The Baca / Douglas Genealogy and Family History Blog

22 December 2011

NMGS Video Blog December 22, 2011

New Mexico Genealogical Society President Robert Baca introduces the society to YouTube by talking about New Mexico history and his personal genealogy.

05 December 2011

Tim Kimball - January 21, 2012 NMGS Presentation

Botts Hall
Albuquerque Special Collection Library
423 Central NE
Albuquerque, NM
(On the corner of Central and Edith)

Saturday, January 21, 2012
10:30 AM – Noon

The Albuquerque Special Collections Library
The New Mexico Genealogical Society

Tim Kimball
Asking for the Inestimable Right: New Mexico’s State Government of 1850

During spring of 1850 New Mexicans organized a state government and petitioned the US Senate for admission. Calling the promises made by Polk and Kearny in 1846, New Mexico possessed a greater population than most previous territories granted statehood. National hurdles of slavery, anti-Catholicism, and racism doomed this first attempt at statehood in a complex drama that continued for another 62 years.

Tim Kimball is an independent researcher and Army-trained intelligence analyst and is literate in Spanish and German. Tim’s special interest is in archival research on occupation-era New Mexico and its application to a more complete record of the period. He has published several articles and given several presentations on his interpretations.

Join us in the newly renovated Botts Hall at the Albuquerque Special Collections Library on Central and Edith! This presentation is the first of the 2012 New Mexico Centennial Program. Come help us celebrate every third Saturday of the month, January through November, 2012. For more information about our programs, check out the New Mexico Genealogical Society’s website at

This program is free and open to the public.

03 December 2011

2012 New Mexico Centennial Program - Botts Hall

Botts Hall
Albuquerque Special Collection Library
423 Central NE
Albuquerque, NM
(On the northwest corner of Central and Edith)

2012 New Mexico Centennial Program

The New Mexico Genealogical Society in conjunction with the Albuquerque Special Collection Library is celebrating the New Mexico Statehood Centennial in 2012!

The 2012 New Mexico Centennial Program will present speakers on New Mexico history and genealogy throughout the year, January through November. The quality of presenters and topics are guaranteed to be superb. Each presentation is thoroughly researched and will entertain as well as inform.

The 2012 New Mexico Centennial Program will be presented exclusively in the newly renovated Botts Hall, at the Albuquerque Special Collections Library on the northwest corner of Central and Edith. Come join us for the re-opening of the Albuquerque Special Collection Library in January.

List of Programs:

• January 21, 2012, 10:30 A.M. to Noon
Tim Kimball - Asking for the Inestimable Right: N M’s State Government of 1850.

• February, 18, 2012, 10:30 A.M. to Noon
Sherry Robinson – John S. Calhoun: Indian Agent, First Territorial Governor

• March 17, 2012, 10:30 A.M. to Noon
David Stuart - Before New Mexico Got its Name: Archaeology of its First XI Millennia.

• April 21, 2012, 10:30 A.M. to Noon
Henrietta Martinez Christmas - Julian Jacquez, Rosa Villalpando, and the Taos Massacre of August 1760 - Trekking Through Texas.

• May 19, 2012, 10:30 A.M. to Noon
Robert Torrez - Law and Order and the Quest for Statehood: A View From the Bench.

• June 16, 2012, 10:30 A.M. to Noon
Richard Garcia – “Grandma, Where Do We Come From?” Isleta Pueblo Diversity.

• July 21, 2012, 10:30 A.M. to Noon
John Kessell - "¡Más Allá! Don Bernardo de Miera y Pacheco and the 18th-Century Kingdom of New Mexico

• August 18, 2012, 10:30 A.M. to Noon
David Snow – Settling New Mexico’s Colonial Landscape

• September 15, 2012, 10:30 A.M. to Noon
Ron Solimon – Pueblo Nations and State and Federal Government Policies 1912-2012

• October 20, 2012, 10:30 A.M. to Noon
Richard Griswold del Castillo – Treaty of Guadalupe Hidalgo and its Effect on New Mexico’s Quest for Statehood.

• November 17, 2012, 10:30 A.M. to Noon
Richard Melzer – Delay after Delay and Finally, Statehood at Last!

All Programs are free and open to the public.

For more information, check out the New Mexico Genealogical Society website at

14 September 2011

September 17, 2011 NMGS Program

Special Collections Library
Main Library - Second Floor
501 Central NW
Albuquerque, NM

Saturday, September 17, 2011
10:30 AM


The New Mexico Genealogical Society


Henrietta Christmas

“Jornada del Muerto Grant aka Armendaris Grant”
The Jornada del Muerto Grant. The Jornada del Muerto Grant was first sought by Pedro Armendaris of San Elizario around 1819. Later requests for a grant from this long stretch of mostly dry land came in 1845, and conflicted with other grants to the Armendaris family. Long associated with the Camino Real, the Jornada del Muerto Grant presents an interesting set of questions. Beset with drought, Indian predations, and a desert landscape, did it have real value? A primer on researching land grants will be pointed out within the presentation.

