25 October 2009

Political Papers of New Mexico at the CSWR

The UNM Center for Southwest Research has a number of documents stored in its archives. It publishes on the web finding guides that describe the contents of collections within their archives. I recently found a handy website that categorizes some of these collections: Political Papers of New Mexico at the CSWR.

Click on this link, and you will find tabs to categories such as "U.S. Senators", "U.S. Representatives", "N.M. Governors", "American Indian Officials", "Political Organizations" and more. There is also a link to the online version of the 2007/2008 New Mexico Blue Book.

You may also find contact information on the home page, so that you may find out how to access these collections.

Much more can be found on the LibGuides Home (including Land Grants in New Mexico!)

Torrance County Genealogy Links

Below is a list of Torrance County Genealogy Links. Please send your suggestions for additional links to abqbobcat@nmia.com. Please put in the subject line the words "Torrance County Genealogy Links." Thank you - Robert Baca, President NMGS.

New Mexico Genealogical Society Links

* Locating Catholic Church Records in New Mexico - Torrance County

- See also the Introduction to the Project

* NMGS Press

* Genealogical Resources of New Mexico (book)


Libraries and Archives:

* Family History Centers - Torrance County

* Torrance County Libraries

Genealogical and Historical Societies:

* New Mexico Genealogical Society

* Hispanic Genealogical Research Center of New Mexico

* The East Mountain Historical Society


Genealogy Resources:

* USGenWeb - Torrance County

- Archives - Torrance County

* Genealogy Trails - Torrance County


Genealogy Queries & Message Boards:

* Cousin Connect - Torrance County

* GenForum - Torrance County

* GenCircles - Torrance County

* Rootsweb - Torrance County


Genealogy Directories, List, and Links:

* EPodunk -Torrance County Profile

* Cyndi's List - Torrance County

* Linkpendium - Torrance County


Vital Records

* Torrance County Clerk

Cemetery, Burial & Obituaries:

* Find a Grave - Torrance County

* The Political Graveyard - Torrance County

* Tombstone Transcription Project - Torrance County

* Interment.Net - Torrance County

* Harris-Hanlon Mortuary (obituaries)

* Mountain View Telegraph (obituaries)

Census Records:

* Census Records and Indexes - Torrance County


Community Genealogy and History:

* About Torrance County

* Torrance County

* Estancia

* History of New Mexico - Torrance County

* The Leading Facts of New Mexico History - Torrance County

Cultural Resources:

* None listed. If you know of any cultural resources, send me an email at abqbobcat@nmia.com

Personal Websites, Biographies and Surnames

* Norman/Maxwell Family Genealogy

* Biography of Julius Meyer

* Biography of Manuel Sanchez, Jr.

* Clint Smith Family


Misc.

* National Register of Historic Places - Torrance County

* Newspaper Abstracts - Torrance County

* New Mexico Digital Collection - Torrance County

* New Mexico Military Records

* Land Patent Search (New Mexico)

* Military Data - Torrance County

* Torrance County, New Mexico World War II Casualties Army and Air Force

Look for "Union County Genealogy Links" on Sunday, November 1, 2009. As always, if you wish to contribute to this or another county, please send me an e-mail at abqbobcat@nmia.com.

If you wish to see all of the New Mexico County Links posted so far, click on this link.

24 October 2009

Too early for Christmas shopping?

Nah, it's never too early to shop for Christmas, especially in these unsure economic times. I know plenty of people who begin shopping in October. Heck, a certain retail store - that will remain nameless here - is already advertising for layaway.

Are you one of those people who shop early. Are you thinking about shopping at Amazon.com? Well, if you are, consider shopping through the NMGS's link for Amazon.com . (The Albuquerque Genealogical Society also sponsors this link.) If you shop through us, a percentage of the proceeds will go towards our fund. That fund is only used to buy books for the Albuquerque Special Collections Library.

To buy books from our link, you can either:

* Go to the NMGS website and click on the Amazon.com link under the "Bookstore" heading; or,

* Go to the side margin of this blog and click on the Amazon.com link; or,

* Simply click on this link.

By the way, the books from the NMGS Bookstore also make great gifts for your favorite genealogist, even your favorite genealogist is yourself. Click on this link to purchase our books.

