The Baca / Douglas Genealogy and Family History Blog

28 February 2012

Albuquerque Family History Expo 2012

The Albuquerque Family History Expo 2012

Family History Expo

Friday, April 13th, 1 - 9 p.m.

Saturday, April 14th, 9 a.m. - 4 p.m.

Crowne Plaza Albuquerque

Featuring Keynote Speaker
Bennett Greenspan,

Family tree DNA President and CEO

Bennett Greenspan

Closing Keynote Speaker
Holly T. Hansen

President of Family History Expos, Inc.

Holly Hansen

Classes and Workshops
Pre-Registration: $69, One Day: $59
At the Door: $99, Single Class: $20

* Help for beginners to professionals
* Industry experts to guide you
* New techniques & technology
* Networking with other researchers
* Great prizes
* Ask-A-Pro anything

Visit the Family History Expos website:

or call 801-829-3295 to reserve your spot!
The New Mexico Genealogical Society is a local sponsor of this event.

25 February 2012

No March 25th program - Yes!, program March 17th

I just realized that I advertised a New Mexico Genealogical Society program for March 25th. It was actually for today, February 25th. The title of my post said March 25th, but the text did say February 25th. This is the Angel Cervantes program on "Castas, DNA and Identity".

However, we do have a program for Saturday, March 17th. David Stuart "Before New Mexico Got its Name". Click on this link to find out more about this program.

ABC Genealogy Library Page

The Albuquerque/Bernalillo County Library website now has a dedicated page to the genealogy library. Just go to the ABC Libraries website, look under "Research Assistance" and click on "Genealogical Research Center". Or simply click on this link.

There you will find directions to the library, bus routes to the library and parking suggestions, and links to a number of websites.

Also, you'll find links to Fold3 (formerly known as and Heritage Quest that allow you to access these sites from home for free! All you need is an Albuquerque/Bernalillo County Library card (get one, it's worth it!)

Visit the website to find out more. And visit the library when you are in town.


21 February 2012

We may be in a leap year, but February is still a short month!

Time is running out to be on board for the first issue of our journal, The New Mexico Genealogist. March 1st is the last day for you to renew your membership or join the New Mexico Genealogical Society for the first time. Membership is only $25 for one year and $45 for two years and includes four issues of the New Mexico Genealogist. Click on this link, print up the form and mail it to us with your payment to join!
Articles for the March issue include:
* "Settling of the Estate of Bernardo Antonio Bustamante y Tagle" by the New Mexico State Historian Rick Hendricks, Ph.D.
* "Eight Generations of the Perez de Bustamante Family" by Henrietta M. Christmas
* "Early Settlers of the Socorro Land Grant: An 1818 List" Part II by Robert J. C. Baca
* "Civil War Widow's Pension, Maria Candelaria Medina de Martinez" and "Jose Mateo Sandoval", both articles by Nancy Anderson
* And an article from Dick Eastman's blog: "Obituaries, Yes they are Copyrighted"

A new feature introduced in the March issue is the NMGS Technology Center.

Although you can join after March 1st, there is an extra $5 fee. And you won't get the March issue of the New Mexico Genealogist at the same time as everyone else.

So, join NMGS today to enjoy our journal and other benefits of membership. Click on this link to join.

(P.S.: Part III of my article about the Socorro Land Grant is slated to run in the June journal - RJB)

Help Index the 1940 U.S. Census!

Help Index the Greatest Generation!!

We are excited to announce that NMGS has joined the 1940 U.S. Census Community Project to help index the 1940 U.S. Federal Census! Indexing records from our state, we will be an essential part of this monumental grass-roots effort that will put one of the richest genealogical data sets in the world online, complete and free of charge forever.

Go to:
AND for Society put in New Mexico Genealogical Society
and register to participate with our society. Simply select on the profile screen when creating your account. Every new person indexing with our society gets us closer to milestones that qualify us for incentives provided by the sponsors of the project, so sign up today! Hope that you can all participate.

Henrietta Martinez Christmas

1940 Census
“Unlike previous census years, images of the 1940 U.S. Federal Census will be made available as free digital images.”

20 February 2012

March 25, 2012 NMGS Program

Saturday, Feb 25, 2012, 1:00 PM
Albuquerque Main Library Auditorium
501 Copper NW, Albuquerque NM

The New Mexico DNA Project
the Iberian Peninsula DNA Project
and The New Mexico Genealogical Society


Ángel R. Cervantes
Who will discuss the

Castas, DNA, and Identity: Who are we? What did our ancestors say about themselves? What does DNA tell us about Identity?
Part I
In Part I of an ongoing series, Mr. Cervantes will explore the connection of the Castas system in colonial New Mexico. Mr. Cervantes will show how DNA studies compare to the Spanish Castas system and the ramifications on modern identity. He will discuss which families reflect the Castas system through DNA analysis.

