The Baca / Douglas Genealogy and Family History Blog

27 September 2008

Correction: New Mexico Digital History Project

On page 117 of the September New Mexico Genealogist, we posted an web address for the Office of the State Historian. As we mentioned in our article, the website is a great place to "...check out documents and maps of the past(,) (r)esearch land grants(,) (and) (e)xplore family genealogy...."

We inadvertently mispelled the web address for that site. It should read:

Please pass along this information.

20 September 2008

October 2008 NMGS Program

Saturday, October 18, 2008, 10:30 AM
Botts Hall, Albuquerque Special Collections Library
423 Central Ave. NE, Albuquerque NM (NW Corner of Edith and Central)

The New Mexico Genealogical Society presents

David Kammer
Speaking about

“New Mexico’s New Deal:
A 75th Anniversary Perspective”

President Franklin Roosevelt's New Deal left an indelible mark on New Mexico's public architecture and landscape. Through programs such as the WPA. PWA and CCC, the unemployed obtained work relief and left New Mexico with a legacy that includes courthouses, town halls, community centers, public art and parks.

In recognizing the 75th Anniversary of the New Deal, the talk will offer an array of examples showing how these public works projects remain a part of our state's heritage.

This program is free and open to the public.

For more information about our programs, please visit our website at

This program is made possible by the New Mexico Humanities Council through grants from the National Endowment for the Humanities and the New Mexico Office of Cultural Affairs.

11 September 2008

Two More Mystery Photos

Anita, one of my readers, sent me the two photos below:

She says this about the photos:

Here are a few photos that I'm curious about. This is from my grandmother's collection. My grandmother's name is Maria Gumecinda Gonzales (1905-1995) her husband my grandfather was Jesus Eleodoro Gomez (1910-1986), Grandma was born in Sanchez, lived in Sabinoso in 1910 and grandpa was born in Montoya, then lived in Chaperito. They married about 1931 then spent most of their adult lives in Las Vegas, New Mexico. I'm guessing these men are relatives or friends of theirs.

I don't know who the little girl is possibly a relative or friend of the parents of grandma Gumecinda Gonzales. They were Clemencia "Lujana" Lujan (b 1865) and Anselmo Gonzales (b 1858). My records show that some of the villages and areas they lived in were, Sabinoso, Sapello, Tecolote, & Trujillo.

I'll send more information about the antique photo after I get it scanned,it's packed away, I'm sure the little girl's last name is Gallegos, which is on the back of the photo.

If you have any idea who these people are, please either post a comment to this blog or send me an e-mail at I'll pass on the information to Anita.

If you wish to have me a mystery photo or other type of inquiry posted on my blog, please send me an e-mail at the above address.

10 September 2008

06 September 2008

Mystery Photo

A couple of years ago, my uncle gave me the photo below:

He didn't know who the people in the photo were. They may be from our family (Baca, Bourguinon, Torres, Trujillo), or may be from his ex-wife's family (Peralta, or other families.) His ex-wife died a few years ago, so he can't ask her. The family is probably from the Socorro, New Mexico area.

Based on clothing styles, it appears that this photo was taken in the early 1900s, possible as late as the late 1910s. I used a great book called "Dating Old Photographs: 1840-1929" to figure this out.

If you have any idea who these people are, please post a comment to this blog or send my an e-mail at If you need it, I can give you more details about my uncle and aunt through e-mail.

05 September 2008

10 Essential Books in My Genealogy Library

Just ten?

My genealogy library has grown from a scant few in the year 2000 to a whole mobile bookcase today. The 56 Edition of the Carnival of Genealogy asks gene bloggers to pick the ten most essential books in our collection. This is nearly an impossible task. Which ones do I choose?

My collection includes general genealogical reference, extractions of census and vital records, and genealogies of specific families. One can also find history books in my bookcase.

The bulk of my collection deals with Hispanic New Mexico genealogy. Therefore, it is from this category that I pick my 10 best.

The Ten Essential Books in my Genealogy Library

1.Origins of New Mexico Families: A Genealogy of the Spanish Colonial Period, Revised Ed. by Fray Angelico Chavez. This is a genealogy of 17th and 18th century Hispanic families from the area. The original book was published in the 1950s, with some additions in 1992. Certainly since the book is over 50 years old, genealogist have found mistakes since then. However, it is still an important seminal work of New Mexico genealogy.

2.The Spanish Recolonization of New Mexico: An Account of the Families Recruited at Mexico City in 1693 by Jose Antonio Esquibel and John B. Colligan. A well researched book about late 17th century Hispanic New Mexican families and their descendants.

