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Genealogy resources including Heritage Quest & Fold3
Last Updated: Nov 21, 2014 URL: Print Guide Email Alerts

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Hours and location

Genealogy Center

Main Library, Second Floor
501 Copper Ave NW
Albuquerque, NM 87102
Lisa Kindrick, Librarian
Lindsey Miller-Escarfuller, Area Manager


Monday 10 a.m. - 6 p.m.
Tuesday 10 a.m. - 7 p.m.
Wednesday 10 a.m. - 7 p.m.
Thursday 10 a.m. - 6 p.m.
Friday 10 a.m. - 6 p.m.
Saturday 10 a.m. - 6 p.m.
Sunday Closed


Main Library is in downtown Albuquerque on Copper Avenue NW between 5th and 6th streets NW. Click here for a map.
By Bus:
Several bus routes including Central Avenue Route #66,  Rapid Ride #766 (Red Line) and Rapid Ride #777 (Green Line) serve the Main Library. Plan your trip here.
In addition to metered street parking, up to two hours of free parking is available at the City parking garage on the southeast corner of 5th and Copper. Bring your parking stub from this garage to the circulation desk for validation.

Genealogy Center

The Genealogy Center includes a non-circulating collection of over 20,000 titles and 31,000 volumes organized by country, state, and county; a computer lab dedicated to genealogy research with databases of special interest to genealogists; a microfilm collection and machines for viewing microfilm and microfiche;  on-site databases developed by the New Mexico and Albuquerque Genealogical Societies; and staff and volunteers ready to help you with your research. 


Group Presentations and Tours

Would your group like a tour of the Genealogy Center or an overview at your next meeting of the available resources?  Contact us and we can schedule a tour at the Genealogy Center or come to you with a half hour presentation about the many resources available at the Genealogy Center to support family history research.


A Few Good Books to Get You Started

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Finding Your Roots - Janice Schultz
Call Number: 929.1 Schultz
ISBN: 9781937589004
Publication Date: 2013-09-03
A librarian and authority on genealogical research offers advice and encouragement to those who are eager to uncover their family history.

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Genealogy 101
Call Number: 929.1 Renick

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Discover Your Family History Online
Call Number: 929.1028 Hendrickson

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The Everything Guide to Online Genealogy
Call Number: 929.1028 Powell 2011

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The Complete Idiot's Guide to Genealogy
Call Number: 929.1 Rose 2012


Thank You!

Please think of supporting the Genealogy Center as you do your holiday shopping this year.  If you use the Amazon links from the Albuquerque Genealogical Society or New Mexico Genealogical Society websites to access, a percentage of your purchases will go towards book purchases for the Genealogy Center. or 

What a practical way to support genealogy research in New Mexico without any additonal cost to you!



Genealogy Research Day

The next Genealogy Research Day will be on November 25th, the last Tuesday.  Come anytime between 10:30 am and 3:30 pm and get individual help from expert volunteers from the Albuquerque Genealogical Society.  They're happy to help beginners or experts and can provide assistance on special interest areas and locations, DAR applications and research, Internet research assistance, and more. So bring your charts and questions!

These Research Groups also meet at the Genealogy Center on the Research Day:

Scandinavian Group 10:15 to 12:00.

German Group.

Huguenot Research Group - The New Netherland - New Sweden Research Group.  Look for the Huguenot table.

Early New Mexico Ancestors.  Research help available.

Irish Research Group 2:30 pm to 3:30 pm .

Sons and Daughters of the American Revolution.  Research assistance available.

Mayflower Society.  Research assistance available.

Military Research Group.  Research assistance available.


The Legacy Users Group meets the third Thursday of every month at the Genealogy Center 1 pm - 3 pm.  Learn more about using this software program for organizing your genealogy research.



Military Research Day

Meet with fellow researchers on the first Tuesday of every month for Military Research Day.  These meetings begin with a discussion about a particular aspect of military research and question and answer period, and then you'll have time to share information and do research along with experienced researchers from the Albuquerque Genealogical Society.  Find out more about the military record resources available from the Genealogy Center.  Come and go or come and stay all day.  A great way to share information and get assistance as you delve into the world of military records.  Genealogy Center, Main Library - 2nd floor, Tuesday, December 2, 2014, 10:30 am to 3:30 pm.  Free and open to the public.


Upcoming Programs

Watch for these upcoming free Genealogy programs:

Join members of the Albuquerque Genealogical Society for a "Show and Tell" and Holiday Party.  Members bring heirlooms or items of genealogical interest and tell of their history or special meaning.  Attendees are encouraged to come in costumes of their native lands or in the clothing of an ancestory.  Attendees are also encouraged to bring a holiday dish to share with the group.  A great chance to get to know the members of the Albuquerque Genealogical Society.    See the AGS website for details:  Main Library Community Room (lower level), Wednesday, December 10, 2014, 10:30 am to noon.

The New Mexico Genealogical Society will not have a meeting in December.  See the NMGS website for details of future programs: 

These programs are all free, open to the public, and no registration is required.

Look What's New!

Normally available only with a subscription, you can now use your library card to access New Mexico newspapers through NewspaperARCHIVE for free.  Search many historic and contemporary New Mexico newspapers for family history, obituaries, marriage and birth announcements, small-town events, world news, and more.  These newspapers are completely full-text searchable and fully digitized.




Available in the Library

Thanks to the generous support of the Albuquerque Genealogical Society, we can now offer access to the American Ancestors web-site from the New England Historic Genealogical Society

Access hundreds of databases for the New England states, including Massachusetts Vital Records and the New York Genealogical and Biographical Record, from any computer at the Main Library.

  • Ancestry Library Edition
    Free access to over 7,000 databases & 200 billion images available on Ancestry Library Edition from the Genealogy Center or your branch library.
  • American Ancestors
    100s of databases for the New England states available from the Main Library downtown.

Link from Anywhere!

Have your library card number and PIN handy to link to these sites from home.

If you need to create a PIN for your library card, click on My Account.


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