31 December 2012

2013 NMGS Programs


2013 New Mexico Genealogical Society Programs

NMGS proudly announces its first programs for the New Year!
Unless otherwise noted, our programs will be at a new location this year:
The Community Room
In the Lower Level of
The Albuquerque Main Library
501 Copper St. NW
Albuquerque, New Mexico
(On the northwest corner of 5th and Copper.) 

·        Saturday, January 19, 2013, 10:30 AM – Lisa Kindrick, Librarian, Genealogy Center, A/BC Libraries “Ways to Utilize the Genealogy Collections at the Main Library”
 
·        Saturday, February 16, 2013, 10:30 AM – Francisco Sisneros, “A Difficult Birth: The Re-Settlement Families of Nuestra Señora de los Dolores de la Joya de Sevilleta, 1800-1819”

·        Saturday, March 16, 2013, 10:30 AM – Andrés Armijo, “Historical family images and artifacts: A creative approach to visualizing and narrating your family history and genealogy” 

·        Saturday, April 20, 2013, 10:30 AM – Miguel Torrez, “The Espinosa DNA Quest” 
 
All programs are free and open to the public.
 
For more information, visit our website at www.nmgs.org
 

28 December 2012

Verifiable Documentation for Spanish Families in NM

Jose Antonio Esquibel has done much research on New Mexico families through his series of articles titled "Beyond Origins of New Mexico Families". In this series, he has cleared up misconceptions and faulty research regarding the early New Mexican families. He has posted online on the "Olibama Lopez Tushar Hispanic Legacy Research Center" website a status report on the verifiable documentation of specific families. Click on this link to find out more.

20 December 2012

January 19, 2013 NMGS Program


The Community Room
In the Basement of
The Albuquerque Main Library
501 Copper SW
Albuquerque, New Mexico
(on the northwest corner of 5th and Copper)

 Saturday, January 19, 2013
10:30 AM – Noon 

Please note that our programs are at a new location this year!
 

The New Mexico Genealogical Society

Presents

Lisa Kendrick
Librarian, Albuquerque Genealogy Center

Ways to Utilize the Main Genealogy Collection

 What's new at the Genealogy Center?  Join librarian Lisa Kindrick for an overview of the many resources available to support your family history research at the Albuquerque/Bernalillo County Libraries, including the latest additions to the local area network, microfilm, databases, and new books.

A native of Albuquerque, Lisa attended the University of New Mexico on a Calvin Horn Essay contest scholarship after writing an essay about her grandparents' lives farming pinto beans in the Estancia Valley.  She received a Master’s degree in Library Science from the University of Denver and worked for ten years at the University of New Mexico Health Sciences Center Library, including work with an oral history project, archival materials, and archival photos.  She has been excited to work at the Genealogy Center since January 2012 where she can combine her loves of family, New Mexico history, and librarianship.
After Lisa’s presentation, we will have genealogists available to help you with your genealogical brick walls. Bring your charts and be ready to ask questions!

For more information about our programs, check out the New Mexico Genealogical Society’s website at www.nmgs.org.

This program is free and open to the public.

03 December 2012

It's Time to Renew Your Membership!

It's that time of the year to renew your membership to the New Mexico Genealogical society. Not a member? Then become one. Membership is $25.00 for one year and $45.00 for two.

What do you get for your membership?
* Four quarterly issues of our award-winning journal "The New Mexico Genealogist".

* Free shipping when purchasing any of our genealogy books. We publish baptismal, marriage and census abstractions, as well as other books of interest to New Mexican genealogists.

* Confer with others who understand your interest (obsession?)in genealogy.

* Support NMGS in its mission to provide genealogical programs for the public, and in its support of the Albuquerque genealogy library.

If you wish to join or renew your membership, click on this link, print and complete the form, and mail it with a check or money order to the address on the form. If you are currently a member, a membership form was mailed to you.

Remember, if you paid for two years in 2012, your membership continues through December 2013.

02 December 2012

Special December NMGS Program - December 8th!


