Microfilm and other great research location tools for New Mexico
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  1. #1

    Mar 2004
    New Mexico
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    Microfilm and other great research location tools for New Mexico

    Microfilm of all the Las Vegas Optic newspaper files 1870s onward - almost all, anyway. These include the names and intentions of almost everyone who arrived and departed by rail, Billy-the-Kid activities, range wars, news of just about anything while it was happening. UNM Library microfilm files

    The UNM Library also has microfilm [maybe CD by now] of the microfilm files from the US Archives of all the military correspondence during the Civil War for the Departments of New Mexico and Arizona
    UNM Library microfilm files

    Microfilm of the various surviving newspapers from Santa Fe but covering military activities, raids by Apache and Navajo, mines and mining activities throughout the AZ NM Territories 1863 ownward with lapses during the Confederate troubles. Coverage of the viewpoints from almost every perspective about the Long March to Bosque Redondo, first notification of the Lincoln assassination, everything forward from there.

    The Geronimo Museum in Truth or Consequences. In the back room they have a shocking number of un-catalogued photograpic plates of everything imaginable from the late 1800s, many of which show enough terrain features to allow identification of sites.

    Microfilm of the Deming Headlight files dating back to the early 1900s, located in the city offices on the strip mall north of Main Street. They won't allow you at the original paper stack in the back room, but they'll give you a free hand with the microfilm, which is better anyway. This is where Black Range Tales was first published. The issues contain countless tales from old-timers, pioneers Apache fighters and ranchers during their dotage frequently giving exact locations. They also give locations of machine gun battles between bootleggers and Revenuers, train wrecks, car crashes, homicides, all manner of metal detecting locations long fallen into the dust.

    [Deming Museum will also provide some good ideas for search locations]

    New Mexico Bureau of Mines publications room has an amazing assortment of research material for sale, much of it forgotten geological studies by PHD candidates at NM School of Mines.

    For Civil War research involving the California Volunteers in NM and AZ the Orton book is the only real choice. Only a few copies were ever published, but one's in the New Mexico State Library, Governor's Palace on the Plaza in Santa Fe. [Orton was among those who served in NM.... his name's still chiselled on El Morro where he put it there as a young Captain.] If you use the hard copy in Santa Fe they won't turn you loose with it. You'll page through the brittle, cracked pages while a Library attendant stands over you making sure you don't cause any further damage. The on-line version isn't complete, I believe... some things I haven't been able to find there that were in the hard copy, but for most purposes it will serve.

    It's particularly useful for chasing down people and the movements of units, discharge dates and places, etc.

    California. Adjutant General. Records of California Men in the War of the Rebellion, 1861 to 1867, Revised and Compiled by Brig.-Gen. Richard H. Orton. Sacramento: State Office, 1890. Call #: F8349.02. Also: Microfiche 3399.


    http://snipurl.com/2es05 [cdl_library_cornell_edu]

    http://snipurl.com/2es06 [cdl_library_cornell_edu]

    TEXAS Mounted Volunteers in NM
    Texas. Comptroller's Office. Confederate Pension Applications, Approved. Salt Lake City, Utah: Genealogical Society of Utah, 1975. Call #: Microfilm 758.

    White, Virgil D. Index to Texas CSA Pension Files. Waynesboro, Tennessee: National Historical Publishing Co., 1989. Call #: oE548.W48 1989 (2nd floor open shelf). [You won't get much help out of those Tennesseans if your experience is anything similar to mine. It's a public agency manned by public servants hired by equal opportunity preferences who don't like the folks they hold the records about and aren't crazy about the people who ask questions about them.]

  2. #2
    Nov 2009
    New Mexico
    Whites DFX
    1 times

    Re: Microfilm and other great research location tools for New Mexico

    New to this forum so posting on this topic real late. Thanks Highmountain for the post. Great research material.

  3. #3
    Dec 2006
    Central Minnnesota
    White's DFX & VX3
    274 times

    Re: Microfilm and other great research location tools for New Mexico

    THAT is good info....thanks.



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