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Genealogical Resources in New Mexico
Online Catalog of Archival Collections at
An online catalog of archival collections in Santa Fe includes
the State Records Center and Archives collections, the Fray
Angelico Chavez History Library and Photographic Archives, the
Laboratory of Anthropology Library, the Museum of Fine Arts
Library, and the Museum of International Folk Art Library.
The online catalog, now in preparation, permits access to all
the collections by using terminals located at the repositories
and the State Library or through the Web address "http://www.stlib.state.nm.us."
The address calls up a menu, on which the State Library's SALSA
is the correct option.
By entering key words, researchers are able to identify and
obtain data about the contents of the collections. The creation
of this online resource will significantly enhance the study
of the arts, history, and genealogy in New Mexico.
Durango Microfilming Project at New Mexico State University
The Archdiocese of Durango, Mexico, and the Rio Grande Historical
Collections of the New Mexico State University Library are cooperating
in microfilming the entire contents of the Archivos Historicos
del Arzobispado de Durango. The Archives are of notable importance
to historians but will also have great potential for genealogists
and others with an interest in the southwestern United States
and the Spanish Borderlands. The filming will be completed by
the end of 1997.
Tim Blevins, Archives and Manuscripts Librarian for the Collections,
has stated that: "The archives at the Cathedral in Durango
date from 1606 and contains a variety of record groups including
diezmos, diligencias matrimoniales, ordenes sacerdotales, libros
de fabrica, and varios. The microfilm is available for use in
our search room on the fourth floor of Branson Hall on the NMSU
campus. We are open Monday through Friday from 8:30 am - 12:00
pm and 1:00 pm - 4:30 pm, except for administrative holidays.
We are not able to provide the film through Inter-Library Loan,
however, with such a huge volume of film it would not be practical
to do serious research at a distance."
Questions may be directed to Tim Blevins, Rio Grande Historical
Collections, NMSU Library, P.O. Box 30006, Las Cruces, NM 88003.
Phone (505) 646-4746. Fax (505) 646-7477. E-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org.
New Mexico Roots LTD
New Mexico Roots LTD: A Demographic Perspective from Genealogical,
Historical, and Geographical Data Found in the Diligencias Matrimoniales
or Pre-nuptial Investigations (1678-1869) is a compilation in
eleven volumes by Fray Angelico Chavez. The volumes are a genealogical
masterpiece consisting of biographical and historical information
gathered from Diligencias Matrimoniales. The material is arranged
alphabetically by surname and chronologically within each family
Diligencias Matrimoniales were prenuptial investigations conducted
by church authorities to ensure that both parties were free
to contract marriage. The extractions are valuable today because
they contain marriage and family information not available from
any other source.
The Diligencias Matrimoniales, dating from 1678 to 1869, are
on microfilm, AASF series, reels 59-80. Photocopies are available
at the Center for Southwest Research, University of New Mexico,
and at the Albuquerque Special Collections Library.
Fray Angelico Chavez was also the author of Origins of New
Mexico Families: A Genealogy in the Spanish Colonial Period
and subsequent findings published in 1956-1957 in El Palacio,
the Museum of New Mexico periodical. The later research is included
in the 1992 revised edition.
New Mexico Newspaper Project at the University of New Mexico
The New Mexico Newspaper Project, completed in 1996, has resulted
in the microfilming of New Mexico newspapers from the 1840s
to the present. The 600 rolls of microfilm include 457 newspaper
titles, many of them small and obscure papers that published
for only a few years before vanishing. At least one newspaper
from each county has been filmed. Nearly complete runs were
filmed of the Union County and Valencia County/Belen papers
because that time period from those counties had never before
been filmed. In cases where the Project borrowed newspapers
from a county courthouse or library, that institution has received
a positive copy of the microfilm.
The complete set of 600 rolls is available in the Microforms
and Periodicals Section of the UNM Zimmerman Library. Films
of many other newspapers published in the state, outside the
scope of the Project, are also on file. An index listing all
papers in the state, microfilm and originals, together with
their locations, has been compiled at Zimmerman. The index may
be purchased for $25.00 by contacting Marilyn Fletcher at the
Zimmerman Library, E-mail: email@example.com or (505) 277-7212.
