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Guide to '''Otero County, New Mexico ancestry, family history, and genealogy''' birth records, marriage records, death records, census records, and military records.
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Guide to '''Otero County, New Mexico ancestry, genealogy and family history''', birth records, marriage records, death records, census records, family history, and military records.
  
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<center>{{Infobox U.S. County 2016
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|organized=  January 30,  1899
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|county seat= Alamogordo
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|parent county= [[Dona Ana County, New Mexico Genealogy|Doña Ana]],  [[Lincoln County, New Mexico Genealogy|Lincoln]],  [[Socorro County, New Mexico Genealogy|Socorro]]<ref name="HBG">''Handybook for Genealogists: United States of America'', 10th ed. (Draper, Utah: Everton Pub., 2002), New Mexico.{{WorldCat|50140092|disp=At various libraries (WorldCat)}}; {{FHL|1049485|item|disp=FHL Book 973 D27e 2002}}.</ref>
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|county1= [[Chaves County, New Mexico Genealogy|Chaves]]
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|county2= [[Culberson County, Texas Genealogy|Culberson (TX)]]
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|county3= [[Dona Ana County, New Mexico Genealogy|Dona Ana]]
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|county4= [[Eddy County, New Mexico Genealogy|Eddy]]
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|county5= [[El Paso County, Texas Genealogy|El Paso (TX)]]
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|county6= [[Hudspeth County, Texas Genealogy|Hudspeth (TX)]]
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|county7= [[Lincoln County, New Mexico Genealogy|Lincoln]]
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|county8= [[Sierra County, New Mexico Genealogy|Sierra]]</br><center>[[Otero County, New Mexico Genealogy#Maps and Gazetteers|See County Maps]]</center>
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== County Information ==
  
{{Infobox U.S. County
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=== Description ===
| county = Otero County
 
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| state = New Mexico
 
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| founded year = 1899
 
| founded date = January 30
 
| seat = Alamogordo
 
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| building address =
 
Otero County Courthouse]<br>1000 New York Ave #108; <br>Alamogordo, NM 88310<br>Phone: 505.437.4942&nbsp;<br> [http://co.otero.nm.us/'''Otero County Website'''] }}
 
  
[[Image:Nm-otero.png|right|300px|Nm-otero.png]]
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Otero County is located in the south central area of the state.<ref>Wikipedia contributors, "Otero, New Mexico," in ''https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Otero_County,_New_Mexico.'' accessed 8/29/2018</ref>
  
=== County Information ===
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=== County Courthouse ===
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{{NM Courthouse Intro|Otero}}
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Otero County Courthouse<br>1000 New York Ave #108<br>Alamogordo, NM 88310<br>Phone: 505.437.4942<br> [http://co.otero.nm.us/'''Otero County Website''']<br><br>
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[http://co.otero.nm.us/ Otero County Courthouse]<br>1000 New York Ave #108; <br>Alamogordo, NM 88310<br>Phone: 505.437.4942&nbsp;<br><br>'''''County Clerk''''' has marriage, probate, and land records from 1899, and voter registration records from 1939; '''''District Court Clerk''''' has divorce and court records from 1899.<ref name="HBG">''Handybook for Genealogists: United States of America'', 10th ed. (Draper, Utah: Everton Pub., 2002), New Mexico.{{WorldCat|50140092|disp=At various libraries (WorldCat)}}; {{FHL|1049485|item|disp=FHL Book 973 D27e 2002}}.</ref>
  
==== Otero County, New Mexico Record Dates  ====
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=== Otero County, New Mexico Record Dates  ===
 
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{{NM Record Dates Intro|Otero}}
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| bgcolor="#e4d8e5" align="center" colspan="7" | <center>'''Known Beginning Dates for Major County Records'''<ref>''Handybook for Genealogists: United States of America'', 10th ed. (Draper, Utah: Everton Pub., 2002), Otero County, New Mexico. Page 474 {{WorldCat|50140092|disp=At various libraries (WorldCat)}}; {{FHL|1049485|item|disp=FHL Book 973 D27e 2002}}; Alice Eichholz, ed. Ancestry’s Red Book: American State, County, and Town Sources, Third ed. (Provo, Utah: Ancestry, 2004), 470.</ref></center>
 
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| width="100%" bgcolor="#e4d8e5" align="center" colspan="6" | <center>'''Beginning Dates for Major County Records'''</center>
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| width="14.2%" bgcolor="#e4d8e5" align="center" | '''[[Otero County, New Mexico Genealogy#Birth|Birth*]]'''
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| width="14.2%" bgcolor="#e4d8e5" align="center" | '''[[Otero County, New Mexico Genealogy#Marriage|Marriage]]'''
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| width="14.2%" bgcolor="#e4d8e5" align="center" | '''[[Otero County, New Mexico Genealogy#Death|Death*]]'''
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| width="14.2%" bgcolor="#e4d8e5" align="center" | '''[[Otero County, New Mexico Genealogy#Court Records|Court]]'''
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| width="14.2%" bgcolor="#e4d8e5" align="center" | '''[[Otero County, New Mexico Genealogy#Land and Property Records|Land]]'''
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| width="14.2%" bgcolor="#e4d8e5" align="center" | '''[[Otero County, New Mexico Genealogy#Probate Records|Probate]]'''
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| width="14.2%" bgcolor="#e4d8e5" align="center" | '''[[Otero County, New Mexico Genealogy#Census Records|Census]]'''
 
