Monday, September 21, 2015


New Mexico Resource Basics.... continue

•Hispanic Genealogical Research Center
855-833-4197; P.O. Box 27250; Albuquerque, NM 87125 ~ http://www.hgrc-nm.org/
Home of the Great New Mexico Pedigree Database
•Historical Society of New Mexico
P. O. Box 1912, Santa Fe, NM 87504 ~ hsnminfo@hsnm.org
•New Mexico Genealogical Society
PO Box 27559, Albuquerque, NM 87125-7559 ~ http://www.nmgs.org/index.php
The First 40 Years of the New Mexico Genealogist on CD; Genealogical Resources in New Mexico, 3rd edition
•New Mexico State Archives and Libraries
•New Mexico State Records Center and Archives
1205 Camino Carlos Rey
, Santa Fe, New Mexico ~ Phone: (505) 476-7900
•Olibama Lopez Tushar Hispanic Legacy Research Center
PO Box 140978
Denver, CO 80214 ~ 
Published materials include journals, newsletters, magazines, and books. Genealogy can be expensive, so be clear about your budget and your situation. If you have a genealogical library nearby that has a selection of material that you can use in your research, focus on this “free” material first. At the same time, make note of the published books you would like to own, and then make a request of the librarian that they acquire these books. Same goes for journals, many libraries have memberships in numerous genealogical and historical societies and their publications are available to library patrons. If libraries and archives are not local, be organized and inventive. You can barter your skills or information with another researcher who can research and copy material at these locations for you. OR research the contents of a particular facility and then plan a trip, spend most of your time accessing and copying information so that when you return home you can “figure it out.” OR purchase published records, but first see what is available for free on the Internet. No Internet? You need at least one or more “research buddies” who are willing to locate material for you. Start with your family: motivate those grandchildren or younger family members who have time and technology available. Ask for research assistance instead of after-shave or dusting powder for birthdays or other holidays. With younger family members involved, you get a “two-fer”: assistance and a closer connection to other generations who may be inspired to carry on your work.

The Internet has exploded with free genealogical sites sponsored by individuals, government groups, genealogical and historical societies, as well as fee-based/subscription sites. You can access these sites from home on your own computer or you can use a computer at your local public library to browse the Internet. Most genealogical societies who operate their own library subscribe to the fee based sites like Ancestry.com and if you are member, using their computers to access the sites are usually at no charge. And if you are not a member, the fee is usually minimal. The Family History Libraries and Family History Centers sponsored by the LDS offer free access to numerous sites. If you have a laptop, take it with you and transfer data directly onto your own computer and into your own genealogical database.

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