexico Record Dates  ===
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{{NM Record Dates Intro|Sierra}}
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| bgcolor="#e4d8e5" align="center" colspan="7" | <center>'''Known Beginning Dates for Major County Records'''<ref>''Handybook for Genealogists: United States of America'', 10th ed. (Draper, Utah: Everton Pub., 2002), Sierra County, New Mexico. Page 475 {{WorldCat|50140092|disp=At various libraries (WorldCat)}}; {{FHL|1049485|item|disp=FHL Book 973 D27e 2002}}; Alice Eichholz, ed. Ancestry’s Red Book: American State, County, and Town Sources, Third ed. (Provo, Utah: Ancestry, 2004), 471.</ref></center>
 
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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="14.2%" bgcolor="#e4d8e5" align="center" | '''[[Sierra County, New Mexico Genealogy#Birth|Birth*]]'''
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| width="14.2%" bgcolor="#e4d8e5" align="center" | '''[[Sierra County, New Mexico Genealogy#Marriage|Marriage]]'''
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| width="14.2%" bgcolor="#e4d8e5" align="center" | '''[[Sierra County, New Mexico Genealogy#Death|Death*]]'''
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| width="14.2%" bgcolor="#e4d8e5" align="center" | '''[[Sierra County, New Mexico Genealogy#Court Records|Court]]'''
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| width="14.2%" bgcolor="#e4d8e5" align="center" | '''[[Sierra County, New Mexico Genealogy#Land and Property Records|Land]]'''
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| width="14.2%" bgcolor="#e4d8e5" align="center" | '''[[Sierra County, New Mexico Genealogy#Probate Records|Probate]]'''
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| width="14.2%" bgcolor="#e4d8e5" align="center" | '''[[Sierra County, New Mexico Genealogy#Census Records|Census]]'''
 
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| width="16.6%" bgcolor="#e4d8e5" align="center" | '''[[Sierra County, New Mexico Genealogy#Vital_Records|Birth]]'''
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| width="14.2%" align="center" |1907
| width="16.6%" bgcolor="#e4d8e5" align="center" | '''[[Sierra County, New Mexico Genealogy#Vital_Records|Marriage]]'''
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| width="14.2%" align="center" |1884
| width="16.6%" bgcolor="#e4d8e5" align="center" | '''[[Sierra County, New Mexico Genealogy#Vital_Records|Death]]'''
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| width="14.2%" align="center" |1907
| width="16.6%" bgcolor="#e4d8e5" align="center" | '''[[Sierra County, New Mexico Genealogy#Census|Census]]'''
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| width="16.6%" bgcolor="#e4d8e5" align="center" | [[Sierra County, New Mexico Genealogy#Land|'''Land''']]
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| width="14.2%" align="center" |1884
| width="16.6%" bgcolor="#e4d8e5" align="center" | '''[[Sierra County, New Mexico Genealogy#Probate|Probate]]'''
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| width="14.2%" align="center" |1945
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| width="14.2%" align="center" |1790
 
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| colspan="7"| <center>Statewide registration for births and deaths started in 1907. General compliance by 1930. </center>
| width="16.6%" align="center" | 1865
 
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| width="16.6%" align="center" | 1890
 
| width="16.6%" align="center" | 1884
 
| width="16.6%" align="center" | 1884
 
 
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=== County Courthouse  ===
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=== Record Loss ===
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There is no known history of courthouse disasters in this county.
  