Henrietta Christmas, a native New Mexican, is a genealogical and historical researcher for the last 35 years and she descends from eleven of the soldiers that came with Oñate in 1598. She has written several books which relate to New Mexico's small towns and history and over 100 articles mostly on New Mexico's Colonial Families. She is a long-time member of the Historical Society of New Mexico, Hispanic Genealogical Research Center of New Mexico and the New Mexico Genealogical Society. Two of her most recent projects include assisting with the bios for Segesser Hide Paintings for the opening of the History Museum in Santa Fe and writing two chapters in the Anthology for the Historical Society of NM, titled “Sunshine and Shadows in New Mexico’s Past.”

Henrietta’s interest in researching land grants is two-fold, identifying the persons involved and hearing the testimonies. These records provide an in depth knowledge of who, what and when things happened in regards to their specific land grants. Many of these papers are far superior in terms of the WPA interviews and represent New Mexico’s historical past. Some of her most recent land grant projects include El Rito, Antonio Salazar, Santa Fe County and Chaperito. Henrietta resides in Corrales with her husband Walt.

This program is free and open to the public.

08 August 2011

August 20, 2011 NMGS Program

Special Collections Library
Main Library - Second Floor
501 Central NW
Albuquerque, NM
Saturday, August 20, 2011
10:30 AM

The New Mexico Genealogical Society
and the Special Collection Library


Researching Your New Mexico Brick Walls

Bring your research and charts to break through the brick walls in your family history.

Ask our area experts:

* Robert J. C. Baca - Rio Abajo & Socorro
* Henrietta Christmas - Santa Fe & San Miguel
* Manny Olona - Albuquerque & Belen
* Joe Salazar - Rio Abajo & San Juan

Program is free and open to the public.

Questions: call (505) 796-0376   e-mail

30 July 2011

Baca/Cabeza de Baca Family History

Ernie M. sent me a link via email that is of interest for those who are researching the Baca family. Somos Primos publishes an online journal. In its 141th online issue, there is an article titled Origin of The Cabeza de Baca Family in Spain by Dr. Eric Beerman, Madrid. The article is about half-way down the page.

I have done research on the Baca family, and I agree with the history that he wrote in this article.

Click on this LINK to view the article.

25 June 2011

Pedigree Chart for Maria Paubla Torres

For my article "The Zimmerlys of Socorro", (New Mexico Genealogist, Vol. 50, No. 2, June 2011, pp. 50-59) I submitted a pedigree chart for Maria Paubla Torres, the wife of Samuel Zimmerly. Unfortunately, due to the small printing, it is almost impossible to read. Therefore, I've reproduced that chart and posted it below:

Click on the photo to see a larger, more legible view of the chart.

You may order a copy of the journal that contains my article (Vol. 50, No 2.) by clicking on this link.

Robert Baca

24 June 2011

Genealogy, Family History and Local History

I remember one time when I first begun researching my family tree, I showed my sister Janis a pedigree chart of our ancestors. I was very proud that I had been able to go back a number of generations, going back a couple hundred of years.

Janis looked at that pedigree chart, and asked me, "Yeah, but who ARE these people?"

I was puzzled. After all, there was plenty of information about these families I have their names, and the dates and places of their births, marraiges and deaths. What else did I need?

Janis wanted to know their stories.

Over the years, I've realized the difference between compiling a pedigree chart and writing a family history. One is relatively easy. After a short while, one is able to compile names, dates and places. Oh, sure, there are always brick walls - those ancestors that are impossible to find, but any genalogist worth anything can find at least a few generations. But finding information, and more importantly, telling a story is much different. It's the like the difference between walking to the store and taking a trip across the country.

Some years ago I became a family historian. I began writing stories about my family. More recently, I've begun writting local history. The jump from family history to local history is not much. If you are writing family history, you should be looking at local history. How did your family fit within this history? Were members of your family part of something important in your home town? Were they original settlers of a specific area? How did they get to that area? Did they travel on the El Camino Real, or the Oregon Trail, or the Mormon Trail?

For example, my 2nd great-grandfather Samuel Zimmerly was a member of the California Column, regiments of soldiers that came to New Mexico and Arizona in response to a Confederate invasion of New Mexico. In order to understand, who he was, I had to research not only the California Column and the Civil War, but also how these affected my home town and my ancestor.

Another example is the Socorro Grant. I've written a little bit about this grant. Many of my ancestors were the original grantees of this grant. But the story is not just simply saying that such and such ancestor was part of the grant. Rather, its more answering questions about what this grant meant in their lives. What property did they own? How did they pass along this property to their children and grandchildren? Were they able to pass along the property? What did they do to protect their property, their livelihoods, their lives? As I'm finding out, this grant, as with many other Spanish and Mexican grants in New Mexico, is extremely complicated and controversial. Controversy, of course, makes great history.

