HISPANIC RESEARCH MEETINGS AND WORKSHOPS
Members of the OLTHLRC meet at the DPL central location every second Saturday, except in August and December, from 1:00 p.m.- 5:00 p.m. to conduct research. OLTHLRC also offers programs and workshops as announced. Research assistants as well as DPL staff are available to assist you in utilizing the largest selection of Hispanic genealogical, historical and cultural records available in Colorado. Whether you are a beginner, an intermediate or advanced researcher, you will benefit from networking with other researchers.
LDS films available at DPL
The Denver Public Library has been borrowing film from Salt Lake Latter Day Saints Family HIstory Library for over 15 years. The cost is currently $5.50 a film plus renewal.
Beginning in 2008, DPL offer also offered indefinite loans and microfiche.
Currently, DPL is ordering the Colorado Church records. New Mexico films will be ordered in groups until they have all been ordered!
OLTHLRC is currently working with DPL to determine additional films that would best serve our researchers.
If you have suggestions, please email firstname.lastname@example.org or contact a board member.
NEW MATERIAL BEING ADDED TO DPL's HISPANIC GENEALOGY COLLECTION
The DPL continues to augmnent its collection of New Mexico and Souther Colorado genealogy book, in paticular numerous extractions of records of baptism.
Look for a list of new material on the website of the Olibama López Tushar Hispanic Legacy Center (OLTHLRC) to give readers a good sense of what can be accessed while conducting research at the DPL.
LOCATION AND PARKING AT DPL
The Central location of the DPL is at 10 W 14th Ave at Broadway. It is recommended that you park in the Cultural Complex Parking garage just south of the library with the entrance to the garage on 12th Ave just west of Broadway. It is a convenient and safe location, and a quick walk to the library.
The parking rates are reasonable:
Cultural Complex Parking Garage Rates:
Up to 1 hour
Genealogy Research at the Denver Public Library’s
Western History and Genealogy Department
The Internet has fast become the first place where people begin their genealogical research once they have compiled some information about their immediate family. Not only does the Internet allow individuals to make contact with people who share a common ancestry, more and more it houses genealogical information in the form of ancestral pedigrees and family genealogical compilations. Although the Internet is undoubtedly a valuable resource, it is not a substitute for conducting one’s own genealogical research.
For people with family and ancestral roots in New Mexico , there are three places that are best for conducting historical and genealogical research:
1 New Mexico Records Center and Archives ( Santa Fe , NM );
2 Special Collections/Genealogy Library of the Albuquerque Public Library; and
3 Western History and Genealogy Department of the Denver Public Library (central location).
For those people who live within driving distance of Denver , the Denver Public Library is an important research facility that continues to enhance its collection for conducting New Mexico and southern Colorado genealogical research. In fact, a considerable number of research books and microfilm are in the process of being added to the collection of the Western History and Genealogy Department. Also, beginners as well as more advanced researchers can receive assistance at the Denver Public Library (DPL) every third Saturday of the month from knowledgeable individuals that are dedicated to fostering genealogical research.
When I first made use of the DPL genealogical collection in 1993, I was please to find that the library housed several of the key resources needed for conducting New Mexico genealogy research. Among these key holdings are:
1. Records of baptism, marriage, confirmation and burial for many New Mexico communities from the 1690s to the 1950s.
2. Extractions of the New Mexico census records of the colonial and Mexican era’s; the U.S. federal census records from 1850 to 1930.
3. Spanish Archives of New Mexico, Series I and II, including the under utilized land grant records.
4. Mexican Archives of New Mexico.
5. Territorial Archives of New Mexico.
6. New Mexico pre-nuptial investigations extracted by Fray Angélico Chávez under the title “New Mexico Roots, Ltd” (in 11 volumes) as well as the microfilm of the original records consulted by Chávez.
These six resources are at the core of conducting New Mexico genealogical research.
In addition, over the course of the past fifteen years, the number of published extractions of records of baptism and marriage for churches of northern New Mexico and southern Colorado has increased significantly and are proving to be invaluable research aids in uncovering genealogical information about our ancestors and in locating original documents to be consulted. Many of these are available at DPL as well.
The DPL houses copies of valuable primary documents for researching Hispanic genealogy and family history for people with roots in southern Colorado, New Mexico and northern Mexico. The information in these records offer details about the lives and history of ancestors and help us to understand family and social relationships and cultural aspects of the past. Acquiring a photocopy of an original record related to an ancestor is not only exciting, it also important for documenting your family genealogy rather than relaying solely on what is posted on the Internet or published in a book or journal.
One very important source of family history is the collection of documents known as the Spanish Archives of New Mexico. Keep in mind that if you do not read Spanish, there are English translations of the Spanish Archives of New Mexico, Series I, available on microfilm at the DPL.
The material from the Archives of the Archdiocese of Santa Fe will expand the current collection of church records for northern New Mexico.
Excerpt of article written by José Antonio Esquibel as published in the Fall 2007 issue of El Farolito