[http://www.courtreference.com/Sierra-County-New-Mexico-Courts.htm Sierra County Courthouse]<br>311 N Date<br>Truth or Consequences, NM 87901<br>Phone:. 505.894.2840&nbsp;<br><br>'''''County Clerk''''' has marriage and land records from 1884, probate records, military discharge records from 1945; '''''Clerk of the District Court''''' has divorce and court records.<ref name="HBG">''Handybook for Genealogists: United States of America'', 10th ed. (Draper, Utah: Everton Pub., 2002), Sierra 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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=== History  ===
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=== Boundary Changes ===
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{{NM Boundary Changes Intro|Sierra}}
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*Up 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.
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*From 1821 until '''1846''' -&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. Starting in 1846 United States forces occupied New Mexico during the {{wpd|Mexican-American War}}.
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*'''1848''' -&nbsp; Land that became Sierra County formally became a part of the United States when the Mexican-American War ended with ratification of the {{wpd|Treaty of Guadalupe Hidalgo}}.
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*'''1884--'''Sierra County was created 3 April 1884 from [[Socorro County, New Mexico Genealogy|Socorro]], [[Grant County, New Mexico Genealogy|Grant]], and [[Dona Ana County, New Mexico Genealogy|Doña Ana]] counties.<ref name="HBG" />
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*'''County seat:''' Truth or Consequences<ref name="HBG">''Handybook for Genealogists: United States of America'', 10th ed. (Draper, Utah: Everton Pub., 2002), New Mexico.{{WorldCat|50140092|disp=At various libraries (WorldCat)}}; {{FHL|1049485|item|disp=FHL Book 973 D27e 2002}}.</ref><br>
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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://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]
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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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==== Parent County  ====
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=== Populated Places ===
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For a complete list of populated places, including small neighborhoods and suburbs, visit [https://newmexico.hometownlocator.com/counties/cities,cfips,051,c,sierra.cfm HomeTown Locator]
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The following are the most historically and genealogically relevant populated places in this county:<ref>Wikipedia contributors,"Sierra  County, New Mexico," in ''Wikipedia: the Free Encyclopedia'',https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sierra_County,_New_Mexico, accessed 10 February 2019.</ref>
  
*Up 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>  
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{{populated places
*From 1821 until '''1846''' -&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. Starting in 1846 United States forces occupied New Mexico during the {{wpd|Mexican-American War}}. <br>  
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*'''1848''' -&nbsp; Land that became Sierra County formally became a part of the United States when the Mexican-American War ended with ratification of the {{wpd|Treaty of Guadalupe Hidalgo}}.<br>
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* [https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Elephant_Butte,_New_Mexico Elephant Butte]</div>
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* [https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Truth_or_Consequences,_New_Mexico Truth or Consequences (county seat)]</div>
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* [https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Williamsburg,_New_Mexico Williamsburg]</div>
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* [https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Chloride,_New_Mexico Chloride]
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* [https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cuchillo,_New_Mexico Cuchillo]
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* [https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Derry,_New_Mexico Derry]</div>
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* [https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Engle,_New_Mexico Engle]
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* [https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hillsboro,_New_Mexico Hillsboro]
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* [https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Monticello,_New_Mexico Monticello]</div>
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* [https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Upham,_New_Mexico Upham]</div>
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* [https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Arrey,_New_Mexico Arrey]
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* [https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Caballo,_New_Mexico Caballo]
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* [https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hot_Springs_Landing,_New_Mexico Hot Springs Landing]</div>
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* [https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Kingston,_New_Mexico Kingston]
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* [https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Las_Palomas,_New_Mexico Las Palomas]
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* [https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Oasis,_New_Mexico Oasis]</div>
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* [https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Winston,_New_Mexico Winston]</div>
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* [https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hermosa,_New_Mexico Hermosa]</div>
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* [https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lake_Valley,_Sierra_County,_New_Mexico Lake Valley]</div>
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'''1884--'''Sierra County was created 3 April 1884 from [[Socorro County, New Mexico Genealogy|Socorro]], [[Grant County, New Mexico Genealogy|Grant]], and [[Dona Ana County, New Mexico Genealogy|Doña Ana]] counties.<ref name="HBG" />
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=== History Timeline ===
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{{NM Historical Timeline Intro|Sierra}}
  
==== Boundary Changes  ====
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== Resources ==
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{{NM Resources Intro|Sierra}}
  
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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=== Bible Records ===
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{{NM Bible Intro|Sierra}}
  
