General Collection Information
This collection contains records for individuals who were married between 1877 and 2000 in San Juan County, New Mexico. Marriage records are a great resource for tracking your ancestors because they’re often very accurate and usually contain additional details about the couple’s parents and witnesses. If the ceremony was religious, you may be able to determine the couple’s religious affiliation, which can lead to clues in church records. This collection is index only.
Using this Collection
The registry information may include the following:
New Mexico vital records aren’t open to the public; however copies may be purchased at: https://www.vitalchek.com/vital-records/new-mexico/new-mexico-vital-records. The book and page numbers included in this collection are excellent tools to aid in a quick and accurate search.
Keep in mind, marriages are recorded where the marriage was performed; not where the couple resided. If you can’t find a marriage record, it’s possible your family members were married elsewhere. San Juan County forms the New Mexico portion of the Four Corners, so it’s possible the marriage may have occurred out of state in Arizona, Colorado, or Utah.
Can’t find a record? Church records are an excellent tool to expand your search, but also try searching local newspapers for wedding announcements.
Collection in Context
In the U.S., marriage records fall under the jurisdiction of the state. Most marriage records in the U.S. are kept by the state’s Bureau of Vital Records; however, in New Mexico they’re kept by the County Clerk in the county where the marriage was performed.
The civil registration of marriages was introduced in 1853, when New Mexico became a U.S. territory. Earlier marriage records can be found by checking Catholic Church records.
Beginning in 1925, U.S. marriages were registered using individual standardized certificates. Earlier marriages were recorded in ledgers.
Ancestry Family History Learning Hub. “Marriage Records: First Comes Love, Then Come Marriage Records.” Last Modified 2021. https://www.ancestry.com/lp/family-history/marriage-records
San Juan County, New Mexico County Clerk’s Office. “Marriage License.” Last Modified 2019. https://countyfusion5.kofiletech.us/countyweb/loginDisplay.action?countyname=SanJuan
Staterecords.org. “How Do You Find Marriage Records?” Last Modified 2020. https://staterecords.org/vital/marriage
Staterecords.org. “New Mexico Vital Records” Last Modified 2020. https://newmexico.staterecords.org/vital.php