22 October 2009

NM Historic Documents and History on Google Books

Google Books has a number of digital reproductions of historic documents and history of New Mexico. Here are just a few that I found recently, in no particular order:

* Statehood for New Mexico: Speech of Hon. L. Bradford Prince of New Mexico - Delivered at the Trans-Mississippi Congress, held at Cripple Creek, Colorado, July 19, 1901.

* History of New Mexico and Arizona: 1530 - 1888 by Hubert Howe Bancroft and Henry Lebbeus Oak. (c. 1889)

* The Spanish Archives of New Mexico Vol 1 by Ralph Emerson Twitchell (c. 1914)

* The Religious Architecture of New Mexico in the Colonial Period and Since the American Occupation by George Kubler (c. 1940)

* Journal of a Military Reconnaissance from Santa Fe, New Mexico to the Navajo Country.... by James H. Simpson, A.H. (c. 1852)

* Report of the Governor of New Mexico to the Secretary of Interior 1901

* Contitution of the Proposed State of New Mexico (February 1911)

* History of New Mexico Spanish and English Missions of the Methodist Episcopal Church from 1850 to 1910 - Volume II

... these are just a few of the books that can be found on that site. To search for more books, go to Google Books and search for "New Mexico" or "New Mexico History" or use other search terms.

21 October 2009

Confederate Soldier's Remains Found In Socorro?

Bone that were found by Socorro City workers may be those of Confederate soldiers burried in the town. According to KRQE TV:

The February 1862 Battle of Valverde brought wounded Confederate soldiers to Socorro, and some historians believe those who later died were buried under what are now a paved street and the backyard of a local family....


This find is especially controversial because a supposed burial site is on private land and the owners do not wished for their property to be disturbed. To read more about this find, read and see the video at this link: Bones find renews Civil War dispute

20 October 2009

November 2009 NMGS Program

Saturday, November 21, 2009, 10:30 AM
Albuquerque Special Collections Library
423 Central NE, Albuquerque NM
(NW Corner of Edith and Central)


The New Mexico Genealogical Society presents
Angel R. Cervantes

Who will discuss the

New Mexico DNA Project:
The Vandals’ Connection to New Mexican Families


In Part III of an ongoing series, Mr. Cervantes will explore the connection between certain New Mexican families and the Vandals, a Germanic tribe that occupied Spain. Cervantes will show a short film that will trace the history of these people. He will discuss which families show the markers that are most identified with this tribe.

Angel Cervantes is the New Mexico Genealogical Society’s DNA Project Advisor. For more information about the New Mexico DNA Project, visit their website online at: http://www.familytreedna.com/public/NewMexicoDNA/default.aspx

NMGS will also be having its annual officer elections at this meeting.

This program is free and open to the public.

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

19 October 2009

The Battle of Cieneguilla

I found this article while searching for Taos County Genealogy Links:

In 1856, a military court cleared U.S. Dragoon Lt. John Davidson of any wrongdoing two years earlier in the Battle of Cieneguilla above Embudo — despite testimony that he had taken a “war whoop” as a threat and needlessly led his troops into a fatal fight.

During the short battle in the early spring of 1854, about 60 U.S. Dragoons got trapped in a canyon and, before retreating, suffered their worst defeat — 22 dead, 22 wounded — in the campaign against American Indian tribes, in this case the Jicarilla Apache.

Ironically, the Jicarilla victory only served to intensify the U.S. Army’s efforts to run American Indians off their homelands and sequester them on reservations.


For more information about the article "Archaeologists fill in some blanks of Battle of Cieneguilla" click on this link.

Bats!

The following was passed on to me via e-mail:
Corrales Historical Society 2009 Speaker Series
invites you to attend:

Michelle McCaulley,
speaking on the Rio Grande Basin Bat Project
Thursday, October 29th @ 7:00pm
Old San Ysidro Church @ 966 Old Church Road (Corrales, New Mexico)


Event is free and open to the public. No reservations required.

Halloween is just around the corner, and so is a very interesting speaker who will dispel misconceptions and intrigue you with fascinating facts about… bats!

