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
- descriptions of the top historic sites for learning about your ancestors' lives and times, including visitor information
- timeline of key events in the state's history
- full-color map to put your research in geographical context
Here's a sampling of the helpful tips you'll get in the New Mexico guide:
- New Mexico’s European history began in 1536, when a small Spanish exploratory party reached the southern part of today’s state and went home telling tales of the golden Seven Cities of Cibola.
- Long before New Mexico’s government began keeping vital records, the Catholic church recorded births, baptisms, marriages and deaths. Records from the Archdiocese of Santa Fe, now at the archives, 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.