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18 May 2008

Free Military Records at, May 20-31, 2008

As they have done in previous years, is allowing the public to view their military records for free between May 20 - 31, 2008. This is in commemoration of Memorial Day. If you are interested in viewing these databases, follow this link.

Free Access to at Special Collections Library

It was announced at the May NMGS Meeting that the Albuquerque Special Collections Library has a free trial subscription to This website includes images of historical documents from the National Archives, including military records. The trial subscription is only for 3o days and may only be accessed at the Special Collections Library.

The librarians wish us to review this website and tell them what we think about it. If they receive enough positive response they will purchase an annual subscription to the database. Therefore, if you have the opportunity, please go visit the library and review the website. In order to access the database, you must purchase a $3 smart card from the library. This card not only allow you to access this website, but other websites such as Library Edition and Heritage Quest Online. You may also use this card to access the Internet at other Rio Grande Library System libraries; however, you can only find the genealogy databases for free at the Special Collection Library.

The Albuquerque Special Collections Library is at 423 Central Ave. NE, Albuquerque, NM 87102. Their phone number is (505) 848-1376. Their website is, and you may contact them by e-mail at For more information about, visit their website at this link.

10 May 2008

Obituary: Robert B. Baca

Once again, this obituary was found in an Albuquerque Journal Obituary database at the Albuquerque Special Collections Library.

Robert B. Baca was my paternal grandfather.

13 November 1972

Funeral Mass Planned Tuesday for R. B. Baca

Journal Special

SOCORRO - Funeral mass will be celebrated Tuesday for Robert B. Baca, 65, retired Postal Service employe (sic) who was assistant postmaster of Socorro.

Baca, who died at his home suddenly Saturday, retired from the Postal Service in 1964 after 30 years of service.

Active in the Knights of Columbus, Baca was a member of the Fourth Degree Assembly of the K of C in Belen. He also was a member of board of trustees of the Socorro Electric Cooperative and the San Miguel Catholic Church.

Rosary will be recited at 7 p.m. today at the San Miguel Church. Funeral mass will be celebrated at 10 a.m. Tuesday at San Miguel Church. Burial will follow in the San Miguel Cemetary.

Survivors include his wife, Theresa of Socorro; two daughters, Mrs. Theresa Rios and Mrs. Maryetta Serna, both of Socorro; three sons, Robert C. and David M. Baca, both of Socorro, and Eddie Baca of Socorro, and 16 grandchildren.

Obituary: Santiago Baca

I found the following obituary at the Albuquerque Special Collections Library. There is a database that includes images of obituaries from the Albuquerque Journal beginning in the 1930s and continuing on into 2006. The Albuquerque Genealogical Society donated this database to the library.

Santiago Baca was my maternal grandfather.

20 July 1961

BACA - Santiago Baca, 53, passed away at his home in Socorro Wednesday. He is survived by his wife, Paulita; a son, Jimmy; three daughters, Mrs. Frances Baca, Josie M. Baca and Judy M. Baca; his father, Rafael P. Baca; two brothers, Philip and Alvaro; two sisters, Mrs. Ramona Gonzales and Mrs. Eugenia Salazar. Rosary will be recited at 7 tonight at Steadman Memorial Chapel in Socorro. Reqiuem mass will be said at 9 a.m. Friday at San Miguel Church and burial will be said in San Miguel Cemetery, with Steadman Funeral Home in charge.

06 May 2008

May 2008 NMGS Newsletter

New Mexico Genealogical Society
May 2008 Newsletter

Table of Contents

1. President’s Message
2. Upcoming Programs
3. NMGS Blog
4. NMGS Receives Lansing B. Bloom Award
5. NMGS Website
6. NMGS Press

1. President’s Message

This month’s program is an interactive workshop “How to Do Research at the Special Collections Library.” The workshop will be facilitated by a panel of NMGS genealogists.

NMGS received another award, the Historical Society of New Mexico’s Lansing B. Bloom Award. This is the second time that our organization has won this award.