I began thinking about this topic after reading a blog post on DearMYRTLE's Genealogy Blog. She asks the question: "21st Century Genealogists: are we becoming better historians?" She believes that geenalogy is becoming more family history, with an emphasis on "history".

Click on this link to read her post.

22 June 2011

Genealogical collection to remain at Albuquerque Main Library

The following message was sent to me by email on May 31st, but I have been unable to access my email for the past few weeks. Therefore, I apologize for posting this late, but I hope this information will be useful to you. - Robert Baca, President, New Mexico Genealogical Society

Dean P. Smith, Director
Albuquerque/Bernalillo County Libraries
501 Copper St. NW, Albuquerque, NM 87102

An open letter to all the supporters and volunteers of the Special Collections Library

Thank you to all who have shared your thoughts and concerns about the Special Collections Library and the materials housed there. After consultations with Library staff, customers, stakeholders, and City Hall, I have decided to leave the Genealogy Collections at the Main Library on Copper and 5th. The Local History, New Mexicana, Archives, and Center for the Book collections will remain at the Special Collections building on Central and Edith. We plan to re-open the Special Collections building in late August or September.

I understand that for some supporters of the Genealogy collections this will not be an acceptable arrangement. I certainly regret this decision being the cause of stress, frustration, or sadness for any volunteers, customers or supporters. These collections would not be the outstanding treasures that they are today without the many contributions of volunteers and supporters.

I have weighed many options and factors in determining the best way to meet the needs of the community, encourage the use of the historical collections, and honor the history and architecture of the Special Collections building. This arrangement is the most beneficial to the greatest number of customers at this time.

Many customers approached Library staff and suggested that the genealogy materials stay at the Main Library as they find the space more conducive to research, the available hours better, and the nearby amenities, such as restaurants, to be better. Many others have told staff they feel strongly about the Special Collections building and the appropriateness of all historical materials being housed in that one location.

Here are some of the factors that had to be considered:
· All of these collections must have space to expand. If all of the historical collections including Genealogy, Local History, Archives, New Mexicana, and the Center for the Book, move back to the Special Collections Library there will be no room for growth.

· The present stack arrangement at the Special Collections Library must be closed to the public. The current configuration of the stacks and the multiple access points to them are not conducive to the necessary supervision or the appropriate security. The present stack arrangement, narrow and with many dead ends, is most suitable to a closed stacks approach.

· The Genealogy collections are best on open and accessible shelves. The remaining historical collections, especially the archival and unique, are more suited to closed stacks.

· Parking at Main is now more convenient on weekdays with multiple pay lots and a parking garage available, with two free hours, as well as metered parking and public transportation.

· Parking around the Special Collections building has changed in the last six months as two hour metered spaces have been installed all along and just off of Central, and residents only parking is being set up in front of the adjacent residences all along Edith and Copper.

· Genealogy is the most used special collection. Having Genealogy at the Main Library provides an additional 10 hours of public service including Mondays and two evenings.

· Meetings and programs on local history and genealogy can be held in either location depending on which venue most suits the style of program, the space requirements and the time. Large events can be held in the community room or auditorium at the Main Library, while smaller events can be out on the 2nd floor where the Genealogy collection is housed. Medium sized events can be held at the Special Collections building in Botts Hall, and small events in the Center for the Book or the New Mexicana Room. Because of the new parking restrictions at Special Collections, events there will best be limited to weekday evenings and Saturdays.

Again, thank you for your interest in the Special Collections building and the historical collections. Please understand that this was not an easy decision to make nor was it made lightly.

At this time, I have determined this to be the most appropriate use of the historical ‘old main’ building at Central and Edith; the best way to assure all the collections can grow and thrive; and the most appropriate provision of access to all the treasures that make up the various historical collections of the Albuquerque / Bernalillo County Libraries.


Dean P. Smith, Director
Albuquerque / Bernalillo County Libraries

21 June 2011

A list of Socorro Grant Families?

According to J. J. Bowden, there were 70 families that re-settled Socorro, New Mexico in 1815. There is no list of who these families were. Ronald Miera in his article "Who Were the Settlers of Socorro Town Land Grant?" (Herencia, Volume 9, issue 3, July 2001) used Belen baptismal records to figure out who were the Socorro grant families. Although the San Miguel Church was not established until July 1821, baptismal records going back to August 17, 1816, showed babies being born in Socorro.

I have found another record that shows an early list of Socorro residents. In the microfilm "Spanish Archives of New Mexico 1621-1821, Series 2, Roll 19", I found a list of Socorro residents who contributed to a campaign against the Navajos on September 18, 1818. This is found on frames 268 & 269, catagorized as "Twitchell 2747".

Sixty-four individuals are listed on these two pages, including a few female spouses and widows of certain residents. Some of the spouses are not listed by name, but rather simply as spouses of certain residents.

