Carlsbad New Mexico Family History Center
|This article describes the services and resources available at a Family History Center, a branch facility of the Family History Library.|
Strong genealogy collection acquired thanks to the Carlsbad Public Library and "snowbird" family history hobbyists bringing their genealogies from all over the United States.
Center Contacts and Hours
- 1211 W. Church St
- Carlsbad NM 88220 USA
Language: English (Spanish is available by appointment)
- Tuesday:10:00am - 4:00pm
- Wednesday: 10:00am - 4:00pm
- Thursday:10:00am - 4:00pm
Holiday Schedule: Closed major holidays. We occasionally close unexpectedly because of inclement weather or illness. Please contact Ted Larsen at 575-706-5419 for information about unexpected alterations to our normal operation hours.
Calendar and Events
We will be closed Thanksgiving week. Contact Verna Mogged 602-904-1948 or Ted Larsen 575-706-5419 for an appointment if you need to access the Center during this time.
We will also be closed Dec 23, 2017 - Jan 3, 2018 for Christmas and New Years.
Staff Training Meetings
- This Center has a collection of "snowbird" family history hobbyist genealogies from all over the United States.
Databases and Software
- FHC Portal This center has access to the Family History Center Portal page which gives free access in the center to premium family history software and websites that generally charge for subscriptions.
Hardware and Equipment
Resources in the Local Area
If you cannot visit or find a source at the Carlsbad New Mexico Family History Center, a similar source may be available at one of the following.
- National Archives I, Washington DC, census, pre-WWI military service & pensions, passenger lists, naturalizations, passports, federal bounty land, homesteads, bankruptcy, ethnic sources, prisons, and federal employees.
- New Mexico State Records Center and Archives, Santa Fe, Roman Catholic church records, censuses, district court, land grants, wills, diaries, family papers, prisons, family and local histories, newspapers. NM's best genealogy repository because of its original territorial, state, and county records.
- New Mexico State Library, Santa Fe, history, biography, ethnic studies, newspapers, government documents, maps, periodicals, and genealogies. Largest book collection in New Mexico.
- Historical Society of New Mexico, Santa Fe, increasing knowledge and preserving New Mexico history through conferences, publications, plaques, a speakers bureau, and Internet links.
- New Mexico Genealogical Society, Albuquerque, manuscripts, newspapers, periodicals, histories, directories, maps, photos.
- Historical Society for Southeast New Mexico, Roswell, a good regional collection of manuscripts, histories, journals, and indexes of the earliest pioneers, cattlemen, range wars, and miners.
- Portales Public Library, Portales, a nice library of genealogies, periodicals, and family folders for New Mexico and out-of-state places such as Texas, Tennessee, and Arkansas.
- Eddy County Clerk marriages (restricted for 50 years), death certificates, wills, deeds, mortgages, DD Form 214 soldier discharges.
- Eddy County Probate Court recent wills.
- Eddy County Coroner selected death records.
- Fifth Judicial District Court of New Mexico, Carlsbad, civil, and criminal court records.
- Repositories in surrounding counties: in New Mexico: Chaves, Lea, Otero; in Texas: Culberson, and Loving.
- New Mexico Dept. of Health Vital Records, Santa Fe, adoption, births (restricted for 100 years), and deaths (restricted for 50 years).
- Historical Society of New Mexico, Santa Fe, offers links to organizations, museums and other historic points of interest in New Mexico.
- ABC Library Genealogy Center, Albuquerque, genealogy and Southwestern history, including New Mexico vital records, history, biography, periodicals, and family folders.
- ABC Library Special Collections Albuquerque and New Mexico history and culture. In-house use only.
- Archdiocese of Santa Fe Archives, Santa Fe NM, created in 1850, it once also included Arizona, and Colorado.  The Archives houses records from 1678-1950 for dozens of parishes in three states.
- UNM Center for Southwest Research, Albuquerque, Includes manuscripts of Southwestern U.S. families, organizations, and businesses, 40,000 books and periodicals, and 120,000 images since the 1850s.
- Hispanic Genealogical Research Center (HGRC) of New Mexico, Albuquerque, maintains the Great New Mexico Pedigree Database (GNMPD) for Hispanic ancestors of New Mexico.
- National Hispanic Cultural Center, Albuquerque, photographs, maps, manuscripts, and genealogies. The library contains 12,500 book titles about the history and culture of the Hispano world from the U.S. Southwest, Mexico, Central America, Latin America to Spain, and Portugal.
- Fray Angélico Chávez History Library, Santa Fe, colonial and territorial manuscripts, papers, newspapers, rare books, maps, and photos—rivals in size the State Records Center and Archives.
- NMSU Rio Grande Historical Collections, Las Cruces, early colonial Spanish records since 1598 for families along the Camino Real (Spanish mission road) from southern Colorado to Mexico City.
- Repositories in surrounding states (or nations): AZ, CO, OK, TX, UT, and Mexico.
- Bancroft Library, Berkeley, CA, premier Western Americana, and Latin Americana collections, including Native Americans, Spanish encounter and colonial settlement, exploration of western America, maps and atlases, the Mexican War, westward migration, the Gold Rush, mining, land surveys, ethnic groups.
- Family History Library, Salt Lake City, 450 computers, 3,400 databases, 3.1 million microforms, 4,500 periodicals, 310,000 books of worldwide family and local histories, civil, church, immigration, ethnic, military, Mormon records.
- National Archives Rocky Mountain Region (Denver) Includes old New Mexico court records and naturalizations, federal and Indian censuses, passenger arrival lists, World War I draft registrations.
- Archivo General de la Nación (AGN), Mexico City, church, civil, census, court, history, military, migration, land. Copies of colonial New Mexico records of were often sent to Mexico and Spain.
- FamilySearch Research Wiki: What It Can Do For You!: A comprehensive video presentation explaining the Wiki, navigating it, and some especially useful pages. Case studies demonstrate using the Wiki for genealogical research. Editing and adding articles to the Wiki are covered.
- William Dollarhide and Ronald A. Bremer. America's Best Genealogy Resource Centers (Bountiful, Utah: Heritage Quest, 1998), 79. At various libraries (WorldCat). FHL Ref Book 973 J54d.
- Home in Historical Society of New Mexico (accessed 31 January 2015).
- Overview - Special Collections in Albuquerque Bernalillo County Library (accessed 20 January 2014).
- About the Archdiocese of Santa Fe in Archdiocese of Santa Fe (accessed 20 January 2014).
- CSWR Collection Strengths in University of New Mexico University Libraries (accessed 17 Jan 2015).
- HGRC Home in Hispanic Genealogical Research Center (accessed 21 January 2015).
- Archives in National Hispanic Cultural Center (accessed 20 January 2015).
- Research Library in National Hispanic Cultural Center (accessed 20 January 2015).