26 July 2008

August 16, 2008 NMGS Program

Saturday, August 16, 2008, 10:30 AM
Botts Hall, Albuquerque Special Collections Library
423 Edith NE, Albuquerque NM (NW Corner of Edith and Central)

The New Mexico Genealogical Society Presents

William Litchman, Ph.D.
Presenting the second part of his workshop

Researching the Courthouse:
Deeds, Wills, Titles and Other Records, Part II

Dr. Litchman presents the second part of a workshop that he began in September 2007. This will be an in-depth exploration of legal records that are essential to genealogical research. He is a thorough researcher and an entertaining speaker. We are happy to welcome him back.

As always, certain books published by NMGS will be on sale during the program.Please visit the NMGS Press web page at http://www.nmgs.org/books.htm for a full listing of NMGS books.

This program is free and open to the public.

For more information about our programs, please visit our website at http://www.nmgs.org/workshop.htm.
the Albuquerque Genealogical Society
and the Albuquerque/Bernalillo County Library System
are pleased to sponsor a

Genealogical Seminar

with Dr. George K. Schweitzer
internationally-known genealogist, author, and lecturer

Saturday, August 23, 2008
Albuquerque Main Library Auditorium
10:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.
(Check-in begins at 10 a.m.)

Session Topics: “Tracing Ancestors Back Across the Atlantic”
“German Emigration, Immigration, and Migration Patterns”
“English Genealogical Research”

Cost: $30 for AGS members, $35 for non-members
if registered by August 13
($10 more for registrations after August 13)

Location: The Main Library is located at 501 Copper Ave. NW
(one block north of Central, between 5th & 6th Streets). City parking is
available. Enjoy lunch at a nearby restaurant, or bring a sack lunch.

See the AGS website: http://www.abqgen.swnet.com/

Send check payable to Albuquerque Genealogical Society,
with names of attendees, address, phone, and e-mail address, to
AGS, Seminar, P. O. Box 25512, Albuquerque, NM 87125-5512.
Note: Click on this link to download a copy of this Special Event in PDF Format (.pdf) that also includes a registration form.

20 July 2008

Recap of July 2008 NMGS Program

Yesterday, July 19, 2008, I did a presentation for the New Mexico Genealogical Society titled "Swiss Family Zimmerly: A Socorro, New Mexico Story." The program began at 10:30 A.M. in Botts Hall at the Albuquerque Special Collections Library.

The story was about Samuel Zimmerly, a Civil War soldiers, and his New Mexican wife Maria Paubla Torres. Samuel and Paubla are my 2nd great grandparents.

I began the presentation by talking about my maternal grandmother Maria Paublita Zimmerly, and how her father, Estevan Zimmerly, named her after his mother. I then told the story of Samuel Zimmerly, and how he came to New Mexico as a member of the California Column. I then spoke about his wife Maria Paubla Torres. I traced her ancestors back to Belen, New Mexico, and explained how they arrived in Socorro sometime after 1816. I finished by talking about the hardships that Samuel and Paubla had to endure, how they had a family and ran a milling business, how Samuel died in 1887 only three weeks after the birth of his final child, and how Paubla continued raising and supporting her family into the 20th Century.

Robert Baca, speaking before an audience at Botts Hall

I used a Powerpoint presentation for my speech. The slides included family photos, charts, and images of documents. I also put speaking points on the slides to help the audience follow along since my story tended to bounce around from time period to time period. I even did a review after speaking about Paubla Torres' ancestors since many of the names were similiar.

Powerpoint presentation

About 50 people attended the presentation. Half were either descendants of Samuel and Paubla (Torres) Zimmerly, or their significant others. After my presentation, I took questions from the audience, in which we discussed such topics as where Samuel Zimmerly was born. I argued that he was born in Switzerland, while others took the traditional family view that he was born in Germany.

