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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.

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Locating Catholic Church Records in New Mexico
Lincoln County

Films marked with * have been transcribed and indexed by NMGS.
Films marked with € have been transcribed and indexed by HGRC-NM.
( )
Parentheses indicate that the book is a partial transcription of that roll of film.
Location Missions/Chapels Microfilm
Santa Rita Carrizozo Capitan,
Fort Stanton
Bapt. 1869-1956 FHL 16754  
Marr. 1869-1956 FHL 16756  
Marr. 1869-1910 FHL 16756
€ (M-31)
Deaths 1897-1956 FHL 16756  
St. Eleanor Ruidoso San Patricio,
Sacred Heart Mission Capitan    
Sacred Heart Mission Fort Stanton    

St. Therese of the Little Flower

San Juan Mission Lincoln    
San Ysidro Mission Glencoe    
St. Jude Mission San Patricio    

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

Lincoln County was created on January 16, 1869 from the eastern part of Socorro County and the eastern part of Doña Ana County. It was named for President Abraham Lincoln, who had been assassinated just four years earlier. This county was, at one time, the largest county in the United States, encompassing almost one fourth of the state. In 1889 Chaves and Eddy Counties were taken from its east side, and 10 years later Otero County was created from its southwest corner. The Lincoln county courthouse address is P.O. Box 338, Carrizozo, NM 88301. Phone (505) 648-2394; FAX (505) 648-2816.

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.

Published records:
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. 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.

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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.

Locating Catholic church records in Lincoln County, New Mexico

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