01 March 2014

Helpful Links for New Mexican genealogists

Searching through the Internet, I discovered a few links that might be helpful to New Mexicans genealogists specifically and genealogists in general:

* FREE U.S. Censuses - The Internet Archive has images of all the microfilms for the censuses between 1790 and 1930! The only thing is that these images aren't searchable through a search engine. You'll have to scroll through them as you would scroll through microfilm. But, what do you want for nothing!

* The Internet Archive: Genealogy - The Internet Archives not only has census records, but all kinds of other records online. Compiled records of Confederate military units, compiled records of Union military units, Passenger lists of vessels for Baltimore and Philadelphia, a collection of War Records, etc. Once again, you'll need to scroll through the scanned images, and you'll need to figure out Soundex codes for some of the records.

* Rootsweb Soundex Converter - speaking of the Soundex system, here is a Soundex converter. Did you know that the Soundex code for Bourguinon is B622?

* Social Media Mavericks: 40 to Follow - The best blogs, tweeters, Facebookers, Pinners, and YouTubers on the list. For some reason the New Mexico Genealogical Society's blog and Facebook page did not make the list.

* National Archives Virtual Genealogy Fair - Online video lectures on all kinds of things the National Archives has to offer to genealogists. My favorite: "Introduction to Military Records at the National Archives".

* Bataan-Corregidor Memorial Foundation of New Mexico, Inc. - Many New Mexicans were casualties of the Bataan Death March and subsequent internments. Find out about these brave men on this site.

* Farmington, New Mexico Research Databases - The Farmington Public Library system has a few free research databases that are useful to genealogists. Heritage Quest and Sandborn Maps are accessible from your home computer as long as you have a Farmington library card. Ancestry.com is accessible only at the library. Other databases listed on the library's research database page might also be useful.

* Albuquerque Genealogy Center - And don't forget the databases available from the Albuquerque Public Library system. These include the "Newspaper Archive", "American Ancestors", "Ancestry.com", "Fold3", "Heritage Quest", and "Digital Sandborn Maps".  Recently I've been using Fold3 to find military records for my great-great grandfather.

* New Mexico Family Historian's Toolbox - I created a Pinterest Board of helpful sites for New Mexicans. Check it out! (You'll need a Pinterest account to see it, I think.)

- Robert J. C. Baca, New Mexico Genealogical Society President

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