23 February 2009

New Mexico County Genealogy and History Link Project

As I mentioned before, I'm compiling lists of county genealogy and history links for this blog. I have already published links for Bernalillo County. The next county, alphabetically, is Catron, which will show up on the site at 12:01 A.M., Sunday March 1, 2009.

If you wish to suggest links for this county or others, please send me an E-mail at abqbobcat@nmia.com. In the subject line put "County Genealogy links". Some of the categories I'm looking for include: Libraries; Genealogical and Historical Societies; Genealogy Resources; Census records, Cemetary, Burial and Obituary; and Personal Websites.

New Mexico Counties are:

Bernalillo County
Catron County
Chaves County
Cibola County
Colfax County
Curry County
DeBaca County
Dona Ana County
Eddy County
Grant County
Guadalupe County
Harding County
Hidalgo County
Lea County
Lincoln County
Los Alamos County
Luna County
McKinley County
Mora County
Otero County
Quay County
Rio Arriba County
Roosevelt County
Sandoval County
San Juan County
San Miguel County
Santa Fe County
Sierra County
Socorro County
Taos County
Torrance County
Union County
Valencia County

-Robert Baca
President, NMGS

March 21, 2009 NMGS Program

Saturday, March 21, 2009, 10:30 AM
El Camino Real International Heritage Center
35 miles south of Socorro, New Mexico
On I-25, exit 115

The New Mexico Genealogical Society Visits
The El Camino Real International Heritage Center

35 miles south of Socorro on I-25, exit 115

Featured Speaker
Robert J. C. Baca
President, New Mexico Genealogical Society

“Maria Guadalupe Torres:
One Woman’s Life in 19th Century Socorro, New Mexico”

From resettlement, to the Civil War, up until the brink of statehood: learn about early Socorro history through the life of one New Mexican woman.

Come with us to visit this unique museum. For more information, visit the heritage center’s website at http://www.nmmonuments.org/. For carpool arrangements, contact Robert Baca at (505) 299-7883.

There is a $5.00 Admission Fee.

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

22 February 2009

Bernalillo County Genealogy Links

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

New Mexico Genealogical Society Links

* Locating Catholic Church Records in New Mexico - Bernalillo County

- See also the Introduction to the Project

* NMGS Press

* Genealogical Resources of New Mexico (book)

Libraries and Archives:

* Special Collections Library, Albuquerque

* University of New Mexico, Zimmerman Library

* Center for Southwest Research and Special Collections (UNM)

* Rocky Mountain Online Archive (UNM)

* New Mexico's Digital Collections (UNM)

* National Hispanic Culural Center Resource Library

* Spanish Colonial Research Center - Albuquerque

* Menaul Historical Library of the Southwest

* Family History Centers (LDS)

Genealogical and Historical Societies:

* New Mexico Genealogical Society

* Hispanic Genealogical Research Center of New Mexico

* Albuquerque Genealogical Society

* Albuquerque Historical Society

* Albuquerque Archealogical Society

* Charles Dibrell Chapter of the National Society of the Daughters of the American Revolution - Albuquerque.

* Lew Wallace Chapter of the NSDAR - Albuquerque

* Zia Chapter - NSDAR - Albuquerque

* Sons of Confederate Veterans, Camp 1385

* New Mexico Jewish Historical Society

Genealogy Resources:

* USGenWeb - Bernalillo County

* USGenWeb Archives Project - Bernalillo County

* Genealogy Trails - Bernalillo County

* Bernalillo County Clerk's Office

Genealogy Queries & Message Boards:

* Cousin Connect - Bernalillo County

* Ancestry.com Message Board - Bernalillo County

* GenCircles Bernalillo County, NM Club

* GenForum - Bernalillo County

* RootsWeb Genealogy Forum - Bernalillo County

Genealogy Directories, List, and Links:

* Genealogy Directory and Message Board (GenDir) - Bernalillo County

* EPodunk - Bernalillo County Profile

* Cyndi's List - Bernalillo County

* Linkpendium - Bernalillo County Genealogy

Cemetary, Burial & Obituaries:

* Internment.Net - Bernalillo County

* Tombstone Transcription Project - Bernalillo County

* Albuquerque Journal Obituaries

* Mt. Calvary Cemetary, Albuquerque Tombstone Transcriptions

* Santa Barbara Cemetary, Albuquerque Tombstone Transcriptions

* The Political Graveyard - Bernalillo County

Census Records:

* NM Archives Project: Census Records

Community Genealogy and History:

* Village of CarnĂșel,New Mexico: History and Genealogy of the Towns East of Albuquerque

* Bernalillo County (The Leading Facts of New Mexico History)

Cultural Resources:

* Indian Pueblo Cultural Center

* National Hispanic Cultural Center

Personal Websites

* Grolet - Gurule: Los Franceses de Nuevo Mexico


* National Register of Historic Places - Bernalillo County

14 February 2009

NM African American Graveyard Blog

Recently, I discovered that George Geder, one of my friends on Facebook, has a couple of genealogy blogs.