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| width="16.6%" bgcolor="#e4d8e5" align="center" | '''[[Otero County, New Mexico Genealogy#Vital_Records|Birth]]'''
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| width="14.2%" align="center" | 1907
| width="16.6%" bgcolor="#e4d8e5" align="center" | '''[[Otero County, New Mexico Genealogy#Vital_Records|Marriage]]'''
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| width="14.2%" align="center" |1899
| width="16.6%" bgcolor="#e4d8e5" align="center" | '''[[Otero County, New Mexico Genealogy#Vital_Records|Death]]'''
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| width="14.2%" align="center" | 1907
| width="16.6%" bgcolor="#e4d8e5" align="center" | '''[[Otero County, New Mexico Genealogy#Census|Census]]'''
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| width="14.2%" align="center" | 1899/#12
| width="16.6%" bgcolor="#e4d8e5" align="center" | [[Otero County, New Mexico Genealogy#Land|'''Land''']]
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| width="14.2%" align="center" |1899
| width="16.6%" bgcolor="#e4d8e5" align="center" | '''[[Otero County, New Mexico Genealogy#Probate|Probate]]'''
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| width="14.2%" align="center" |1899
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| width="14.2%" align="center" |1790
 
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| colspan="7"| <center>Statewide registration for births and deaths started in 1907. General compliance by 1930. </center>
| width="16.6%" align="center" | 1899
 
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| width="16.6%" align="center" | 1900
 
| width="16.6%" align="center" | 1890
 
| width="16.6%" align="center" | 1890
 
 
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=== County Courthouse  ===
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=== Record Loss ===
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[http://co.otero.nm.us/ Otero County Courthouse]<br>1000 New York Ave #108; <br>Alamogordo, NM 88310<br>Phone: 505.437.4942&nbsp;<br><br>'''''County Clerk''''' has marriage, probate, and land records from 1899, and voter registration records from 1939; '''''District Court Clerk''''' has divorce and court records from 1899.<ref name="HBG">''Handybook for Genealogists: United States of America'', 10th ed. (Draper, Utah: Everton Pub., 2002), Otero County, New Mexico page 474, {{WorldCat|50140092|disp=At various libraries (WorldCat)}}; {{FHL|1049485|item|disp=FHL Book 973 D27e 2002}}.</ref>
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=== Boundary Changes ===
=== History  ===
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{{NM Boundary Changes Intro|Otero}}
 
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==== Parent County  ====
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*Up until '''1821''' -&nbsp; [[New Spain]] controlled land that later would become New Mexico and Arizona. Some records of early settlers may have been sent to an [http://www.mcu.es/archivos/MC/AGI/index.html archives] in Seville, Spain, or to [[Mexico Archives and Libraries|archives]] in Mexico City. <br>  
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*Up until '''1821''' -&nbsp; [[New Spain]] controlled land that later would become New Mexico and Arizona. Some records of early settlers may have been sent to an [http://www.mcu.es/archivos/MC/AGI/index.html archives] in Seville, Spain, or to [[Mexico Archives and Libraries|archives]] in Mexico City. <br>
*From 1821 until '''1846''' -&nbsp;[[Mexico Genealogy|Mexico]] had jurisdiction over the land that later would become New Mexico and Arizona. Some records of this period may have been sent to [[Mexico Archives and Libraries|archives]] in Mexico City. Starting in 1846 United States forces occupied New Mexico during the {{wpd|Mexican-American War}}. <br>  
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*From 1821 until '''1846''' -&nbsp;[[Mexico Genealogy|Mexico]] had jurisdiction over the land that later would become New Mexico and Arizona. Some records of this period may have been sent to [[Mexico Archives and Libraries|archives]] in Mexico City. Starting in 1846 United States forces occupied New Mexico during the {{wpd|Mexican-American War}}. <br>
 
*'''1848''' -&nbsp; Land that became Otero County formally became a part of the United States when the Mexican-American War ended with ratification of the {{wpd|Treaty of Guadalupe Hidalgo}}.<br>
 
*'''1848''' -&nbsp; Land that became Otero County formally became a part of the United States when the Mexican-American War ended with ratification of the {{wpd|Treaty of Guadalupe Hidalgo}}.<br>
 
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*'''1899--'''Otero County was created 30 January 1899 from [[Dona Ana County, New Mexico Genealogy|Doña Ana]], [[Lincoln County, New Mexico Genealogy|Lincoln]], and [[Socorro County, New Mexico Genealogy|Socorro]] counties.<ref name="HBG" />
'''1899--'''Otero County was created 30 January 1899 from [[Dona Ana County, New Mexico Genealogy|Doña Ana]], [[Lincoln County, New Mexico Genealogy|Lincoln]], and [[Socorro County, New Mexico Genealogy|Socorro]] counties.<ref name="HBG" />  
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*'''County seat:''' Alamogordo<ref name="HBG">''Handybook for Genealogists: United States of America'', 10th ed. (Draper, Utah: Everton Pub., 2002), New Mexico.{{WorldCat|50140092|disp=At various libraries (WorldCat)}}; {{FHL|1049485|item|disp=FHL Book 973 D27e 2002}}.</ref><br>
 
 
==== Boundary Changes  ====
 
 
*[http://www.mapofus.org/newmexico/ Interactive Formation Boundary Map of New Mexico] - shows boundary changes for New Mexico Counties
 
*[http://www.mapofus.org/newmexico/ Interactive Formation Boundary Map of New Mexico] - shows boundary changes for New Mexico Counties
 
*[http://publications.newberry.org/ahcbp/documents/NM_Individual_County_Chronologies.htm New Mexico Historical Boundary Changes] - list of all boundary changes by county provided by [https://www.newberry.org/ Newberry Library]<br>
 
*[http://publications.newberry.org/ahcbp/documents/NM_Individual_County_Chronologies.htm New Mexico Historical Boundary Changes] - list of all boundary changes by county provided by [https://www.newberry.org/ Newberry Library]<br>
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For animated maps illustrating New Mexico County boundary changes, [http://www.mapofus.org/newmexico/ "Rotating Formation New Mexico County Boundary Maps"] (1845-1981) may be viewed for free at the MapofUS.org website.
 