A December Program

Botts Hall
Albuquerque Special Collections Library
423 Central NE
Albuquerque, New Mexico
(on the corner of Central and Edith)


Saturday, December 8, 2012
10:30 AM - Noon


(The second Saturday of the month, instead of the third)

















Albuquerque Bernalillo County Libraries
in cooperation with
The New Mexico Genealogical Society
Presents
Michael Scarborough

Trespassers on Our Own Land!
The Memoirs of Juan Valdez and the
June 5, 1967, Tierra Amarilla Courthouse Raid
Reies Lopez Tijerina, Patsy Tijerina, Benny Naranjo, Judge Scarborough, Dave Cargo. Why the very names conjure up shoot ‘em up times in the Old West! Juan Valdez, whose family lived in the area for countless generations, was the first of Tijerina’s lieutenants in the courthouse. Valdez related his memoirs to Mike Scarborough over the last several years and shortly thereafter passed away. This presentation will focus on the Valdez family history, events leading up to the raid, and the aftermath of the event as seen from the eyes of one of it main participants.

Mike Scarborough grew up in Espanola and was the son of Judge J. M Scarborough, the magistrate on the bench during the courthouse raid. Mike, a former attorney himself, was asked by Juan Valdez to write his family history. Trespassers On Our Own Land, published just this year, is the result of this research, and Scarborough will present excerpts from his book which he will sell and sign after the presentation.

This program is free and open to the public.

Questions? Call (505) 848-1376 or email info@nmgs.org.

23 October 2012

November 2012 NMGS Program


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

Saturday, November 17, 2012
10:30 AM – Noon

The Albuquerque Special Collections Library
and
The New Mexico Genealogical Society
 
Present

Richard Melzer

Delay after Delay and Finally,
Statehood at Last!

New Mexico's statehood was delayed for many reasons in the territorial period, 1850-1912 and this presentation will focus on five of the main reasons for the frustrating delay. Political cartoons from the last decade of the struggle will help illustrate New Mexico's troubles in Washington and in the court of public opinion. The presentation will end with a discussion of how these five main obstacles were overcome by 1910, thus allowing New Mexico to finally achieve statehood in 1912.
 
Richard Melzer is a professor at the University of New Mexico Valencia campus and is the author or editor of numerous books and literally hundreds of articles on New Mexico history.  His most recent works are:  New Mexico – Celebrating the Land of Enchantment, History of New Mexico Since Statehood, and Sunshine and Shadows in New Mexico’s Past.  We are grateful to Richard for agreeing to wrap up this series of programs celebrating the Centennial.

For more information about our programs, check out the New Mexico Genealogical Society’s website at www.nmgs.org.

This program is free and open to the public.

28 September 2012

1885 US Census - Free blank form

The 1885 United States Census

We all know that the United States conducts a census every 10 years. Some of us also know that most of the 1890 census was destroyed in a fire. But did you know that there was a special 1885 semidecennial census that was taken here in New Mexico?

States were given the option to take this census. Any state that complied received from the federal government 50% of the cost to conduct the census. The states of Florida, Nebraska and Colorado and the territories of New Mexico and Dakota took up this opportunity to enumerate their people.

Genealogists can find the New Mexico 1885 Census in a couple of places. You may search for the census on Ancestry.com. Also, the microfilm of the census can be found in the Albuquerque Genealogy Library (2nd Floor of the Main Library), or in any Family History Center. The microfilm numbers are FHL 16610 and 16611.

Since we were unable to find a form that you may use to extract the census, The New Mexico Genealogical Society has created its own. Click this link to access a blank 1885 United States Census Population Schedule Form. An agriculture schedule form is forthcoming.

For more information:

Rebecca Crawford, "The Forgotten Federal Census of 1885", Prologue Magazine (Fall 2008) Vol. 40, No. 3, National Archives website http://www.archives.gov/publications/prologue/2008/fall/1885-census.html, accessed 24 September 2012.

Karen Stein Daniel, Genealogical Resources in New Mexico, 3rd Edition (Albuquerque: New Mexico Genealogical Society, 2007), p. 57.