Among other subjects, Ms. McCaulley of the Rio Grande Basin Bat Project will speak on the concept and conservation of bats and bat habitats as a natural biological alternative to pesticides. Since 2002, this non-profit organization has worked with the Bat World Sanctuary and is a permitted bat rehabilitation project in New Mexico.

Find out more about this organization at http://www.riograndebasinbats.com/

18 October 2009

Taos County Genealogy Links

Below is a list of Taos County Genealogy Links. Please send your suggestions for additional links to abqbobcat@nmia.com. Please put in the subject line the words "Taos County Genealogy Links." Thank you - Robert Baca, President NMGS.

New Mexico Genealogical Society Links

* Locating Catholic Church Records in New Mexico - Taos County

- See also the Introduction to the Project

* NMGS Press

* Genealogical Resources of New Mexico (book)


Libraries and Archives:

* Family History Centers - Taos County


* Taos Public Library


* The Southwest Research Center of Northern New Mexico





Genealogical and Historical Societies:

* New Mexico Genealogical Society

* Hispanic Genealogical Research Center of New Mexico


* The Taos County Historical Society


* Red River Historical Society


* Taos Mountain Chapter of the National Society of the Daughters of the American Revolution


Genealogy Resources:

* USGenWeb - Taos County

- Resources (Baptisms, Censuses, History, etc.)

* Genealogy Trails - Taos County


Genealogy Queries & Message Boards:

* Cousin Connect - Taos County

* GenForum - Taos County

* GenCircles - Taos County

* Rootsweb - Taos County


Genealogy Directories, List, and Links:

* EPodunk -Taos County Profile

* Cyndi's List - Taos County

* Linkpendium - Taos County


Vital Records

* Marriages 1727-1900 - Taos County


* Taos County Marriages, Penasco, New Mexico 1859-1895


Cemetery, Burial & Obituaries:

* Find a Grave - Taos County

* The Political Graveyard - Taos County

* Tombstone Transcription Project - Taos County


* Interment.Net - Taos County


* Cemeteries (Linkpendium)


* The Taos News (Obituaries)


* Weylen's Funeral Home


* Garcia de Taos Obituaries

Census Records:

* Census Records and Indexes - Taos County (Linkpendium)


Community Genealogy and History:

* Taos County


* Picuris Pueblo


* Red River


* Town of Taos (State Historian site)


* Town of Taos (office site)


* Taos Pueblo


* History of Taos Public Library

* First Term of the American Court in Taos, New Mexico


* History of New Mexico - Taos County

* The Leading Facts of New Mexico History - Taos County

Cultural Resources:



* Red River


* Taos Plaza


* Fred Baca Park

* Kit Carson Park


* Museum Association of Taos


* Taos Historical Museums


Personal Websites, Biographies and Surnames


* Biography of The Honorable Antonio D. Archuleta


* Kit Carson Family History


* Garcia de Taos


* Salas Family Genealogy


* Biography of John Morgan Whitlock

Misc.

* National Register of Historic Places - Taos County

* Newspaper Abstracts - Taos County

* New Mexico Digital Collection - Taos County

* New Mexico Military Records

* Land Patent Search (New Mexico)

* Military Data - Taos County


* Toas County, New Mexico World War II Casualties Army and Air Force


Look for "Torrance County Genealogy Links" on Sunday, October 25, 2009. As always, if you wish to contribute to this or another county, please send me an e-mail at abqbobcat@nmia.com.

If you wish to see all of the New Mexico County Links posted so far, click on this link.

New Mexican Personal Historians

Today, The Sunday Journal has an article in its Mature Life magazine insert about professional personal historians. These are people that record a person's life histories for posterity.

The article profiles a personal historian Genevieve Russell. The article paraphrases and quotes her by saying:

Leaving a record is a way to help children and grandchildren "appreciate where they came from" says Geneive Russell. The lives of others "further connects us and gives us clarity about who we are.

Local men who have had personal histories created for them include Ramon Montes, 90 years old, a well-known carver of traditional religious buttos and retablos, and Danish-born artist Gaston Lotvig of Santa Fe who passed away in February at the age of 96. Montes was named a Santa Fe Living Treasure and has his personal history archived in the Fray Angelico Chavez History Library.