For animated maps illustrating New Mexico County boundary changes, [http://www.mapofus.org/newmexico/ "Rotating Formation New Mexico County Boundary Maps"] (1845-1981) may be viewed for free at the MapofUS.org website.
  
==== Record Loss  ====
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=== Populated Places ===
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For a complete list of populated places, including small neighborhoods and suburbs, visit [https://newmexico.hometownlocator.com/counties/cities,cfips,035,c,otero.cfm HomeTown Locator]
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The following are the most historically and genealogically relevant populated places in this county:<ref>Wikipedia contributors, "Otero County, New Mexico," in ''Wikipedia: the Free Encyclopedia'',https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Otero_County,_New_Mexico, accessed 5 February 2019.</ref>
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* [https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Alamogordo,_New_Mexico Alamogordo (county seat)]</div>
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* [https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cloudcroft,_New_Mexico Cloudcroft]</div>
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* [https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tularosa,_New_Mexico Tularosa]</div>
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* [https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Weed,_New_Mexico Weed]</div>
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* [https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Chaparral,_New_Mexico Chaparral]
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* [https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/High_Rolls,_New_Mexico High Rolls]
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* [https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hortonville,_New_Mexico Hortonville]
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* [https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mayhill,_New_Mexico Mayhill]</div>
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* [https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mountain_Park,_New_Mexico Mountain Park]
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* [https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Newman,_New_Mexico Newman]
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* [https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Orogrande,_New_Mexico Orogrande]
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* [https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pi%C3%B1on,_New_Mexico Piñon]</div>
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* [https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sunspot,_New_Mexico Sunspot]
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* [https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Three_Rivers,_New_Mexico Three Rivers]</div>
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* [https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bent,_New_Mexico Bent]
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* [https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Boles_Acres,_New_Mexico Boles Acres]
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* [https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Chaparral,_New_Mexico Chaparral]
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* [https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/High_Rolls,_New_Mexico High Rolls]
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</div>
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* [https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Holloman_Air_Force_Base Holloman AFB]
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* [https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/La_Luz,_New_Mexico La Luz]
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* [https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mescalero,_New_Mexico Mescalero]
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* [https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sacramento,_New_Mexico Sacramento]</div>
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* [https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Timberon,_New_Mexico Timberon]
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* [https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Twin_Forks,_New_Mexico Twin Forks]
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* [https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Weed,_New_Mexico Weed]</div>
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=== History Timeline ===
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{{NM Historical Timeline Intro|Otero}}
  
== Places/Localities  ==
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== Resources ==
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{{NM Resources Intro|Otero}}
  
==== Populated Places  ====
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=== Bible Records ===
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{{NM Bible Intro|Otero}}
  
==== Neighboring Counties ====
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=== Biographies ===
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{{NM Biographies Intro|Otero}}
  
*[[Chaves County, New Mexico Genealogy|Chaves]]
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=== Business, Commerce, and Occupations ===
*[[Culberson County, Texas Genealogy|Culberson County, Texas]]
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{{NM Business Records Intro|Otero}}
*[[Dona Ana County, New Mexico Genealogy|Dona Ana]]
 
*[[Eddy County, New Mexico Genealogy|Eddy]]
 
*[[El Paso County, Texas Genealogy|El Paso County, Texas]]
 
*[[Hudspeth County, Texas Genealogy|Hudspeth County, Texas]]
 
*[[Lincoln County, New Mexico Genealogy|Lincoln]]
 
*[[Sierra County, New Mexico Genealogy|Sierra]]
 
  
== Resources  ==
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=== Cemeteries ===
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{{NM Cemeteries Intro|Otero}}
  