Below is a list of these names:

El Alce [The Alcalde] Dn [Don] Migl [Miguel] Aragon

Dn Juan Dionisio Baca

Dn Xavier Garsia

Su Esposa [his wife]

Diego Antonio Beytia [Abeyta]

Pedro Antonio Silva

Jose Anto Gutierres

Bartolo Romero

hagustin Trujio [Agustin Trujillo]

Jose Padia [Padilla]

Lorenso Padia

Santiago Romero

Dionisio Maldonado

Antonio Truxilo [Trujillo]

Francisco Savedra

Antonio Jose Maldonado

Migl Baldes [Valdez]

Domingo Padia

Antonio Jose Benavides

Domingo Gallego [Gallegos]

Juan Salasar

Ramon Lopes

Bernardo Trujillo

Pasqual Serna

Felipe Padia

Bisente [Vicente] Silva

Antonio Griego

Rafael Apodaca

Anselmo Tafolla

Antonio Baca

Bisente Griego

Dn Pedro Garsia

Christobal Salazar

Dn Felisiano Montoya

Jose Maria Martin

Rafael Lopes

Lorenso Luna

Francisco Baca

Carlos Romero

Juaquin Aragon

Christoval Montoya

Jose Manuel Ruival

Juan Tafoya

Dn Baustista Chaves

Da [Dona] Ana Maria Sanches Esposa del tiente [wife of the lieutenant]  Dn Dionosio Baca

Maria getrudis Martin Esposa [wife] de Antonio Gurule

Manuel trujillo Melsiano (?)

Dn Diego Sanches

Salvador aragon

Jose Manuel Bijil [Vigil]

Su Esposa de Jose Padia

Su Esposa de Juaquin aragon

Juan Montoya

La Esposa de Anselmo tafoa

Antonio Montoya

Jose Antonio Molina

Rafael abeita

La Espa de [The wife of] Anto Trujo [Antonio Trujillo]

Simon Maldonado

Migl Perea

Antonio Cario [Carillo]

Luis Rivera

Barvara Barela vuida [widow]

tomas Salasar

There is some other wording on the document, including what these people contributed. I'm also not 100% sure that I have all the names correct, so I would like to have someone look these over for me.

There is more to this document than just names of Socorro residents. It also has a list of Sevillita, Belen, Tome and Toas residents, too. It would be good to have the entire document transcribed, translated and published at some point.

25 May 2011

Zimmerly family article to be in June New Mexico Genealogist

I wouldn't say that it takes me a long time to do things, but it's been nearly three years since I did my presentation on the Zimmerly family, and I just recently submitted the article to the New Mexico Genealogist. In June, 2011, my article "The Zimmerlys of Socorro: A Swiss Civil War Soldier and an Old New Mexican Family" will be published in that journal.

Here is a teaser from the article:

"Samuel Zimmerly was living in California when he joined the army on October 3, 1861. This sandy-haired carpenter signed his name to the muster rolls at Camp Latham, a military installation near Los Angeles, California. We don't know how or when Samuel began living in California. We can guess why: many people came to California during the 1849 Gold Rush seeking fortune. Apparently, Samuel was not one of the fortunate ones, as his occupation indicates. He may have joined the army in order to find consistent employment; or, he may have been seeking adventure. Again, we don't know.

"A transcription of the Regimental Descriptive Book gives this description of Samuel Zimmerly: he had a "sandy"complexion, "black" eyes, and sandy hair. He was 5'8" tall, and was 21 years old when he joined. This means that he was born in 1840. A family history claims that Samuel's exact date of birth was March 14, 1837; however, no documents could be found that confirm that birth date."

The article doesn't just talk about Zimmerly, though. It also talks about his wife, Paubla Torres, and her lengthy ancestry in New Mexico.

If you are interested in reading the article, you could become a member of the New Mexico Genealogical Society this year, and NMGS will send you a copy of the June 2011 journal, as well as the March issue that is already published and the September and December issues which will be published later. Not only would you be able to read my article, but you could help out a great organization and read a lot of good articles about New Mexican genealogy. Click on this link for details on how to become a member.

24 May 2011

July 16, 2011 NMGS Program

Saturday, July 16, 2011
10:30 AM
Albuquerque Main Library – 2nd Floor
501 Copper NW
Albuquerque, NM
The New Mexico Genealogical Society
Andrés Armijo
Becoming a Part of My History
Andrés Armijo presents on his first, recent publication "Becoming a Part of My History: Through Images & Stories of My Ancestors" - People's Photography and Family Research at its Best.
This project stems out of years of genealogical research, oral history interviews and the recovery of family images and artifacts. Vernacular photography, or "people's photography" enlightens a family's past, while oral histories also illuminate photographs. Both aspects of family research are in potential danger of being lost, and it is through this recovery project that Andrés Armijo shares insights, guidance, stories and oral histories about his family for all ranges of audiences. In this presentation, Armijo will share excerpts from select chapters of the book, and the photographs (and moving pictures, or home movies as we know them) that accompany them. Interaction, discussion and questions in this multi-media presentation are encouraged.

