- 218 S Avenue B
- Portales, NM 88130
Hours: Monday-Wednesday 10:00 a.m. - 6:00 p.m.
Thursday 10:00 a.m. - 7:00 p.m.
Friday 10:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.
Saturday 10:00 a.m. - 2:00 p.m.
Map, directions, and public transportation
- From the northeast side of Portales: Follow US-70 Westbound (that is Southwest bound) toward Portales. Turn left onto S Avenue B/NM-88/NM-267. Continue to follow S Avenue B, 0.08 mi. The Portales Public Library at 218 S AVENUE B is on the right.
- From the southwest side of Portales: Follow US-70 Eastbound (that is Northeast bound) toward Portales. Turn right onto S Avenue B, 0.01 mi. The Portales Public Library at 218 S AVENUE B is on the right.
- Public transportation: Portales Area Transit buses picks you up at your door and take you to the address of your desired destination.
Internet sites and databases:
The Portales Public Library has a nice library of genealogies, periodicals, and family folders for New Mexico and out-of-state places such as Texas, Tennessee, and Arkansas.
If you cannot visit or find a source at the Portales Public Library, 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.
- 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 Genealogical Society, Albuquerque, manuscripts, newspapers, periodicals, histories, directories, maps, photos.
- Historical Society of New Mexico, Santa Fe, increasing knowledge and preserving New Mexico history through conferences, publications, plaques, a speakers bureau, and Internet links.
- Carlsbad NM Family History Center, Carlsbad, strong genealogy collection acquired thanks to the Public Library and "snowbird" family history hobbyists bringing their genealogies from all over the USA.
- Historical Society for Southeast New Mexico, Roswell, a good regional collection of manuscripts, histories, journals, and indexes of the earliest pioneers, cattlemen, range wars, and miners.
- Roosevelt County Clerk marriages (restricted for 50 years), death certificates, wills, deeds, mortgages, DD Form 214 soldier discharges.
- Roosevelt County Probate Court recent wills.
- Roosevelt County Coroner selected death records.
- Ninth Judicial District Court of New Mexico, Portales, civil, and criminal court records.
- New Mexico Dept. of Health Vital Records, Santa Fe, adoption, births (restricted for 100 years), and deaths (restricted for 50 years).
- Repositories in surrounding counties: in New Mexico: Chaves, Curry, De Baca, Lea, Quay, in Texas: Bailey, Cochran, and Parmer, .
- ABC Library Genealogy Center, Albuquerque, genealogy and Southwestern history, including New Mexico vital records, history, biography, periodicals, and family folders.
- ABC Library Special Collections Albuquerque and New Mexico history and culture. In-house use only.
- 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.
- 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.
- Hispanic Genealogical Research Center (HGRC) of New Mexico, Albuquerque, maintains the Great New Mexico Pedigree Database (GNMPD) for Hispanic ancestors of New Mexico.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.