==== Cemeteries ====
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*[http://www.nmgenealogy101.com/cemetery-records/ New Mexico Cemetery Records]
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*[http://www.usgennet.org/usa/topic/cemetery/newmexico/ AHGP New Mexico Cemetery Transcription & Photo Project]
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| colspan="2" bgcolor="#E0E0E0" style="border:1px solid black"| <center>'''Cemeteries of Otero County, New Mexico''' online and in print</center>
*[http://www.accessgenealogy.com/cemetery/new-mexico-cemetery-records-luna-to-valencia.htm New Mexico Cemetery Records, Luna to Valencia]
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*[http://recordsproject.com/cemetery/new-mexico.asp New Mexico Cemetery Record Information Online]
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| width="25%" bgcolor="#E0E0E0" style="border:1px solid black" | <center>'''Tombstone Transcriptions Online'''</center>
*[http://www.usgwtombstones.org/newmexico/newmex.html New Mexico Tombstone Transcription Project]
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*[http://www.uscemeteryproj2.com/newmexico/nmcemproj.htm New Mexico Cemeteries Project]
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* [https://www.findagrave.com/memorial Findagrave.com]
*[http://www.nmgs.org/artGRNM-VR.htm#Cemetery New Mexico Vital Record Information: Cemeteries]
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* [http://otero.nmgenweb.us/cemeteries.html NMGenWeb]
*[http://www.deathindexes.com/newmexico/ Online New Mexico Death Records and Indexes]
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* [http://www.usgwarchives.net/nm/otero/otero.htm NMGenWeb Archives]
*[http://www.cemeteries-of-tx.com/newmexico/index.html Cemeteries of New Mexico]
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* [http://usgwtombstones.org/newmexico/otero.html Tombstone Project]
*[http://billiongraves.com/ BillionGraves.com] - Provides photos and GPS locations of grave markers.
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*[http://newmexicogravestones.org/search.php?cid=20&lm=s&last=&fm=s&first= New Mexico Gravestone Project]
*[http://www.cyndislist.com/cemeteries/ Cyndi's List] - Cemeteries &amp; funeral homes
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* [http://www.uscemeteryproj2.com/newmexico/otero/otero.htm NM Cemetery Project]
*[http://www.findagrave.com/ Findagrave.com]  
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* [http://www.interment.net/us/nm NM Interment]
*[http://www.interment.net/ Interment.net]  
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* [https://billiongraves.com/search# Billion Graves]
*[http://userdb.rootsweb.ancestry.com/cemeteries/ Rootsweb]  
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*[http://www.usgenweb.com/ UsGenweb.org]
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| width="25%" bgcolor="#E0E0E0" style="border:1px solid black" | <center>'''Tombstone Transcriptions in Print''' ([[The Value of Cemetery Records in Print |Often more complete]])</center>
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* {{FHL|646166|subject-id|disp=Family History Library}}
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*[https://www.worldcat.org/search?qt=worldcat_org_all&q=Otero%2C+New+Mexico+cemeteries+ WorldCat]
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| width="25%" bgcolor="#E0E0E0" style="border:1px solid black" |<center>'''List of Cemeteries in the County'''</center>
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* [https://www.findagrave.com/cemetery-browse/USA/New-Mexico/Otero-County?id=county_1947 Findagrave]
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* [https://billiongraves.com/search/cemetery Billion Graves]
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*[http://www.cemeteries-of-tx.com/newmexico/Otero/ListOtero.html Cemeteries of New Mexico]
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*[http://www.epodunk.com/cgi-bin/localList.php?local=17916&locTGroup=Cemeteries&direction=down&sec=0&qty=17&stateAbbv=&stateName= Cemeteries in or near Otero by EPunk]
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| colspan="2" bgcolor="#E0E0E0" style="border:1px solid black"| <center>See '''[[New Mexico Cemeteries]]''' for more information</center>
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=== Census Records ===
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{{NM Census Intro|Otero}}
  
==== Census  ====
 
 
{{Historical populations
 
{{Historical populations
 
|type = USA
 
|type = USA
 
|heading = Census
 
|heading = Census
|footnote = Source: [https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Otero_County,_New_Mexico#Demographics "Wikipedia.org".]  
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|footnote = Source: [https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Otero_County,_New_Mexico#Demographics "Wikipedia.org".]
 
|1910 |7069
 
|1910 |7069
|1920 |7902  
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|1920 |7902
|1930 |9779  
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|1930 |9779
|1940 |10522  
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|1940 |10522
 
|1950 |14909
 
|1950 |14909
 
|1960 |36976
 
|1960 |36976
|1970 |41097  
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|1970 |41097
|1980 |44665  
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|1980 |44665
|1990 |51928  
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|1990 |51928
 
|2000 |62298
 
|2000 |62298
 
|2010 |63797
 
|2010 |63797
 
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}}
  
===== State Census Records =====
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'''''Federal Census Records'''''<br>
*'''1885''' [http://search.ancestry.com/search/db.aspx?dbid=1976 New Mexico Territorial Census 1885] at [http://ancestry.com Ancestry] (free)
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Federal Censuses were taken for New Mexico starting in 1850. For links to Federal census indexes, see [[New Mexico Census]].
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'''''State Census Records'''''<br>
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*'''1885''' [http://search.ancestry.com/search/db.aspx?dbid=1976 New Mexico Territorial Census 1885] at [http://search.ancestry.com Ancestry](free)
 
*'''Late 1800s''' [http://search.ancestry.com/search/db.aspx?dbid=3085 1800s Arizona and New Mexico Territories Census, Late 1800s] ($)
 
*'''Late 1800s''' [http://search.ancestry.com/search/db.aspx?dbid=3085 1800s Arizona and New Mexico Territories Census, Late 1800s] ($)
===== Federal Census Records =====
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=== Church Records ===
Federal Censuses were taken for New Mexico starting in 1850. For links to Federal census indexes, see [[New Mexico Census]].
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{{NM Church Intro|Otero}}
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=== Court Records ===
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{{NM Court Intro|Otero}}
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=== Directories ===
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{{NM Directories Intro|Otero}}
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=== Emigration and Immigration  ===
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{{NM Emigration Intro|Otero}}
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=== Ethnic, Political, and Religious Groups ===
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{{NM Ethnic Groups Intro|Otero}}
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=== Funeral Homes  ===
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{{NM Funeral Homes Intro|Otero}}
  