This program is free and open to the public

For more information, please visit our website at

15 May 2011

June 2011 NMGS Program

Saturday, June 18, 2011
10:30 AM
Albuquerque Main Library – 2nd Floor
501 Copper NW
Albuquerque, NM

The New Mexico Genealogical Society
In cooperation with the
Albuquerque Special Collections Library

Tim Kimball


Donaciano and Juan Bautista Vigil, Curas Antonio Jose Martinez, Ramon Ortiz, Jose Manuel Gallegos and Jose Leyva, Vicario Juan Felipe Ortiz, Colonels Diego Juan Archuleta, Pablo Montolla and Manuel Cortez, Francisco Sarracino, Ramon Luna, Manuel Alvarez, Albino Chacon, brother and sister Trinidad and Gertrudes Barcelo, and Juan de Jesus Maese shared a love of New Mexico. 

Traditional history emphasizes the differences between these patriots and their alleged failings.  They and their conciudadanos were admirable men and women with much in common, sharing many goals but taking different paths.  These Hispanic leaders provided continuity in governance and established a viable American (but distinctive) New Mexico in a stormy sea of jingoism, racism, and antebellum national politics. 

Tim Kimball is an amateur historian and Army-trained intelligence analyst with a 1967-68 tour in RVN.  He received an M.A. in Anthropology from the University of New Mexico, is literate in Spanish and German.  Kimball has a special interest in archival research on occupation-era New Mexico and its application to a more complete interpretation of the period.  He lives in Corrales with his wife Nancy. 

This program is free and open to the public

For more information, please visit our website at

13 May 2011

Historic Socorro Videos

Joel Wigglesworth inherited three historic videos about Socorro, New Mexico. Below is a screen shot of one of those videos:

This photo shows the demolition of the Socorro Courthouse.

Click on the underlined words below to view the three videos:

1. Socorro County Courthouse. According to Joel W.: "This is footage of the Socorro County Courthouse being torn down circa 1939. Socorro county, New Mexico. This film came into my possession about a decade ago, and I decided to post it here for its historical value. The name on the box the reel was in appears to read W.E Mundy, Socorro, New Mexico."

2. Socorro 1.  According to Joel W.: "This film came into my possession about a decade ago, and I decided to post it here for its geneaological and/or historical value. Contains footage of kids playing, misc people, and it appears that people are assembling for a wedding, dance, or party. The name on the box the reel was in reads Pete Gallegos, PO Box 1, Socorro, NM."

3. Socorro 2. According to Joel W.: "This film came into my possession about a decade ago, and I decided to post it here for its geneaological and/or historical value. Contains footage of misc people, some cars, the front of someone's house, and the plaza in Socorro, New Mexico. The name on the box the reel was in reads Pete Gallegos, PO Box 1, Socorro, NM."


09 May 2011

The 2011 NM History Conference

On May 6th, I attended the 2011 New Mexico History Conference. This conference, which is put on annually by the Historical Society of New Mexico, was held this year in Ruidoso, NM. This was my first conference as an attendee and as a presenter.
I presented a paper that I wrote especially for the conference titled "Luis Maria Baca and the Socorro Land Grant Controversy". In the paper, I discussed the probability that a certain Luis Maria Baca of Lemitar forged Socorro grant papers in order to have the grant validated by the U.S. government. I looked into his possible motivation for why he would have forged the papers. Below is an excerpt from my presentation:
Luis Maria Baca certainly would be in a position to possess Governor Armijo’s documents. After marrying Ramona Armijo, the adopted daughter and heir of the governor, Luis himself took possession of Governor Armijo’s estate. It could be imagined that Luis had been sorting through the papers of the late governor when he came upon this important document. However, why did it take him so long to find it? He had been living in his father-in-law’s home for nearly a decade and a half.

Luis Maria Baca and his three brothers moved to Lemitar in the early 1850s. Although he had the same surname as many of the original settlers of Socorro, it does not appear that he was closely related to any of them. Many of the Socorro families came from the Belen area, while Luis’ family was from Peña Blanca. He possibly did not know any of the families before coming to Socorro area.

Luis Maria Baca and his brothers were the grandsons and heirs to Luis Maria Cabeza de Baca of Peña Blanca. Luis’ grandfather and namesake had once been given a half a million acre Spanish land grant in Northern New Mexico, but had abandoned the property due to Indian attacks. His heirs, who included scores of children and grandchildren, petitioned the United States government for land. The heirs received five 100,000 acre parcels of land that were spread through the territories and states of New Mexico, Arizona and Colorado. It does not appear the Baca brothers of Lemitar received any of this land.
I intend to revise this paper for publication. The original presentation was 6 pages long, written for a 20 minute time limit. I want to include more information, as well as add citations. I will let the readers of my blog know when my paper is ready for publication and which journal has published it.