Audience, Botts Hall, 19 July 2008

During the program, I displayed and referenced certain documents. These included Civil War soldier and widow pension records for Samuel and Paubla, Regimental Descriptive Book and Muster Roll for Samuel Zimmerly, a copy of a history of the Zimmerly Family that was published in the El Defensor Chieftain (Socorro, New Mexico newspaper) in 1966, marriage records for all of the Sam and Paubla's children, and other documents.

After completing my presentation, I donated these documents to the Albuquerque Special Collections Library. They will be placed in a file for anyone to access. I only ask that you make copies of these documents rather than taking them from the library. This allows for others to access them later. To find the Zimmerly file, please ask the librarian to show you where the family surname files are located.

Please check with the library before visiting, as it has limited hours of operation. Click on this link for more information about the library.

Zimmerly documents on display

I dedicate my speech to my second cousin, Michael Chavez. On Friday, he collapsed unexpectedly while attending a function. On Saturday, July 19, 2008, he passed away. My family found out that he was in the hospital while I was finishing up my presentation.

19 July 2008

NMGS Volunteer Receives Grant to Complete Project

Karen Stein Daniel, CGSM, just informed us that she has been awarded a $500 individual grant from the Historical Society of New Mexico to assist in completing the third volume of Naturalization Records by New Mexico Courts, Volume III. The grant will help her complete the project by giving her the money to work on the docket books for Bernalillo County which are housed at the New Mexico State Records Center and Archives in Santa Fe. She expects to complete the project in less than two years. She was advised of this grant by Dr. David L. Caffey of HSNM.

Karen is a certified genealogist who has volunteered for NMGS for years. She is a prolific researcher and author who has published many books and articles with the New Mexico Genealogical Society.

14 July 2008

Spanish Land Grant Files Online!

The collection "Thomas B. Catron Papers, 1692-1932" has records on nearly 300 land claims, from the period of 1891-1903. The papers are at the Center for Southwest Research, at the University of New Mexico in Albuquerque. The entire collection can also be found on microfilm at the Albuquerque Special Collections Library. That's great. But what if you can't get to Albuquerque to check those records?

You can view images of some of those records online.

If you go the Online Archive of New Mexico or the Rocky Mountain Online Archive, and search for the "Thomas B. Catron Papers", you will discover the finding aid for that collection. If you scroll down teh finding aid to "Digital Collections", you'll find the following files online:

(Click on the links below to access the files.)

Cañon de Chama (Case No. 107)

Cañon del Rio de Chama (Case No. 218)

Cieneguilla (Case Nos. 84 and 214)

Cuyamungue (Case No. 112)

Juan de Ulibarri (Case No. 253)

La Majada (Case No. 89 and miscellany in Series 303, 305 and 310)

Los Cerrillos (Case No. 78)

Petaca (Case Nos. 99 and 153)

San Antonio de las Huertas (Case Nos. 90, 269 and miscellany in Series 306)

San Joaquin del Nacimento (Case Nos. 203 and 213)

San Marcos (Case No. 22)

San Miguel del Bado (Case Nos. 25, 60, 198 and miscellany in Series 306)

Santa Cruz (Case Nos. 181, 194 and miscellany in Series 306)

Santo Domingo de Cundiyo (Case No. 211)

Sitio de los Cerrillos (Case No. 79)

Town of Real de Dolores (Case No. 111)

Here is the link to the finding aid itself.

You may be wondering how I found this link. Simple, I found it in the book "Genealogical Resources in New Mexico: Third Edition", page 65. This is just one of many things you can find in this research guide. Don't you wish you had a copy of this book? Well, it's easy enough to purchase.

You can order a copy of "Genealogical Resources in New Mexico: Third Edition" by going to the NMGS Press page of the NMGS Website. Here is the link. It is near the bottom of the page, book # E-5. It is only $7.50 for NMGS members, $15.00 for non-members. Click on the Order Form at the bottom of the page, print and complete the form and send it with payment to NMGS.

Link: description of "Genealogical Resources of New Mexico: Third Edition."