==== Church ====
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=== Genealogies  ===
{{NM Church Intro}}
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{{NM Genealogies Intro|Otero}}
  
==== Court  ====
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=== Guardianship ===
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{{NM Guardianship Intro|Otero}}
  
==== Land ====
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=== Land and Property Records ===
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{{NM Land Intro|Otero}}
  
{{NM Land Intro}}<br><br>
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<br><br>
 
''Online Land Records''
 
''Online Land Records''
 
*[http://www.glorecords.blm.gov/search/ Land Patent Search] - index to federal patents and homesteads on the [http://www.glorecords.blm.gov/default.aspx Bureau of Land Management] website, some images available
 
*[http://www.glorecords.blm.gov/search/ Land Patent Search] - index to federal patents and homesteads on the [http://www.glorecords.blm.gov/default.aspx Bureau of Land Management] website, some images available
*'''1796 - 1907''' - [http://search.ancestry.com/search/db.aspx?dbid=1246 U.S. General Land Office Records, 1796-1907] at [http://ancestry.com Ancestry] - index, info taken from Bureau of Land Management website<br>
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*'''1796 - 1907''' - [http://search.ancestry.com/search/db.aspx?dbid=1246 U.S. General Land Office Records, 1796-1907] at [http://search.ancestry.com Ancestry]- index, info taken from Bureau of Land Management website<br>
*'''1861 - 1936''' - [http://search.ancestry.com/search/db.aspx?dbid=60593 U.S. Homestead Records 1861-1936] at [http://home.ancestry.com Ancestry.com] - ($), index and images
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*'''1863 - 1908''' - [http://search.ancestry.com/search/db.aspx?dbid=60593 U.S. Homestead Records 1863-1908] at [http://search.ancestry.com/ Ancestry.com] - ($), index and images
  
==== Local Histories ====
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=== Local Histories ===
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{{NM Histories Intro|Otero}}
  
 
{{NM History Intro}}
 
{{NM History Intro}}
  
==== Maps ====
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=== Maps and Gazetteers ===
[[Image:Nmotero.jpg|500px]]
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{{NM Maps Intro|Otero}}
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{{NM Neighboring Counties Intro|county={{NM Otero County}}}}
 
*[http://www.mapofus.org/newmexico/ Interactive Formation Boundary Map of New Mexico] - shows boundary changes for New Mexico Counties
 
*[http://www.mapofus.org/newmexico/ Interactive Formation Boundary Map of New Mexico] - shows boundary changes for New Mexico Counties
 
*[http://guadalupe.nmgenweb.us/Histmaps.html NMGenWeb] - historical maps
 
*[http://guadalupe.nmgenweb.us/Histmaps.html NMGenWeb] - historical maps
  
==== Military ====
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=== Migration ===
===== Revolutionary War =====
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{{NM Migration Intro|Otero}}
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=== Military Records ===
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{{NM Military Intro|Otero}}
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==== Revolutionary War ====
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{{NM Revolutionary War Intro|Otero}}
 
*'''1775 - 1783''' - {{RecordSearch|2546162|United States Rosters of Revolutionary War Soldiers and Sailors, 1775-1783}} at [https://familysearch.org/search FamilySearch] - images only<br>
 
*'''1775 - 1783''' - {{RecordSearch|2546162|United States Rosters of Revolutionary War Soldiers and Sailors, 1775-1783}} at [https://familysearch.org/search FamilySearch] - images only<br>
 
*''For more nationwide Revolutionary War databases, see [[United_States_Military_Online_Genealogy_Records|US Military Online Genealogy Records]].''
 
*''For more nationwide Revolutionary War databases, see [[United_States_Military_Online_Genealogy_Records|US Military Online Genealogy Records]].''
===== Civil War =====
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==== Civil War ====
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{{NM Civil War Intro|Otero}}
 
*'''1861 - 1865''' - {{RecordSearch|1932418|New Mexico Civil War Service Records of Union Soldiers, 1861-1865}} at [https://familysearch.org/search FamilySearch]
 
*'''1861 - 1865''' - {{RecordSearch|1932418|New Mexico Civil War Service Records of Union Soldiers, 1861-1865}} at [https://familysearch.org/search FamilySearch]
 
*''For more nationwide Civil War databases, see [[United_States_Military_Online_Genealogy_Records|US Military Online Genealogy Records]].''
 
*''For more nationwide Civil War databases, see [[United_States_Military_Online_Genealogy_Records|US Military Online Genealogy Records]].''
===== World War I =====
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==== World War I ====
*'''1917 - 1919''' - [http://search.ancestry.com/search/db.aspx?dbid=8803 New Mexico, World War I Records, 1917-1919] at [http://ancestry.com Ancestry] ($)
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{{NM World War I Intro|Otero}}
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*'''1917 - 1919''' - [http://search.ancestry.com/search/db.aspx?dbid=8803 New Mexico, World War I Records, 1917-1919] at [http://search.ancestry.com Ancestry]($)
 
*''For more natiowide World War I databases'', see [[United_States_Military_Online_Genealogy_Records|US Military OnlineGenealogy Records]].''
 
