Wednesday, September 2, 2015


 New Mexico Resource Basics

No matter how long you have been researching it is always a great idea to review what you know (or what you think you know). If you are researching the Spanish Colonists of New Mexico, whether you began your research last week or 40 years ago, reviewing the basic resources for New Mexico research may help you demolish a brick wall or add an entirely new branch to your family tree. The following is not inclusive—that might fill an entire issue! Readers are urged to send us your favorite resources and sources and tell us why, so that we can spread the word.
Joining both genealogical and historical societies is a great way to access information and expand your network. The more groups you join, the more newsletters and journals you will receive. Think of each one as a trial subscription: 1-2 years is enough time to determine whether their membership and publications offer information you can use. Hold onto the memberships that work for you. Remember that information you can access from your own home, saves you travel time and costs. Here are some of the groups to join:

•Any genealogical group that is geographical close to where you live and offers regular meetings, and assistance for beginners. The focus does not have to be on your geographical area of research. These groups are wonderful for gaining new skills, research techniques and mentors.

•Any genealogical group or historical society that is based in the city, county or state where your research is focused. Their members and publications help you focus on specifics and this information may not be available elsewhere. Get to know your research area.

•Colorado Archives, Libraries, Historical & Genealogical Societies
Complete list of Colorado research facilities

•Colorado Genealogical Society
P. O. Box 9218, Denver, CO ~ http://www.cogensoc.us/
•Colorado Society of Hispanic Genealogy
2300 South Patton Court, Denver, CO 80219-5212 ~ http://www.hispanicgen.org/
•Genealogical Society of Hispanic America
P.O. Box 3040
Pueblo, CO 81005 ~ http://gsha.net/

GSHA-Fray Angelico Chavez Chapter ~
PO Box 3027, Pueblo, CO 81005
Reference collection at the Pueblo City-County Library

GSHA-Southern California
PO Box 2472, Santa Fe Springs, CA 90670-0472
Reference collection at the Southern California Genealogical Society Family History Library in Burbank, CA
Complete sets of New Mexico Genealogist, Nuestras Raices, and Dorothy Adams Collection

~Reprinted from Nuestras Raices, the quarterly journal of the Genealogical Society of Hispanic America, with the author's permission.