Ángel de Cervantes is a History Instructor and the Project Administrator of the New Mexico DNA Project and Iberian Peninsula 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.
For more information about our program, please contact the New Mexico DNA Project at
This presentation is sponsored by the New Mexico Genealogical Society.

18 February 2012

March 17, 2012 NMGS Program - Before NM Got its Name

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

 Saturday, March 17, 2012
10:30 AM – Noon 

The Albuquerque Special Collections Library

The New Mexico Genealogical Society


David Stuart

Before New Mexico Got its Name: 
Archaeology of its First XI Millennia

Ancient Paleo-Indian hunters and foragers first camped within sight of what is now Albuquerque about 11,000 years ago. The Ice Age was waning, giant animals roamed the Rio Grande basin and the first great human-witnessed age of "Global Warming" forced small family bands to adapt both technologically and socially. Then suddenly it turned cold and dry again. Every imaginable human problem involving resources, rainfall, population growth, social order, and adaptation to a continually changing planet played out--all before the Spanish arrived and Statehood was even thought of!

David Stuart Assoc. provost emeritus, co-founder of OCA, initiated the w/e & evening classes, and is still professor of Anthropology, at the University of New Mexico.  A prolific author - among his many titles are:  Anasazi America, Pre-Historic NM, Ancient Southwest, and the Guaymas Chronicles which details the working classes in Mexico.

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

16 February 2012

New Mexico Genealogy and History Conferences April through June

Genealogy and History Conferences in New Mexico 
April through June

There will be three major genealogy and history conferences in Albuquerque and Santa Fe in the next few months. Consider attending at least one – if not all.

The conferences are:

The Albuquerque Family History Expo 2012 – April 13th and 14th, 2012
Speakers to be announced

Crowne Plaza Albuquerque
1901 University Blvd. NE
Albuquerque, New Mexico 87102
(505) 884-2500

Click on this link.

2012 Historical Society of New Mexico Conference
May 3 -5, 2012
Santa Fe, New Mexico

List of speakers is on the website
Click on this link.

Genealogical Society of Hispanic America 2012 Conference
June 15-17, 2012

The Lodge in Santa Fe
750 N. St. Francis Dr.
Santa Fe, New Mexico

List of speakers is on the website

Click on this link

All three conferences have early-bird discounts. Sign up today, and enjoy the experience of listening to speakers who are experts in their fields.

05 February 2012

Diego Antonio Sanchez and the Socorro Land Grant

I've been writing a three part article about the Socorro Land Grant that lists over 60 possible settlers of the grant. In 1818, the governor of New Mexico requested that citizens of the colony donate goods towards a war effort against the Navajos. In September 1818, Socorro residents signed up for this donation drive. Since Socorro was re-settled in either 1815 or 1816, this is the earliest known list of Socorro residents.

The first article was published in the September 2011 issue of the New Mexico Genealogist; the second article will be published in the March 2012 issue. I'm writing the third article which I hope to have published in the June 2012 issue.

Due to space, I only wrote a paragraph about each name on the list. Some of the people I've already written about in other articles, some of them are mentioned on this blog. However, I felt that I should at least profile one of the names in this blog.

I chose Diego Antonio Sanchez, who will be profiled in part three of the article.

According to a prenuptial investigation, it appears that Diego Antonio Sanchez married Maria Antonia Gallegos after December 31, 1805, probably in Belen. Diego Antonio was the son of the elder Diego Antonio Sanchez and Ana Maria Alvarez de Castillo; while Maria Antonia was the daughter of Anselmo Gallegos and Maria de la Cruz Silva. It appears that they had at least nine children between 1810 and 1823, mostly in the Belen area. They would have had to have moved to Socorro by 1818, and they had at least one child there.

Maria Antonia Gallegos died before 1833 when her husband was listed as a widower in the Socorro census of that year.

Below is how the family was enumerated in the 1833 census:

V(iudo) [widower] Diego Sanches  .... 52
                               Jose Sanches .... 23
                               Martina Sanches .... 19
                               Rita Sanches .... 17

In the 1845, Diego Antonio Sanchez is listed again:

V(iudo) Diego Sanches .... 60
Maria Martina .... 30
Maria Rita .... 20
Maria Sabina .... 5
Maria Petra .... 2

More information about the family can be found in documents I created for this post. Click on the links below. - Robert Baca

Diego Antonio Sanchez family

Diego Antonio Sanchez ancestors

P.S.: I'm not related directly to this family. Diego Antonio Sanchez is my fourth great granduncle.