The Baca / Douglas Genealogy and Family History Blog

24 January 2016

Socorro High School Class of 1931

My grandmother Pablita (or Pauline) Zimmerly was the class valedictorian of the Socorro High School (Socorro, New Mexico) graduating class of 1931.

Here is some information about that class:

Class Roll:
Max Baca
Salomon Chavez
Walter Herkenhoff
Cristobal Romero
Matias Torres
Flora Baca
Edna Miller
Tersilla Olguin
Josephine Sickles
Juanita Sisneros
Pauline Zimmerly
Walter Darr

Class Motto: "Dig"
Class Flower: Poppy
Class Colors: Blue and Gold

It would be interesting to find out who these students were. If my grandmother were alive today, she would be 106 years old (born 10 December 1909.)

Click here to see a copy of the graduation program posted on Evernote.

03 January 2016

New Years Resolution 2016

It's the New Year! I may be a couple of days late, but I've decided to make a few of resolutions.

1. Take a look at the image below. This is my current genealogy database properties. Notice that there are currently 6,437 people in my database. I wish to have 10,000 by the end of the year. That means that I need to add 3,563 names to my database. If I add at least 10 names per day from now until the end of the year, I can make that goal. You, gentle reader, can help me by sending me obituaries, family group sheets, hints, etc. for people related to Socorro, New Mexico and my family. I will also collect information for my wife's family. You can send me an email at info AT

My goal isn't to just fill up my database, but rather connect to as many relatives as possible. I will also share information as requested.

2. Publish a book on the Socorro Land Grant families. I've collected a lot of information, but there's a lot I need to "clean up" before publishing. Again, your help is appreciated.

3. Publish a few articles in certain journals/ magazines. I've yet to publish in HGRC's Herencia, the Historical Society of New Mexico's journal, and the El Defensor Chieftain. I hope this will be the year.

Do you have any genealogy resolutions? Post them here!

Have a Happy New Year!