==== Record Loss ====
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=== Biographies ===
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{{NM Biographies Intro|Sierra}}
  
There is no known history of courthouse disasters in this county.
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=== Business, Commerce, and Occupations ===
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{{NM Business Records Intro|Sierra}}
  
== Places/Localities  ==
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=== Cemeteries ===
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{{NM Cemeteries Intro|Sierra}}
  
==== Populated Places ====
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| colspan="2" bgcolor="#E0E0E0" style="border:1px solid black"| <center>'''Cemeteries of Sierra County, New Mexico''' online and in print</center>
 
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*[[Catron County, New Mexico Genealogy|Catron]]  
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| width="25%" bgcolor="#E0E0E0" style="border:1px solid black" | <center>'''Tombstone Transcriptions Online'''</center>
*[[Dona Ana County, New Mexico Genealogy|Dona Ana]]  
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*[[Grant County, New Mexico Genealogy|Grant]]
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* [https://www.findagrave.com/memorial Findagrave.com]
*[[Lincoln County, New Mexico Genealogy|Lincoln]]  
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* [http://sierra.nmgenweb.us/Scemetery.html NMGenWeb]
*[[Luna County, New Mexico Genealogy|Luna]]
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* [http://www.usgwarchives.net/nm/sierra/sierra.htm NMGenWeb Archives]
*[[Otero County, New Mexico Genealogy|Otero]]  
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* [http://usgwtombstones.org/newmexico/sierra.html Tombstone Project]
*[[Socorro County, New Mexico Genealogy|Socorro]]
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*[http://newmexicogravestones.org/search.php?cid=28&lm=s&last=&fm=s&first= New Mexico Gravestone Project]
 
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* [http://www.uscemeteryproj2.com/newmexico/sierra/sierra.htm NM Cemetery Project]
== Resources  ==
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* [http://www.interment.net/us/nm/sierra.htm NM Interment]
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* [https://billiongraves.com/search# Billion Graves]
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* {{FHL|691914|subject-id|disp=Family History Library}}
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*[https://www.worldcat.org/search?qt=worldcat_org_all&q=Sierra%2C+New+Mexico+cemeteries+ WorldCat]
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| width="25%" bgcolor="#E0E0E0" style="border:1px solid black" |<center>'''List of Cemeteries in the County'''</center>
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* [https://www.findagrave.com/cemetery-browse/USA/New-Mexico/Sierra-County?id=county_1955 Findagrave.com]
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* [https://billiongraves.com/search/cemetery Billion Graves]
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*[http://www.cemeteries-of-tx.com/newmexico/Sierra/ListSierra.html Cemeteries of New Mexico]
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*[http://www.epodunk.com/cgi-bin/localList.php?local=17971&locTGroup=Cemeteries&direction=down&sec=0&qty=11&stateAbbv=&stateName= Cemeteries in or near Sierra by EPunk]
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| colspan="2" bgcolor="#E0E0E0" style="border:1px solid black"| <center>See '''[[New Mexico Cemeteries]]''' for more information</center>
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==== Cemeteries  ====
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=== Census Records ===
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{{NM Census Intro|Sierra}}
  
*[http://www.nmgenealogy101.com/cemetery-records/ New Mexico Cemetery Records]
 
*[http://www.usgennet.org/usa/topic/cemetery/newmexico/ AHGP New Mexico Cemetery Transcription &amp; Photo Project]
 
*[http://www.accessgenealogy.com/cemetery/new-mexico-cemetery-records-luna-to-valencia.htm New Mexico Cemetery Records, Luna to Valencia]
 
*[http://recordsproject.com/cemetery/new-mexico.asp New Mexico Cemetery Record Information Online]
 
*[http://www.usgwtombstones.org/newmexico/newmex.html New Mexico Tombstone Transcription Project]
 
*[http://www.uscemeteryproj2.com/newmexico/nmcemproj.htm New Mexico Cemeteries Project]
 
*[http://www.nmgs.org/artGRNM-VR.htm#Cemetery New Mexico Vital Record Information: Cemeteries]
 
*[http://www.deathindexes.com/newmexico/ Online New Mexico Death Records and Indexes]
 
*[http://www.cemeteries-of-tx.com/newmexico/index.html Cemeteries of New Mexico]
 
*[http://billiongraves.com/ BillionGraves.com] - Provides photos and GPS locations of grave markers.
 
