28 September 2012

1885 US Census - Free blank form

The 1885 United States Census

We all know that the United States conducts a census every 10 years. Some of us also know that most of the 1890 census was destroyed in a fire. But did you know that there was a special 1885 semidecennial census that was taken here in New Mexico?

States were given the option to take this census. Any state that complied received from the federal government 50% of the cost to conduct the census. The states of Florida, Nebraska and Colorado and the territories of New Mexico and Dakota took up this opportunity to enumerate their people.

Genealogists can find the New Mexico 1885 Census in a couple of places. You may search for the census on Ancestry.com. Also, the microfilm of the census can be found in the Albuquerque Genealogy Library (2nd Floor of the Main Library), or in any Family History Center. The microfilm numbers are FHL 16610 and 16611.

Since we were unable to find a form that you may use to extract the census, The New Mexico Genealogical Society has created its own. Click this link to access a blank 1885 United States Census Population Schedule Form. An agriculture schedule form is forthcoming.

For more information:

Rebecca Crawford, "The Forgotten Federal Census of 1885", Prologue Magazine (Fall 2008) Vol. 40, No. 3, National Archives website http://www.archives.gov/publications/prologue/2008/fall/1885-census.html, accessed 24 September 2012.

Karen Stein Daniel, Genealogical Resources in New Mexico, 3rd Edition (Albuquerque: New Mexico Genealogical Society, 2007), p. 57.

25 September 2012

Treaty of Guadalupe Hidalgo Program in October

Botts Hall
Albuquerque Special Collection Library
423 Central NE
Albuquerque, NM
(On the corner of Central and Edith) 

Saturday, October 20, 2012
10:30 AM – Noon

 The Albuquerque Special Collections Library
The New Mexico Genealogical Society
Richard Griswold del Castillo

Treaty of Guadalupe Hidalgo and its Effect on New Mexico’s Quest for Statehood

The Treaty of Guadalupe Hidalgo ended the U.S. Mexican War in 1848 and transferred New Mexico the United States.  From the beginning, the legal issues in the treaty were contested by the Hispano settlers who saw their land grants taken from them by the government and land speculators in addition lynching and violence against Hispanos occurred.  The Treaty was specifically mentioned in the New Mexico state constitution and it has remained an important legacy for many Hispanos. This presentation will explore the meaning of the Treaty for statehood and beyond.

Richard Griswold is currently a professor at San Diego State University.  He also has written many articles and several books which include:  Treaty of Guadalupe Hidalgo – a Legacy of Conflict, Los Angeles Barrio 1850-1890, & Cesar Chavez – a Triumph of Spirit.  Richard’s work on the Treaty has been hailed as the definitive work on the subject.

For more information about our programs, check out the New Mexico Genealogical Society’s website at www.nmgs.org.

This program is free and open to the public.

16 September 2012

NMGS Meet and Greet September 22, 2012

You are Invited

To a
September 22, 2012
From 11:00 AM – 2:00 PM

The Albuquerque Main Library
5th Street and Copper Ave. NW

 Come to the Community Room (located on the Lower Level of the Main Library) 


Come and get acquainted with other members of the New Mexico Genealogical Society who share your same interests in genealogy. Bring your research and share some of your research experiences with others researching the same surnames or areas of the state/country.

Find out ways you can help make the NMGS an ever greater organization and see what is being planned for the coming year.

Light refreshments will be served.
Door Prizes, too!

New Mexico Genealogical Society