Newspapers are a rich source of information for genealogists. They may include obituaries, birth and marriage announcements, articles about social events and businesses in which your ancestors were involved, and much more. They add depth and dimension to your family's story. This page will help you to identify where you can find and search New Mexico newspapers.
The Library has microfilm copies of Albuquerque newspapers from 1887 to the present, including the Albuquerque Journal and the Albuquerque Tribune. A vital records index of names from the Albuquerque papers 1888-1927 is available on a Local Area Network at the Genealogy Center. Use NewspaperARCHIVE with your library card to access Albuquerque papers 1882-1977. These newspapers are completely full-text searchable and digitized.
A microfiche index for the Albuquerque Journal is available at the Genealogy Center for 1976-1978 and 1988-2003. A printed index for the Albuquerque Journal is available at the Genealogy Center for 1979-1982. The Albuquerque Publishing Company Library has an index for the Albuquerque Journal for 1989-1994.
A local history card index of articles of local interest, including articles from the Albuquerque Journal and Tribune, from 1965-2000 is located at the Special Collections Library. No indexing is available for the Albuquerque Journal between 1983 and 1987, with the exception of the Local History File and obituaries. See the obituary tab above for more information about obituaries.
Major articles from the Albuquerque Journal from 1995 to the present are full-text searchable from the Library's website with a library card using Newsbank.
A vital records index of names from the Albuquerque papers 1888-1927 is available on a Local Area Network at the Genealogy Center.
The Library of Congress' Chronicling America website has fully searchable digitized newspapers published in Albuquerque before 1923. These papers include:
The Library has many early New Mexico newspapers. Search the Library's catalog to see which papers are available at the library in print and microfilm. A keyword search for "N.M. newspapers" will retrieve these papers, or search for the name of the town followed by N.M., for example: Socorro N.M. newspapers
The Chronicling America website has two parts -- an option to search digitized American newspapers published before 1923, and an option to search the US Newspaper Directory, 1690- present to find information about newspapers published in the United States, including where to find microfilm copies that may be available through interlibrary loan. You can search by State, County, and Town to find newspapers in New Mexico and other states.
The earliest New Mexico paper that is included in Chronicling America is for 1880 and the latest is for 1922. There are currently early digitized newspapers on this site for Albuquerque, Aztec, Carlsbad, Carrizozo, Cimmaron, Clayton, Clovis, Columbus, Deming, Kenna, Las Vegas, Lincoln County, Lordsburg, Red River, Socorro, and Tucumcari.
In addition to the Albuquerque Journal 1995- present, you may also search the Las Cruces Sun-News 2004- present, and the Roswell Daily Record 2002- present. These papers are fully searchable using Newsbank and your library card.
NewspaperARCHIVE includes digitized and fully searchable newspapers for many New Mexico communities, including:
See a complete list of all New Mexico newspapers in Newspaper Archive.