How to Find New Mexico Marriage Records

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Finding New Mexico Marriage Records[edit | edit source]

New Mexico has no statewide registration of marriage records. All license applications and marriage records are permanently held in the county where the marriage took place and are usually filed with the county clerk.

Next Step: When did the marriage occur? [edit | edit source]

Marriage Records
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Learn more about U.S. Marriage Records

Marriages Before 1852[edit | edit source]

There are no marriage records filed with the government before 1852. Early marriages were recorded by the Catholic Church. To locate marriage information you must search other records.

1. Look first in 2. Then search
Church Records

Military Records

Census Records

Cemetery Records
Death Records
Bible Records

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Marriages 1852 to Present[edit | edit source]

New Mexico marriage license and records are held in the counties where the marriage took place. The first nine counties were formed in 1852.

STEP ONE: Find Marriage Information

New Mexico Marriage Database - Includes Digital Images Only
New Mexico, County Marriages, 1885-1954

Free; images online at FamilySearch. Browse images by county. Only contains Sandoval, Socorro, and Valencia counties.

United States Marriages – New Mexico, 1888-1924

($); index and some images at Findmypast

New Mexico Marriage Database - Includes Index Only     
  New Mexico, Marriages, 1751-1918   

Free; name index online at FamilySearch. No images available. 

Western States Marriage Index 1850-2000   Free; Name index, no images available. Dates vary by county.
Next Try:     
Ancestry Database - Choose one of the following:     

New Mexico Marriages, 1727-1900 - use Ancestry Institution at FamilySearch Centers/Libraries  Free; at FamilySearch Centers and Libraries; Find your local FamilySearch Center

New Mexico Marriages, 1727-1900 - use your Ancestry subscription
and New Mexico, Select County Marriage Records, 1905-1999, index and images ($)
($); To obtain a subscription to Ancestry; Ancestry is often available for free through your local public library
Can't find your ancestor in the online index? Tips for searching online indexes
No marriage record for your ancestor?

Search for Gretna Greens-- locations away from the home county where marriage laws were less restrictive.

Other records with marriage information

STEP TWO: Obtain the Certificate

New Mexico marriage licenses and records are held in the county where the marriage occurred. Access county vital record offices online.

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