For up to date information, check out our website at or our blog at

Robert Baca, President NMGS

2. Upcoming Programs

* Saturday May 17, 2008, 10:30 AM, Special Collections Library, 423 Central Ave. NE, Albuquerque, NM (NW corner of Edith and Central.)

An Interactive Workshop: “How to Do Research at the Special Collections Library”. Facilitated by a panel of NMGS genealogists - Books, microfilms, and computers: the Albuquerque Special Collections Library has much to offer. Learn how to do research at one of the best genealogy libraries in New Mexico. Experienced genealogists are encouraged to share their knowledge with the class.

* Saturday June 21, 2008, 10:30 AM, The DeLavy House, 151 Edmond Rd. , Bernalillo, NM (The DeLavy House is located in Bernalillo, New Mexico, on the north side of US 550. It lies west of the Rio Grande between the Santa Ana Star Casino on the west and the road to Coronado State Monument on the east.)

Traveling Program: “NMGS Visits the Sandoval County Historical Society” – Featured Speaker: Martha Liebert.. Other speakers include Bertile Baca who will discuss the “Baca Family of Peña Blanca”, and Debbie Montoya who will talk about “The Montoya Family of Peña Blanca”. Also, view a special photo display about the families of that area.

* Coming in July: Gloria Valencia y Valdez speaks about “Other Possible Founders of Alburquerque”!

All programs are open and free to the public. For more information about these programs, please visit our website at

3. NMGS Blog

As announced last month, the New Mexico Genealogical Society launched a new blog! Visit the blog at to find news and information of interest to you.

Recently, we posted an article with photos about the April NMGS program, Jan Bennett’s “The Making of a Family: The Pecos Years 1916-1940.” Take a look at what you missed:

We want to serve the entire New Mexico genealogical community. Therefore, if you know about an event, news or a website link that we should know about, please send me an E-mail at – Robert Baca.

4. NMGS Receives Lansing B. Bloom Award

The New Mexico Genealogical Society received the Lansing B. Bloom Award on Saturday, April 25, 2008, at the annual conference of the Historical Society of New Mexico in Deming, NM. The historical society presents this award each year “for an outstanding publication by a society or organization.”

The specific publication that won the award is Aquí Se Comienza: A Genealogical History of the Founding Families of La Villa de San Felipe de Alburquerque. This book, published in 2007, contains genealogies of certain Spanish families that settled Albuquerque in 1706. It was published in commemoration of the Albuquerque Tricentennial celebration.

The book’s project director Gloria Valencia y Valdez accepted the award for the New Mexico Genealogical Society. This is the second award that the book has received; it was also honored with the 2007 New Mexico Book Award: Book on a Hispanic Subject.

For more information, please visit the Historical Society of New Mexico website:

5. NMGS Website

Here are a few pages that you can find on the NMGS website:

A Cuarto Centennial History of New Mexico

Locating Catholic Church Records in New Mexico

Projects: New and Ongoing

6. NMGS Press

This month’s featured books:

* San Agustin de la Isleta Church Marriage and Baptisms. Marriages 1726 to 1846; Baptisms 1730 to 1776 and 1829 to 1842. Book C-4. $40.00.

* Church of San Antonio de Sandia 1771 – 1864. Book C-1. $15.00.

* Church in San Juan Pueblo 1726 – 1776, 1831-1855; and Church in Santa Clara Pueblo1726-1832. Book C-8. $25.00.

You can order these books and many, many more on the NMGS Press webpage at

03 May 2008

Site Link: "50 Awesome Tools for Researching Your Family History"

This link was sent to me by e-mail, a blog posting called "50 Awesome Tools for Researching Your Family History." This post was on the "Bootstrapper" blog, which apparently specializes in lists: mostly business tips and the like.

Many of the site mentioned on the page are your standard links such as and the Library of Congress. However, there are a few sites that I hadn't ever heard of such as and GenCircles. It's worth a look.