25 September 2012

Treaty of Guadalupe Hidalgo Program in October


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

Saturday, October 20, 2012
10:30 AM – Noon

 The Albuquerque Special Collections Library
and
The New Mexico Genealogical Society
Present
 
Richard Griswold del Castillo

Treaty of Guadalupe Hidalgo and its Effect on New Mexico’s Quest for Statehood

The Treaty of Guadalupe Hidalgo ended the U.S. Mexican War in 1848 and transferred New Mexico the United States.  From the beginning, the legal issues in the treaty were contested by the Hispano settlers who saw their land grants taken from them by the government and land speculators in addition lynching and violence against Hispanos occurred.  The Treaty was specifically mentioned in the New Mexico state constitution and it has remained an important legacy for many Hispanos. This presentation will explore the meaning of the Treaty for statehood and beyond.

Richard Griswold is currently a professor at San Diego State University.  He also has written many articles and several books which include:  Treaty of Guadalupe Hidalgo – a Legacy of Conflict, Los Angeles Barrio 1850-1890, & Cesar Chavez – a Triumph of Spirit.  Richard’s work on the Treaty has been hailed as the definitive work on the subject.

For more information about our programs, check out the New Mexico Genealogical Society’s website at www.nmgs.org.

This program is free and open to the public.

16 September 2012

NMGS Meet and Greet September 22, 2012


You are Invited

To a
MEET and GREET
September 22, 2012
From 11:00 AM – 2:00 PM

The Albuquerque Main Library
5th Street and Copper Ave. NW
Albuquerque

 Come to the Community Room (located on the Lower Level of the Main Library) 

PURPOSE: 

Come and get acquainted with other members of the New Mexico Genealogical Society who share your same interests in genealogy. Bring your research and share some of your research experiences with others researching the same surnames or areas of the state/country.

Find out ways you can help make the NMGS an ever greater organization and see what is being planned for the coming year.
 

Light refreshments will be served.
Door Prizes, too!

New Mexico Genealogical Society

 

23 August 2012

WPA Life Histories from New Mexico

The Library of Congress has a great website that contains New Mexican life histories recorded by the WPA writer's project. Click on this link to find over 200 stories.

Here's some more information from the website about the WPA Project:

These titles are mostly first-person accounts of life in New Mexico collected during the Great Depression. The WPA project categories include: EARLY SETTLERS, OLD TIMER STORIES, PIONEER STORIES and PIONEERS OF NEW MEXICO.

Subjects include: LOCAL HISTORY, including Civil War, Indian wars/campaigns, outlaws, land grants, architecture, roads, trails, wagon trains, prominent citizens and schools; IMMIGRATION/ETHNICITY, including Hispanic (Mexican) dress, outlook/attitudes, Indians (Comanche, Navajo, Apache) raids, trade, houses, captivity narratives, travel accounts and westward journeys; INDUSTRY/OCCUPATIONS, including ranchers, cowboys, prospector mining, buried-treasure lore, tradesmen and merchants, teachers, soldiers; and RELIGION, including Catholicsm, missions, relics.

Places mentioned include Lincoln Co., NM, Chaves Co., NM, Durango, CO, and Farmington, NM. Famous people mentioned include Kit Carson, Pat Garrett, Billy the Kid, Geronimo and the writer Eugene Manlov Rhodes.

Interviews were conducted by project workers E. V. Batchler, Lorin W. Brown, James A. Burns, Marie Carter, Genevieve Chapin, Edith Crawford, W. M. Emery, Muriel Haskell, Carrie L. Hodges, Everet Houston, Joyce Hunter, Mildred Jordan, B. W. Kenney, Belle Kilgore, Bright Lynn, Lester Raines, George B. Redfield, B. A. Reuter, R. T. F. Simpson, Janet Smith, J. Vernon Smithson, Simeon Tajada, Frances E. Totty and Clay W. Vaden.

20 August 2012

September 15, 2012 NMGS Program


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

Saturday, September 15, 2012
10:30 AM – Noon
 

The Albuquerque Special Collections Library
and
The New Mexico Genealogical Society
Present

Ron Solimon

Pueblo Nations and State and Federal Government Policies
1912-2012

 The Territorial government in New Mexico did not know exactly what to do about the Pueblo Indians as they were pastoral rather than nomadic.  They enacted many laws governing these Nations and the State and Federal governments added to the confusion and ignorance after statehood was granted in 1912.  Just how did these laws and statutes affect the daily lives of the Pueblo Nations and how were they rectified?