*''For more natiowide World War I databases'', see [[United_States_Military_Online_Genealogy_Records|US Military OnlineGenealogy Records]].''
===== World War II =====
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==== World War II ====
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{{NM World War II Intro|Otero}}
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*'''1940 - 1945''' - {{RecordSearch|2548056|New Mexico, World War II Draft Registration Cards, 1940-1945}} at [https://familysearch.org/search FamilySearch] — index and images
 
*'''1941 - 1945''' - [https://www.archives.gov/research/military/ww2/navy-casualties/new-mexico.html World War II Records], 1941-1945 State Summary of War Casualties from World War II for Navy, Marine Corps, and Coast Guard Personnel from: New Mexico
 
*'''1941 - 1945''' - [https://www.archives.gov/research/military/ww2/navy-casualties/new-mexico.html World War II Records], 1941-1945 State Summary of War Casualties from World War II for Navy, Marine Corps, and Coast Guard Personnel from: New Mexico
 
*'''1941 - 1945''' - [https://www.archives.gov/research/military/ww2/army-casualties/new-mexico.html World War II Honor List of Dead and Missing Army and Army Air Forces Personnel from: New Mexico]
 
*'''1941 - 1945''' - [https://www.archives.gov/research/military/ww2/army-casualties/new-mexico.html World War II Honor List of Dead and Missing Army and Army Air Forces Personnel from: New Mexico]
*'''1941 - 1945''' - [http://search.ancestry.com/search/db.aspx?dbid=8867 New Mexico, World War II Records, 1941-1945] at [http://ancestry.com Ancestry] ($)
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*'''1941 - 1945''' - [http://search.ancestry.com/search/db.aspx?dbid=8867 New Mexico, World War II Records, 1941-1945] at [http://search.ancestry.com Ancestry]($)
 
*''For more nationwide World War II databases'', see [[United_States_Military_Online_Genealogy_Records|US Military Online Genealogy]].
 
*''For more nationwide World War II databases'', see [[United_States_Military_Online_Genealogy_Records|US Military Online Genealogy]].
  
==== Newspapers ====
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=== Naturalization and Citizenship ===
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{{NM Naturalization Intro|Otero}}
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*'''1882-1983''' - {{RecordSearch|2187007|New Mexico Naturalization Records, 1882-1983}} at [https://familysearch.org/search FamilySearch] — index and images
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=== Newspapers ===
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{{NM Newspapers Intro|Otero}}
  
 
{{NM Newspaper abstracts|Otero}}
 
{{NM Newspaper abstracts|Otero}}
  
==== Probate ====
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=== Obituaries ===
'''Online Probate Records'''
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{{NM Obituaries Intro|Otero}}
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=== Other Records ===
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{{NM Other Records Intro|Otero}}
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=== Periodicals ===
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{{NM Periodicals Intro|Otero}}
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=== Probate Records ===
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{{NM Probate Intro|Otero}}
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'''Online Probate Records
  
*'''1801 – 1993''' [http://search.ancestry.com/search/db.aspx?dbid=9075 New Mexico Wills and Probate Records 1801-1993] at [http://home.ancestry.com Ancestry.com] — index and images $  
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*'''1801 – 1993''' [http://search.ancestry.com/search/db.aspx?dbid=9075 New Mexico Wills and Probate Records 1801-1993] at [http://search.ancestry.com/ Ancestry.com] — index and images $
  
{{NM Probate Intro}}
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=== School Records ===
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{{NM Schools Intro|Otero}}
  
==== Taxation  ====
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=== Tax Records ===
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{{NM Tax Intro|Otero}}
  
{{NM Tax Intro}}
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=== Vital Records ===
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{{NM Vital Intro|Otero}}
  
==== Vital Records ====
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==== Birth ====
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{{NM Birth Intro|Otero}}
  
=====Births=====
 
 
*'''1726 – 1918''' {{RecordSearch|1680839|New Mexico Births and Christenings, 1726-1918}} at [http://familysearch.org/search FamilySearch]
 
*'''1726 – 1918''' {{RecordSearch|1680839|New Mexico Births and Christenings, 1726-1918}} at [http://familysearch.org/search FamilySearch]
=====Deaths=====
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==== Marriage ====
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{{NM Marriage Intro|Otero}}
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*'''1727 - 1900''' [http://search.ancestry.com/search/db.aspx?dbid=7872 New Mexico Marriages 1727-1900] at [http://search.ancestry.com Ancestry]($)
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*'''1751 - 1918''' {{RecordSearch|1680844|New Mexico Marriages, 1751-1918}} at [http://familysearch.org/search FamilySearch]
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==== Death ====
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{{NM Death Intro|Otero}}
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*'''1788 – 1798; 1838 – 1955''' {{RecordSearch|1680843|New Mexico Deaths and Burials, 1788-1798; 1838-1955}} at [http://familysearch.org/search FamilySearch]
 
*'''1788 – 1798; 1838 – 1955''' {{RecordSearch|1680843|New Mexico Deaths and Burials, 1788-1798; 1838-1955}} at [http://familysearch.org/search FamilySearch]
 
*'''1889 - 1945''' {{RecordSearch|1546466|New Mexico Deaths, 1889-1945}} at [http://familysearch.org/search FamilySearch]
 
*'''1889 - 1945''' {{RecordSearch|1546466|New Mexico Deaths, 1889-1945}} at [http://familysearch.org/search FamilySearch]
=====Marriages=====
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==== Divorce ====
*'''1727 - 1900''' [http://search.ancestry.com/search/db.aspx?dbid=7872 New Mexico Marriages 1727-1900] at [http://ancestry.com Ancestry] ($)
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{{NM Divorce Intro|Otero}}
*'''1751 - 1918''' {{RecordSearch|1680844|New Mexico Marriages, 1751-1918}} at [http://familysearch.org/search FamilySearch]
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== Research Facilities ==
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{{NM Research Facilities Intro|Otero}}
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=== Archives ===
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{{NM Archives Intro|Otero}}
  
