Background Sources for New Mexico

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This entry was originally written by Karen Stein Daniel, CG and Margaret Windham for Red Book: American State, County, and Town Sources.

This article is part of
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the New Mexico Family History Research series.
History of New Mexico
New Mexico Vital Records
Census Records for New Mexico
Background Sources for New Mexico
New Mexico Maps
New Mexico Land Records
New Mexico Probate Records
New Mexico Court Records
New Mexico Tax Records
New Mexico Cemetery Records
New Mexico Church Records
New Mexico Military Records
New Mexico Periodicals, Newspapers, and Manuscript Collections
New Mexico Archives, Libraries, and Societies
Native Americans of New Mexico
New Mexico County Resources
Map of New Mexico

The newest and most definitive genealogical guide for New Mexico researchers is:

  • Daniel, Karen Stein. Genealogical Resources in New Mexico. 2d ed. Albuquerque: New Mexico Genealogical Society, 2002. Offers researchers a comprehensive discussion and bibliography for the state and provides detailed information on repositories, record groups and collections, and societies.

For historical background, the most definitive sources are:

  • Bancroft, Hubert Howe. History of Arizona and New Mexico, 1530–1888. San Francisco: History Publishing, 1888.
  • Twitchell, Ralph Emerson. The Leading Facts of New Mexican History. 2 vols. 1911. Reprint. Albuquerque: Horn and Wallace, 1963.

An overview of the state can be obtained by using the extensive bibliography of:

  • Beck, Warren A. New Mexico: A History of Four Centuries. Norman, Okla.: University of Oklahoma Press, 1962.

Other useful sources include:

  • Lamar, Howard Robert. The Far Southwest, 1846–1912: A Territorial History. New Haven, Conn.: Yale University Press, 1966.
  • Myers, Christine. New Mexico Local and County Histories: A Bibliography. Albuquerque: New Mexico Library Association, 1983.
  • Roberts, Calvin A., and Susan A. Roberts. A History of New Mexico. Revised edition. Albuquerque: University of New Mexico Press, 1991.
  • Simmons, Marc. New Mexico: An Interpretive History. 1977. Reprint. Albuquerque: University of New Mexico Press, 1988.
  • Twitchell, Ralph Emerson. The Spanish Archives of New Mexico. 2 vols. 1914. Reprint, New York: Arno Press, 1976.
  • Tyler, Daniel. Sources for New Mexican History, 1821–1848. Santa Fe: Museum of New Mexico Press, 1984.

Those with Hispanic heritage will also want to consult:

  • Chávez, Fray Angélico. Origins of New Mexico Families: A Genealogy of the Spanish Colonial Period. Revised. Santa Fe: Museum of New Mexico Press, 1992.
  • Esquibel, José Antonio, and John B. Colligan. The Spanish Recolonization of New Mexico: An Account of the Families Recruited at Mexico City in 1693. Albuquerque: Hispanic Genealogical Research Center of New Mexico, 1999.
  • Platt, Lyman D. Hispanic Surnames and Family History. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing Co., 1996.
  • Ryskamp, George R. Finding Your Hispanic Roots. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing Co., 1997.
  • Ryskamp, George R. Tracing Your Hispanic Heritage. Riverside, Calif.: Hispanic Family History Research, 1984.