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2010 marks
Our Golden Anniversary!

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The New Mexico Genealogical Society, founded in 1960, is composed entirely of volunteers. 2010 will be our 50th year of providing research materials and networking opportunities for family historians.

The New Mexico Genealogical Society Catholic Church Project
Maps:    NM    So.CO

Locating Catholic Church Records in New Mexico
Cháves County
Location Missions Microfilm
St. Peter Roswell  
Church records 1903-1956 FHL 0016888
St. John the Baptist Roswell  
Bapt. 1903-1956 FHL 0016886
Marr. 1903-1924; 1937-56 FHL 0016887
Marr. 1925-1936 FHL 0016886
Deaths 1903-1924; 1938-56 FHL 0016887
Deaths 1925-1937 FHL 0016886
Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary Roswell    
Immaculate Conception Dexter    

Our Lady of Guadalupe Mission

Lake Arthur    
St. Catherine Mission Hagerman    
Film Codes:
: Archives of the Archdiocese of Santa Fe.
FHL : Catholic church records filmed by the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints (LDS).
 (For locations of research facilities, see Records.)

Cháves County was created on February 25, 1889 from the northeastern part of Lincoln County. It was named for Colonel José Francisco Cháves, a military leader in New Mexico during the U.S. Civil War and later in Navajo campaigns. The Cháves County courthouse address is P.O. Box 580, Roswell, NM 88202. Phone (505) 624-6614; FAX (505) 624-6631.

Diocese: This county is in the Catholic Diocese of Las Cruces. Almost all of the records are in the individual parishes, except that records over 100 years old are housed at the Archives of the Diocese in Las Cruces. See Records for the sources and addresses known to date.

New Mexico Genealogist: Since its first issue in 1962, the Genealogist has been publishing a continuous stream of county, state, and church records as well as other informative articles. Now available:
1) a CD containing every issue published in the first forty years of publication:  See NMG-CD.
2) a printed topic index 1962-1999: Book #E4b at NMGS Press.
3) An index for each current year is provided within the Genealogist in that year's December issue.
4) There are also some articles from the Genealogist being published on this web site. For a list, see Genealogist online.

Most Catholic church records are available on microfilm, and volunteers have extracted, translated, and published many of those records with indexes. Click on the links below to see which other books are already available from these two societies:

New Mexico Genealogical Society  (NMGS)            
Hispanic Genealogical Research Center  (HGRC-NM)

Due to the volume of incoming mail, this webmaster is not able to answer online research questions. Instead, please try our extensive link section. Two other volunteer groups are New Mexico GenWeb and New Mexico Ancestors. Both are linked to larger networks of sites covering the entire state of New Mexico.

Maps:    NM    So.CO

To the best of our knowledge, the information presented here is accurate and up to date. If you have corrections or additions to contribute, please add the words "Catholic Church Project" in the subject line, include your source reference, and email to: info@nmgs.org.  Locating Catholic Church Records in New Mexico is a work-in-progress and the pages will be updated as additional information is received.

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