Las Cruces New Mexico Family History Center

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FamilySearch This article describes the services and resources available at a Family History Center, a branch facility of the Family History Library.

The LAS CRUCES FAMILY HISTORY CENTER  is available to serve community members free of charge.

The Center is open to the public. We welcome all!


Center Contacts and Hours[edit | edit source]

Location Map:


  • 2915 E Idaho Ave Las Cruces NM 88001 United States
  • Entrance is at the back of building. Handicap entrance is located there.
  • Please ring door bell and wait for someone to come to let you in.
  • Handicap ramp available at North entrance to the building. You can navigate East on the sidewalk then turn right to the back door. If that is not possible for you then call the family history phone number and we will come and open the door for you.
  • Directors:
  • Languages:
    • English
    • Spanish
    • Portuguese


  • 1 (575) 649-2301



Open Hours:

  • Due to the Covid 19 Pandemic , the FHC will be closed until further notice
Day Time
Tuesday CLOSED
Wednesday CLOSED
Thursday CLOSED
2nd Saturday CLOSED
  • You can make an appointment for either the Center or a house call via email, call, or text.
    • Email #1:
    • Call/text #1: 575-649-2301
    • Email #2:
    • Call/text #2: 575-312-5118

We occasionally close unexpectedly because of inclement weather or illness:

Calendar and Events[edit | edit source]

Upcoming Events[edit | edit source]

The Family History Center and Dona Ana County Genealogical society will be closed due to the Covid Pandemic until further notice.

Class Schedule: The following classes will be taught in the Family History Center[edit | edit source]

If there is a Family History topic you would like to have a special class or group activity, send your request to [[1]].

Staff Training Meetings[edit | edit source]

There will be no joint staff training meetings until further notice. Staff members should refer to the Family History Guide for training.

Please note the change of dates. Put it on your calendar and come![edit | edit source]

Center Resources[edit | edit source]


  • Finding Duplicates "Finding &Merging Duplicate Records in the Family Tree" from BYU Webinar Kathryn Grant Text or youtube link below[edit | edit source]

  • Family Search Catalog:
    • Many of the films and fiche available through the FamilySearch Catalog may be available in our library. Call ahead to have a Staff member check if we have the one you need.
  • BOOKS: A collection of genealogical and historical books. The Center has a limited number of Family Books by name. There are some books regarding most of the United States. as well as books on England, Scotland and Ireland, as well as a few European references. We are currently working on a catalog of the books we have. Check back later for a list.

Databases and Software[edit | edit source]

  • Family History Center Portal This Center has access to the Family History Center Portal page which gives free access in the Center to premium family history software and websites that generally charge for subscriptions.
    • Sites included are:
      • 9th Century British Library Newspaper Digital Archive
      • Alexander Street Press
      • The American Civil War:
      • Research Database
      • Letters and Diaries
      • Images, Photographs, Posters, and Ephemera
      • Social and Cultural History
      • Women and Social Movements in the United States
      • American Ancestors - Library Rights
      • Ancestry - Institution Versions: U.S., Australia, Canada, Germany, Sweden, United Kingdom
      • ArkivDigital - web-based access (just ignore the username & password prompt and click the "Log in" button. Hit "English" in the upper right corner of the page to view the English version of the site.) Or use the legacy application-based access installed from here. (Version 1.5.4-rc3-r1114.exe - Updated 4 June 2015)
      • Install one-time only with an account with administrative rights.
      • Launch from the 'ArkivDigital Online' Start Menu icon.
      • ArkivDigital Beta Version 2.0 is not yet available.
      • Findmypast - Institution Version
      • Fold3
      • Geneanet
      • Kinpoint - Premium
      • MyHeritage - Library Edition
      • Newspaper Archive
      • Paper Trail
      • ProQuest Obituary Listings
      • Puzzilla - Premium Services

Hardware and Equipment:[edit | edit source]

*6 all-in-one touch screen computers[edit | edit source]

*8 all-in-one computers[edit | edit source]

*Lexmark laser printer with scanner[edit | edit source]

*2 Microfilm Readers: Northwest 2020 Reader, Dukane Reader

*1 Micron Microfishe Reader

*1 Canon microfilm/microfishe reader/printer

Center Services[edit | edit source]

Staff Research Specialties[edit | edit source]

Two Spanish Speaking and Mexico research experts[edit | edit source]

Portuguese assistance[edit | edit source]

Basic familysearch experts[edit | edit source]

Great Britain research[edit | edit source]

Little known genealogical sites on the web[edit | edit source]

Resources in the Local Area[edit | edit source]

Branigan Cultural Center, P.O. Box 2000, 501 North Main Street, Las Cruces NM 88004[edit | edit source]

Dona Ana Country Genealogical Society,[edit | edit source]

Dona Ana County, New Mexico Genealogy, Dona Ana County, New Mexico Genealogy[edit | edit source]

Rio Grande historical Collection,[edit | edit source]

Dona Ana County, New Mexico Genealogy[edit | edit source]

For a great list and description of available sources throughout New Mexico, go to[edit | edit source][edit | edit source]

Links[edit | edit source]

Las Cruces, New Mexico,,_New_Mexico[edit | edit source]

Dona Ana County,,_New_Mexico[edit | edit source]

New Mexico, wiki page,[edit | edit source]

Volunteer at the Center[edit | edit source]

If you are interested in doing your own family research and helping others learn to do the same, the Center could use more staff members. The Center could be available more hours with more volunteers. There is need for early and late afternoon as well as evening staff members. Please call the Center's number (above) and leave a message with a Staff member or call 575-571-2910.[edit | edit source]