*[http://www.cyndislist.com/cemeteries/ Cyndi's List] - Cemeteries &amp; funeral homes
 
*[http://www.findagrave.com/ Findagrave.com]
 
*[http://www.interment.net/ Interment.net]
 
*[http://userdb.rootsweb.ancestry.com/cemeteries/ Rootsweb]
 
*[http://www.usgenweb.com/ UsGenweb.org]
 
 
==== Census  ====
 
 
{{Historical populations
 
{{Historical populations
 
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|heading = Census
|footnote = Source: [https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sierra_County,_New_Mexico#Demographics "Wikipedia.org".]  
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|footnote = Source: [https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sierra_County,_New_Mexico#Demographics "Wikipedia.org".]
|1910 |3536  
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|1910 |3536
|1920 |4619  
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|1920 |4619
|1930 |5184  
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|1930 |5184
|1940 |6962  
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|1940 |6962
 
|1950 |7186
 
|1950 |7186
 
|1960 |6409
 
|1960 |6409
|1970 |7189
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|1970 |7189
|1980 |8454
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|1980 |8454
|1990 |9912
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|1990 |9912
 
|2000 |13270
 
|2000 |13270
 
|2010 |11988
 
|2010 |11988
 
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{{Census|New Mexico}}
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'''''Federal Census Records'''''<br>
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Federal Censuses were taken for New Mexico starting in 1850. For links to Federal census indexes, see [[New Mexico Census]].
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'''''State Census Records'''''<br>
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*'''1885''' [http://search.ancestry.com/search/db.aspx?dbid=1976 New Mexico Territorial Census 1885] at [http://search.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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=== Church Records ===
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{{NM Church Intro|Sierra}}<br>
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'''List of Churches and Church Parishes'''
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*'''[https://www.familysearch.org/research/places/?reqParents=395955&reqParentsLabel=Sierra%2C%20New%20Mexico%2C%20United%20States&reqParentsType=209&reqTypeGroups=3&reqTypeLabel=Churches%20and%20Church%20Parishes FamilySearch Places]'''
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=== Court Records ===
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{{NM Court Intro|Sierra}}
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=== Directories ===
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{{NM Directories Intro|Sierra}}
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=== Emigration and Immigration  ===
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{{NM Emigration Intro|Sierra}}
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=== Ethnic, Political, and Religious Groups ===
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{{NM Ethnic Groups Intro|Sierra}}
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=== Funeral Homes  ===
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{{NM Funeral Homes Intro|Sierra}}
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=== Genealogies  ===
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{{NM Genealogies Intro|Sierra}}
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=== Guardianship ===
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{{NM Guardianship Intro|Sierra}}
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=== Land and Property Records ===
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{{NM Land Intro|Sierra}}
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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://search.ancestry.com Ancestry] - index, info taken from Bureau of Land Management website
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*'''1863 - 1908''' - [http://search.ancestry.com/search/db.aspx?dbid=60593 U.S. Homestead Records 1863-1908] at [http://search.ancestry.com/ Ancestry.com] - ($), index and images
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=== Local Histories ===
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{{NM Histories Intro|Sierra}}
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{{NM History Intro}}
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=== Maps and Gazetteers ===
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{{NM Maps Intro|Sierra}}
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{{NM Neighboring Counties Intro|county={{NM Sierra 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
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=== Migration ===
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{{NM Migration Intro|Sierra}}
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=== Military Records ===
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{{NM Military Intro|Sierra}}
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==== Revolutionary War ====
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{{NM Revolutionary War Intro|Sierra}}
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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
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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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{{NM Civil War Intro|Sierra}}
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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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{{NM World War I Intro|Sierra}}
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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://search.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]].''
  
