In the interest of preserving public health and limiting the spread of COVID-19 (coronavirus), all of our Public Libraries are CLOSED Saturday, March 14 through Wednesday, April 15. The public is encouraged to take advantage of all the digital resources the Public Library offers online.
The due date for all items that are due between Saturday March 14 and Wednesday April 15 has been extended to Wednesday April 22.
Holds that are 'Ready for Pickup' will continue to be held for you through the first week after we reopen.
Holds that are 'In Transit' for you will be processed after we reopen.

Any library card that was due for a scheduled update during this period has been updated through May 1.
Assistance is available by phone during the closure Monday through Friday 10:00AM to 4:00 PM  For general information please call (505) 768-5141.  If you need assistance with your account or a library card please call (505) 768-5170.

Genealogy Center

Researching New Mexico Families

Researching New Mexico Families

The Albuquerque/Bernalillo County Library Genealogy Center is a great place to research families who have been in New Mexico or southern Colorado for a long time. Here are just a few of the resources available:

  • expert researchers who have done extensive work in this area
  • extraction books for early Catholic Church records
  • all available microfilmed copies of Catholic church records for New Mexico and southern Colorado
  • a New Mexico combined index which lists records in which New Mexicans appear
  • indexed death certificates for people who died in New Mexico between about 1912 and 1951
  • Albuquerque newspapers, 1890 - present on microfilm, including an obituary and some vital record indexing of these papers on a Local Area Network
  • hundreds of books on New Mexico families, history and counties
  • yearbooks from Albuquerque high schools
  • Albuquerque city directories, 1890s - present, and city directories for some other New Mexico communities
  • information about the founding families and pioneers of Albuquerque (Dreesen Files)
  • pueblo census records
  • many New Mexico territorial newspapers on microfilm
  • county records on microfilm (see the Microform Collections page to the left)
  • vertical files of pamphlets, pedigree charts, and articles on New Mexico families

Catholic Church Records for New Mexico & Southern Colorado

Catholic Church Records for New Mexico & Southern Colorado

The Catholic Church kept meticulous records and researchers find these baptismal, marriage and burial records especially helpful for tracing their New Mexico ancestry back to the late 1600s.  The Genealogy Center has available records on microfilm and also has books of extracted and translated records.

The Genealogy Center has copies of all available microfilmed Catholic church records for New Mexico and southern Colorado.  Microfilmed church records available at the Genealogy Center are primarily from the Archives of the Archdiocese of Santa Fe.  Originals are located at the Archdiocese of Santa Fe Office of Historic Artistic Patrimony in Santa Fe.

Records from the Diocese of Gallup are available from the Diocese of Gallup office in Gallup.  Some of these microfilmed records are also available at the Hispanic Genealogical Research Center of New Mexico office in Albuquerque and the Genealogy Center has extraction books for this microfilm.

Records from the Diocese of Las Cruces may be viewed by contacting the Diocese.  The Genealogy Center has some microfilmed records for this Diocese and books which are extractions of the records from Las Cruces, Mesilla, and surrounding areas.

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