The Baca / Douglas Genealogy and Family History Blog

17 June 2012

Who is in the photo? One person is probably Serito Baca

Above is a probable photo of Serito Baca and three other men. Francisco Sisneros lent me this photo at the Historical Society of New Mexico Conference a month ago. He gave me permission to copy it and put it on this blog. I gave him back the photo today at the Genealogical Society of Hispanic America conference in Santa Fe.

Serito Baca was the brother of my maternal great-grandfather Rafael Baca. They were both the sons of Ramon Baca and Maria Anastasia Padilla.
The 1900 census of Luis Lopez, New Mexico indicates that Serito was born in February 1870.  The 1910 census indicates that he married Emena Padilla in 1902 (I'm not sure why I only have census records to indicate these relationships. I'll have to check this out later.)

I need your help. Do you recognize anyone in the photo? If you do, send me an email at Thanks! Robert Baca

16 June 2012

July 21, 2012 NMGS Program - John Kessell

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

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

The Albuquerque Special Collections Library
The New Mexico Genealogical Society

 John Kessell

¡Más Allá!  Don Bernardo de Miera y Pacheco and the 18th-Century Kingdom of New Mexico

From his baptism in northern Spain in 1713 to his marriage in 1741 to Estefanía Domínguez de Mendoza in Chihuahua, we know virtually nothing about Miera y Pacheco.  Yet by the time he died in Santa Fe in 1785 he had expressed himself artistically more notably, worn more hats, drawn more maps, knew  more Indians, and explored more of the Kingdom and Provinces of New Mexico than any vecino before or after him.  He embodied the very soul of eighteenth-century Hispanic New Mexico.

John Kessell, professor emeritus at the University of New Mexico, has written numerous books and articles regarding Spanish Colonial history.  Some of which are:  Kiva, Cross, & Crown, Spain in the Southwest, and Pueblos, Spaniards, and the Kingdom of New Mexico.  In addition to which, he was the primary editor on the Vargas Project, a multi volume work of the correspondence of Don Diego de Vargas and the reconquest of NM.

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

02 June 2012

Zimmerly, Torres wedding

Below is a family photo taken after the marriage of my great-grandparents Estevan Zimmerly and Delfina Torres. They are the couple in the center of the photograph. The other people in the photo are Delfina's family - her parents, brothers and sisters and an uncle. To the far left, wearing a hat, his her father Jose E. Torres. To the far right, holding the baby is her mother Maria Guadalupe (Padilla) Torres. I've posted a different copy of this photo before which was in much better condition, but had a bunch of wording obscuring part of the picture.

Below is Estevan and Delfina's wedding invitation.

Below is my translation of the wedding invitation using online translation machines:

You and your family are respectfully invited to attend
the marriage of our children
Delfina Torres
Estevan Zimmerly
which is to be held on the day of April 22,
A.D. 1908, at 7 A.M.
in the Catholic Church of San Miguel
in Socorro, N.M.,
and from there they will be given a toast at the home of the
(first?), and there will be a dance in the evening at the
Garcia Opera (House).
Jose E. Torres.
Paulita T. Zimmerly,
Socorro, N.M., 14 April 1908.

Jose E. Torres was Delfina's father. Paulita T. (Torres) Zimmerly was Estevan's mother.
By the way, the Garcia Opera House, where the dance was held, was built by Francisca Garcia, the widow of Juan Nepomuceno Garcia and dedicated to his memory. Delfina's mother was the niece of Juan Nepomuceno & Francisca Garcia.