Santa Fe's African American Graveyard Rabbit is a blog that honors African Americans interred in Santa Fe, NM. It includes photos and descriptions of gravestones as well as obituaries. Click on this link to discover his site.

George Geder also has a blog about his genealogy photo restoration business. Click on this link to find out more about his business.

As George mentions in his Graveyard Rabbit blog, African Americans have been here in New Mexico since the begining. Estevan the Moor was one of the leaders of the first Spanish exploration of New Mexico. Many early "Spanish" settlers were actually African or Mulato. Buffalo soldiers served with distinction in New Mexico during the 19th Century. And the list goes on. Unfortunately, as George notes, persons of African ancestry have been either "under-represented or ignored."

If any of my readers know of other New Mexican African-American websites that should be profiled here, please send me an Email at abqbobcat@nmia.com.

13 February 2009

Time to Renew/Start Your NMGS Membership

It's not too late to renew or begin your membership with the New Mexico Genealogical Society. If you send us an application by March 1st, the membership fee is only $25. After March 1st, you will have to add $5 for shipping.

What are the benefits of membership?

* FREE shipping on orders for books by NMGS Press.

* The information-packed New Mexico Genealogist in your mailbox each quarter.

* An index each December, covering all issues of the Genealogist that year.

* You'll confer with others who understand your interest (obsession?) in genealogy.

...and the most important benefit: you'll help support your state genealogical society. Help us continue our mission

To promote, develop, and encourage genealogical research, to preserve and perpetuate the records of ancestry and public records, and to make genealogical and historical information available to all through publications, meetings, and workshops. (citation)

Click on this link to join: Membership Form

For more information, click on this link: Membership

11 February 2009

March AGS Program: Discovering Your Irish and Scots-Irish Roots

I received the announcement for this program from Nancy Greenberg of the Albuqeurque Genealogical Society. I'm presenting the text that I found on the Upcoming Events page of the AGS Website (see link.)

Albuquerque Genealogical Society Program

Program for Wednesday, March 11, 2009
(SPECIAL ALL-DAY PROGRAM 9:30 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.)

Working Title:
Discovering Your Irish and Scots-Irish Roots

Speakers: Mr. Fintan Mullan, Executive Director and
Dr. Brian Trainor, Research Director of the Ulster Historical Foundation, Belfast, Ireland

Description of Program:

We are pleased to present an all-day program from the Ulster Historical Foundation, a research agency that specializes in helping Americans trace their Irish roots. Its directors are on a speaking tour in the American West. Topics will include: Introduction to Scots-Irish Family History Research, Emigration from Northern Ireland to North America in the 18th Century, Using Church Records, Learning History from Headstones, Researching the 18th & 19th Century Farming Community, 17th Century Ulster Plantation Sources. A fee will be charged for this ALL-DAY PROGRAM, which will be held at Montgomery Church of Christ, 7201 Montgomery Boulevard NE. An Irish lunch with live music will be included in the registration fee. See details in the program flier and don't miss this great opportunity to hear from Irish research specialists.

This link to the Irish Program Flier (.pdf) will download the flier for this event with all details. It includes a registration form. The .PDF file may then be printed on your printer.

Personal Consultation service is also available.

A one-on-one consultation with one of the speakers can also be arranged. If you have ancestors from the north of Ireland and are not sure where to start or have hit a brick wall, this personal assistance could be invaluable. The research consultations cost $35 for a ½ hour appointment; payment is due at the time of the consultation which will take place at the workshop. As some work can be done in advance on research assessments, interested parties should fill out the Consultancy form and mail it to the Ulster Historical Foundation.

This link to the Consultancy Form (.pdf) will download a copy of the Consultation Form to your computer for these services. The .PDF file may then be printed on your printer.

