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Census RecordsEdit

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Probate RecordsEdit

Reconstruction RecordsEdit

Freedman’s BankEdit

An excellent source is the Freedman’s Savings and Trust Company (visit the African American Freedman's Savings and Trust Company Records page to learn more). This company was created to assist African American soldiers of the Civil War and freed slaves. Freedman’s Savings and Trust Company signature cards or registers from 3 March 1865 to 25 July 1874 may list the name of the depositor, date of entry, age, birthplace, residence, complexion, name of employer or occupation, wife or husband’s name, death information, children’s names, name of father and mother, brothers’ and sisters’ names, remarks, and signature. Early books sometimes contained the name of the former master or mistress and the name of the plantation. Copies of death certificates were sometimes attached to the entries. The collection is organized alphabetically by state, then city where the bank was located, then date the account was established, then account number.

Online collections of Freedman's Bank records:

Freedmen's BureauEdit

The Bureau of Refugees, Freedmen, and Abandoned Lands was created by the US government in 1865 until 1872 to assist former slaves in the southern United States. The Bureau created a wide variety of records extremely valuable to genealogists. Such documents include censuses, marriage records, and medical records. These records often include full names, former masters and plantations, and current residences.[1] For 1865 and 1866, the section on abandoned and confiscated lands includes the names of the owners of the plantations or homes that were abandoned, confiscated, or leased. It gives the county and location, a description of the house, the number of acres owned, and the number of cabins of former slaves. These films do not appear to contain the names of former slaves.

To find Freedmen's Bureau records:

Other FamilySearch collections not included:

Visit the African American Freedmen's Bureau Records page to learn more about utilizing these records.

School RecordsEdit

Slavery RecordsEdit

Vital RecordsEdit




  • New Mexico Deaths, 1889-1945 - information may include name, death date and place, gender, race, age, birth date and place, marital status, spouse, parents and their birthplaces, occupation, residence, and burial date and place


Voting RegistersEdit

Archives and LibrariesEdit

African American in New Mexico at Archives Digital Collection - Genealogy related information for various States and Provinces is available from a variety of servers which may be official government services, genealogy society efforts, or maintained by interested individuals. A digital archive of materials related to African American in the New Mexico.


African American Museum and Cultural Center of New Mexico
5209 4th Street NW
Albuquerque, NM 87107
Phone: (505) 345-8086

New Mexico Black History Organizing Committee
1258 Ortiz Drive SE #304
Albuquerque, NM 87108
Phone: 505-407-6784


  1. "African American Records: Freedmen's Bureau," "African American Heritage," National Archives, accessed 11 May 2018.