Southwest Fast Facts and Key Resources

Southwest Fast Facts and Key Resources

Learn more about the American Southwest.

 
Arizona

Statehood: 1912

First mostly extant federal census: 1870

Statewide birth and death records begin: 1909

Address for vital statistics: Vital Records Section, Arizona Department of Health Services, Box 3887, Phoenix, AZ 85030, (602) 364-1300, <genealogy.az.gov>

Colorado

Statehood: 1876

First mostly extant federal census: 1870

Statewide birth, marriage and death records begin: 1907

Address for vital statistics: Vital Records Section, Colorado Department of Health, 4300 Cherry Creek Drive S., Denver, CO 80246, (303) 692-2200, <www.cdphe.state.co.us/hs/certs.asp>

Nevada

Statehood: 1864

First mostly extant federal census: 1870

Statewide birth and death records begin: 1911

Statewide marriage records begin: 1968

Address for vital statistics: Nevada Office of Vital Statistics, 505 E. King St., Room 102, Carson City, NV 89710, (775) 684-4242, <health2k. state.nv.us/matchiimt/main/bc_tech.htm>

New Mexico

Statehood: 1912

First mostly extant federal census: 1850

Statewide birth, marriage and death records begin: 1920

Address for vital statistics: Vital Statistics Bureau, New Mexico Health Services, 1105 St. Francis Drive, Santa Fe, NM 87505, (505) 827-2338, <dohewbs2. health.state.nm.us/vitalrec>

Texas

Statehood: 1845

First mostly extant federal census: 1850

• Statewide birth and death records begin: 1903

Statewide marriage records begin: 1966

Address for vital statistics: Bureau of Vital Statistics, Texas Department of Health, noo W. 49th St., Austin, TX 78756, (512) 458-7506, <www.tdh.state.tx.us/bvs>

Utah

Statehood: 1896

First mostly extant federal census: 1850

Statewide birth and death records begin: 1905

Statewide marriage records begin: 1887

Address for vital statistics: Office of Vital Records and Statistics, Utah State Department of Health, 288 N. 1460 West St., Salt Lake City, UT, 84114, (801) 538-6843, <health.utah.gov/vitalrecords>
 
Toolkit

Regional Resources

Cyndi’s List

<www.cyndislist.com>: Scroll to the Main Category Index and click U for links to US states.

National Archives and Records Administration regional facilities

<www.archives.gov/facilities/research_centers.html>: Visit Web sites for the National Archives’ Southwest, Rocky Mountain and Pacific regions.

USGenWeb State Pages

<www.usgenweb.org/thestates.html>

Arizona

Web Sites

1883 Pensioners on the Roll

<homepages.rootsweb.com/~godwin/reference/arizona1883.html>

Organizations

Arizona Historical Society

949 E. Second St., Tucson, AZ 85719, (520) 628-5774, <www.arizonahistoricalsociety.org>

Arizona State Genealogical Society

Box 42075, Tucson, AZ 85733, (520) 275-2747, <www.rootsweb.com/~asgs>

Arizona State Library, Archives and Public Records

State Capitol Building Room 200, 1700 W. Washington, Phoenix, AZ 85007, (602) 542-4159, <www.lib.az.us>

Arizona State University Library

Box 871006, Tempe, AZ 85287, (480) 965-6164, <www.asu.edu/lib>

Sharlot Hall Museum

415 W. Gurley St., Prescott, AZ 86301, (928) 445-3122, <www.sharlot.org>

University of Arizona Library

1510 E. University Blvd., Box 210055, Tucson, AZ 85721, (520) 621-6423, <www.library.arizona.edu/branches/spc/homepage>

West Valley Genealogy Library

12222 N. 111th Ave., Youngstown, AZ 85363, (623) 933-4945, <www.rootsweb.com/-azwvgs/Index, htm>

Colorado

Web Sites

Rita’s Colorado Genealogy Clues

<www.coloradoclues.com>

Organizations

Colorado Genealogical Society

Box 9218, Denver, CO 80209, (303) 571-1535, <www.rootsweb.com/~cocgs>

Colorado Historical Society

1300 Broadway, Denver, CO 80203, (303) 866-3682, <www.coloradohistory.org>

Colorado State Archives

1313 Sherman St., Room 1B-20, Denver, CO 80203, (303) 866-2358 or (303) 866-2390, <www.colorado.gov/dpa/doit/archives/geneal. htm>

Denver Public Library

10 W. 14th Ave. Parkway, Denver, CO 80204, (720) 865-1821, <denverlibrary.org/research/genealogy>

Nevada

Web Sites

Nevada Women’s History Project

<www.unr.edu/nwhp/>

Books

Nevada Guide to Genealogical Records by Diane E. Greene (Clearfield Co.)

