26 March 2013

April and May NMGS Programs

April 20th Program
The Auditorium
In the Lower Level of
The Albuquerque Main Library
501 Copper SW
Albuquerque, New Mexico
(on the northwest corner of 5th and Copper)
Saturday, April 20, 2013
10:30 AM – Noon

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

The New Mexico Genealogical Society


Miguél A. Tórrez
Independent New Mexico historian and genealogist 

The Espinosa DNA Quest

In 1695, Nicolás de Espinosa, a colonist listed as a Coyote and son of Jose Gomez and Maria de Espinosa came to New México as a member of the Juan Paez Hurtado. The origins and ancestry of the contemporary Espinosa families of Northern New Mexico and Southern Colorado were investigated by comparing genealogies and Y-DNA test results of male Espinosa participants. The goal of the study was to determine if Nicolás de Espinosa was indeed the sole progenitor for contemporary Espinos(z)a families of New Mexican ancestry. Miguél will be presenting his discovery of the Y-DNA genetic code of the Nicolás de Espinosa lineage and which 18th century branches belong to this clan. 

Miguél A. Tórrez is a research technologist at Los Alamos National Laboratory and has his degrees in Natural Resources, Southwestern Studies and is currently pursuing a BS in Environmental Science. Miguél has served as a member of the board directors for the Chimayó Cultural Preservation Association in the capacity of President and Vice President. He is currently involved in a “Family Tree” project for the City of Española

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.
May 18th Special Workshop:
The Auditorium
In theThe Lower Level of
The Albuquerque Main Library
501 Copper SW
Albuquerque, New Mexico
(on the northwest corner of 5th and Copper) 

Saturday, May 18, 2013
10:30 AM – 12 Noon
1:00 PM – 2:30 PM

The New Mexico Genealogical Society

Presents an All Day Workshop 


Of Houston, Texas


Bennett Greenspan

Founder and president of FamilyTreeDNA

 Family Finder and Family Tree DNA

Seating is limited! RSVP Today!

You may RSVP by sending an email with the heading “Family Tree DNA Workshop” to president@nmgs.org

 or mail a note to

 Family Tree DNA Workshop
c/o New Mexico Genealogical Society
PO Box 27559
Albuquerque, NM 87125-7559

Please include the names and number of people attending

 This program is free and open to the Public!


01 March 2013

Member passing: Albert Vidaurre

We at the New Mexico Genealogical Society are sad to report that one of our members passed away recently. According to people who knew him, Albert Vidaurre was a very dedicated and helpful genealogist. Below is his obituary.

"Albert Vidaurre, 65, of Taos, loving husband and father was called home into the arms of the Lord on February 26, 2013. He graduated from Quantico, VA FBI Academy and was a major for the Taos Police Department. His passions were geneology, painting and woodcarving. He is preceded in death by his parents, Juan and Alice Vidaurre and grandparents, Tranqulino and Matilde Romero. He is survived by his wife, Diana, children, John Vidaurre (Terra), Yvonne Vidaurre, Yvette Vidaurre, grandchildren, Christopher Vidaurre and Nekai Tsethlikai, brothers and sisters, Juan (Lydia), Joann (Pat) and Helen Vidaurre, many nieces, nephews and other relatives and friends.

"Public visitation will be held on Monday, March 4, 2013 from 6 to 7 PM at Rivera Chapel. Rosary will be recited on Monday, March 4, 2013 at 7 PM at Rivera Chapel in Taos. Funeral mass will be held on Tuesday, March 05, 2013 at 9 AM at San Antonio de Padua Catholic Church in Penasco with interment to be held at 3 PM at the Santa Fe National Cemetery."