08 February 2009

February 21, 2009 NMGS Program: The Santa Fe Ring

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

The New Mexico Genealogical Society presents

Historian and Author

Ruben Salas

Discussing his book

“The Santa Fe Ring
New Mexico Land Grants”

The Santa Fe Ring was a group of powerful lawyers and land speculators who swindled land grants away from many New Mexican families during the 19th Century. Historian and author Ruben Salas provides documentation and startling facts showing how the Santa Fe Ring systematically and deliberately manipulated the law to their own ends.

Salas will sign his book "The Santa Fe Ring and New Mexico Land Grants" before the program. Copies of this and his other books will be available for purchase.

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

Online: Harvard Professor Discusses Lincoln, Race and Genealogy

In the February 16, 2009 issue of Time Magazine, historian Dr. Henry Louis Gates, Jr. discusses President Abraham Lincoln, the question of race in our culture, and how DNA technology has helped African-Americans trace their genealogy. For good measure, he also answers the question as to whether President Obama should be considered black when he is of mixed-race ancestry.

His interview is in Time Magazine's "10 Questions" column, which can be found at this link.

A video of this conversation can be found at this link.

Dr. Gates is the chair of the Harvard Afro-American Studies Department and director of the W.E.B. DuBois Institute for African-American Research. Gates will host the program "Looking for Lincoln" February 11th, on PBS.

07 February 2009

Free Genealogy Database Software

A reader of this blog sent me a link to a free genealogy database software program. It can be found at the LDS (Church of Jesus Christ and Latter Day Saints) FamilySearch website.

Anyone who has been doing researching for a while realizes that the LDS Church is in the forefront of genealogy research. They invented GEDCOM*, which is a basic program that is used in almost every genealogy database software.

Although you may wish to find a better database program later, the free program on this site allows the novice genealogist to begin organizing his or her information. It also allows you to print up rudimentary forms such as pedigree charts and family group sheets. If you are new to the hobby, and have never used a genealogy program, you will first want to read the users manual that is included with the download.

The Free PAF Family History Software can be found as a link on the FamilySearch home page at this link.

Please make sure that the program is compatible with your computer before downloading.

Thanks to Marie B. of Spokane, WA for this link.

* After the initial posting of this article, the NMGS website editor, Patricia Black Esterly, reminded me that we had an article about GEDCOM on the NMGS website. "GEDCOM Explained" was written by Richard Eastman on his online newsletter. We republished the article on our website with his permission. Click on this link to read the article.

05 February 2009

Links: Genealogy Help and Forms

I was surfing the web, and found the following links that should be of interest to researchers both old and new.

* Help for Genealogy Researches - This site has basic info for those who are just Getting Started, pages on how to find names including Seventeen Ways to Find a Maiden Name, and a list of Old Occupations Explained. This site is presented by USGenWeb.

* First Steps Free Genealogy Tool Kit - this PDF file includes basic forms such as a pedigree chart, a family group record and U.S. Census abstract forms. There are also instructions on how to use these forms. This is on the Lineages, Inc. website.

* Free Interactive Pedigree Chart - on this PDF file, you will be able to type names, dates and other info onto a four generation pedigree chart. However, since it is a PDF file, you won't be able to save the document. Make sure to print before closing the file. This is found on the About.com: Genealogy site.

Please send me an E-mail at abqbobcat@nmia.com if you have any suggestions for links that are of genealogical interest.

01 February 2009

A Few Things of Interest...

Here are a few things that I found recently, or that were sent to me.

* Genealogical Hint Online: "Finding Family in Pre-1850 Censuses". As many people have found, it's difficult to find family in United States censuses prior to 1850. These censuses often only list heads of households. However, Juliana Smith on the 24/7 Family History Circle Blog has some hints on how to use those censuses to find your family. Click on this link to read the article.

* Citizens Committee for Historic Preservation (Las Vegas, NM) - as I mentioned in a previous post, NMGS visited the CCHP last year. They sent us a letter thanking us for our donations of a couple of books. They also purchased a couple of our books which they added to their collection. Click on this link to see their website.

* Albuquerque Historical Society - I was talking to a friend this weekend, and discovered that he was the treasurer of this organization (he was surprised to find out I was the president of NMGS.) He gave me some literature on the historical society. Click on this link to see their website. Click on this link to see a listing of their 2009 Programs.

If you have any organizations or programs that you wish to publicize on this blog, or know of any links of genealogical interest, send me an e-mail at abqbobcat@nmia.com.