To read more about personal historians, either find the insert in today's Sunday Journal, or go to the Albuquerque Journal website to view a digital version of the story:

* Go to abqjournal.com,
* Click on the "Magazines" header,
* Click on the "Mature Life" icon,
* View the magazine. The title of the article is "On the Record" and can be found on page 3 of the magazine. It continues on to page 12.

Query: Club Recreativo Cosmopolita Mexicano

Our NMGS website editor received this question from one of our readers:

Is anyone familiar with an organization in La Mesa about 1909 called the Club Recreativo Cosmopolita Mexicano? I found hand written minutes (in Spanish) which appears to be a social club of men. I was just curious if anyone in your group was familiar with it? - Theresa H. E.


If anyone is familiar with this group, either send me an e-mail at abqbobcat@nmia.com or post a comment to this blog post. Thank you - Robert Baca, President, NMGS.

15 October 2009

Michelle Obama's Roots

I know that Michelle Obama has nothing to do with New Mexico genealogy, but as genealogists, I feel that we often have an interest in the roots of famous people - especially that of the First Family.



The author of this video, (or as she calls it, "a glorified Power Point presentation") Megan Smolenyak Smolenyak is a genealogist who works for Ancestry.com. Her research is very thorough, and always very interesting.



To see Smolenyak briefly discussing Michelle Obama's ancestry on the CBS Early Show, click on this link.

11 October 2009

Socorro County Genealogy Links

Below is a list of Socorro County Genealogy Links. Please send your suggestions for additional links to abqbobcat@nmia.com. Please put in the subject line the words "Socorro County Genealogy Links." Thank you - Robert Baca, President NMGS.

New Mexico Genealogical Society Links

* Locating Catholic Church Records in New Mexico - Socorro County
- See also the Introduction to the Project

* NMGS Press

* Genealogical Resources of New Mexico (book)


Libraries and Archives:

* Family History Center - Socorro County


* Socorro Public Library


* New Mexico Tech Library


Genealogical and Historical Societies:

* New Mexico Genealogical Society
* Hispanic Genealogical Research Center of New Mexico

* Socorro County Genealogical Society

* Socorro County Historical Society


Genealogy Resources:

* USGenWeb - Socorro County

-Archives
* Genealogy Trails - Socorro County

Genealogy Queries & Message Boards:

* Cousin Connect - Socorro County

* GenForum - Socorro County

* GenCircles - Socorro County
* Rootsweb - Socorro County


Genealogy Directories, List, and Links:

* EPodunk -Socorro County Profile
* Cyndi's List - Socorro County

* Linkpendium - Socorro County

Vital Records

* Socorro County, New Mexico Marriages - 1727-1900


Cemetery, Burial & Obituaries:

* Find a Grave - Socorro County

* The Political Graveyard - Socorro County

* Tombstone Transcription Project - Socorro County

* Obituaries - New Mexico Tech website

* El Defensor Chieftain Newspaper - Milestones (includes obituaries)

* Soldiers Forgotten (a website about Confederate soldiers' remains that may be buried on private property in Socorro, NM)



Census Records:

* Socorro County Census 1860, 1870 & 1880 (USGenWeb)

* Socorro County Census Data (Genealogy Trails)

* Socorro County Census Index (Linkpendium)


Community Genealogy and History:

* Towns of Socorro County (Genealogy Trails)

* La Joya de Sevilleta

* La Vega de las Nutrias

* Las Barrancas

* Lemitar

* Los Chaves

* Luis Lopez

* Sabinal

* Socorro, New Mexico

* Valverde Battle Summary

* San Antonio del Rio Colorado Grant Settlers

* History of the San Miguel Church

* A Brief History of New Mexico Tech

* History of New Mexico - Socorro County

* The Leading Facts of New Mexico History - Socorro County

* Walking Tour Guide of Historic Socorro, New Mexico

* Socorro County Historical Markers


Cultural Resources:

* El Camino Real International Heritage Center


* Ft. Craig National Historical Site


* Hammel Museum

* Bosque del Apache
* Very Large Array

Personal Websites, Biographies and Surnames

* Socorro County Biographies (Genealogy Trails)


* Anna K. Brown


* The Baca/ Douglas Genealogy and Family History Blog


* My New Mexico Roots (Nancy Lopez) - some family was from the Socorro area


* Mathias Mattieson


Misc.