==== Church  ====
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==== World War II ====
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{{NM World War II Intro|Sierra}}
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*'''1940 - 1945''' - {{RecordSearch|2548056|New Mexico, World War II Draft Registration Cards, 1940-1945}} at [https://familysearch.org/search FamilySearch] — index and images
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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://search.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]].
  
{{NM Church Intro}}  
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=== Naturalization and Citizenship ===
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{{NM Naturalization Intro|Sierra}}
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*'''1882-1983''' - {{RecordSearch|2187007|New Mexico Naturalization Records, 1882-1983}} at [https://familysearch.org/search FamilySearch] — index and images
  
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=== Newspapers ===
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{{NM Newspapers Intro|Sierra}}
  
==== Land  ====
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{{NM Newspaper abstracts|Sierra}}
  
{{NM Land Intro}}  
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=== Obituaries ===
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{{NM Obituaries Intro|Sierra}}
  
==== Local Histories  ====
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=== Other Records ===
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{{NM Other Records Intro|Sierra}}
  
{{NM History Intro}}  
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=== Periodicals ===
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{{NM Periodicals Intro|Sierra}}
  
==== Maps  ====
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=== Probate Records ===
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{{NM Probate Intro|Sierra}}
  
[[Image:Nmsierra.jpg|350px|Nmsierra.jpg]]
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'''Online Probate Records
  
==== Military  ====
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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://search.ancestry.com/ Ancestry.com] — index and images $
  
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=== School Records ===
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{{NM Schools Intro|Sierra}}
  
*'''1861-1865''' - {{RecordSearch|1932418|New Mexico Civil War Service Records of Union Soldiers, 1861-1865}} at [https://familysearch.org/search FamilySearch] — index
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=== Tax Records ===
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{{NM Tax Intro|Sierra}}
  
==== Newspapers  ====
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=== Vital Records ===
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{{NM Vital Intro|Sierra}}
  
{{NM Newspaper abstracts|Sierra}}  
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==== Birth ====
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{{NM Birth Intro|Sierra}}
  
==== Probate  ====
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*'''1726 – 1918''' {{RecordSearch|1680839|New Mexico Births and Christenings, 1726-1918}} at [http://familysearch.org/search FamilySearch]
'''Online Probate Records'''
 
  
*'''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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==== Marriage ====
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{{NM Marriage Intro|Sierra}}
  
{{NM Probate Intro}}
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*'''1727 - 1900''' [http://search.ancestry.com/search/db.aspx?dbid=7872 New Mexico Marriages 1727-1900] at [http://search.ancestry.com Ancestry] ($)
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*'''1751 - 1918''' {{RecordSearch|1680844|New Mexico Marriages, 1751-1918}} at [http://familysearch.org/search FamilySearch]
  
==== Taxation  ====
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==== Death ====
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{{NM Death Intro|Sierra}}
  
{{NM Tax Intro}}  
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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]
  
==== Vital Records  ====
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{{NM Divorce Intro|Sierra}}
  
{{NM Vital Intro}}  
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== Research Facilities ==
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{{NM Research Facilities Intro|Sierra}}
  
== Societies and Libraries  ==
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=== Archives ===
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{{NM Archives Intro|Sierra}}
  
'''Geronimo Springs Museum''' <br>221 Main St.Geronimo Springs Museum<br> 221 Main St.<br> Truth or Consequences, New Mexico, 87901<br><br>
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=== Family History Centers ===
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{{Family History Centers Intro}}
  
'''Sierra County Genealogical Society'''<br> c/o Public Library<br>PO Box 311<br> 325 Library Lane<br> T. or C., New Mexico, 87901<br><br>
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=== Libraries ===
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{{NM Libraries Intro|Sierra}}
  
