When I first started researching and working on my blog, I wrote an article I called "Library Stress", in which I chronicled my first experience at the Downtown LA Library (comparing it to a Manhattan subway station). I decided to change the format of my blog, so you won't find it posted anywhere BUT...While I was writing it, I did a browser search to see if other people felt the same way. Low and behold, I found extensive studies that have been done at universities because "Library Anxiety" is affects many college students academically - even at the graduate/masters level, even at Ivy League institutions). Most people are embarrassed to let anyone know they're confused when trying to navigate a library. Don't let that happen to you!
Researching my family history has been incredibly important to me, not to mention, therapeutic to my grieving process. I do get library anxiety, but I don't let it win. There are still so many people without access to the internet at home, or cell phones with search engines and google maps, or even home phones, etc. Time and time again, I've witnessed people, going up to the library reference desk, asking for something as simple as a phone number look up or a list of the grocery stores or auto mechanics in the area. This has really set me straight, when it comes to taking free resources for granted. Don't be afraid to ask the librarians questions - if they aren't helpful, ask someone else. The way I see it, letting my ego or anxiety win isn't worth passing up free resources.
The Public Library: Albuquerque and Bernalillo County
501 Copper Ave NW
Albuquerque, NM 87102
Mon, Thurs, Fri, Sat 10am-6pm
Tues & Wed 10am-7pm
Their resources are too many to list. You can find out more information about the books they carry on their website. Don't forget to check out the helpful pdf's they offer online
Poudre River Public Library District
301 E. Olive Avenue
Fort Collins, CO 80524
They have many resources on their website - including pdfs of family lineages you can search through. By the time I found this resource online, I had already done a great deal of research on my own and their lineages didn't go beyond the information I had already found through other sources. However, there were a few ancestors I did find through these resources and I am working on finding confirming documents to see if those lineages are accurate. I'd say its worth a try.
Los Angeles Public Library
630 W. 5th Street
Los Angeles, CA 90071
Mon, Tues Wed, Thurs 10am-8pm
Fri & Sat 9:30am-5:30pm
I've spent entire days (weekends) at this library and they have many resources in their Genealogy Department - which is 4 levels down. I haven't made a list of the books they have but you can search them in the online catalog. The librarians are incredibly helpful here and an extra perk is the used book sale they have once a month. One Saturday morning I got to this library before they opened and saw a bunch of people standing at the door holding boxes - I wondered if the library also served as a local food pantry. I finally asked someone and it turns out they were book vendors, lining up for the books sale. Once the doors opened, everyone literally ran inside, up the stairs, onto escalators or into elevators. I followed them and to my surprise, found some amazing books pertaining to New Mexico Genealogy, the Pueblos, Mexican and Spanish History. I also met some incredibly nice people and entered a book auction - where I was able to buy a book worth over $100.00 for a mere $5.00. I definitely recommend this library for family history research.
Southern California Genealogical Society and Family Research Library
NM Bap, San Miguel del Vado Pecos Mission 1799-1829
Pomona, CA 91766
A list of their books on New Mexico
Spanish and Mexican Censuses of New Mexico, 1750-1830
New Mexico Marriages, San Miguel del Bado Church – Nov. 12, 1829 to Nov. 10, 1878
Albuquerque Baptisms: Archdiocese of Santa Fe, 1706-1850
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