New Mexico Cemetery Records
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This entry was originally written by Karen Stein Daniel, CG and Margaret Windham for Red Book: American State, County, and Town Sources.
Many cemetery abstracts have been published by the New Mexico Genealogical Society and others, and may be found at the Special Collections Library, the New Mexico State Records Center and Archives, and other locations. Researchers should refer to Dorothy A. Brylinski and Ann L. Mossman, comps. and eds., New Mexico Genealogist Comprehensive Index, volumes 1-38, 1962–1999 (Albuquerque: New Mexico Genealogical Society, 2000); and New Mexico Cemeteries: A Genealogical Guide, at the Special Collections Library. The latter is an ongoing cemetery project to identify all known cemeteries and private grave sites in the state, as well as to create an index of cemetery names and locations. Online lists and abstracts also exist at RootsWeb and other sites. Burial lists are online for Fort Bayard National Cemetery at www.interment.net/data/us/nm/grant/ftbaynat and Santa Fe National Cemetery at www.interment.net/data/us/nm/santafe/santanat/index.htm.
Catholic Church sacramental records also offer extensive documentation of burials. The Fray Angélico Chávez History Library and the New Mexico State Records Center and Archives also maintain necrology files.