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Historical Documents

The Lincoln County Clerk's Office with the help of  grants developed a plan for the preservation, indexing, and access to historical documents dating back to 1869. Through this process we have uncovered many rare and valuable documents that are related to the famous Lincoln County War from 1877 to 1879. Other documents include marriages, divorces, probate, court documents, and land deeds. Genealogists have found these documents to be very helpful in their search for family history and ancestors.

We do not have copies of Death and Birth certificates at the County but these documents can be requested at the State's vital records. Please see attached web site. (  

To view our link to the other historical  documents and newspapers dating back to the 1800's please visit our County Archive page at

Recent Discoveries!!!!!
Click here to view Probate Documents of Lawrence G Murphy to James Dolan.( Original Probate can be found in Santa Fe County).

Associated Probate Documents Lawrence G Murphy ( in Spanish)

These are some examples of documents found in the Lincoln County Archives:

Click here for: John Chiasm's sale of holdings to R. D. Hunter in 1875.
Signed by Alexander CaSement as Chiasm's attorney.

Click here for: A Woman divorcing her husband in 1869.
The oldest document found so far.

Click here for: Taxable Value of real estate and personal property 1887.
Click here for: Charges for transportation of Billy the Kid from Maxilla to Lincoln in 1883.
Dated after Billy the kid was dead because Commissioners only met periodically.

Click here for: Lincoln County Directory  

Click here for: Pat Garrett's Sheriffs Deed

Click here for: Upson, M A voucher

Click here for: Letter from Alex. A McSween and David P. Shield Law Office.

Click here for : Guardianship- July 6, 1887