|National Hispanic Cultural Center
- 1701 4th Street SW
- Albuquerque, NM 87102
Library Telephone: 505-383-4778
Hours and Holidays: Library, Genealogy Center, and Archives
- Archives: Closed Saturday-Monday. Open Tuesday-Friday: 10am-5pm.
- Library & Genealogy Center: Closed Saturday-Monday. Open Tuesday-Friday: 10am-5pm. Open First Saturday of the month: 1pm-5pm.
- Holidays: New Year’s, Easter, Thanksgiving, Christmas
Map, Directions, and Public Transportation
- From I-25, exit Avenida César Chávez, follow west over railroad tracks. You can enter the campus on 4th Street or 8th Street SW.
- From Downtown, follow 4th Street south to Avenida César Chávez. Parking accessible from 4th Street or follow 8th Street SW south directly to NHCC.
- Public Transportation: ABQ RIDE city bus routes 53 and 54 stop about 500 feet north of the NHCC on Bridge Blvd near 8th Street SW.
Key Internet sites and databases:
- National Hispanic Cultural Center plan a visit, programs, events, online resources, current exhibitions, permanent collections, and Spanish language resources.
- NHCC Library, Genealogy & Archives collection and services description.
- Online Archive of New Mexico (part of RMOA) browse by subject, or search by word, subject, or title.
- Salsa: NHCC online union catalog search by keyword, browse, phrase and more.
The National Hispanic Cultural Center Library and Genealogy Center has 2,000 rolls of microfilm and important microfiche and CD-ROM collections. This includes microfilms and databases of Mexico and North America, Spanish colonial, Mexican, and American territorial periods of New Mexican history. The NHCC's Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Santa Fe collection has church records from 1678 to 1950. The Center also has some of the records of the Archdiocese of Durango (Mexico) under whose bishopric New Mexico was before 1850.
The National Hispanic Cultural Center also has the important Ayuntamiento de Hidalgo de Parral, Chihuahua collection. The NHCC collection features early land grant records, and censuses of New Mexico through 1930, including censuses of Arizona and Colorado to 1920. They have books of extracted genealogies, and several finding guides. The Center has identified 50 websites of Hispanic genealogy and heraldry. They also hold all the publications of the New Mexico Genealogical Society, and the Hispanic Genealogical Research Center. Their map collection includes historical maps of New Mexican counties as they have changed over time, and a 1916 map of New Mexico which shows ghost towns and many land grants that no longer appear on more current maps.
If you cannot visit or find a source at the National Hispanic Cultural 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.
- 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.
- 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, and records pertaining to members of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.
- Bernalillo County Clerk marriages (restricted for 50 years), death certificates, wills, deeds, mortgages, DD Form 214 soldier discharges.
- Bernalillo County Probate Court recent wills.
- Bernalillo County Recorder deeds and land records.
- Bernalillo County Coroner selected death records.
- Second Judicial District Court of New Mexico, Albuquerque, civil, and criminal court records.
- 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.
- New Mexico Genealogical Society, Albuquerque, manuscripts, newspapers, periodicals, histories, directories, maps, photos.
- Repositories in surrounding counties: Cibola, Sandoval, Santa Fe, Torrance, and Valencia.
- New Mexico Dept. of Health Vital Records, Santa Fe, adoption, births (restricted for 100 years), and deaths (restricted for 50 years).
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- Historical Society of New Mexico, Santa Fe, offers links to organizations, museums and other historic points of interest in New Mexico.
- 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.
- 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.