Socorro County, New Mexico

Socorro County

Socorro County was founded on January 6, 1852 as one of the nine original counties. The county was named for the Spanish term meaning "aid," which refers to the help Native Americans gave to starving travelers.

The Socorro County Seat is situated in Socorro and the county government website is http://www.co.socorro.nm.us/

Locations bordering Socorro County are Cibola County (north), Valencial County, Torrancel County (northeast), Lincoln County (east), Sierra County (south), Catron County (west).

Cities and towns found in Socorro County consists of Socorro, Magdalena

Socorro County has Federal Census Schedules to aid in looking into your family tree. Federal Population Schedules are present for 1850, 1860, 1870, 1880 (free index), 1890 (fragment), 1900, 1910, 1920, 1930, 1940.

Socorro Co. Mortality Schedules can be acquired for 1850, 1860, 1870 and 1880. Socorro Co. Industry and Agriculture Schedules is available for 1850, 1860, 1870 and 1880. Socorro Co. Union Veterans Schedules can be obtained for 1890. You'll find free online and printable census forms to aid with your research.

Socorro County Society and Family History Resources

A list of Socorro County Historical  and Genealogical Societies, Forums, Message Boards, Libraries, Archives.

Socorro County Courthouse and Government Records


Socorro County Courthouse

Researchers often forget the significance of Socorro County court, probate, and land files as a useful resource of ancestry and genealogy details. Buried away in New Mexico courthouses and archives everywhere tend to be the desires and worries of many New Mexico inhabitants.

The chances are excellent that your particular ancestors and forefathers have left a in-depth record of at least quite a few aspects of their lives in the Socorro County court records. Even if your forefathers is not brought up in a Court case, give some thought to all of the other methods which often can have lead to him or her showing up in court records.

The below details indicates what birth, death, marriage, land, wills, and legal records are in Socorro County. The years New Mexicod listed below could be the first recognized documents for this county. Original records before 1912 are at the New Mexico State Record Center and Archives. Roll 1, book A, pages 479—495 (1863-65) available at the New Mexico State Records Center and Archives.

I highly recommend you call the clerk's dept to determine hours, mailing address, fees and other particulars before visiting or requesting information because of occasionally changing contact info. The Department Offices DO NOT DO RESEARCH. The files are available to interested parties, barring confidential issues. A good number of staff will assist persons in locating the resources, however it's up to the man or women to undertake the research.
  • Socorro County Courthouse (all departments listed below are located here, unless otherwise noted)
    • Address: 48 New Mexico 41, Willard, NM 87063
    • Phone: (575) 835-0423
  • Socorro County Clerks office has land records, including deeds, mining records, surveys, and plats; marriage records; and some probate records. Also Military discharges, liens, mortgages, powers of attorney, and miscellaneous affidavits may be found there.
    • Marriage Records: 1885
    • Land Records: 1912
    • Probate Records: 1912 
  • Socorro County 7th District Court Clerk has many responsibilities which include courts of general jurisdiction, including probate and divorce, actions, as well as jury trials.
    • Address: 200 Church St, PO Drawer 1129, Socorro NM 87801
    • Phone: 575-835-0050

Socorro County Links

The following are web links to Family history and genealogy, Records and Resources relating to Socorro County. A lot of these genealogy links fall into 3 categories: Business Sites, Personal Sites or Organization Sites. Some have free access some call for a payment. This is just a directory that has been gathered or submitted. I do not endorse or promote one genealogy site above another. Feel free to suggest your own preferred Socorro County genealogy or family history affiliated sites.

Socorro Co. NM Books, Newspapers & Publications

Socorro Co. NM Birth, Marriage & Death Records

Socorro Co. NM Court, Probate Land and Tax Records

Socorro Co. NM Census Records

Socorro Co. NM Cemeteries & Graveyards

Socorro Co. NM Church & Bible Records

Socorro Co. NM Family Websites, Pictures & Histories

Socorro Co. NM General and History Websites

Socorro Co. NM Maps, Atlases & Gazetteers

Socorro Co. NM Military Records

Socorro Co. NM Schools & Directories

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