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These archives, libraries, societies, and museums house sources, lists, and indexes, and provide services to help genealogists document their ancestors who lived in New Mexico.


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Bancroft Library
University of California, Berkeley, CA 94720-6000
Telephone: 510-642-6481 Reference desk
Fax: 510-642-7589

Premier Western Americana, and Latin Americana collections, including Native Americans, Spanish encounter and colonial settlement, exploration of western America, maps and atlases, the Mexican War, westward migration, the Gold Rush, mining, land surveys, religious and Utopian communities, and ethnic communities. This library has more about western North America than any other site. Includes many sources about New Mexico.[1] [2]

Family History Library
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35 N. West Temple St.
Salt Lake City, Utah 84150
Telephone: 801-240-6996 and 801-240-6996

Holds 450 computers, 3,400 databases, 3.1 million microforms, 4,500 periodicals, 310,000 books of worldwide family and local histories, civil, church, immigration, ethnic, military, and Mormon records. Includes a good collection for New Mexico.

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National Archives at Denver
17101 Huron Street
Broomfield, CO 80023
Telephone: 303-604-4740
Fax: 303-407-5707
Internet: National Archives at Denver

Note that all the old federal court records for New Mexico are at the National Archives at Denver, not in Fort Worth, Texas.

National Hispanic Cultural Center

1701 4th Street SW
Albuquerque, NM 87102
Telephone: 505-246-2261 or 505-724-4771
Fax: 505-246-2613
Internet: National Hispanic Cultural Center

The archives have photographs, maps, manuscripts, and genealogies.[3] The library contains 12,500 book titles about the history and culture of the Hispano world from the U.S. Southwest, Mexico, Central America, Latin America to Spain, and Portugal.[4]
Genealogy resources include 2000 films of Spanish colonial, Mexican, and American territorial history, Archdiocese of Santa Fe (and earlier Durango) records 1678-1950, Ayuntamiento de Hidalgo de Parral Chihuahua collection, U.S. federal censuses for New Mexico, Arizona, and Colorado, a list of over 50 Hispanic genealogy and heraldry Internet sites, Hispanic genealogical publications, historic maps of counties, towns, and land grants, and archival finding guides.[5]


New Mexico State Records Center and Archives
1205 Camino Carlos Rey
Santa Fe, NM 87507
Telephone: 505-476-7948
Fax: 505-476-7909

New Mexico's best genealogy repository because of their original territorial, state, and county records.[6]

New Mexico State Library
1209 Camino Carlos Rey
Santa Fe, NM 87507
Telephone: 505-476-9700

Largest book collection in New Mexico including government documents, maps, periodicals, biographies, and genealogies.[6]

New Mexico State University Library Rio Grande Historical Collections
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4th Floor Branson Library
1305 Frenger Mall
Las Cruces, NM 88003-8006
Telephone: 575-646-3839 or 575-646-2932
E-mail: E-mail us
Internet: Rio Grande Historical Collections (RGHC)

Early colonial Spanish records starting in 1598 for families along the Camino Real (Spanish mission road) from the Sangre de Christo Mountains of Colorado down to Mexico City.[6]

New Mexico Genealogical Society
P.O. Box 27559
Albuquerque, NM 87125

Fray Angélico Chávez History Library (aka Museum of New Mexico History Library)

120 Washington Avenue
Santa Fe, NM 87501
Telephone: 505-476-7948 or 505-819-3563
Fax: 505-476-5104
Internet: Fray Angélico Chávez History Library

Exhibits and archives at the Palace of the Governors for the Spanish colonial (1540-1821), Mexican (1821-1846), U.S. Territorial (1846-1912) and statehood (1912-present) periods of history. Archive topics include NM celebrities, Santa Fe Trail, American Civil War, Spanish American War, World War I, Spain, Mexico, Central America, American Southwest, and American Indians.[7] Manuscripts, papers, newspapers, rare books, maps, and photos—rivals in size the State Records Center and Archives.[6]

Hispanic Genealogical Research Center (HGRC) of New Mexico
Lourdes Hall, Archdiocese of Santa Fe Campus
4060 St Joseph Pl. NW
Albuquerque, NM 87125
Telephone: 505-833-4197

Maintains the Great New Mexico Pedigree Database (GNMPD)  for Hispanic ancestors of New Mexico and their descendants, and makes available a variety of other genealogical and historical research/reference materials.[8]