I was not able to go to many of the presentations, as I had arrived at 11 AM on Friday morning, and left 24 hours later. However, I was able to see the other two presenters who spoke about land grants, genealogist Henrietta Martinez Christmas and the state historian Dr. Rick Hendricks, and I also saw a presentation by Andres Armijo, the author of "Becoming a Part of My History". I also attended the awards banquet that night.

As I usually do, I purchased a few books. I bought the part II of "Sunshine and Shadows in New Mexico's Past: The Territorial Period". Nearly a year ago I purchased the Part II, which dealt with the Spanish Colonial and Mexican Periods. Both books were published by the Historical Socity of New Mexican and Rio Grande Books.

I also found two books that I've been looking for for a while. The first "The California Column of New Mexico" by Darlis Miller is about the 2,000 plus soldiers from California that arrived in New Mexico during the Civil War,and the 300 plus who stayed, married, had families and contributed to the culture and history of New Mexico. The second book is "The Territorial History of Socorro, New Mexico" by Bruce Ashcroft. This book is one of the few histories of my hometown.

I hope to attend the next New Mexico History Conference in 2012, which is to be in Santa Fe. That one will be celebrating the 100th anniversary of New Mexico as a state.

30 April 2011

Looking for a Spanish translator

My Spanish is not very good. Which is a problem because I have a few documents which I wish to translate.

I don't have a whole lot of money, but I would be happy to barter. If you can translate 18th and 19th Century New Mexico Spanish into English, I would trade for research hours. I can research on; New Mexico baptismal, marriage and burial records; Spanish Archives records; New Mexico newspapers; New Mexico death certificates prior to 1940; and other records pertaining to New Mexico. I'd be happy to copy any of these records as a PDF or JPEG and email them to you - or create a family history report for you.

I have two documents that I wish to translate: the first one is from the Spanish Archives of New Mexico, is from 1727 and is 14 pages long. Below is a JPEG of the the first page of the document. Click on the document to see if you can translate it.

The second record is a transfer of land from 1841. It's only two pages long.

I can send you PDF files for both documents.

If you think that you can help me out on this, send me an email at Thanks.

Socorro History Articles

For some years now, Paul Harden has be writting articles in the El Defensor Chieftain about local Socorro history. I've linked some of his articles that have been published on that newspaper's website. However, what is published on the El Defensor Chieftain's website is only text; photos are not included.

Yesterday, I discovered that some of his articles with photos are published on the El Camino Real International Heritage Center website. These include articles on Socorro county churches, ghost towns, La Llorona, Las Posadas y Las Pastorelas, and Socorro family names.

Click on this link to read these articles.

17 April 2011

Saturday, May 14, 2011, at 10:30 am

2nd Floor of Main Library
501 Copper NW,
Albuquerque New Mexico (505-768-5131)

(Click here to view map.)

The New Mexico Genealogical Society,
the State Historian's Office, & the Special Collections Library

David Snow


The well-known feud involving Lamy’s Vicar General, Machebeuf and Padre Gallegos, the pastor at San Felipe de Neri, is revisited by David Snow from the State Historian’s Office. Much of the controversy surrounded Gallegos’ relation-ship with Dona Maria de Jesus Trujillo who elicited a variety of opinions

• An independent woman from Santa Fe’s upper crust society per Janet LeCompte

• Was called a prostitute by Padre Antonio Martinez

• Thought by Angelico Chavez to be Mexican-born and so her behavior should be excused!

• Referred to as "Dona de mala vita" & "that damned female" by Machebeuf

Emotions have always run high concerning this ménage á trois but Snow gives us a long-overdue, unbiased overview of the genealogy and history of Trujillo as well as a factual account of her involvement with Gallegos, Machebeuf, and San Felipe parish.

David Snow is an historical archaeologist living in Albuquerque who has written numerous articles and books regarding New Mexico historical sites & personalities. His works include, New Mexico’s First Colonists & History and Archaeology of San Felipe Church.

• Educated at UNM and Brandeis University

• Former staff archaeologist at Museum of NM Laboratory of Anthropology

• Owned Cross-Cultural Resource Systems – a resource management company

• Former history curator at the Palace of the Governors

This program is free and open to the public.

A summary of this presentation is available here.

14 April 2011

Francisco Xavier Garcia Jurado and the founding of Socorro, NM

I have researched the Socorro Land Grant extensively, and have discovered that many of my ancestors appear to have been among the familes who settled Socorro early in its history - in 1815 and beyond. There are few records that tie specific families to this early settlement, other then a number of baptismal records that are found in the Belen church that name children born in Socorro. Ronaldo Miera, the current president of the Hispanic Genealogical Research Center, identified in his article "Who Were the Settlers of the Socorro Town Land Grant?" who he believed to be the probable first families of Socorro.

