Lea County, New Mexico Genealogy Guide

Lea County, New Mexico (Map It) was created on March 7, 1917 from Chaves County and Eddy County. The county was named in honor of Joseph Calloway Lea, a captain in the U.S. Army and the founder of the New Mexico Military Academy. Learn More About State of New Mexico History

Lea County is bordered by Roosevelt County (north), Chaves County (west), Eddy County (west), Loving County, Texas (south), Winkler County, Texas (east), Andrews County, Texas (east), Gaines County, Texas (east), Yoakum County, Texas (east), Cochran County, Texas (northeast).

Lea County Cities and Towns include Eunice, Hobbs, Jal, Lovington, Tatum.

Lea County, New Mexico Courthouse Records

Lea County, New Mexico Courthouse
Lea County, NM Courthouse

The Lea County Courthouse is located in Lovington, New Mexico. Learn More About State of New Mexico Court, Tax, Land and Probate Records.

Please contact the each clerk's department to confirm mailing address, hours, fees and other information before visiting or requesting information because contact information sometimes changes.  The Clerk's Office DOES NOT DO RESEARCH.  The documents are available to interested parties, barring confidential issues.  Most staff will assist people in finding the materials, but it is up to the individual to do the research.

The following dates indicates what vital, land, probate, and court records are in Lea county. The date listed for each category of record is usually the earliest registration filed. The earliest date does not indicate that there are numerous records for that year and does not mean that all such events were actually registered. Also has transcribed records from parent counties starting 1913.

  • Lea County Clerks office has Marriage Records from 1917, Land Records from 1918 and Probate Records from 1917. The 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.
  • Lea County 5th District Court Clerk has many responsibilities which include courts of general jurisdiction, including probate and divorce, actions, as well as jury trials.

Lea County, New Mexico Census Records

  • Learn More: State of New Mexico Census Records
  • U.S. Federal Population Schedules: 1920, 1930, 1940
  • Territorial Population Schedules: None
  • U.S. Federal Census Mortality Schedules: None
  • Selected U.S. Federal Census Agriculture Schedules: None
  • Selected U.S. Federal Census Industry Schedules: None
  • Union Veterans Schedules: None

Lea County, New Mexico Vital Records

Lea County, New Mexico Resources

  • Hobbs Family History Research Center, 3720 N. Grimes, Hobbs, New Mexico, 88240. Phone 505-392-6200
  • Lea County Genealogical Society, P.O. Box 1044, Lovington, New Mexico, 88260.
  • Lea County Historical Society, P.O. Box 1195, Lovington, New Mexico, 88260.
  • Southeastern New Mexico Genealogical Society, P.O. Box 5725, Hobbs, New Mexico, 88240.
  • Lea County, New Mexico Message Boards
  • Lea County, New Mexico Genealogy Forum read and post messages with other genealogy researchers for Lea County

Lea County, New Mexico External Links

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