==== Family History Centers  ====
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=== Museums ===
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{{NM Museums Intro|Sierra}}
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'''Geronimo Springs Museum''' <br>221 Main St.Geronimo Springs Museum<br> 221 Main St.<br> Truth or Consequences, New Mexico, 87901
  
{{FamilySearch Centers Intro}}
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== Societies ==
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{{NM Societies Intro|Sierra}}
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'''Sierra County Genealogical Society'''<br> c/o Public Library<br>PO Box 311<br> 325 Library Lane<br> T. or C., New Mexico, 87901
  
== Web Sites  ==
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== Websites ==
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{{NM Websites Intro|Sierra}}
  
*[http://www.genealogyinc.com/newmexico/sierra-county/ Sierra County, NM History, Records, Facts and Genealogy]
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*[http://www.genealogyinc.com/newmexico/sierra-county/ Sierra County, NM History, Records, Facts and Genealogy]
*[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]
*[https://www.facebook.com/groups/255419071140350/ New Mexico Genealogy Network Group on Facebook]  
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*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.  
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*{{FHL Place IDNum|205721|New%20Mexico|Sierra}}- The FamilySearch catalog contains descriptions and access information for all genealogical materials (including books, online materials, microfilm, microfiche, and publications) in their collection.  Use [https://familysearch.org/search/ Historical Records] to search for specific individuals in genealogical records
*{{FHL|New+Mexico%2C+Sierra|subject|disp=FamilySearch Catalog}}
 
  
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== Research Guides ==
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{{NM Research Guides Intro|Sierra}}
  
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Revision as of 20:28, 11 June 2020

 

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

County Facts
County seat: Truth or Consequences
Organized: 3 April, 1884
Parent County(s): Socorro, Grant, Doña Ana[1]
Neighboring Counties
Catron  • Dona Ana  • Grant  • Lincoln  • Luna  • Otero  • Socorro
See County Maps
Courthouse
NewMexicoSierraCourthouse.jpg
Location Map
Nm-sierra.png
Adoption


County Information[edit | edit source]

Description[edit | edit source]

Sierra County is located in the southwest central area of the state.[2]

County Courthouse[edit | edit source]

Sierra County Courthouse
311 N Date
Truth or Consequences, NM 87901
Phone: 505.894.2840
Sierra County Website

County Clerk has marriage and land records from 1884, probate records, military discharge records from 1945;
Clerk of the District Court has divorce and court records.[1]

Sierra County, New Mexico Record Dates[edit | edit source]

Information for this chart was taken from various sources, often containing conflicting dates. This information should be taken as a guide and should be verified by contacting the county and/or the state government agency.

Known Beginning Dates for Major County Records[3]
Birth* Marriage Death* Court Land Probate Census
1907 1884 1907 #7 1884 1945 1790
Statewide registration for births and deaths started in 1907. General compliance by 1930.

Record Loss[edit | edit source]

There is no known history of courthouse disasters in this county.

Boundary Changes[edit | edit source]

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.





Populated Places[edit | edit source]

For a complete list of populated places, including small neighborhoods and suburbs, visit HomeTown Locator The following are the most historically and genealogically relevant populated places in this county:[4]

Cities
Villages
Unincorporated communities
Census-designated places
Ghost towns


History Timeline[edit | edit source]

Resources[edit | edit source]

Bible Records[edit | edit source]

Biographies[edit | edit source]

Business, Commerce, and Occupations[edit | edit source]

Cemeteries[edit | edit source]

Cemeteries of Sierra County, New Mexico online and in print
Tombstone Transcriptions Online
Tombstone Transcriptions in Print (Often more complete)
List of Cemeteries in the County
See New Mexico Cemeteries for more information

Census Records[edit | edit source]

Historical populations
Census Pop.
1910 3,536
1920 4,619 30.6%
1930 5,184 12.2%
1940 6,962 34.3%
1950 7,186 3.2%
1960 6,409 −10.8%
1970 7,189 12.2%
1980 8,454 17.6%
1990 9,912 17.2%
2000 13,270 33.9%
2010 11,988 −9.7%
Source: "Wikipedia.org".