The Nevada Tombstone Record Book: Southern Nevada compiled by Richard B. Taylor (Bee Hive Press)

Organizations

Nevada Historical Society

1650 N. Virginia St., Reno, NV 89503, (775) 688-1190, <dmla.clan.lib.nv.us/docs/museums/reno/his-soc.htm>

Nevada State Genealogical Society

Box 20666, Reno, NV 89515, <www.rootsweb.com/~nvsgs>

Nevada State Library and Archives

100 N. Stewart St., Carson City, NV 89701, (775) 684-3310, <dmla.clan.lib.nv.us/docs/nsla/archives>

Nevada State Museum and Historical Society

700 Twin Lakes Drive, Las Vegas, NV 89107, (702) 486-5205, <dmla.clan.lib.nv.us/docs/museums/lv/vegas.htm>

University of Nevada-Reno Library

Special Collections, Mail Stop 332, University Library, Reno, NV 89557, (775) 784-6500 Ext. 327, <www.library.unr.edu/specoll>

New Mexico

Web Sites

New Mexico Ancestors

<www.rootsweb.com/~nma>

Online Archive of New Mexico

<elibrary.unm.edu/oanm>

Books

Genealogical Resources in New Mexico, 2nd edition, by Karen Stein Daniel (New Mexico Genealogical Society Press)

Organizations

Albuquerque Public Library

501 Copper Ave. NW, Albuquerque, NM 87102, (505) 768-5141, <www.cabq.gov/library>

Hispanic Genealogical Research Center of New Mexico

Box 51088, Albuquerque, NM 87181, <www.hgrc-nm.org>

Historical Society of New Mexico

Box 1912, Santa Fe, NM 87504, <www.hsnm.org>

New Mexico Genealogical Society

Box 8283, Albuquerque, NM 87198, <www.nmgs.org>

New Mexico State Library

1209 Camino Carlos Rey, Santa Fe, NM 87507, (505) 476-9700, <www.stlib.state.nu.us>

New Mexico State Records Center and Archives

1205 Camino Carlos Rey, Santa Fe, NM 87507, (505) 476-7900, <www.nmcpr.state.nm.us>

Special Collections Library

423 Central Ave. NE, Albuquerque, NM 87102, (505) 848-1376, <www.cabq.gov/library/specol.html>

University of New Mexico Library

The Center for Southwest Research, General Library, The University of New Mexico, Albuquerque, NM 87131, (505) 277-6451, <www.unm.edu/~cswrref>

Texas

Web Sites

El Paso County, Texas TXGenWeb

<www.rootsweb.com/~txelpaso>

Handbook of Texas Online

<tsha.utexas.edu/handbook/online>

Lone Star Junction

<lsjunction.com>

Republic of Texas Claims

<www.tsl.state.tx.us/arc/repclaims>

The Texas Ranger Research Center

<www.texasranger.org/recenter/rcenter.htm>

Books

Genealogical Records in Texas by Imogene and Leon Kennedy (Clearfield Co.)

Research in Texas by Lloyd Dewitt Bockstruck (National Genealogical Society, out of print)

Organizations

Baylor University

Texas Collection, Box 97142, Waco, TX 76798, (254) 710-1268, <www3.baylor.edu/Library/Texas>

Center for American History

2.101 Sid Richardson Hall, University of Texas at Austin, Austin, TX 78712, (512) 495-4515, <www.cah.utexas.edu>

Clayton Library

Center for Genealogical Research, 5300 Caroline, Houston, TX 77004, (832) 393-2600, <www.hpl.lib.tx.us/clayton>

Dallas Public Library

1515 Young St., Dallas, TX 75201, (214) 670-1400, <daIlaslibrary.org/central.htrn>

Daughters of the Republic of Texas Library

Box 1401, San Antonio, TX 78295, (210) 225-1071, <www.drtl.org>

Houston Public Library

500 McKinney St., Houston, TX 77002, (832) 393-1313, <www.hpl.lib.tx.us/hpl/hplhome.html>

Texas State Genealogical Society

Box 7, Sulphur Springs, TX 75483, <www.rootsweb.com/~txsgs>

Texas State Historical Association

2.306 Sid Richardson Hall, University of Texas at Austin, Austin, TX 78712, (512) 471-1525, <www.tsha.utexas.edu>

Texas State Library and Archives Commission

1201 Brazos St., Box 12927, Austin, TX 78711, (512) 463-5455, <www.tsl.state.tx.us/arc/genfirst.html>

Utah

Web Sites

Pioneer: Utah’s Online Library

<pioneer-library.org>

Tracing Mormon Pioneers

<www.xmission.com/~nelsonb/pioneer.htm>

Organizations

Family History Library

35 N. West Temple St., Salt Lake City, UT 84150, (800) 453-3860 Ext. 22331, <www.familysearch.org>

Gerald R. Sherratt Library

Southern Utah University, 351 W. Center St., Cedar City, UT 84720, (435) 865-7947, <lib.li.suu.edu>

Harold B. Lee Library

Brigham Young University, Box 26800, Provo, UT 84602, (801) 422-2927, <www.lib.byu.edu/hbll>

J. Willard Marriott Library

University of Utah, 295 S. 1500 East, Salt Lake City, UT 84112, (801) 581-8558, <www.lib.utah.edu>

Salt Lake City Public Library

210 E. 400 South, Salt Lake City, UT 84111, (801) 524-8200, <www.slcpl.lib.ut.us>

Stewart Library

Weber State University, 2901 University Circle, Ogden, UT 84408, (801) 626-6415 or (877) 306-3140, <library.weber.edu>

Utah Genealogical Association

Box 1144, Salt Lake City, UT 84110, (888) 463-6842, <www.infouga.org>

Utah State Archives

Archives Building, State Capitol, Box 141021, Salt Lake City, UT 84114, (801) 538-3013, <www.archives.state.ut.us>

Utah State Historical Society

300 S. Rio Grande St., Salt Lake City, UT 84101, (801) 533-3500, <history.utah.org>

 From the August 2004 issue of Family Tree Magazine.

 

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