New Mexico Research Guide Digital Download

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You'll love this if…

  • You're getting started tracing your ancestors in New Mexico
  • You want new ideas and resources to get past a New Mexico brick wall
  • Your genealogy search is focused mainly on New Mexico—you don't need the full State Research Guides collection

Trace your New Mexico ancestors with the advice and resources in our State Research Guide! This four-page download includes:

  • a how-to article detailing New Mexico’s history and records, with helpful advice on tracking your family there
  • the best websites, books and other resources for New Mexico research, handpicked by our editors and experts
  • listings of key libraries, archives and organizations that hold the records you need
  • timeline of key events in the state's history

Here's a sampling of the helpful tips you'll get in the New Mexico guide:

  • New Mexico’s history can be roughly divided into four eras, each with different governmental structures and records: the Spanish era (1598–1821), the Mexican era (1821–1846), the US territorial era (1846–1912) and the US state era (1912–present).
  • Long before New Mexico’s government began keeping vital records, the Catholic church recorded births, baptisms, marriages and deaths. Records from the archdioceses of Santa Fe, Gallup and Las Cruces extend to Colonial days.
  • Seek pre-statehood New Mexicans in territorial censuses, taken as part of the regular federal head count beginning in 1850.

Plus, each guide contains active web links for one-click access to every recommended online resource. You can view this PDF on your computer and print pages for reference.

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