3. Aqui Se Comienza: A Genealogical History of the Founding Families of La Villa de San Felipe de Alburquerque edited by Gloria M. Valencia y Valdez, et. al. An award winning book published by the New Mexico Genealogical Society. Over 20 people contributed to researching, writing and editing the book, including yours truly.

4. New Mexico Spanish & Mexican Colonial Censuses: 1790, 1823, & 1845, translated and compiled by Virigina Langham Olmsted, G.R.S.
I use it all the time.

5. Spanish and Mexican Censuses of New Mexico 1750 to 1830, compiled by Virginia Langham Olmsted, C.G.
A companion volume to the above census transcription.

6. New Mexico Censuses of 1833 and 1845: Socorro and Surrounding Communities of the Rio Abajo, by Teresa Ramirez Alief, et. al. A set of census transcription essential to persons who have ancestors from Socorro and the surrounding area.

7. New Mexico Baptisms: San Miguel de Socorro Church 1821-1853, extracted by Lila Armijo Pfeufer. The microfilmed records of Socorro is often difficult to read. Therefore, this transcription is a necessity.

8. San Miguel del Socorro, New Mexico: Marriage Records 1821-1853, extracted by Joe Sanchez III. Published independently, this is another good book for research.

9. Marriages: Socorro 1854 - 1900, San Ignacio, San Cristobal, San Marcial, La Jolla, published by the Hispanic Genealogical Research Center of New Mexico. Ditto.

10. Genealogical Resources of New Mexico, 3rd edition, by Karen Stein Daniel, CGsm. The only book that you need to help you find resources for your New Mexico research.

Where to find these books

Book # 1:

Books # 2 and 9: Hispanic Genealogical Research Center of New Mexico.

Books # 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, and 10: New Mexico Genealogial Society.

Book # 8: Joe Sanchez III

September 2008 New Mexico Genealogical Society Program

September 20, 2008
10:30 AM

The New Mexico Genealogical Society

The Citizens Committee for Historical Preservation
in Las Vegas, New Mexico

A speaker will discuss the history of Las Vegas

There will also be a tour of historic Las Vegas. The cost for the tour is $5 per person.

Come travel with us and help celebrate the history of Las Vegas, New Mexico. The committee's offices hold historic photographs and documents of great interest.

Directions to the Citizen's Committee for Historic Preservation: The offices are located at 116 Bridge St., Las Vegas, New Mexico. From the south, take I-25 to the Las Vegas' first exit (Exit # 345). As you drive into Las Vegas, follow the signs to Old Town Plaza. Once you are at the plaza (which is close by), take the road east which is Bridge Street. You should be able to find it from there.


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02 September 2008

Inquiry: Unclaimed Person Joe Lucero of NM

I just joined a group on Facebook called Unclaimed Persons. Genealogists on this list discuss persons who died and were not claimed by relatives.One such person is Joe Lucero from New Mexico.

Since Joe Lucero is a common name in the area, they are having a hard time finding who he is related to. Here is some information posted by Dra Ana Oquendo-Pabon:

From Hillsborough County Coroner:

Joe Lucero
Born: 02-22-1936 Santa Fe, NM
Died: 05-01-1989 Tampa, FL
Likely residences:
Likely locations of family:
New Mexico & Florida

There is more information on the discussion list. One of the things that they want someone to do is to check the baptismal microfilm for Santa Fe. I am not able to do that immediately, so if you would like to help please do so. For more information, check out the discussion list "Case # 19 - Joe Lucero - New Mexico to Florida" at this link.

If you wish to post on the list, you will need to join Facebook. Otherwise, just send me an e-mail at, and I'll be happy to post your information there.

01 September 2008

Rhapsody in Me

The video below is something I put together for the 55th Edition of the Carnival of Genealogy: Show and Tell.

Devestating Earthquake Hits Socorro! ... In 1906

On 19 July 1906, the New York Times ran an article about an earthquake that hit Socorro, New Mexico. The report states that 2/3rds of the buildings in Socorro were falling down, the local springs heated up 10 degrees, and ominously mentions "a supposed extinct volcano" nearby.

Death and destruction. Panic ensues.

As I understand, this "major" earthquake was extremely overexagerated in the press. Socorro is prone to small earthquakes; I've felt a few of them myself when I lived there. This earthquake may have been stronger than usual and some houses may have been damaged, but it's very doubtful that 2/3rds of the homes were destroyed. Especially since there are many old homes still standing.

Check out this link: "Town Being Shaken Down".

I found this link by doing a search on Google News Archive Search.