Ron Solimon current president and CEO of the Indian Pueblo Cultural Center located in Albuquerque and sits on the National Tourism Board and was a former Board member of the Laguna Development Corporation.  He has written many articles on Pueblo Indians and is in high demand as a speaker and motivator.  

For more information about our programs, check out the New Mexico Genealogical Society’s website at www.nmgs.org.

This program is free and open to the public.

29 July 2012

Using Blogs to Search for your New Mexican relatives

If you have ever read a genealogy blog, you may have noticed that there is often a treasure trove of information to be found. However, blogs seem to be overwhelming. For instance, my own person blog - "The Baca/Douglas Genealogy and Family History Blog" - contains 413 posts! How can you find what you are looking for?

There is actually a couple of easy ways to search a blog.

The first way is to look for a list of labels or categories listed in the blog. Below is an image of my own blog that shows a list of categories. For example, if you are interested in looking for information about the family "Bourguignon", all you would have to do is click on the name "Bourguignon" and the blog would automatically display all the articles that I listed as being in the "Bourguignon" category.

Test out using labels to browse for blog posts by clicking on this link to my blog.


Another way is to use the search engine provided for the blog. Look at the image below:



A blog is just a type of database. It includes a bunch of information that is searchable. A great blog that a search engine works well with is the 1598 New Mexico Blog. Henrietta Martinez Christmas has posted a number of burial, marriage and baptismal extractions from Sandia, Santo Domingo, Pojoaque and many, many other places going back hundreds of years.

You can search by name, place or any other type of information you are looking for. Are you looking for a census? Type in "census" in the search engine and click on the little magnifying glass. Wholla! There you go, you found blog posts about censuses.

Test out this function by clicking on the 1598 New Mexico Blog at this link.

Happy hunting!

28 July 2012

Access Ancestry.com for Free at any ABC Library


Access Ancestry.com for FREE at any Albuquerque/Bernalillo County Public Library

Recently, I discovered that ABC Libraries are offering free access to the library version of Ancestry.com. You can use the computers at the library, or bring your own computer and access it through wifi.

Once you are on a computer at one of the libraries, go to the ABC Library website at http://www.cabq.gov/library . Click on the “Genealogy Research Center” link on the left side box under the heading “Research Assistance. On the next page, look at the top right hand corner box that says “Available in the Library”. Click on “Ancestry Library Edition” and begin searching Ancestry.com and downloading the records offered by this site!

Remember, this service is only offered at the Albuquerque/Bernalillo County Public Libraries themselves. You must be inside one of their libraries and be able to access their wifi. Speak to your librarian if you have any questions regarding this service!

P.S.: If you discover that this service does not work at any of the ABC libraries, please let me know so that I can post the information on this blog. My email is president@nmgs.org. If you are unable to access Ancestry.com, you may wish to ask your librarian if they can help you access it at your library.

Robert Baca
President, NMGS

August 18, 2012 NMGS Program


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

 Saturday, August 18, 2012
10:30 AM – Noon



The Albuquerque Special Collections Library

and

The New Mexico Genealogical Society

Present



David Snow

Settling New Mexico’s Colonial Landscape

Juan de Oñate's colonists put in place a settlement strategy that reflected European preferences for consuming beef, mutton, and wheat bread.  Expansion of the "Hispano Homeland" of northern New Mexico resulted in the formation (and abandonment) of some 450 plazas and placitas within and adjacent to this region between 1700 and the latter half of the 19th century, as individuals and families pushed the frontier's envelope in search of grass for livestock and irrigable lands necessary for the production of wheat.

David is an historical archaeologist, former staff archaeologist at Museum of NM Lab of Anthropology and former history curator at Palace of the Governors.  He has written numerous articles and books pertaining to New Mexico sites & personalities including, New Mexico’s First Colonists & History and Archaeology of San Felipe Church.

For more information about our programs, check out the New Mexico Genealogical Society’s website at www.nmgs.org.

This program is free and open to the public.

