The Genealogy Collection includes a non-circulating collection of over 36,000 volumes from all over the United States and the world, including a large collection of family history books. Most materials are arranged by state, and within state by county, so you can easily browse the materials related to where your family lived. When using the library's online catalog you may limit your search to materials available at the location "Genealogy" or "Main Genealogy". Print collections include:
• Family History Books arranged by Surname
• Yearbooks from Albuquerque high schools
• Albuquerque City Directories
• Extraction books for New Mexico Catholic church records
• Vertical files for families, states, and counties
• Genealogical society and local history society periodicals from throughout the U.S.
In addition to Library purchases, many resources are added to the collection through generous donations from the New Mexico Genealogical Society, Albuquerque Genealogical Society, Hispanic Genealogical Research Center, local chapters of the Daughters of the American Revolution, other lineage societies, and their members.
New Mexico genealogists have been hard at work in 2020 and 2021 producing some amazing books you won't want to miss.
Staff and volunteers at the Public Library Albuquerque and Bernalillo County create indexes for books that do not include them in order to make the book more useful. We've created many of these indexes for the New Mexico books in the Images of America series from Arcadia Publishing Company. The series includes photos of people, businesses, churches, and more. These detailed indexes will help you to identify books relevant to your research.
Indexes created for books not in the Images of America series.
You'll find historic maps and atlases at the Genealogy Center for the United States and Europe. Also available is a program called AniMap, which will let you identify county boundary changes for the United States over time.
There are also many other Maps & Geographic Information eResources available from the Library.
A special thanks goes out to teacher Su Hudson and her Newspaper Class at the Public Academy for Performing Arts! They spent the day exploring the resources available for genealogy and newspaper research at the Genealogy Center, and left us with copies of their yearbooks. We're always excited to receive donations of yearbooks for Albuquerque schools. Thank you!