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World Vital Records Obituaries

World Vital Records

An excellent source for obituaries worldwide.  Available for free with your library card.

Finding Obituaries in the Albuquerque Journal

Finding Obituaries in the Albuquerque Journal

March 1, 2015 to the present

Obituaries published by the Albuquerque Journal after March 1, 2015, are available at http://www.legacy.com/obituaries/abqjournal/

March 1, 1998-April 30, 2015
These obituaries are available on the Albuquerque Journal website at http://obits.abqjournal.com.  A newspaper subscription is not required to search the obituaries.

Prior to March 1, 1998
For obituaries published in the Albuquerque Journal prior to March 1, 1998, you may email the Genealogy Center of the Main Library at librarygenealogy@cabq.gov. Please provide the name of the deceased and an approximate time period, if known. We are usually able to respond to your request within a day or two.
     Our obituary index was created by volunteers from the Albuquerque Genealogical Society and the New Mexico Genealogical Society. The index can be used on-site in the Genealogy Center on the 2nd floor of the Main Library. Staff and volunteers are available to assist you.

Finding Obituaries in other New Mexico Newspapers

Finding Obituaries in other New Mexico Newspapers

The Fray Angelico Chavez History Library at the Palace of the Governors in Santa Fe maintains an Obituary Database for some New Mexico newspapers. The index covers obits from the 1870s through December 2005.  Entries up to the 1940s cover areas beyond Albuquerque and Santa Fe and include several New Mexico newspapers. Entries since the 1950s cover primarily the Santa Fe area and are based on the Santa Fe New Mexican with occasional entries for famous New Mexicans elsewhere.  It is not comprehensive, so if you cannot find an entry for a person of interest, do not assume an obituary notice does not exist. You will need to take additonal steps to verify the existence of an obituary. For more information about the index, see About the Database on the Palace of the Governors website.

In addition, the Santa Fe New Mexican lists obituaries online. The Legacy network allows a search by name of person or by town. The span of years covered will vary from newspaper to newspaper. On the same website you can find obituaries for other New Mexico newspapers, including:

  • Alamogordo Daily News
  • Carlsbad News Journal
  • Deming Headlight
  • Farmington Daily Times
  • Las Cruces Sun News
  • Portales News-Tribune
  • Quay County Sun
  • Las Cruces Bulletin

Finding Obituaries outside of New Mexico

Finding Obituaries outside of New Mexico

An excellent source for millions of obituaries from over 800 newspapers in the U.S. and around the world can be found at Legacy.com. The legacy network allows a search by name of person or by town. The span of years covered will vary from newspaper to newspaper.

Other public libraries may also be able to help you locate obituaries from their service areas. Find a public library by city, state, county or ZIP code online.

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