15 July 2012

An Updated Martin Serrano Genealogy

An Updated Martín Serrano Genealogy

José Antonio Esquibel has just completed a compilation of the first three generations of the Martín Serrano genealogy. Prefaced by Henrietta Martínez Christmas, the attached PDF includes documentation and digital images of key primary record.

The document "is intended for sharing and for wide distribution for personal, educational and non-commercial use. Descendants of Hernán Martín Serrano are encouraged to use the material below to update their genealogy charts and software databases and to copy the source citations provided in the Endnotes."

Those engaged in New Mexican genealogical research know Hernán Martín Serrano for at least two reasons:
(1) He was a soldier who was among the first Juan de Oñate colonists who came in 1598 to what is now New Mexico.
(2) He is the progenitor of Martinez line from which many of us descend.

Click this link to download your copy of José Antonio Esquibel's compilation.

27 June 2012

June 2012 New Mexico Genealogist

The June 2012 New Mexico Genealogist has been sent in the mail. If you are a NMGS member you should be receiving it soon. If you are not a member, you can still join and get the March and June issues soon after joining. The September and December issues will be sent to you when they are published.

To join the New Mexico Genealogical Society, click on this link, print out and complete the form and send it with your membership fees to the address on the form.

This journal is a good one. This is what you will find in this quarter's issue:

* "Esquipula Fresquez: A Private in Company E, New Mexico Cavalry" by Virginia Sanchez. From the article: "On November 20 [1861], twenty-three year old Esquipula Fresquez from El Llano Precinct in Peñasco, enlisted from an average three-month term in the New Mexico First Militia Infantry Regiment under Lt. Colonel Diego Archuleta and Captain Gabriel Vigil." The article includes copies of the muster roll cards for this soldier and a list of descendants going back four generations.

* "Francisco Martin - Civil War Soldier: When a Pension Application tells a Family Story" by Nancy Anderson and Patricia Sanchez Rau. From the article: "Francisco Martin, also known as Francisco Martinez, as born on February 20, 1840, in Taos, New Mexico, the son of Jose Dolores Martin and Teodora Candelaria. Not much is known about his ealy life, but at some point before 1862, the family moved to Las Animas County, Colorado." The article includes a transcription of a Pension Investigation. The outcome of that application has a "surprise twist" at the end.

* "Richard Yeaman (1834-1875), His Life and Travels" by William A. Quiqley (aGGNephew). This is a story of a Canadian family that joined the LDS church, moved to Illinois and were part of the forced exodus from Nauvoo. By 1860, Richard Yeaman went to California and became a miner. Later, he joined the Union Army and became part of the California Column that came to New Mexico.

* "Maria Josefa Maese: Mescalero Rescate" by John H. Gallegos. From the article: "This research paper will chronicle teh amazing rescue of a Mescalero Apache infant from certain death during a raid on a Native American encampment in the Casas Grandes area of the northern Mexican state of Chihuahua in the later part of the 19th century." The article includes an oral history and a genealogy.

* "The Continuing Saga of Jose Mateo Sandoval" by Nancy Anderson. This is a continuation of an article that Nancy wrote for the March 20102 New Mexico Genealogist. This article includes a listing of descendants and other information on 6 of the children mentioned in the March 2012 article.

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
and
The New Mexico Genealogical Society

Present
 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 www.nmgs.org.

This program is free and open to the public

25 May 2012

June 16, 2012 NMGS Program

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

 Saturday, June 16, 2012
10:30 AM – Noon


The Albuquerque Special Collections Library
and
The New Mexico Genealogical Society
Present

Richard Garcia

“Grandma, Where Do We Come From?” 
Isleta Pueblo Diversity

Isleta Pueblo, from its early contact with other pueblo and non-pueblo tribes, to its first contact with the Spanish, has experienced infusions into the tribal homeland from the Hopi, Acoma, and Laguna Pueblos etc.  These infusions have all contributed to the genetic makeup resulting in an interesting amalgamation that has strengthened the cultural identity and traditional values still present today among the Isleta people.  In addition, Isleta peoples reach out spatially across the Manzanos, south to Ysleta del Sur and the surrounding area thus, further adding to the diversity of the group.

