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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
Otero 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 Microfilm
San Francisco de Paula
(ca. 1867)
Tularosa   Bapt. 1869-1956: FHL 0017008
Marr. 1869-1956: FHL 0017009
Deaths: 1870-1956: FHL 0017009
Immaculate Conception Alamogordo   Bapt./Marr. 1904-1956: FHL 0016616 Deaths 1905-1956: FHL 0016616
Our Lady of Light La Luz    
Sacred Heart Cloudcroft    
St. Anthony High Rolls    
St. Jude's Mission Alamogordo    
St. Joseph Apache Mission Mescalero   Church records 1914-1956: FHL 0016832
Our Lady of Guadalupe Mission Bent    
St. Patrick's Mission Three Rivers    
Santa Niño Mission Three Rivers    

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).

Otero County was created January 30, 1899 from the eastern end of Doña Ana County, the southern portion of Lincoln, and southeast corner of Socorro County. Otero County was named after Miguel Antonio Otero, New Mexico's governor at the time (the first Hispanic surnamed governor of New Mexico Territory, served 1897-1906). His father, by the same name, had served as Territorial Representative to Congress from 1856 to 1861. The Otero County courthouse is at 1000 New York, Rm. 101, Alamogordo, NM 88310. Phone (505) 437-4942; FAX (505) 443-2904.
E-mail: oteroadm@co.otero.nm.us

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.

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