== Societies and Libraries  ==
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=== Family History Centers ===
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{{Family History Centers Intro}}
  
==== Family History Centers  ====
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*'''[[Alamogordo New Mexico Family History Center]]''' 1800 23rd St Alamogordo NM 88310 United States [https://www.google.com/maps/place/1800+23rd+St/@32.917756,-105.939905,17z/data=!3m1!4b1!4m2!3m1!1s0x86e050473002104b:0xb35543629746afe2 Location Map]
  
{{FamilySearch Centers Intro}}  
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=== Libraries ===
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{{NM Libraries Intro|Otero}}
  
*'''[[Alamogordo New Mexico Family History Center]]''' 1800 23rd St Alamogordo NM 88310 United States [https://www.google.com/maps/place/1800+23rd+St/@32.917756,-105.939905,17z/data=!3m1!4b1!4m2!3m1!1s0x86e050473002104b:0xb35543629746afe2 Location Map]
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=== Museums ===
**Alamogordo, New Mexico
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{{NM Museums Intro|Otero}}
  
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== Societies ==
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{{NM Societies Intro|Otero}}
  
== Web Sites  ==
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== Websites ==
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{{NM Websites Intro|Otero}}
  
 
*[http://www.genealogyinc.com/newmexico/otero-county/ Otero County, NM History, Records, Facts and Genealogy]
 
*[http://www.genealogyinc.com/newmexico/otero-county/ Otero County, NM History, Records, Facts and Genealogy]
 
*[https://plus.google.com/u/0/communities/104941354458187372272 New Mexico Genealogy Network Community on Google+]
 
*[https://plus.google.com/u/0/communities/104941354458187372272 New Mexico Genealogy Network Community on Google+]
 
*[https://www.facebook.com/groups/255419071140350/ New Mexico Genealogy Network Group on Facebook]
 
*[https://www.facebook.com/groups/255419071140350/ New Mexico Genealogy Network Group on Facebook]
*USGenWeb project. May have maps, name indexes, history or other information for this county. Select the state, then the county.  
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*USGenWeb project. May have maps, name indexes, history or other information for this county. Select the state, then the county.
*{{FHL|New+Mexico%2C+Otero|subject|disp=FamilySearch Catalog}}
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*{{FHL Place IDNum|205624|New%20Mexico|Otero}}- The FamilySearch catalog contains descriptions and access information for all genealogical materials (including books, online materials, microfilm, microfiche, and publications) in their collection.  Use [https://familysearch.org/search/ Historical Records] to search for specific individuals in genealogical records
 
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== Research Guides ==
== References  ==
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{{NM Research Guides Intro|Otero}}
  
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Latest revision as of 09:26, 17 September 2019

Guide to Otero County, New Mexico ancestry, genealogy and family history, birth records, marriage records, death records, census records, family history, and military records.

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County Facts
County seat: Alamogordo
Organized: January 30, 1899
Parent County(s): Doña Ana, Lincoln, Socorro[1]
Neighboring Counties
Chaves  • Culberson (TX)  • Dona Ana  • Eddy  • El Paso (TX)  • Hudspeth (TX)  • Lincoln  • Sierra
See County Maps
Courthouse
NewMexicoOteroCourthouse.jpg
Location Map
Nm-otero.png
Adoption

County Information[edit | edit source]

Description[edit | edit source]

Otero County is located in the south central area of the state.[2]

County Courthouse[edit | edit source]

Otero County Courthouse
1000 New York Ave #108
Alamogordo, NM 88310
Phone: 505.437.4942
Otero County Website

Otero County Courthouse
1000 New York Ave #108;
Alamogordo, NM 88310
Phone: 505.437.4942 

County Clerk has marriage, probate, and land records from 1899, and voter registration records from 1939; District Court Clerk has divorce and court records from 1899.[1]

Otero County, New Mexico Record Dates[edit | edit source]

Information for this chart was taken from various sources, often containing conflicting dates. This information should be taken as a guide and should be verified by contacting the county and/or the state government agency.

Known Beginning Dates for Major County Records[3]
Birth* Marriage Death* Court Land Probate Census
1907 1899 1907 1899/#12 1899 1899 1790
Statewide registration for births and deaths started in 1907. General compliance by 1930.

Record Loss[edit | edit source]

There is no known history of courthouse disasters in this county.

Boundary Changes[edit | edit source]

For animated maps illustrating New Mexico County boundary changes, "Rotating Formation New Mexico County Boundary Maps" (1845-1981) may be viewed for free at the MapofUS.org website.

Populated Places[edit | edit source]

For a complete list of populated places, including small neighborhoods and suburbs, visit HomeTown Locator The following are the most historically and genealogically relevant populated places in this county:[4]

Cities
Villages
Hamlets
Unincorporated communities
Census-designated places


History Timeline[edit | edit source]

Resources[edit | edit source]

Bible Records[edit | edit source]

Biographies[edit | edit source]

Business, Commerce, and Occupations[edit | edit source]

Cemeteries[edit | edit source]

Cemeteries of Otero County, New Mexico online and in print
Tombstone Transcriptions Online
Tombstone Transcriptions in Print (Often more complete)
List of Cemeteries in the County
See New Mexico Cemeteries for more information

Census Records[edit | edit source]

Historical populations
Census Pop.
1910 7,069
1920 7,902 11.8%
1930 9,779 23.8%
1940 10,522 7.6%
1950 14,909 41.7%
1960 36,976 148.0%
1970 41,097 11.1%
1980 44,665 8.7%
1990 51,928 16.3%
2000 62,298 20.0%
2010 63,797 2.4%
Source: "Wikipedia.org".

