Film Codes: (For locations of the research facilities,
AASF: Archives of the Archdiocese of Santa Fe.
FHL: Catholic church records filmed by the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day
Doña Ana County is one of the seven original partidos established
while under Mexican rule. Then, under American rule it was established as a U.S.
county on January 9, 1852. At that time it was created from part of Socorro County.
The Doña Ana County Courthouse is at 251 West Amador Avenue, Las Cruces,
NM 88005. Phone (505) 647-7421; FAX (505) 647-7202.
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
1) a CD containing every issue published in the first forty years of publication:
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
*MORE about San
In 2008, the Vatican promoted San Albino church
in Mesilla to Basilica. In the United States only about 70 churches are designated
as basilicas, and this "is probably one of the smallest in the world,"
said Las Cruces Bishop Richardo Ramirez in the Albuquerque Journal of 27 June, 2008,
"A basilica has to be a beautiful church, it has to be full of life, and it
has to reach out to the poor and the sick. While a cathedral is the principal church
of a diocese, a basilica is chosen for its historical and cultural significance."
The only other basilica in New Mexico is the Cathedral Basilica of St. Francis of
Assisi in Santa Fe. The current Romanesque structure of San Albino was built 100
years ago, though San Albino Parish is 156 years old. It seats about 300.
Richard C. Petrillo, RPetrillo@Dioceseoflascruces. Archdiocese of Las Cruces, Office
of Buildings & Properties, May 30, 2010. www.dioceseoflascruces.org. His comments
in full at /Feedback LCCR.htm.
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