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Most archives, historical societies, and genealogical societies have special collections and indexes of genealogical value. These must usually be searched in person. Some notable genealogical collections are:
- The Pioneers Foundation Collection. This collection of 520 oral interviews about caucasian families of southwest New Mexico is in the Special Collections Room of the University of New Mexico Library. The tape recordings are restricted to members of the family, but photocopies of the index and transcripts of the interviews can be obtained for a fee.
- Family Group Records: Collected and Compiled by the former Spanish-American Mission. This is a collection of family group sheets showing the ancestry of members of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints from the southwest. It is availalbe on microfilm at the Family History Library (See FHL films 940001-6). The originals are interfiled with the patron section of the Family Group Records Collection.
- Guide to the Microfilm of the Spanish Archives of New Mexico 1621-1821. This is a collection of official records in Spanish. They include censuses, petitions, military correspondence, journals, civil and criminal cases, legislative records, and an index in English. The originals are at the New Mexico Records Center and Archives. The records center published a guide book that explains the contents of these records (See FHL film 928111 item 3).
The State of New Mexico published in 1968 a detailed guide, Calendar of the Spanish Archives of New Mexico 1621-1821 (FHL film 908040 item 5). This book was republished in 1987 with the addition of microfilm roll 23 (FHL book 978.9 A3nm 1987). The collection is also available on microfilm at the New Mexico History Museum and at the Family History Library (See FHL films 581463-78). See also:
- Ralph E. Twitchell, The Spanish Archives of New Mexico, 2 vols. Cedar Rapids, Iowa: Torch Press, 1914. (FHL book 978.9A3t; FHL film 845276 item 1-2). Vol. 1 deals with the Surveyor General's records. Vol. 2 contains the other records.
Guide to the Microfilm Edition of the Mexican Archives of New Mexico. These are the records of the Mexican government for 1821 to 1846. They are located at the New Mexico Records Center and Archives. The Family History Library has a guide to the collection (See FHL book 978.9 A3nb; FHL film 962163 item 4). There is also a detailed calendar of the documents (See FHL book 978.9 A3nn; FHL film 962164 item 1).
Daughters of the American Revolution (DAR) Collection. This collection consists of transcripts of Bible records, cemetery records, church records, marriages, deaths, obituaries, and wills. It was microfilmed in 1971 at the DAR Library in Washington, D.C., and is available at the Family History Library (See FHL films 860340-41 and 870179 item 2).
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