* National Register of Historic Places - Socorro County

* Newspaper Abstracts - Socorro County

* New Mexico Digital Collection - Socorro County

* New Mexico Military Records
* Land Patent Search (New Mexico)

* Military Data - Socorro County


* World War II Casualties - Socorro County

Look for "Taos County Genealogy Links" on Sunday, October 18, 2009. As always, if you wish to contribute to this or another county, please send me an e-mail at abqbobcat@nmia.com.

If you wish to see all of the New Mexico County Links posted so far, click on this link.

2010 Salt Lake Institute of Genealogy

The following information was relayed to me from Paula Stuart-Warren, through the NMGS website editor Patricia Esterly:

Hi,

I thought you might be interested in the ... the 2010 Salt Lake Institute of Genealogy. The dates are January 11-15. Additional information including the list of classes for each course and instructor and coordinator bios are on the Utah Genealogical Association website. www.infouga.org

It's also very easy to register online. The variety of courses is wonderful. I coordinate and teach the intermediate level Course I, American Records and Research: Focus on Families. I am also teaching an evening class and one class in the Certification & Accreditation Course. No matter which course you choose, you will have an educational and exhilarating week.

Please feel free to pass this [information] on to other genealogists. It's a great way to spend part of January and a way to get energized for research in the coming year. If you have any questions, please don't hesitate to ask me.

I hope to see you in January.

- Paula Stuart-Warren paulastuartwarren@gmail.com

04 October 2009

Volunteer position: NMGS website editor

Our website editor, Patricia Esterly, will be stepping down soon. Until then, she needs help with the website. The person who helps out will most likely become our next website editor.

From the NMGS website:

Interested in helping our webmaster with the NMGS web site? It's a volunteer position, so it takes a special, dedicated person who is also interested in genealogy. It can be done from home. We are using Dreamweaver at this time. Get answers to any or all your questions about this position by sending an email to webmaster@nmgs.org or Robert Baca, NMGS President.

Sierra County Genealogy Links

Below is a list of Sierra County Genealogy Links. Please send your suggestions for additional links to abqbobcat@nmia.com. Please put in the subject line the words "Sierra County Genealogy Links." Thank you - Robert Baca, President NMGS.

New Mexico Genealogical Society Links

* Locating Catholic Church Records in New Mexico - Sierra County

- See also the Introduction to the Project

* NMGS Press

* Genealogical Resources of New Mexico (book)


Libraries and Archives:

* Family History Centers

* Truth or Consequences Public Library

* Sierra County Libraries


Genealogical and Historical Societies:

* New Mexico Genealogical Society

* Hispanic Genealogical Research Center of New Mexico

* Sierra County Genealogical Society


Genealogy Resources:

* USGenWeb - Sierra County
- Archives

* Genealogy Trails - Sierra County



Genealogy Queries & Message Boards:

* Cousin Connect - Sierra County

* GenForum - Sierra County

* GenCircles - Sierra County

* Rootsweb - Sierra County


Genealogy Directories, List, and Links:

* EPodunk -Sierra County Profile

* Cyndi's List - Sierra County

* Linkpendium - Sierra County


Vital Records

* Births (Lathem, Meyers, Harrington and Goins)

* Sierra County Marriage Records


Cemetery, Burial & Obituaries:


* Find a Grave - Sierra County

* The Political Graveyard - Sierra County

* Tombstone Transcription Project - Sierra County

* Interment Net - Sierra County

* Sierra County Cemeteries (Genealogy Trails)

* Sierra County Cemeteries (Linkpendium)

* Sierra County Obituaries (Genealogy Trails)

* The Herald (Obituaries)


Census Records:

* 1890 Veterans Census - Sierra County

* Sierra County Census Records (Linkpendium)


Community Genealogy and History:

* Sierra County

* Histories of Specific Towns and Townships of Sierra County

* History of New Mexico: Sierra County

* The Leading Facts of New Mexican History: Sierra County


Cultural Resources:

* Geronimo Trail National Scenic Byway

* Lake Valley Historic Townsite

* Elephant Butte Dam


Personal Websites, Biographies and Surnames

* Lewis Charles Lathem

* Major James P. Blaine

* Pioneer Families - Sierra County


Misc.