There is no existing document that specifically grants lands to the people of Socorro. It was claimed that the actual title of the Socorro Land Grant was destroyed in a fire. A document that purported that the last Mexican Governor of New Mexico, Manuel Armijo, validated the grant was found in court to be a forgery.The only documents that indicate that a grant was requested do not actually confirm that a title was given to the grant.

In 1800, the Governor of New Mexico was ordered by his superiors to look into resettling Senecu, Socorro, Alamillo, and Sevillita. At the time, the governor did not have Socorro resettled because he felt it was impossible to defend.

On November 10, 1817, Xavier Garcia and Anselmo Tafoya, in the name of the Socorro grantees, petitioned the New Mexican governor to verify the Socorro grant. On the same day, Governor Pedro Maria de Allande, ordered the Alcalde of Belen to give them title. He did not.

On August 1, 1818, Xavier Garcia once again petitioned the governor. This time Governor Facundo Melgares sent the Alcalde of Pena Blanca to give the residents title. Tradition states that he did give them a title at that time.

Xavier Garcia, the man who petitioned the governors of New Mexico twice,  is most likely Francisco Xavier Garcia Jurado. He is my fifth great grandfather. His children would begin to show up in Socorro church records.

Francisco Xavier Garcia Jurado was born circa 1756, probably in the Belen area. He married three times.
1.) He married Juana Maria Torres, daughter of Cayentano Torres and Maria Manuela Feliciana Vallejos, in February 1777, in Isleta, NM. They had two children:
       a.) Maria Petra Garcia Jurado, born circa 1778, in Belen.
       b.) Maria Josefa Garcia Jurado, born circa 1780, in Belen
2.) He married Maria Josefa Sanchez on September 28, 1782, in Isleta, NM. They had four children:
      a.) Ana Maria Garcia, born between 1793-1799
      b.) Luis Maria Garcia Jurado, born circa 1799
      c.) Francisco Antonio Garcia, born circa 1800
      d.) Jose Desidero Garcia Jurado
3.) He lastly married Maria Luz Sisneros, no known issue.

Francisco Xavier Garcia Jurado's son Francisco Antonio Garcia was my fourth great-grandfather.

Francisco Antonio Garcia was the first husband of Maria Guadalupe Torres. They had at least four children, including Candelario Garcia. Candelario Garcia, the grandson of Francisco Xavier Garcia Jurado, would become the trustee of the Socorro Land Grant in 1892. But that is another story....

To read more about the grant, read J.J. Bowden's history of the Socorro Grant on the New Mexico Office of State Historian website.

Additional bibliography:

Ronaldo Miera, "Who Were the Settlers of the Socorro Town Land Grant", Herencia, volume 9, issue 3. July 2001.

A complete register report of the first 3 generations of Francisco Xavier Garcia Jurado's family, including citations, can be found on the Adobe Acrobat website at this link.

13 April 2011

Frieda Marie (Douglas) Roberts - 1923-2011

My wife's aunt died recently. Below is her obituary which I copied from the Journal Gazette and Times-Courier online.

INDIANAPOLIS - Frieda Marie Roberts, 88, of Indianapolis, passed away April 3, 2011. She was born February 4, 1923 in Hindsboro, IL to the late Ralph and Ethel Marie (Hanks) Douglas. Frieda was a self employed hair stylist for 60 years. She was a loving mother, grandmother, and sibling. Visitation will be held Friday, April 8, 2011 from 4:00 p.m. until 8:00 p.m. at Shirley Brothers Drexel Chapel, 4565 E. 10th St., with funeral services Saturday at 10:00 a.m. Graveside services will be at 2:00 p.m. EST in Hindsboro, IL. Frieda is survived by children, Charlene (Peter) Sherry , Charlotte Grippaldi, Cheryl Roberts, Chester (Beverly) Roberts, and Christopher Roberts; sister, Joyce Seitz; grandchildren, Shawn, Beth, Mark, Shonna, Shadrick, Todd, Heather, and Sean; and 10 great-grandchildren. Frieda was preceded in death by brothers, William, Leon, Jerald, and Robert Douglas; sister, Norma Goble; and former husband, James Leo Roberts. Memorial contributions may be made to the Alzheimer's Association , Greater Indiana Chapter, 50 E. 91st St., Ste. 100, Indianapolis, IN, 46240.

Published in Journal Gazette & Times-Courier on April 5, 2011

27 March 2011

April 18, 2009 NMGS Program

The Special Collections Library & NM Genealogical Society are proud to present


The How & Why of Researching New Mexico Villages


Saturday April 16, 2011 at 10:15 am-noon

“When we have a solid understanding of the place of birth and chronology of our ancestors, we have a context for their life histories. For many in New Mexico it is a village.” Each village has its own genealogy – ancestors, siblings, cousins, and descendants. Many materials are available for researchers on Hispanic NM Villages, but some are less well known. Ms Alexander will cover these materials as well as other aspects of research including:

• General and unique characteristics of villages

• New Mexico villages and their environment

• Selected bibliography of types of material available to the researcher

Francelle is a native New Mexican having grown up in both the North & South Valley. After having applied her talents with APS for many years she lived overseas and began researching several villages in Europe & Asia. Upon returning from abroad, she began extensive research on the villages of Bosque, Peralta, and Los Lunas. This research resulted in several publications culminating in her major work in the area “Among the Cottonwoods – The Enduring Villages of Peralta and Los Pinos” to be published later this year. Whether your village is Madrid, Madison, Monterey, or Montenegro, you won’t want to miss this workshop.

