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Genealogy resources including Heritage Quest & Fold3
Last Updated: Apr 16, 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.


Thank You!

A special thanks to those of you who have been placing your orders using the buttons on the New Mexico Genealogical Society and Albuquerque Genealogical Society web-sites.  Thanks to you we have been able to order over $720 of new books for the Genealogy Center this year through  We really appreciate your support!  Access your Amazon account using the Amazon Books button on the NMGS web-site or the AGS web-site and the Genealogy Center will receive a gift certificate based on a percentage of your purchases. or  What a practical way to support genealogy research in New Mexico without any additonal cost to you.



Upcoming Programs

Watch for these upcoming Genealogy programs:

Join author, lecturer, and full-time genealogist Henrietta Martinez Christmas, at the monthly meeting of the New Mexico Genealogical Society for a presentation on "Digging Up Your Roots - Using Land Grant Records with a Focus on the Albuquerque/Bernalillo Area".  Land grants were handed out to individuals and communities during Spain and Mexico's control of the Southwest.  This lecture will focus on records for the Albuquerque and Bernalillo land grants.  Henrietta Christmas lectures statewide in New Mexico and Colorado on topics related to Hispanics from as early as 1542 through 1850.  A native New Mexican who descends from eleven soldiers who came with Onate in 1598, she currently resides in Corrales.   Genealogy Center - Main Library 2nd floor, Saturday, April 19, 2014, 10:30 am - 12:30 pm.  Go the the NMGS website at for more information.  Free and open to the public.

Join members of the Albuquerque Genealogical Society for a panel discussion led by Jeanene Lawson on Through the Brick Walls.  All family historians experience the frustration of the brick walls in our research -- those dead ends where we're sure there are clues somewhere but can't find them.  The panelists will share their brick walls as well as their breakthroughs.  Perhaps their experience will help you.  See the AGS website for details:  Main Library Auditorium (lower level) Wednesday, May 14, 2014, 10:30 am to noon.  Free and open to the public.


Save these dates to join expert genealogist Victoria Sullivan for a series of four presentations to give you a jump start with your family history research.  All four workshops will be at the Genealogy Center on the 2nd floor of the Main Library, 501 Copper NW.

Session 1.  Getting Started.  Saturday, May 10, 10:30 am - noon.

More information is more readily available about our families than ever before, and more is becoming available every day! You'll find out how to gather information about your family, organize that information, stay focused, and enjoy the journey.

Session 2.  Using Census Records.  Saturday, May 31, 10:30 am - noon.

Census records provide a gold mine of information about your family's past.  Learn where to find them and how to mine them for those fascinating nuggets about your family.

Session 3.  Internet Genealogical Resources.  Saturday, June 14, 10:30 am - noon.

Discover the best websites and online resources available to support your family history research.

Session 4.  Choosing Genealogy Computer Software.  Saturday, June 28, 10:30 am - noon.

Get an overview of the features and pros and cons of various free and commercially available software packages for organizing, storing, and sharing your family history research.

All programs are free and open to the public.  It's not necessary to attend all four workshops.



Genealogy Research Day

Don't forget the Genealogy Research Day on April 29, the last Tuesday of April.  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 on April 29!

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.

Military Research Group.  Research assistance available.

Irish Research Group.

Sons and Daughters of the American Revolution.  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.



New Military Records for New Mexicans Now Available!

Do you have relatives from New Mexico who served in the Civil War or World War I?  We now have World War I biographical questionnaires from the New Mexico Office of the Adjutant General and Civil War application files available for many New Mexicans.

Thanks to a generous donation from genealogist Henrietta Christmas, we've been able to add microfilmed biographical questionnaires for World War I veterans from New Mexico.  In addition to biographical information, many of these records include other correspondence and photographs of the soldiers.  Also included on the rolls are lists of World War I casualties, wounded, unclaimed Gold Star Awards, and National Guard Enlistment Records.  The Library also has microfilmed copies of World War I draft enrollment cards for New Mexicans.

Genealogist Nancy Anderson and the New Mexico Genealogical Society have also generously donated Civil War pension application files for many New Mexicans.  Some of these applications were done by wounded soldiers and others by widows.  They are now filed with other family records in the Genealogy Center's family files.

All of these materials now have records in the Library's online catalog, contain a wealth of information about these soldiers and their families, and are available for researchers.


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

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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