Historical Society of New Mexico
P.O. Box 1912
Santa Fe, NM 87504

They strive to increase knowledge of New Mexico history, and encourage preservation of historic objects and property. They sponsor publications, an annual history conference, a speakers bureau, plaques at historic sites, and a page of Internet links to organizations, museums, and places of historic interest in New Mexico.[9]


Albuquerque Bernalillo County Library
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Genealogy Center (Main Library)
   501 Copper Ave NW
   Albuquerque, NM 87102
   Telephone: 505-768-5131
   Fax: 505-768-5191

This facility is devoted to genealogy and Southwestern history, including New Mexico vital records, history, biography, periodicals, and family folders.[6]
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Special Collections (local history collection at the Old Main Library)
   423 Central NE
   Albuquerque, NM 87102
   Telephone: 505-848-1376

Research collections on Albuquerque history and New Mexico history and culture. In-house use only.[10]

Carlsbad New Mexico Family History Center
1203 West Church Street
Carlsbad, NM 88220
Telephone: 575-885-1368

Strong genealogy collection acquired thanks to the Carlsbad Public Library and "snowbird" family history hobbyists bringing their genealogies from all over the United States.[6]

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Center for Southwest Research (UNM)
Zimmerman Library 1st Floor, West Wing
University of New Mexico
800 Yale Blvd NE[11]
Albuquerque, NM 87106
Telephone:[12]  505-277-6451
Internet: Center for Southwest Research and Special Collections

Large manuscript collection in Spanish, including early Mexican records. Also, censuses, and early Anglo sources.[6]

Historical Society for Southeast New Mexico

200 North Lea Street
Roswell, New Mexico 88201
Telephone: 505-622-8333
Internet: Historical Society for Southeast New Mexico

A good regional collection of manuscripts, histories, journals, and indexes of the earliest pioneers, cattlemen, range wars, and miners.[6]

Portales Public Library
218 S Avenue B
Portales, NM 88130
Telephone: 575-356-3940
Fax: 575-356-3964
Internet: Portales Public Library

A nice library of genealogies, periodicals, and family folders for New Mexico and out-of-state places such as Texas, Tennessee, and Arkansas.[6]

Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Santa Fe Archives
223 Cathedral Place
Santa Fe, NM 87505
Telephone: 505-983-3811
E-mail: Contact Us
Internet: Office of Historic-Artistic Patrimony and Archives

Created in 1850 from part of the Archdiocese of Durango (Mexico), the Archdiocese of Santa Fe once also included Arizona, and Colorado, but is now limited to only part of northern New Mexico. [13] The Archives houses records from 1678-1950 for dozens of parishes in three states.

Online Records

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Links to online databases and indexes that may include vital records, biographies, cemeteries, censuses, histories, immigration records, land records, maps, military records, naturalizations, newspapers, obituaries, or probate records.



  1. Collections in The Bancroft Library Internet site (accessed 26 October 2013).
  2. William Dollarhide and Ronald A. Bremer. America's Best Genealogy Resource Centers (Bountiful, Utah: Heritage Quest, 1998), 19 and 21. At various libraries (WorldCat). FHL Ref Book 973 J54d.
  3. Archives in National Hispanic Cultural Center (accessed 20 January 2015).
  4. Research Library in National Hispanic Cultural Center (accessed 20 January 2015).
  5. Genealogy Resources in National Hispanic Cultural Center (accessed 21 January 2015).
  6. 6.0 6.1 6.2 6.3 6.4 6.5 6.6 6.7 6.8 Dollarhide and Bremer, 79.
  7. Collections in Palace of the Governors (accessed 20 January 2015).
  8. HGRC Home in Hispanic Genealogical Research Center (accessed 21 January 2015).
  9. Home in Historical Society of New Mexico (accessed 31 January 2015).
  10. Overview - Special Collections in Albuquerque Bernalillo County Library (accessed 20 January 2015).
  11. Zimmerman Library in Google Maps (accessed 17 January 2015).
  12. 12.0 12.1 Center for Southwest Research and Special Collections in University of New Mexico University Libraries (accessed 19 January 2015).
  13. About the Archdiocese of Santa Fe in Archdiocese of Santa Fe (accessed 20 January 2015).


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