Federal Census Records
Federal Censuses were taken for New Mexico starting in 1850. For links to Federal census indexes, see New Mexico Census.

State Census Records

Church Records[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.
List of Churches and Church Parishes

Court Records[edit | edit source]

Directories[edit | edit source]

Emigration and Immigration[edit | edit source]

Ethnic, Political, and Religious Groups[edit | edit source]

Funeral Homes[edit | edit source]

Genealogies[edit | edit source]

Guardianship[edit | edit source]

Land and Property Records[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

Local Histories[edit | edit source]

Local histories are available for Sierra 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 and Gazetteers[edit | edit source]

Sierra CountyCatron CountySocorro CountyLincoln CountyOtero CountyDona Ana CountyLuna CountyGrant CountyNM SIERRA.jpg
Click a neighboring county
for more resources



Migration[edit | edit source]

Military Records[edit | edit source]

Revolutionary War[edit | edit source]

Civil War[edit | edit source]

World War I[edit | edit source]

World War II[edit | edit source]

Naturalization and Citizenship[edit | edit source]

Newspapers[edit | edit source]

Obituaries[edit | edit source]

Other Records[edit | edit source]

Periodicals[edit | edit source]

Probate Records[edit | edit source]

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.

Online Probate Records

School Records[edit | edit source]

Tax Records[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]

Vital Records consist of births, adoptions, marriages, divorces, and deaths recorded on registers, certificates, and documents. See the Wiki page, New Mexico Vital Records, for additional information about the vital records in New Mexico.

Marriage records - are at the County Clerk's office

Divorce records - are at the office of the County Clerk of Court

Birth and death records - are at the New Mexico Vital Records and Health Statistics Office which has records since 1920 and delayed records since 1880.

See also How to order New Mexico Vital Records, order electronically online or download an application for New Mexico Birth Certificate, Death Certificate Applications to mail.

Birth[edit | edit source]

Marriage[edit | edit source]

Death[edit | edit source]

Divorce[edit | edit source]

Research Facilities[edit | edit source]

Archives[edit | edit source]

Family History Centers[edit | edit source]

Family History Centers provide one-on-one assistance, free access to center-only databases, and to premium genealogical websites.
FamilySearch Affiliate Libraries have access to most center-only databases, but may not always have full services normally provided by a family history center.

Local Centers and Libraries

Libraries[edit | edit source]

Museums[edit | edit source]

Geronimo Springs Museum
221 Main St.Geronimo Springs Museum
221 Main St.
Truth or Consequences, New Mexico, 87901

Societies[edit | edit source]

Sierra County Genealogical Society
c/o Public Library
PO Box 311
325 Library Lane
T. or C., New Mexico, 87901

Websites[edit | edit source]

Research Guides[edit | edit source]

References[edit | edit source]

  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 1.3 Handybook for Genealogists: United States of America, 10th ed. (Draper, Utah: Everton Pub., 2002), New Mexico.At various libraries (WorldCat); FHL Book 973 D27e 2002.
  2. Wikipedia contributors, "Sierra, New Mexico," in https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sierra_County,_New_Mexico. accessed 8/30/2018
  3. Handybook for Genealogists: United States of America, 10th ed. (Draper, Utah: Everton Pub., 2002), Sierra County, New Mexico. Page 475 At various libraries (WorldCat); FHL Book 973 D27e 2002; Alice Eichholz, ed. Ancestry’s Red Book: American State, County, and Town Sources, Third ed. (Provo, Utah: Ancestry, 2004), 471.
  4. Wikipedia contributors,"Sierra County, New Mexico," in Wikipedia: the Free Encyclopedia,https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sierra_County,_New_Mexico, accessed 10 February 2019.