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Carlsbad Public Library
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Contact Information[edit | edit source]



101 S Halagueno St.
Carlsbad, New Mexico 88220

Telephone:[1]  575-885-6776, or 575-887-1191, or 800-658-2713
Fax:  575-887-7706

Hours:[2]  Sunday closed; Monday-Thursday 9:00 to 8:00; Friday-Saturday: 9:00 to 6:00

Map, directions, and public transportation:

  • Directions:'[3]
    • From Northwest of Carlsbad on US-285 (Seven Rivers Hwy) Southbound: Follow Seven Rivers Hwy US-285 Southbound. In Carlsbad US-285 will pick up the name W Pierce St. When it turns south again it will take the name N Canal St. Continue past the W Stevens Street River of Life Church on the right, turn right onto W Mermod St, 0.7 mi. Take the 1st left onto S Halagueno St, 0.01 mi. 101 S HALAGUENO ST is on the right.
    • From Northeast of Carlsbad on US-62 W/US-180 (Hobbs Hwy) Westbound:  Follow US-62 W/US-180 Westbound. Stay straight to go onto W Greene St into Carlsbad. Go over the Pecos River and continue one block past Canal Street. Take the first right onto S Halagueno St, 0.2 mi. 101 S HALAGUENO ST is on the left.
    • From Southeast of Carlsbad on US-285 (Pecos Hwy):   Follow US-285 (Pecos Hwy) Northbound. In Carlsbad US-285 will take the name Canal Street, continue on it. Turn left onto W Greene St/US-62 W/US-180 W. Continue to follow W Greene St, 0.08 mi. Take the first right onto S Halagueno St, 0.2 mi. 101 S HALAGUENO ST is on the left.
    • From Southwest of Carlsbad on National Parks Hwy/US-62 E/US-180 Eastbound:  Follow National Parks Hwy/US-62 E/US-180 Eastbound. In Carlsbad the highway will become Canal Street, continue on it. Turn left onto W Greene St/US-62 W/US-180 W. Continue to follow W Greene St, 0.08 mi. Take the first right onto S Halagueno St, 0.2 mi. 101 S HALAGUENO ST is on the left.
  • Public transportation: Carlsbad Municipal Transit buses make their circuit once per hour. The Blue Route  stops on Halagueno St or W Mermod St next to the Library. The Green Route  also stops within a few blocks of the Library.

Internet sites and databases:

Collection Description[edit | edit source]

Strong genealogy collection acquired thanks to "snowbird" family history hobbyists bringing their genealogies from all over the United States.[4]

Alternate Repositories[edit | edit source]

If you cannot visit or find a source at the Carlsbad Public Library, a similar source may be available at one of the following.

Overlapping Collections

  • 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.[4]
  • New Mexico State Library, Santa Fe, history, biography, ethnic studies, newspapers, government documents, maps, periodicals, and genealogies. Largest book collection in New Mexico.[4]
  • Historical Society of New Mexico, Santa Fe, increasing knowledge and preserving New Mexico history through conferences, publications, plaques, a speakers bureau, and Internet links.[5]

Similar Collections

Neighboring Collections

  • 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.[4]
  • ABC Library Special Collections Albuquerque and New Mexico history and culture. In-house use only.[6]
  • Archdiocese of Santa Fe Archives, Santa Fe NM, created in 1850, it once also included Arizona, and Colorado. [7]  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.[8]
  • Hispanic Genealogical Research Center (HGRC) of New Mexico, Albuquerque, maintains the Great New Mexico Pedigree Database (GNMPD)  for Hispanic ancestors of New Mexico.[9]
  • National Hispanic Cultural Center, Albuquerque, photographs, maps, manuscripts, and genealogies.[10] 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.[11]
  • 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.[4]
  • 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.[4]
  • 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, and records pertaining to members of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.
  • 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.

Sources[edit | edit source]

  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 Contact Us in City of Carlsbad, New Mexico (accessed 29 January 2015).
  2. Carlsbad Public Library in City of Carlsbad, New Mexico (accessed 29 January 2015).
  3. Based on MapQuest directions.
  4. 4.0 4.1 4.2 4.3 4.4 4.5 4.6 4.7 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.
  5. Home in Historical Society of New Mexico (accessed 31 January 2015).
  6. Overview - Special Collections in Albuquerque Bernalillo County Library (accessed 20 January 2014).
  7. About the Archdiocese of Santa Fe in Archdiocese of Santa Fe (accessed 20 January 2014).
  8. CSWR Collection Strengths in University of New Mexico University Libraries (accessed 17 Jan 2015).
  9. HGRC Home in Hispanic Genealogical Research Center (accessed 21 January 2015).
  10. Archives in National Hispanic Cultural Center (accessed 20 January 2015).
  11. Research Library in National Hispanic Cultural Center (accessed 20 January 2015).