The Baca / Douglas Genealogy and Family History Blog

30 September 2012

Bourguignon descendants

Below is a PDF document that I created that shows the descendants of my 2nd great grandfather Phillip Bourguignon. It is not complete. However, I do believe it includes all of his children.

If you have any additional information that you would like to add to my research, please send me an email at  - Robert J. C. Baca.

Descendants of Philip Bourguignon

1885 Census of Bourguignon Family of Lemitar

Recently, I created a blank form that could be used for the 1885 Census. This special census was taken by only a handful of states and territories including the Territory of New Mexico. Since the 1890 census was mostly destroyed, this census is helpful in finding information about our ancestors between the periods of 1880 and 1900.

Click on this link to print up a free copy of the blank form for the 1885 Census.

I decided to test out this form by transcribing the record for my 2nd Great-Grandfather Philip Bourguignon. Philip was a Union Civil War soldier from Germany. As you can tell, he had a very large family: there are 9 children listed in the census. I had to create an 11th line to include all of the family!

The town is listed as "Limitar". This was a common spelling at the time. Presently, the town is spelled "Lemitar". Lemitar is located about 7 miles north of Socorro on I-25.

Although it was not mentioned in the census, Philip's wife's maiden name was Tomasa Gonzales.

Bourguignon 1885 Census Transcription

One thing that I discovered in this census was that Philip was a teacher! That's one more educator in my family. I wonder what he taught?

1885, Socorro County, Territory of New Mexico, population schedule, Precinct No. 2: Limitar, p. 88, dwelling # 56, family #65, Philip Bourguignon; digital images, Ancestry Library Edition  ( : Accessed 29 September 2012).

25 September 2012

Treaty of Guadalupe Hidalgo Program in October

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

Saturday, October 20, 2012
10:30 AM – Noon

 The Albuquerque Special Collections Library
The New Mexico Genealogical Society
Richard Griswold del Castillo

Treaty of Guadalupe Hidalgo and its Effect on New Mexico’s Quest for Statehood

The Treaty of Guadalupe Hidalgo ended the U.S. Mexican War in 1848 and transferred New Mexico the United States.  From the beginning, the legal issues in the treaty were contested by the Hispano settlers who saw their land grants taken from them by the government and land speculators in addition lynching and violence against Hispanos occurred.  The Treaty was specifically mentioned in the New Mexico state constitution and it has remained an important legacy for many Hispanos. This presentation will explore the meaning of the Treaty for statehood and beyond.

Richard Griswold is currently a professor at San Diego State University.  He also has written many articles and several books which include:  Treaty of Guadalupe Hidalgo – a Legacy of Conflict, Los Angeles Barrio 1850-1890, & Cesar Chavez – a Triumph of Spirit.  Richard’s work on the Treaty has been hailed as the definitive work on the subject.

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.

18 September 2012

Individual Summaries for members of a Socorro family

Below are individual reports for Pedro Antonio Baca, Francisco Antonio Garcia and Maria Guadalupe Torres of Socorro, New Mexico.

I've written about this extended family many times. Maria Guadalupe Torres first married Francisco Antonio Garcia. He died in 1833. She then married Pedro Antonio Baca. Pedro Antonio Baca and his children and step-children were powerful business and political leaders of Socorro, New Mexico. Read the text to find out more about this family.

Click on the arrow on the top, right hand side of the box to read the article.

17 September 2012

Individual Summary Jose Epitacio Torres

This is a repost from yesterday. I decided that it would probably be easier to read this document if it was in PDF format. Robert Baca
Below is an individual summary that I created for Jose Epitacio Torres, my 2nd great-grandfather. It includes a timeline of events in his life.
Click on the frame to arrow on the top right hand corner to read.

16 September 2012

NMGS Meet and Greet September 22, 2012

You are Invited

To a
September 22, 2012
From 11:00 AM – 2:00 PM

The Albuquerque Main Library
5th Street and Copper Ave. NW

 Come to the Community Room (located on the Lower Level of the Main Library) 


Come and get acquainted with other members of the New Mexico Genealogical Society who share your same interests in genealogy. Bring your research and share some of your research experiences with others researching the same surnames or areas of the state/country.

Find out ways you can help make the NMGS an ever greater organization and see what is being planned for the coming year.

Light refreshments will be served.
Door Prizes, too!

New Mexico Genealogical Society