On January 6 my blog entry was about researching in New Mexico. I am happy to pass on another great tip for researching in New Mexico.
My friend Pam Treme recently requested an obituary from a library in Clovis, New Mexico. It ended up that her request was to the wrong library, but an industrious librarian forwarded the request to the New Mexico State Library and voila the obituary was found.
Here is an explanation from the librarian, Terri, of the Clovis-Carver Library:
1. Enter the request with the local library. If you’re looking for an obituary in Clovis, they have an index you can check: http://www.usgwarchives.org/nm/curry/currobit.htm
2. If the local library can’t find it in their collection, the library can forward your request to the state library to see if they can fulfill your request.
If the state library finds the obit, they forward a PDF to the local library, which can then be forwarded to you. In the case of the Clovis-Carver Public Library, the service is free as long as you are able to accept a PDF via email.
Always be sure to check with the library you are working with about any fees that may apply.
New Mexico Archive Project
The New Mexico Archive Project is part of the USGenWeb Archives Project and offers a wealth of free information donated by your fellow researchers. Never pass up a chance to find a description of the "Towns of Harding County" or a transcription of the "Old Anton Chico Cemetery" in Quadalupe County.
You never know what you may find!
Books on New Mexico History and Genealogy Research:
Final Destinations: A Travel Guide for Remarkable Cemeteries in Texas, New Mexico, Oklahoma, Arkansas, and Louisiana
Origins of New Mexico Families: A Genealogy of the Spanish Colonial Period
Larger Than Life: New Mexico in the Twentieth Century
Bailing Wire and Gamuza: The True Story of a Family Ranch Near Ramah, New Mexico
Bridge to the Past: The New Mexico State Monuments