Plans call for the index to be available on the Internet or
the UNM Library catalog, possibly in 1998.
Oral History Program at the University of New Mexico
The purpose of the Oral History Program is to document the
history of the state's multi cultural society through a focused
program of research, interviewing, transcription, and archiving.
Recent oral history projects include Impact Los Alamos, Los
Duranes, Congregation Albert, South Valley, and Italians of
Albuquerque. Several of these projects serve as prototypes for
Information about the Oral History Program is available to
the public through public radio and TV programming, public history
exhibits, and the development of teaching materials. All processed
collections are deposited at UNM's Center for Southwest Research
at the Zimmerman Library.
The Program director, Carlos Vasquez, may be contacted by phone
(505) 272-2282; Fax (505) 272-5096; or E-mail firstname.lastname@example.org.
The Program offices are located at UNM's Science and Technology
Park, 801 University Blvd SE.
The Dreesen Files
Donald S. Dreesen extracted marriages from the microfilmed
Books of Marriage of the Archives of the Archdiocese of Santa
Fe. The extracts contain the basic information about the marriages
including the date, the parties to the marriage, the parents
and place of residence when available, and witnesses. Dreesen
retained the archaic spelling of names. The location of a marriage
record on the microfilmed Books of Marriage can be ascertained
from the marriage date.
Dreesen's extracts fall into two major groupings: the Founders
File and the Pioneers File. The Founders File consists of records
of families in the 17th and 18th centuries living in the middle
Rio Grande Valley. The Pioneers File consists of records of
families in the 19th century also living in the middle Rio Grande
The Dreesen Files can be viewed at the Center for Southwest
Research in the Zimmerman Library and the Albuquerque Special
Spanish Enlistment Papers
Virginia L. Olmsted translated and abstracted the Spanish Enlistment
Papers of New Mexico, 1732-1820, located in the Spanish Archives
of New Mexico, reel 21, frames 741-1380. Each entry gives the
name and a brief description of the soldier. Her work was subsequently
published in four issues of the National Genealogical Society
Quarterly, September 1979 through March 1980. A bound copy of
that series is available at the Albuquerque Special Collections
Library (R978.9 O51) and at the Center for Southwest Research,
UNM Zimmerman Library (F795 O4).
[Ed. note]: Various records later found that had not been included in the Olmsted papers were published in the New Mexico Genealogist in 1998. The articles are online at http://www.nmgs.org/artfil.php.
Additional work continues on the Spanish Enlistment Papers
and will be published in the New Mexico Genealogist as the translations
are completed. A group now near publication covers the period
Other Resources for the Genealogist
All of the facilities and collections within New Mexico cannot
be cited herein because of space limitations. In their role
as library patrons, experienced genealogists recognize that
support for their research may be found under many library classifications.
City directories, state and local histories, biographical encyclopedias,
gazetteers and map collections, guides to writing a biography
or autobiography, business directories, local newspaper files,
histories of migrations and settlements-many of these resources
may be found at university, college, and community college libraries
as well as the city libraries. Some of the larger city libraries
have established separate genealogical departments, such as
the Genealogy Department at the Thomas Branigan Memorial Library
in Las Cruces.
Other sources of genealogical information should be considered.
Local schools may maintain registers of students and yearbooks.
St. Michael's in Santa Fe, for example, has records dating back
to its founding. Church records may be a source of information.
In addition to searching local church registers, E. Kay Kirkham's
A Survey of American Church Records (cited below) may be consulted.
For military records, James C. Neagles' U.S. Military Records:
A Guide to Federal and State Sources (cited below) is a starting
point. The Daughters of the American Revolution Collection may
be viewed and ordered through LDS Family History Centers.
The single best resource for considering alternative research
strategies and tracking down errant ancestors is called, appropriately
enough, The Source. The 1997 revised edition by Szucs and Luebking
(cited below) is indispensable for serious genealogical research.
Genealogists should consider The Source a personal priority
budget item and, by all means, urge their local library to purchase
the book forthwith.
New Mexico Genealogical
PO Box 27559
Albuquerque, NM 87125-7559
NMGS Web Editor: Patricia Black Esterly
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