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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
Socorro 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
San Miguel (ca. 1816) Socorro Lemitar; Polvadera;
Luis Lopez;
San Antonio; Florida;
Bapt. 1821-1850 AASF 18, FHL 16993, and FHL 16996
Bapt. 1850-1865 FHL 1930433
Bapt. 1854-1865 AASF 92
Bapt. 1865-1931 FHL 16994
Bapt. 1932-1956 FHL 16995
Bapt. (San Marcial)
FHL 16997
Bapt. (San Marcial)
FHL 16995
Census (San Miguel)
1833, 1845
FHL 1930433;
, Fr. 360-374 and 400-416 
Marr. 1821-1853 AASF 32, Fr. 138;
FHL 0016996
Marr. 1854-1881 AASF 92; FHL 1930433  
Marr. 1882-1898 AASF 115A 
Marr. 1898-1900 AASF 116-A
Marr. 1882-1956 FHL 16997
Marr. (San Marcial)
FHL 16997
Marr. (San Marcial)
FHL 16995
Deaths 1821-1853 AASF 41, Fr. 696; FHL 0016996
Deaths 1854-1877;
FHL 1930433
Deaths 1913-1956 FHL 16997 (also listed as 16996)
Deaths (San Marcial) 1921-1933 FHL 16995
San Marcial Mission San Marcial  
Bapt. 1869-1885 FHL 16997
Bapt. (San Miguel) 1894-1921 FHL 16994
Bapt. 1921-1934 FHL 16995
Marr. 1883-1887; 1894-1902 AASF 116A
Marr. 1883-1921 FHL 16997
Marr. 1921-1931 FHL 16995
Deaths 1899-1921 FHL 1930439
Deaths 1921-1933 FHL 16995

During times when San Marcial Mission did not have a resident priest, marriages were held at San Miguel Parish in Socorro (marriages Jan 1854 - 1883 and 1887 to 1894). Those are indicated.

Sabinal, although in Socorro County, is near enough to Belen that many baptisms were performed in Belen (Valencia County).

Our Lady of Sorrows La Joya Contreras
Las Nutrias
Los Abeytas
Bapt. 1871-1956 FHL 16824
Marr./Deaths 1872-1956 FHL 16825
Marriages 1872-1900 AASF 104A
St. Mary Magdalene Magdalena Riley, Kelly Church records 1919-1956 FHL 16844
San Ignacio     Church records 1869-1900 AASF 117A
San Cristobal     Church records 1869-1900 AASF 117A


Films transcribed and indexed by NMGS Press: Book B-6. See description and map at Socorro Censuses 1833 and 1845.
Films transcribed and indexed by HGRC-NM. See Book #M-1 at HGRC Publications.

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).

Socorro County was created in July 1850 as a U.S. Territorial county. At that time it retained the name conferred by Don Juan de Oñate upon a pueblo north of the present town of Socorro. Oñate chose the name meaning "succor" or "help" because some friendly natives had presented him and his troops with corn in the summer of 1598. In 1921 the western part of this county became Catron County. The Socorro County Courthouse address is P. O. Box 1, Socorro, NM 87801. Phone (505) 835-04239; FAX (505) 835-4629.

Socorro County is within the Catholic Archdiocese of Santa Fe (see map). Where can you search the records, books and microfilm? See Records for 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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