This event will be held @ Special Collections on the 2nd Floor of the Main Library located at 5th & Copper NW. It is FREE & open to the public. Please call 311 or 505-768-5131. TTY users call Relay NM or 711; or

06 March 2011

Carpool to Socorro for March 19th NMGS Program

Yesterday, I posted an announcement about a program that I will be giving in Socorro, New Mexico on March 19th. I received a request from one man who will need a ride from Albuquerque to Socorro for the program. He will help pay for gas.

If you would like to take him down to Socorro, or if you would like to arrange for a carpool from Albuquerque or elsewhere, contact me (Robert Baca) at (505) 299-7883. I will not be able to personally carpool with anyone since I will be visiting family before and after the program.

Saturday, March 19, 2011, 10:30 AM
Socorro Public Library
401 Park Street, Socorro, New Mexico
(Click here to view map.)

The New Mexico Genealogical Society Presents

Robert J. C. Baca

"Baca y Baca: Two Families from Socorro"
(10:30 AM)


"The Zimmerly Family of Socorro, New Mexico"
(2:00 PM)

(Lunch is on your own)

This special "double feature" presentation by New Mexico Genealogical Society president Robert J. C. Baca will be given in his home town of Socorro, New Mexico.

At 10:30 AM, Robert will discuss the origins of two Baca families. One family came from Belen; the other from Peña Blanca. Discover how these two families became part of early Socorro history.

At 2 PM, Robert will speak about the Zimmerly Family of Socorro, New Mexico. Samuel Zimmerly, a Swiss-born Civil War soldier, fell in love with and married Paubla Torres, a daughter of an old New Mexican family. Their family history extends from the beginnings of Spanish New Mexican history up into statehood and beyond.

Come see one or both of these programs

Both programs are free and open to the public.

(Click here to view map.)

05 March 2011

March 19, 2011 NMGS Presentations

Saturday, March 19, 2011, 10:30 AM
Socorro Public Library
401 Park Street, Socorro, New Mexico

The New Mexico Genealogical Society Presents

Robert J. C. Baca

“Baca y Baca: Two Families from Socorro” (10:30 AM)

“The Zimmerly Family of Socorro, New Mexico” (2:00 PM)

This special “double feature” presentation by New Mexico Genealogical Society president Robert J. C. Baca will be given in his hometown of Socorro, New Mexico.

At 10:30 AM, Robert will discuss the origins of two Baca families. One family came from Belen; the other from Peña Blanca. Discover how these two families became part of early Socorro history.

At 2 PM, Robert will speak about the Zimmerly Family of Socorro, New Mexico. Samuel Zimmerly, a Swiss-born Civil War soldier, fell in love with and married Paubla Torres, a daughter of an old New Mexican family. Their family history extends from the beginnings of Spanish New Mexican history up into statehood and beyond.

Come see one or both of these programs

Both programs are free and open to the public

01 February 2011

February 2011 NMGS Program

Saturday, February 19, 2011, 10:30 AM
Albuquerque Main Library Auditorium
501 Copper NW, Albuquerque NM

The New Mexico Genealogical Society
and the New Mexico DNA Project presents

Angel R. Cervantes

Who will discuss

Anthropological Genetic Genealogy:

The Moors connection to
New Mexican Families
Haplogroup E1b1b1
Part II

In Part II of an ongoing series, Mr. Cervantes will explore the connection between certain New Mexican families and the Moors. Mr. Cervantes will show the second part of a short film that will trace the history of these people. He will discuss which families show the markers that are most identified with this ancient civilization.

Angel Cervantes is a History Instructor and the Project Administrator of the New Mexico DNA Project. For more information about the New Mexico DNA Project, visit their website online at:

This program is free and open to the public.

07 January 2011

February NMGS Program Correction

In a previous post, I mentioned that the February 19, 2011 New Mexico Genealogical Society meeting would be at the Albuquerque Special Collections Library. This was a mistake. That library is still closed for remodeling.

The February 19, 2011 will be at the Albuquerque Main Library, instead. I apologize for any confusion that this may have caused you.

Robert Baca
President, NMGS

06 January 2011

No January 2011 NMGS Program

The New Mexico Genealogical Society will not be presenting a program on January 15, 2011. However, we will be back in February.

Our next program will be on February 19, 2011 at the Albuquerque Special Collections Library. Keep on eye on this blog for further information.

Robert Baca
President, New Mexico Genealogical Society