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27 March 2012

$69 to register for ABQ Family History Expo

There's still time to pre-register for the Albuquerque Family History Expo, April 13 & 14, 2012. If you register before the expo before the conference date you can save thirty dollars. It's only $69 online; if you wait until the day of the conference it's $99.

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23 March 2012

April 21, 2012 NMGS Program

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

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

The Albuquerque Special Collections Library
The New Mexico Genealogical Society
Henrietta Martinez Christmas
“Julian Jacquez, Rosa Villalpando,
and the Taos Massacre of August 1760 - Trekking Through Texas”

August 1760 is a dark period in the history of Taos.  Comanches plundered, captured, and murdered many of the villagers.  Rosa Villalpando was taken captive along with several other women, sold to French Trappers, and eventually ended up in St. Louis.  Forty years later, her son, Julian Jacquez ventures out to find his mother on an amazing whirlwind trip via the Camino Real of Texas in early 1803.

Henrietta is a well respected, independent genealogical and historical researcher specializing in northern New Mexico. She has written six family books and numerous articles for various genealogy and history publications and recently assisted with the Segesser Hide Paintings for the History Museum in Santa Fe.

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

15 March 2012

Possible parents of Pedro Tafoya

Earlier today, a few of us on the New Mexico Genealogical Society's Facebook page were discussing the family of Pedro Tafoya (see yesterday's post on this blog.) One of the commentors on the Facebook page suggested that Pedro is the son of Lugarda Tafoya and Juan Sayoga. I looked at my genealogy database, and discovered that I wrote the following about this conjecture that was first thought of by Fray Angelico Chavez:

In Chavez's "Origins of New Mexico Families", he conjectures that Pedro Tafoya is the son of Lugarda Tafoya, a daughter of Antonio Tafoya Altamirando. It appears that the reason he believes this to be true is because Pedro has a daughter by the name of Maria Lugarda Tafoya. Possibly she is named after her grandmother.

He notes that three of Antonio's daughter were mentioned in 1732, one being the elder Lugarda Tafoya. At the time she was the widow of Juan "Gallego", (Chavez's emphasis) who Chavez believes to actually have the surname of Sayago. In another part of his book, Chavez once again notes that he believes Lugarda's husband to be Juan de Sayago, whose cousin married Lugarda's brother. Chavez also believes that Lugarda's children adopted her Tafoya surname after her husband's death.

In the 1750 Santa Fe Census, "Lugarda Tafoia" is shown in a household of 10 named individuals as well as 5 unnamed children. The named individuals includes one "Pedro", who I assume is a Tafoya. The entry reads as such:

"Lugarda Tafoia; Margarita Tafoia; Maria Tafoia; Pedro; Josseph; Miguel; Manuel Tafoia; Juana Maria; Juan Tafoia; Maria de Jesus;Maria; 5 children"

Is this the widowed Lugarda Tafoya with her children, which includes Pedro Tafoya? Does this list include grandchildren, siblings and/or cousins of Lugarda? These are questions that should be answered with further research.


Chavez, Angelico. "Origins of New Mexico Families: A Genealogy of the Spanish Colonial Period" Revised Ed. Santa Fe: Museum of New Mexico Press, 1992, pp. 191, 291-292.

Olmsted, Virginia Langham, compiler. "Spanish and Mexican Censuses of New Mexico: 1750 - 1830" Albuquerque: New Mexico Genealogical Society,1981, p. 9.

14 March 2012

Hello sis, um... I mean "mom"

Recently, I've been researching the families of the Socorro Land Grant for an article I'm writing for the New Mexico Genealogist. As many genealogist have found out, small communities are often made up of small group of families. As such, brothers of one family often will marry the daughters of another family. Such is the case of the Tafoya family in Socorro in the early 1800s. However, one marriage made me take a second look at this family.

Anselmo Tafoya and Maria Rafaela Baca were among the early settlers of the Socorro Land Grant. They had at least 8 children; four boys and four girls. Two of their children were born in Belen before the Tafoyas came to Socorro in 1818, and the other six were born in Socorro.

Two of their sons were Felis and Vicente Tafoya. Felis married Dolores Apodaca, while Vicente married Serafina Apodaca. Both married their brides on 2 March 1851 at the San Miguel Mission in Socorro. Dolores and Serafina were both the daughters of Francisco Apodaca and Tomasa Barela.

On 1 June 1851, Felis and Vicente's youngest sister Maria Martina also got married. Her husband was none other than Francisco Apodaca, who was a widowed from Tomasa Barela! This made the young Maria Martina the mother-in-law of her brothers!

I haven't had a chance to research to see if Maria Martina had any children. If so, those children would be not only the nieces and nephews of Felis and Vicente, but also their sisters and brothers-in-law!


Sanchez III, Joe, extractor. Edited by Antoinette Duran Silva, San Miguel del Socorro New Mexico Marriage Records 1821-1853 (Whittier, CA: Independently Published, 1999;), pp. 69, 70 and 71.

Alief, Teresa Ramirez, Jose Gonzales, and Patricia Black Esterly, transcribers, New Mexico Censuses of 1833 and 1845: Socorro and SurroundingCommunites of the Rio Abajo (Albuquerque: New Mexico Genealogical Society, 1994;), p. 5.

Extracted by Lila Armijo Pfeufer. Compiled by Margaret Leonard Windham and Evelyn Lujan Baca, New Mexico Baptisms: Church of Our Lady of Belen 1810-1851 (New Mexico Genealogical Society. Albuquerque, New Mexico. 1998;), pp. 33, 55, & 79.

Armijo Pfeufer, Lila, et al, extractors & compilers, New Mexico Baptisms San Miguel de Socorro Church 1821-1853 (Albuquerque: New Mexico Genealogy Society, 1998;), pp.24, 34, 50 & 65.

Robert J. C. Baca, "A List of Socorro Land Grant Families?" in The Baca/Douglas Genealogy and Family History Blog,, accessed 14 March 2012.

12 March 2012

Juan Montoya and Maria Manuela Garcia Jurado

Juan Montoya and Maria Manuela Garcia Jurado were among the original settlers of the Socorro Land Grant. Below are reports that I created showing the immediate family, ancestors and descendants of this couple.

This family will be profiled in my upcoming article "Early Settlers of the Socorro Land Grant: An 1818 List, Part III". It is slated to be published in the New Mexico Genealogist in June 2012. Part II is being published in the March 2012 issue.

Please remember that these reports are copyrighted. You may print a copy for yourself, but do not publish them. You may create a link to this page.

* Family Group Sheet Juan Montoya and Maria Manuela Garcia Jurado

*Ancestors of Juan Montoya

*Ancestors of Maria Manuela Garcia Jurado

* Descendants of Juan Montoya

05 March 2012

Feliciano Montoya - Settler of Socorro, New Mexico

In the March 2012 issue of the New Mexico Genealogist, I profile 21 persons enumerated on an 1818 list of "Early Settlers of the Socorro Land Grant" This is part II of a three part series (the third part is slated for publication in June.)

One of the person's noted in the article is Feliciano Montoya. Feliciano, who was 1st married to Manuela Trujillo, was married married a second time to Maria Trinidad Garcia Jurado. His first marriage apparently produced no children; however, his second marriage had issue. I am descended from this second marraige.

Below are four reports and charts that I created from my database. These documents are copyrighted. You may print an individual copy for yourself, but please do not make copies for publication and profit.

Click on the links below:

* Family Group Sheet Feliciano Montoya

* Pedigree Chart Feliciano Montoya

* Pedigree Chart Maria Trinidad Garcia Jurado

* Descendants of Feliciano Montoya