Richard Garcia is an independent genealogical and historical researcher with special interest in the Pueblo Indians and specifically Isleta Pueblo.  He has given many presentations locally and has assisted with archaeological investigations in the Pueblo of Isleta.  His knowledge of the migrations and genealogy of Isleta is without equal and he is always willing to share this knowledge with everyone. 

For more information about our programs, check out the New Mexico Genealogical Society’s website at www.nmgs.org.

This program is free and open to the public

18 May 2012

Blogs on New Mexico Genealogy

Recently, a couple of genealogist have created blogs about their research on New Mexico genealogy. Visit these websites:

* Jose Antonio Esquibel - "Jose Antonio Esquibel's Blog"

* Andres Armijo - "High Noon Armijo - Family History Archives"


17 May 2012

Reminder: Robert Torrez "Law and Order and the Quest for Statehood"

NMGS May Program


Botts Hall
Albuquerque Special Collections Library
423 Central NE
Albuquerque, New Mexico
(on the corner of Central and Edith)

Saturday, May 19, 2012
10:30 AM - Noon

nmgs logo



The Albuquerque Special Collections Library

and

The New Mexico Genealogical Society

Present

Robert Torrez

"Law and Order and the Quest for Statehood:
A View from the Bench"

Among the many reasons it took so long for New Mexico to obtain statehood was the lawless image the territory projected during its "wild west" period. This presentation will review what the territory's executive and judicial officials thought about the rampant disregard for the law and their efforts to bring law and order to the territory in order to enhance the region's image to the rest of the nation for admittance to the Union.

Robert Torrez is the former State Historian and has numerous books and articles to his credit. Some of which are: New Mexico in 1876-1877, UFO’s Over Galisteo, Myth of the Hanging Tree, and Rio Arriba, in collaboration with Robert Trapp. Robert, an indefatigable speaker, constantly travels the state promoting its history and its people.

Click here for a copy of this announcement.

This program is free and open to the public.

16 May 2012

Videos from Historical Soc. of NM 2011 Conference

On the Los Alamos Public Access TV website, there are posted nine videos from the 2011 Historical Society of New Mexico Conference. Included are videos of presentations given by NMGS President Robert J. C. Baca and New Mexico Genealogist Journal editor Henrietta Martinez Christmas.

Click on the following link, and scroll down to the bottom where it reads "NM Historical Society Conference 2011". Robert's video is listed under "Baca", while Henrietta's video is under "Christmas".

LINK

15 May 2012

Video: "Finding Your Roots" Conquistador ancestors

On "Finding Your Roots" this coming weekend, Adrian Grenier will talk about his Conquistador ancestors.

This should be an interesting program about New Mexico ancestors.


NM ancestors on PBS's "Finding Your Roots"

This week's episode of "Finding Your Roots" on PBS will profile celebrities with New Mexico ancestors. Read more about it on the Genealogy Blog:

http://www.genealogyblog.com/?p=18900

25 April 2012

May 19, 2012 NMGS Program: Robert Torrez

NMGS May Program


Botts Hall
Albuquerque Special Collections Library
423 Central NE
Albuquerque, New Mexico
(on the corner of Central and Edith)

Saturday, May 19, 2012
10:30 AM - Noon

nmgs logo



The Albuquerque Special Collections Library

and

The New Mexico Genealogical Society

Present

Robert Torrez

"Law and Order and the Quest for Statehood:
A View from the Bench"

Among the many reasons it took so long for New Mexico to obtain statehood was the lawless image the territory projected during its "wild west" period. This presentation will review what the territory's executive and judicial officials thought about the rampant disregard for the law and their efforts to bring law and order to the territory in order to enhance the region's image to the rest of the nation for admittance to the Union.

Robert Torrez is the former State Historian and has numerous books and articles to his credit. Some of which are: New Mexico in 1876-1877, UFO’s Over Galisteo, Myth of the Hanging Tree, and Rio Arriba, in collaboration with Robert Trapp. Robert, an indefatigable speaker, constantly travels the state promoting its history and its people.

Click here for a copy of this announcement.

This program is free and open to the public.