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c. 1900?
Native Americans of Santa Clara Pueblo, New Mexico, perform the Matachines Dance wearing painted mitre headdresses with two feathers and layers of fabric; they kneel in front of men in Euro-American dress with drums.

County Information

One of the Nine original counties formed in 1852

The county seat is Tierra Amarilla

Cities and Towns
Abiquiu * Alcalde * Chama * Chimayo * Dixon * Dulce * El Rito
Española * San Juan * Santa Clara Pueblo * Tierra Amarilla * Truchas


A special THANK YOU to Richard Ramos for his continued transcription of the 1850 Census!


 Online Data


Church Histories / Records

Death Records

Family Bibles

Miscellaneous Data

School Records

Wills/Probate Records

Website Updates:
Feb 2015:
Don Ramon Sanchez
Births: many listings
County Records: Book: Diary of My Journey From St. Louis to Santa Fe-by Governor William Carr
County Records: Directories: 1912-1913, U.S. Postmaster 1832-1971
County History: Cities and Towns, National Register of Historic Places, Town Histories
Marriages: many listings

News: Accidents: Mother Superior Killed, Denver & Rio Grande Engineer Injured, Niños Ahogados en el Rio Grande, Wm. Hancock run over and killed by train
News: Church: Nobody's Business, To Meet Miss Clarke
News: Court: Court of Private Land Claims, PLAINTIFF CLAIMS THE WHOLE TOWN OF EL RITO, NEW MEXICO, Star Route Prosecutions, United States Jurors, Low Valuation of Property, Antonio Trujillo pleaded guilty to murder, The interstate commerce commission decided in the case of M.W. Thompson vs. the Santa Fe railroad
News: Crime: The "Field of Honor", J.I. Jennings, who recently murdered a man...was lynched at Tierra Amarilla, New Mexico, Robbery, A Duel at Night, Tres ladrones que llevaban robados unos caballos pertencientes á Don Juan Smith

News: Gossip: Chas. H. Henry left for Chama, New Mexico., Mr. and Mrs. Aderhold and son and W.T. Watson left for Chama,  Mr. House, a prominent cattleman of Chama, New Mexico, is here for a few days., Mr. William C. Finney has taken a well-paying position with the Denver & Rio Grande Railroad, as train dispatcher at Chama, New Mexico., Dr. I.S. Garthwaite, of Chama, New Mexico...practiced medicine at Webster Mills, Miss Violet Detwiler, who is teaching in the Methodist Mission school in that city, Mrs. James B. Johnson has left the district for Dixon, New Mexico, where she will join her husband and make her future home., E.A. Roberts returned Tuesday from his vacation which he spent at Dulce, New Mexico, Mrs. A.E. Roberts and little son, Eugene, will leave tonight for Dulce, New Mexico, where they will spend a month or more with Mrs. Roberts' father, M.S. Groves, Mrs. Robert Beecroft and family left Monday to join her husband, who is at Truchas, New Mexico., Mr. and Mrs. E. Clark, of Plaza del Alcalde are guests at the sanitarium., Hon. Amado Chaves, assistant superintendent of public instruction, returned from Plaza del Alcalde, where he attended the teachers' institute for Rio Arriba county which is being held in the town., Miss Reese, the trained nurse, has returned from Plaza del Alcalde, where she had been with Mrs. Elias Clark., Where Gossiping is Crime, Lessing Nehl of Espanola, New Mexico, came Friday., Mrs. Richard Willis and children from Espanola, New Mexico, have gone to Linden to visit her sister Mrs. John O. Readbead., Daniel Bagley is in the city from his present home, Espanola, New Mexico, Mrs. S.S. McBride and daughter Ruth of Espanola, New Mexico, are making an extended visit at the Shyrock home., Virgil Drace of Espanola, New Mexico, is visiting his grand parents, Mr. and Mrs. J.J. Moore., Mr. Caffall from Espanola, New Mexico, is here for the purpose of buying cattle., Mr. Jeff Hunt and family are here from Espanola, New Mexico., Rev. Kessler of Espanola, New Mexico is visiting friends and relatives at Selma.

News: Governing: Themas D. Burns, Election Proclamation
News: Indian Affairs: Indian Affairs in New Mexico-Colorado Democrats,
THE JICARILLA BOYS, James S. Perkins, of Dulce, New Mexico, has been appointed agent of the Wallapai Indians at Hackberry school., Sealed bids in duplicate, marked outside "Bid Hillcrest - West Boulder Lake Unit," and addressed tot he Superintendent, Jicarilla Indian School, Dule, New Mexico, PROPOSALS FOR LIVESTOCK, Indian Affairs: Farmer at Santa Clara Pueblo Resigns, Freeman A. Taber, of California, has been appointed farmer for the Santa Clara Indian reservation
News: Marriage Announcements: Putnam-Mehringer, Former Leavenworth Teacher Married, Girl Will Wed to Get Capital for Brother, Ball-Radcliffe, "Big White Squaw.", Sousea-Tafoyia

News: Misc: The North American Coal Fields, Killing a 1000 Pound Grizzly,  in Outdoor Life, New Line to the South, Chas. Searls started Wednesday to Chama, New Mexico, where he goes to re-enter the employ of Graydon & Co., proprietors of extensive lumber mills., Mr. L.S. Frazier, of Morton, called and renewed for his paper last week, Lincoln County Teachers' Institute, NORTHERN NEW MEXICO AND GULF RAILWAY, One of the ten highest mountains in the United States is: Truchas Peak, New Mexico., FAMOUS FRENCH MINE FOUND IN NEW MEXICO, Noticias Del Estado, Old Land Grant Suit
News: Sick List: Shows Need of Hard Fight on White Plague, En la Plaza del Alcalde dejó de exisir, el dia 26 del pasado, la señora Luisa Rodriguez de Martinez, á resultas de reumas

Obits: Son of Mr. and Mrs. D.J. Evans, Mrs. Maria H. Wood Dead, Thomas Ortega, Hon. Manuel Garcia, Mrs. Alex Read, Bill Speer


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