Federal Census Records
Federal Censuses were taken for New Mexico starting in 1850. For links to Federal census indexes, see New Mexico Census.

State Census Records

Church Records[edit | edit source]

Church records and the information they provide vary significantly depending on the denomination and the record keeper. They may contain information about members of the congregation, such as age, date of baptism, christening, or birth; marriage information and maiden names; and death date. For general information about New Mexico denominations, view the New Mexico Church Records wiki page.

Court Records[edit | edit source]

Directories[edit | edit source]

Emigration and Immigration[edit | edit source]

Ethnic, Political, and Religious Groups[edit | edit source]

Funeral Homes[edit | edit source]

Genealogies[edit | edit source]

Guardianship[edit | edit source]

Land and Property Records[edit | edit source]

Land and property records can place an ancestor in a particular location, provide economic information, and reveal family relationships. Land records include: deeds, abstracts and indexes, mortgages, leases, grants and land patents.

See New Mexico Land and Property for additional information about early New Mexico land grants. After land was transferred to private ownership, subsequent transactions were usually recorded at the county courthouse and where records are currently housed.



Online Land Records

Local Histories[edit | edit source]

Local histories are available for Otero County, New Mexico Genealogy. County histories may include biographies, church, school and government history, and military information. For more information about local histories, see the wiki page section New Mexico Local Histories.

Maps and Gazetteers[edit | edit source]

Otero CountyChaves CountyLincoln CountyEddy CountySierra CountyDona Ana CountyCulberson County, TexasHudspeth County, TexasEl Paso County, TexasNM OTERO.jpg
Click a neighboring county
for more resources


Migration[edit | edit source]

Military Records[edit | edit source]

Revolutionary War[edit | edit source]

Civil War[edit | edit source]

World War I[edit | edit source]

World War II[edit | edit source]

Naturalization and Citizenship[edit | edit source]

Newspapers[edit | edit source]

Obituaries[edit | edit source]

Other Records[edit | edit source]

Periodicals[edit | edit source]

Probate Records[edit | edit source]

Since statehood in 1912, probate matters have been under the jurisdiction of probate courts in each county. Records of guardianship and adoption have usually been transferred to the district courts. In 1953 the district courts were given concurrent jurisdiction with the probate court over all probate matters in each county.

See the wiki page New Mexico Probate Records for information about how to find earlier probate records.

The Family History Library does not have copies of the New Mexico county probate records. They are available at each county courthouse. You can obtain copies by contacting the county clerk.

Content: Probate Records may give the decedent's date of death, names of his or her spouse, children, parents, siblings, in-laws, neighbors, associates, relatives, and their place of residence.

Record types: Wills, estates, guardianships, naturalizations, marriage, and adoption.

Online Probate Records

School Records[edit | edit source]

Tax Records[edit | edit source]

New Mexico tax records complement land records and can be used to supplement the years between censuses. There may be gaps of several years in the tax records of some counties. For more information, see the Wiki page New Mexico Taxation.

Vital Records[edit | edit source]

Vital Records consist of births, adoptions, marriages, divorces, and deaths recorded on registers, certificates, and documents. See the Wiki page, New Mexico Vital Records, for additional information about the vital records in New Mexico.

Marriage records - are at the County Clerk's office

Divorce records - are at the office of the County Clerk of Court

Birth and death records - are at the New Mexico Vital Records and Health Statistics Office which has records since 1920 and delayed records since 1880.

See also How to order New Mexico Vital Records, order electronically online or download an application for New Mexico Birth Certificate, Death Certificate Applications to mail.

Birth[edit | edit source]

Marriage[edit | edit source]

Death[edit | edit source]

Divorce[edit | edit source]

Research Facilities[edit | edit source]

Archives[edit | edit source]

Family History Centers[edit | edit source]

Family History Centers provide one-on-one assistance and free access to premium genealogical websites. In addition, many centers have free how-to genealogy classes.

Libraries[edit | edit source]

Museums[edit | edit source]

Societies[edit | edit source]

Websites[edit | edit source]

Research Guides[edit | edit source]

References[edit | edit source]

  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 1.3 Handybook for Genealogists: United States of America, 10th ed. (Draper, Utah: Everton Pub., 2002), New Mexico.At various libraries (WorldCat); FHL Book 973 D27e 2002.
  2. Wikipedia contributors, "Otero, New Mexico," in https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Otero_County,_New_Mexico. accessed 8/29/2018
  3. Handybook for Genealogists: United States of America, 10th ed. (Draper, Utah: Everton Pub., 2002), Otero County, New Mexico. Page 474 At various libraries (WorldCat); FHL Book 973 D27e 2002; Alice Eichholz, ed. Ancestry’s Red Book: American State, County, and Town Sources, Third ed. (Provo, Utah: Ancestry, 2004), 470.
  4. Wikipedia contributors, "Otero County, New Mexico," in Wikipedia: the Free Encyclopedia,https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Otero_County,_New_Mexico, accessed 5 February 2019.