* National Register of Historic Places - Sierra County

* Newspaper Abstracts - Sierra County

* New Mexico Digital Collection - Sierra County

* New Mexico Military Records

* Land Patent Search (New Mexico)

* Military Data - Sierra County



Look for "Socorro County Genealogy Links" on Sunday, October 10, 2009. As always, if you wish to contribute to this or another county, please send me an e-mail at abqbobcat@nmia.com.

If you wish to see all of the New Mexico County Links posted so far, click on this link.

03 October 2009

Atlas of Historic New Mexico Maps

The New Mexico Humanities Council has added 20 historic New Mexico Maps to its website. They are annotated with descriptions by the original mapmakers and other people living during those eras. Images of artwork from each period are included with the annotations.

This is a preview of a book to be published by the University of New Mexico Press in 2010: The Atlas of Historical New Mexico Maps. This atlas will feature over 100 maps.

To view the online version of The Atlas of Historical Maps, click on this link.

This link was suggested by the NMGS Website editor, Patricia Esterly.

01 October 2009

Book Signing: "Converso" by Mario Martinez

Posted on MySpace today....

Mario Martinez signs "Converso" Saturday 10/3 1-3 PM
Category: Writing and Poetry

Author Mario X. Martinez signs his novel "Converso" from 1-3 PM Saturday, October 3, at Treasure House Books & Gifts, 2012 South Plaza NW in Old town Albuquerque. The event is free and open to the public.

"Converso" is a story of crypto-Jewish life in a small town in northern New Mexico during the 1870's, the time of Bishop Lamy. Abran Espinosa along with his uncle, Don Mois├ęs Espinosa, discover their Jewish birthright through an old family journal. The newly-appointed priest, Father LaSalle, mistakenly suspects them of sorcery, leading to a confrontation and Abran's exile from the local church. The resulting story is compelling and surprising. Mario X. Martinez uses stories from his family to create this historical novel of powerful Dons, dashing young men, beautiful women, and the foreign priest who did not understand New Mexican life and culture. This combustible mixture leads to conflict, revenge and the suspicious demise of the priest as he was conducting mass. This is a story that Willa Cather would have understood about life and death and the secrecy by which crypto-Jewish families lived and protected their identity.

For more information, call 505-242-7204

UNM Lecture: The Santa Fe House

The following announcement was sent to my email....

Lecture and booksigning for

THE SANTA FE HOUSE:
Historic Residences, Enchanting Adobes and Romantic Revivals
by Margaret Moore Booker

Tuesday, October 20, 2009, 1:00 p.m.
Willard Room, Zimmerman Library
Main Campus, UNM, Albuquerque, New Mexico


Santa Fe, New Mexico has a rich history in architecture. The high desert climate and mountainous terrain has shaped and reshaped building design, fusing Pueblo- style housing with modern concepts. In THE SANTA FE HOUSE, Margaret Moore Booker, features key examples of the region’s most important residences.

THE SANTA FE HOUSE presents forty picturesque residences, ranging from the earliest one-story adobe structures to today’s bungalow and Mission style homes, demonstrating deep roots in Pueblo, Spanish, Mexican, and Anglo traditions. It includes the best of the so-called “Southwest Territorial Style,” introduced by newcomers from the East after 1846, as well as houses revealing Victorian influences. Her new color photographs show Santa Fe’s most beautiful houses,carefully preserved today.

Historic black-and-white photographs, maps, floor plans, and other original illustrations further enhance the story of Santa Fe.

Santa Fe is commemorating its 400th Anniversary in 2009 and 2010. Just in time for the celebration, SANTA FE HOUSE provides a comprehensive survey of the historic architectural styles of the city and is a useful guide for both tourists and homeowners.

ABOUT THE AUTHOR: Margaret Moore Booker is the author of numerous books and articles on art, architecture, and women’s history. She is co-author of Sea-Captains’ Houses and Rose-Covered Cottages: The Architectural Heritage of Nantucket Island (Universe/Rizzoli).Open to the public.For more info write to Audra Bellmore at abellmor@unm.edu or call the Center for Southwest Research at 505-277-6451.