|Albuquerque Bernalillo County Library Special Collections
- Special Collections
- 423 Central NE
- Albuquerque, NM 87102
Hours: Sun and Mon Closed; Tue, Wed, Fri, Sat 10-6; Thu 11-7.
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The Albuquerque Bernalillo County Special Collections Library makes available censuses, obituaries, and materials which document the history of New Mexico. This includes scholarly publications on history, anthropology, archeology, religion, language and art. Although the primary focus is on the greater Albuquerque and Bernalillo County area, there are excellent resources for researching the pre-Entrada, Spanish colonial, Mexican, Territorial, and Statehood eras of New Mexico, and the U.S. Southwest. They also feature a local history lecture series.
If you cannot visit or find a source at the Albuquerque Bernalillo County Library Special Collections, a similar source may be available at one of the following.
- National Archives I, Washington DC, census, pre-WWI military service & pensions, passenger lists, naturalizations, passports, federal bounty land, homesteads, bankruptcy, ethnic sources, prisons, and federal employees.
- Family History Library, Salt Lake City, 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 records pertaining to members of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.
- ABC Library Genealogy Center, Albuquerque, genealogy and Southwestern history, including New Mexico vital records, history, biography, periodicals, and family folders.
- Bernalillo County Clerk marriages (restricted for 50 years), death certificates, wills, deeds, mortgages, DD Form 214 soldier discharges.
- Bernalillo County Probate Court recent wills.
- Bernalillo County Recorder deeds and land records.
- Bernalillo County Coroner selected death records.
- Second Judicial District Court of New Mexico, Albuquerque, civil, and criminal court records.
- UNM Center for Southwest Research, Albuquerque, Includes manuscripts of Southwestern U.S. families, organizations, and businesses, 40,000 books and periodicals, and 120,000 images since the 1850s.
- National Hispanic Cultural Center, Albuquerque, photographs, maps, manuscripts, and genealogies. 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.
- Hispanic Genealogical Research Center (HGRC) of New Mexico, Albuquerque, maintains the Great New Mexico Pedigree Database (GNMPD) for Hispanic ancestors of New Mexico.
- New Mexico Genealogical Society, Albuquerque, manuscripts, newspapers, periodicals, histories, directories, maps, photos.
- Repositories in surrounding counties: Cibola, Sandoval, Santa Fe, Torrance, and Valencia.
- New Mexico State Records Center and Archives, Santa Fe, Roman Catholic church records, censuses, district court, land grants, wills, diaries, family papers, prisons, family and local histories, newspapers. NM's best genealogy repository because of its original territorial, state, and county records.
- New Mexico State Library, Santa Fe, history, biography, ethnic studies, newspapers, government documents, maps, periodicals, and genealogies. Largest book collection in New Mexico.
- New Mexico Dept. of Health Vital Records, Santa Fe, adoption, births (restricted for 100 years), and deaths (restricted for 50 years).
- Fray Angélico Chávez History Library, Santa Fe, colonial and territorial manuscripts, papers, newspapers, rare books, maps, and photos—rivals in size the State Records Center and Archives.
- Archdiocese of Santa Fe Archives, Santa Fe NM, created in 1850, it once also included Arizona, and Colorado.  The Archives houses records from 1678-1950 for dozens of parishes in three states.
- NMSU Rio Grande Historical Collections, Las Cruces, early colonial Spanish records since 1598 for families along the Camino Real (Spanish mission road) from southern Colorado to Mexico City.
- Historical Society of New Mexico, Santa Fe, offers links to organizations, museums and other historic points of interest in New Mexico.
- Repositories in surrounding states (or nations): AZ, CO, OK, TX, UT, and Mexico.
- Bancroft Library, Berkeley, CA, 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, ethnic groups.
- National Archives Rocky Mountain Region (Denver) Includes old New Mexico court records and naturalizations, federal and Indian censuses, passenger arrival lists, World War I draft registrations.
- Archivo General de la Nación (AGN), Mexico City, church, civil, census, court, history, military, migration, land. Copies of colonial New Mexico records of were often sent to Mexico and Spain.