23 September 2014

Free Internet Genealogy

Free Internet Genealogy
By Robert J. C. Baca
Volunteer contributed sites (transcriptions, inquiries, etc.)
Bulletin Boards
Regional Genealogy Societies
Libraries and Online Archives
Help Sites
Social Networking
Google Books
Genealogy Directories, Lists and Links
Cemeteries and Tombstones
Genealogy Projects and Research

20 September 2014

October 18, 2014 NMGS Program "Spanish Colonial Lives"

October 18, 2014, 10:30 AM, second level (Genealogy Center) of the Albuquerque Main Library

The New Mexico Genealogical Society presents

Linda Tigges

"Spanish Colonial Lives in the Early and Mid 18th Century ... Stories from the Spanish Archives of New Mexico"

Click on the photo below for more information.

19 September 2014

State Records Center and Archives Program, Thursday, October 2, 2014

Thursday, October 2, 2014
Starting at 2 PM

The Commission of Public Records/ State Records Center and Archives presents
"Lore of the Archives: Documenting New Mexico's Folk Traditions"

The Screen
Santa Fe University of Art and Design
1600 St. Michael's Drive
Santa Fe, New Mexico

Click on the pictures below to read the press release.

October 2, 2014 State Archives program - press release page 1
Press release page 2

14 September 2014

Genealogy Resources in New Mexico - 4th Edition

Our newest book is Genealogy Resources in New Mexico - 4th Edition, by by Karen Stein Daniel, C.GSM

NMGS Press  Item #E5, 2014, 250 pages.
Non-members $25.00, NMGS Members $20.00

 Click on this link to order the book.
This is a revised edition to the well-thumbed earlier issues of Genealogical Resources in New Mexico, initially by Dr. Robert E. Esterly, and the 2nd and 3rd editions by Certified Genealogist Karen S. Daniel. Due to the great interest that genealogy has generated in the ensuing years, this new publication contains updated websites and repositories.

The state of New Mexico offers an unparalleled abundance of resource material covering its long and interesting history and ethnic diversity. Resources in genealogy have developed at such a fast pace both within the state and nationally, it has become imperative to provide researchers with this updated and revised publication. It includes:

The Genealogical Proof Standard (GPS)

A five step process for verification of evidence, established to guide serious researchers in writing and assembling a family history. This chapter is online.
Dates in New Mexico History.

Genealogical milestones in New Mexico history.
• Churches and their Records (more than nine denominations within NM)
• County Information
• Funeral Homes and Mortuary Records
• Libraries and Archive Information
• Academic Libraries
• Family History Centers
• Public Libraries and Archives
• Out-of-State
• Museums

Record Groups and Collections
Vital Record Information (This chapter is online. Click here to read it.)
• Census Records and Census Substitutes
• Land Records
• Locating Catholic Church Records (an online resource)
• Map, Atlas, and Other Geographic Resources
• Military and War Era Records
• Native American Sources
• Newspapers
• Online Archive of New Mexico (OANM) and Other Manuscript Collections
• School, Orphanage, Adoption and Hospital Records

• Genealogical, Historical, and Lineage Societies
• Fraternal and Ethnic Organizations

A Selected and Annotated Bibliography
True to the author's training in genealogical documentation, the sources are extensively researched and clearly presented, and is so packed with information that serious researchers will find daily uses for the book.

13 September 2014

Colorado Resources for New Mexican Genealogists

Many people who live in Colorado have New Mexican roots. Below are some links to site that might help Colorado based researchers.

* Denver Public Library Genealogy Portal. Access Ancestry.com (library use only), Heritage Quest,  America's Obituaries and Death Notices and other databases by using your Denver Public Library card.There are also beginner and research guides, bibliographies, and useful links.

* Online Colorado Death Records and Indexes. Obituaries, cemeteries, wills and probate records, etc.

* Colorado Genealogy Society. Classes, programs, newsletter, etc.

* Internet Resources for Colorado Research.

* Colorado Society of Hispanic Genealogy.

* Genealogy Society of Hispanic America

* Olibama Lopez Tushar Hispanic Legacy Research Center.

* Cyndi's List - Colorado

06 September 2014

A few helpful tips for the beginner genealogist

Here are a few helpful tips for the person wanting to begin researching their family tree:

1.) Write down everything you know about your family. Names, places and dates are important. Estimate dates if you don't know them. If you don't know the person's full name, write down their first names or even nicknames. This may be of importance later. Include information about cousins, aunts and uncles and other family members that are closely related to you. Put this information on forms and/or in a database. Here is a link to free forms that you may print out and use. Here is a list of free genealogy database software that you can download on to your computer. Whatever database you use, make sure that it is GEDCOM based. If it is GEDCOM based, you can transfer data from one type of software to another.

2.) Look for documents you can use - photos, birth certificates, newspaper clippings (especially obituaries), letters, etc. Keep them safe. Make copies of them.

3.) Interview older living relatives. Ask them specific questions about specific family members, dates, places, events, and relationships. Ask follow up questions. Record this information either in writing, or, better yet, on video or audio. If you do record it on video or audio, you may also write it down, too, as video and audio is not always permanent.

4.) Write down where you get your sources. If you interview a relative, write down their name, and when and where you talked to them. If it is a document, write down what the document is (including page numbers, publication information if necessary, etc.) and where you got it. For how to cite sources, click here.
5.) Then begin doing other research - visit libraries, courthouses, collect documents from other family members, etc. Work at your own pace - don't let anyone push you.Where should you look? Here are a few resources:

* FamilySearch.org

* Family History Centers.

* Albuquerque Genealogy Center

* New Mexico Genealogical Society

* Hispanic Genealogical Research Center

* New Mexico Genealogical Society Facebook Page (you must have a Facebook account to join.)

7.) And lastly, publish! After you collect information, make sure to publish it somewhere. Whether it is a blog, a handout you give to family members, or a book - publish your information. Share it with the world, or at least with your family.

I hope this helps!

- Robert Baca
President, New Mexico Genealogical Society