13 July 2008

Call for Papers: Western History Association

Pat Esterly sent me this notice:

The Western History Association will hold its 2009 conference in Denver, CO. Coordinators are now accepting proposals for conference presentations, performances, workshops and moderated discussions. Information about the 2009 conference is available at: http://www.umsl.edu/~wha/conf/2009/index.html

The Call for Papers link is at: http://www.umsl.edu/~wha/conf/2009/WIRED_WEST_finalcall.pdf

09 July 2008

DAR Lookup

This was previously posted in RootsWeb Review: 9 July 2008, Vol. 11, No. 17

Think you might have an ancestor who served in the American Revolutionary War (1775-83)? Would you like to know whether your ancestor is listed with the National Society of the Daughters of the American Revolution (NSDAR) in the "Patriot Index?" A helpful group of organized DAR volunteers monitor the RootsWeb DAR Message Board every day and welcome lookup requests. Include your Revolutionary War-era ancestor's first and last name, spouse's name (if known), dates of birth and death, and state of residence. You need not be interested in joining the NSDAR to request a lookup.

Click here to request your search.

03 July 2008

July 2008 NMGS Program

Saturday, July 19, 2008, 10:30 AM
Botts Hall, Albuquerque Special Collections Library
423 Edith NE, Albuquerque NM (NW Corner of Edith and Central)

Robert J. C. Baca
President of the New Mexico Genealogical Society,

Swiss Family Zimmerly:
A Socorro, New Mexico Story

Samuel and Maria Paubla (Torres) Zimmerly

It is the story of the merging of two cultures. He was a foreign-born American Civil War soldier; she was a daughter of a family as old as New Mexico itself. Together they created a unique Swiss/Hispano family. Their story begins in the early frontier days of Socorro, goes through the advent of statehood, and continues on to the present day.

Robert Baca, a former resident of Socorro, NM, is a descendant of Samuel and Maria Paubla (Torres) Zimmerly, progenitors of the New Mexico Zimmerly family. In his presentation, he will display family photos and documents, and will include a short discussion on the research methods that he used to create this story.

Certain books published by NMGS on Socorro, New Mexico records will be on sale at the presentation. Please visit the NMGS Press web page at http://www.nmgs.org/books.htm for a full listing of NMGS books.

This program is free and open to the public.

For more information about our programs, please visit our website at http://www.nmgs.org/workshop.htm.

NARA Electronic Records Archive Project

This link was sent to the NMGS Board by NMGS member Karen Daniel. I thought I would share it with you.

From the National Coalition for History Blog:

NARA Announces Roll Out of Electronic Records Archive Project

On June 27, 2008, Archivist of the United States Allen Weinstein announced the launch of the initial phase of the Electronic Records Archives (ERA) Project.....

In July, the National Archives will start moving approximately three and a half million computer files into ERA. The records eventually will be accessible online in ERA.

Four federal agencies (the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office, the National Oceanographic Office, the National Nuclear Security Administration, and the Bureau of Labor Statistics) have been testing the system and are scheduled to start using ERA in September....
For more information about this program, check out this link.

02 July 2008

New Digitized Collections: UNM

The following was sent to me by Nancy Anderson:

News from the University of New Mexico Libraries

New Digitized Collections

University Archives Adds Digital Collections
Almost 600 historical photographs of campus buildings, landscapes, and interiors were recently added to the UNM University Archives digital collections. The photographs, ranging in date from the turn of the century through the 1980s, are available online at the University Archives website. An additional 60 photos documenting Lobo sports teams - including the 1901 Lobo Women's Basketball Team and 1933 Women's Tennis Team - have also been added to the University Archives

Jos Guadalupe Posada Collection of Mexican Popular Prints
The online collection includes lithographs, etchings, and engravings by Posada from three different collections in the Center for Southwest Research. Subjects range from humorous to didactic, romantic to religious and political. Posada's signature calaveras are represented, as are sensational crime stories, supernatural subjects and popular songs. This project was made possible with funding from the Center for Regional Studies.