The Baca / Douglas Genealogy and Family History Blog

19 August 2013

Maria Hurtado 1725 Will

Maria Hurtado was my dad's eighth great-grandmother, among many other relationships to both of my parents. Henrietta M. Christmas transcribed and published Maria Hurtado's will on her blog:

1598 New Mexico: Maria Hurtado ~ Will 1725: I declare that I was married according to the Rite of our mother, the Catholic Church for a period of forty-six years, more or less to...

The relationship is this: Maria Hurtado, Juana Montoya, Maria Estela Palamino Rendon, Luis Felipe Rivera, Ana Maria Rivera, Jose Francisco Sena, Concepcion Sena, Maria Rita Luna, Juan B. Cabeza de Baca y Luna, Robert Bourguignon Baca, Robert Carlos Baca.

18 August 2013

September 21, 2013 NMGS Program

The Auditorium
On the Lower Level of
The Albuquerque Main Library
501 Copper SW
Albuquerque, New Mexico
(on the northwest corner of 5th and Copper)

Saturday, September 21, 2013
10:30 AM – Noon

The New Mexico Genealogical Society


Robert J. C. Baca

“Petronila Garcia Jurado:
Matriarch of the Rio Abajo”

Genealogy and history can sometimes be messy; and the most interesting stories are the messiest. Petronila Garcia Jurado was a daughter of a prominent family which came to New Mexico after the Pueblo Revolt to re-establish the Spanish kingdom. She married into the old Baca clan, and began raising a family. After her husband’s death, she had to fight her in-laws over her children’s inheritance. Later, she had another child who carried the Baca name - two years after the death of her husband Juan Antonio Baca.
Using a Spanish document recently translated by genealogist Patricia Sanchez Rau and filling in the details with other research, Robert Baca paints the portrait of a complex and daring woman. He follows her family through the Rio Abajo, or the lower river, district of New Mexico. He tells the story of the Baca, Torres and Garcia Jurado families of Belen and Socorro.

Robert J.C. Baca is the president of the New Mexico Genealogical Society. He has been researching his Rio Abajo roots for over a dozen years. He has presented for the New Mexico Genealogical Society, the Historical Society of New Mexico, the Hispanic Genealogical Research Center of New Mexico (presented on his behalf in his absence), and other organizations. He and his wife Nancy reside in Albuquerque, New 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.

12 August 2013

Silva Family reunion in Socorro ... last month.

Here's a link to an El Defensor Chieftain article about a Silva family reunion in Socorro:

I didn't attend, am not directly related to this family, and didn't know about it until someone posted the link on the NMGS Facebook page, but I thought I would share it with my readers.

By the way, did you know that I wrote an article about one of my Silva ancestors:

Robert J. C. Baca, "From Sabinal to Socorro: Descendants of Maria Clara Lorenza Silva, Born 1794", New Mexico Genealogist, 48 (March 2009), pages 39-43.

If you are interested in my article, you may order it from the NMGS webpage at

11 August 2013

August 13, 2013 NMGS Program: Using Census Records

August 2013 Program
The Community Room
in the Lower Level of
The Albuquerque Main Library
501 Copper Street
Albuquerque, New Mexico
(on the northwest corner of 5th and Copper)

Saturday, August 17, 2013
10:30 AM
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Please note that our programs are at a new location this year!

The New Mexico Genealogical Society
Henrietta Martinez Christmas
Independent New Mexico Historian and Genealogist

Using Census Records to Keep and Eye on Your Ancestors
Census records are an invaluable resource for keeping track of your ancestors. A census is a government record that appears every ten years that can help you find details you might otherwise miss in the normal sacramental records or land records. So let's step back in time every ten years and see what you can find that will add details to your family research.

Plus a Bonus -
Getting Ready for the upcoming HGRC Conference in August!!

A well respected and well-known genealogical and historical researcher, Henrietta M. Christmas has researched for over 35 years on a wide variety of subjects specializing in the rio arriba region of New Mexico. A native New Mexican, she descends from eleven soldiers who came to New Mexico with don Juan de OƱate in 1598.

This program is free and open to the public.

Questions? Call (505) 848-1376 or email