31 March 2010

Margaret Leonard Windham, 1924-2010

NMGS is sad to announce that a past president and a tireless volunteer for our organization died on Monday, March 29. Below is her obitary, as it can be found on her memorial site on French's Mortuary's website.

WINDHAM - Margaret Faye (Leonard) Windham, 86, a resident of Albuquerque since 1955 died Monday, March, 29, 2010. She is survived by her children Donald Ray Windham and his wife Jeanne of Edgewood, New Mexico, and Louise Payne and her husband Roger of Albuquerque; Grandchildren, Arthur Windham, Albuquerque, Donald Windham II, Moriarty, Stormy Gilmore and husband Clay of Roy, Utah, Carla Ludington and husband Doug, and Rus Payne and wife Keri all from Los Lunas, N M, Katie Fry and husband Brooks of Kaktovik, AK, Jacob Payne and wife DeAnn of Tulsa, OK, and Emilee Payne of Thatcher, AZ. She has 16 great grandchildren. Sister Betty Jo (Jodie) Aves of Albuquerque, and nieces Catherine Aves Flint of Albuquerque, Martha Atkins of San Antonio, TX, and nephew John Atkins of Los Angles, CA. She was preceded in death by her husband James Robert (Tex) Windham, son Joseph Windham, and Sister Dorothy Atkins. Margaret was born in Ranger and grew up in Odessa Texas. She was a graduate of Texas Tech, University majoring in Home Economics. She taught school in Texas, Colorado, and New Mexico including Continuing Education for University of New Mexico. Margaret was active in genealogy becoming a certified genealogist and past President of the New Mexico Genealogical Society. She was also active in the Daughters of the American Revolution, and a member of the Cosmopolitan Club. She was an avid quilter, Iris Gardener, and Dallas Cowboy Fan. Services will be held Saturday April, 3, 2010 with viewing from 1:00-1:45 PM with the Service at 2:00 PM at French Mortuary, 10500 Lomas Blvd NE, Albuquerque, New Mexico 87112 with Rev. John Kees officiating. Interment will be on Monday April 5, 2010 at the National Cemetery, Santa Fe, New Mexico. Should friends desire, memorial contributions could be made to the Methodist Children's Home, 1111 Herring Ave, Waco, Texas, 76708 1-800-853-1272 or a charity of their choice.

You may post memories and photos on the website if you wish.

17 March 2010

Supporters of the Albuquerque Special Collections Library

The following announcement is meant for informational purposes only, and is not officially sponsored by the New Mexico Genealogical Society.

Concerned Citizens Supporting
The Albuquerque Special Collections Library

Organizational meeting

Time and Date
1 PM,
Saturday March 20, 2010

Center for the Book
Albuquerque Special Collections Library
423 Central Ave. NE
(NW corner of Central and Edith)
Albuquerque, NM

The meeting is free and open to the public.

In the next few months, the Special Collections Library of the Albuquerque/Bernalillo County Library System will be undergoing renovation. At that time, the library system is intending to move most of the collections of the Special Collections Library to the Main Albuquerque Library on 501 Copper Ave. NE. While many of us patrons understand the need for renovation of the library, we are apprehensive about the move. Specifically:

· Are the renovations going to be done in a timely manner? If the renovations take many months or even more than a year, it could be detrimental to genealogy and history researchers of the area.

· Will the collections be moved quickly to the Main Library and be accessible immediately so that there are no lapses in service?

· Is the move itself necessary? Could we have the library open during portions of the renovation?

· Most importantly, will we have a guarantee from the library system that once the renovation is done, that the Special Collections Library continue the same services as before? Namely, that the library will continue to house its vast and varied research collections on genealogy and New Mexico history and culture, and having these collections easily accessible and that library will be open for at the very least the same hours of operation as before?

Supporters of the library must have our voices heard! We must be clear as to what we want done, and we must let those who are making the decisions know what we want. If you are concerned about these issues, please attend our organizational meeting in the Center for the Book at the Albuquerque Special Collection Library, at 1 PM on Saturday, March 20, 2010.

For more information about the library, follow this link to its official website.

11 March 2010

Free Census Records online - for a limited time

I found the following announcement on the Genealogy Insider blog:

"Footnote's Census Records: Free for a Limited Time

"Posted by Diane

"Historical records subscription site Footnote is making its US census records free for a limited time.

"Footnote spokesperson Justin Schroepfer says there’s not yet a firm ending date, but the records will be free at least through the end of this month. You’ll need to register as a free member to view the records. Footnote is carrying out plans to host the complete US census back to 1790. Here are the census records on the site so far:

"the complete 1860 census
5 percent of 1900
3 percent of 1910
3 percent of 1920
98 percent of 1930

"When you find a relative’s record, click the “I’m Related” button for a name on the document to identify yourself as a relative and see others who’ve done the same. You also can see others’ photos, stories and comments related to the record. (See Footnote’s tips for starting family history and making the most of its interactive census collection.)

"The offer will help Footnote capture the family history interest stirred up by network television programs such as “Who Do You Think You Are?” and “Faces of America.” The getting-started page bills Footnote as the “unofficial, affordable and premiere resource for Who Do You Think You Are?”

"Footnote also has launched its improved record viewer, which I blogged about yesterday."

10 March 2010

Yes, you too can participate in the Baca Surname Workshop!

"The Baca Surname Workshop", facilitated by Robert J. C. Baca, will be on March 20, 2010, beginning at 10:30 AM, in Botts Hall, at the Albuquerque Special Collections Library. The workshop is free and open to the public. For more information, click on this link.

I received a number of responses from people who were disappointed because they could attend this workshop. Some people have even sent me their charts in hopes that we would discuss it during the workshop. That gave me an idea.

If you can't attend, but you wish to share your information in hopes that someone can help you, send me an e-mail at abqbobcat@nmia.com. Let me know if you wish to allow people to contact you directly or through me instead. I will share your information and give you any hints that attendees may have regarding your family tree.

You may find that ancestor who eludes you, or you may even find a long-lost cousin. Either way, you may be happy with the results.

If you are able to attend the workshop, please attend! The workshop will only be successful if people actually attend and discuss their genealogies. It is open to the novice and experienced genealogist, alike!

Robert Baca
President, New Mexico Genealogical Society

07 March 2010

March 20, 2010 NMGS Program

Saturday, March 20, 2010, 10:30 AM
Albuquerque Special Collections Library
423 Central NE, Albuquerque NM
(NW Corner of Edith and Central)

The New Mexico Genealogical Society presents

Robert J. C. Baca

President of the New Mexico Genealogical Society


The Baca Surname Workshop

By popular request, we offer the first of a series of single surname workshops.

Do you have the Baca surname within your family tree? Are you researching for someone else? Do you just have an interest in this uniquely New Mexican family?

Bring your research, charts and questions to the workshop. As a group, we will we work to break through the brick walls of our research. This workshop is for the novice, the expert and everyone in between.

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