AASF: Archives of the Archdiocese of Santa Fe.
FHL: Catholic church records filmed by the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day
(For locations of the research facilities, see Records.)
Sierra County was created April 3, 1884 from Socorro, Grant and Doña Ana
Counties. The county seat, Truth or Consequences, was formerly known as Hot Springs.
Sierra County was named for the Sierra de los Caballos range of mountains in the
county. The Sierra county courthouse is at 300 Date Street, Truth or Consequences,
NM 87901. Phone (505) 894-6280; FAX (505) 894-9548.
Sierra county is now in the Catholic Diocese of Las Cruces. Records over 100 years
old are housed at the Archives of the Diocese in Las Cruces, and almost all of the
more current records are in the individual parishes. See
Records for the addresses and sources known to date.
Keep in mind that the records were kept in varying locations over the
years, so widen your search into neighboring counties if necessary. For instance,
San Ygnacio, listed above as a mission of Our Lady of Perpetual Help, at other time
periods also covered a much wider area, including Pinos Altos and as Tularosa in
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 societies:
COMMENTS, from Richard C. Petrillo, Office of Buildings & Properties, Archdiocese
of Las Cruces, May 30, 2010. Feedback LCCR.htm
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