25 June 2010

All Civil War Content Free on Footnote.com in June

Sorry about this late notice, but I just discovered that all Civil War content on Footnote.com is free this month! This apparently includes 1860 Census records. Check out these free documents at this link!

It's only good for the rest on this month! Don't delay!

21 June 2010

Special Collections Material Now At Main Library

I know that I'm behind the times, but I wanted to let you know that the Albuquerque Special Collections material has moved to the second floor of the Albuquerque Main Public Library. Not everything is there: for instance, they didn't have have the paper copies of the Albuquerque City Directories - but they did have the microfilm of those directories. However, almost everything is there.

They have about a dozen computers on the second floor that are useable for genealogical research. These computers have free access to the library editions of Ancestry.com, Footnote.com, and other paid websites. Most of the microfilms are there, including the Archives of the Archdiocese of Santa Fe. And I found that it appears that all of the genealogical periodicals and books are on the shelves.

Come visit the library! They are open

Mondays 10 AM - 6 PM
Tuesdays 10 AM - 7 PM
Wednesdays 10 AM - 7PM
Thursdays 10 AM - 6 PM
Friday 10 AM - 6 PM
Saturday 10 AM - 6 PM
Closed Sunday.

As always, if you are coming from far away, you may wish to call before you leave just in case it is closed for hoidays or unforeseen reasons. You may call the Albuquerque Main Library at 505-768-5141. Their website is at http://www.cabq.gov/library/main.htm#ongoing.

I'll be going over to the library today!

R. Baca

10 June 2010

1962 Time Article about 1st NM Capital

I found the following article from the August 3, 1962 Time Magazine: Science: Conquistadors' Capital. It is about the excavation work that was done on the first Spanish capital of New Mexico: San Gabriel de Yunque. It's an interesting read.

You can find out more about the dig in the Winter 2008 Issue of the UNM Anthropology Newsletter (page 8). The article aludes to a Time Magazine article that Tony Hillerman wrote about the dig. I wonder if it's the article above?

Some Local and NM History Programs in June

The following was sent to me from the Albuquerque Historical Society, via e-mail:


JUNE 10, 5:30 PM, ROBINSON PARK, 8TH & CENTRAL Rededication of the Braden Memorial, Lady with Fountain, sponsored by City Public Art program

"Political Transitions in NM: 3 Looks at the Early 20th Century", sponsored by the State Historian & NM Archives

* NM on Display: Politics and Image at Territorial Fairs, 1881-1912
* All Pueblo Council and Political Sovereignty in the 1920's
* Indians on One Hand, Mexicans on the Other--Pueblos, Hispanos, Politics of Ethnicity 1913-1935

SATURDAY JUNE 12, 10AM - 12 NOON, Downtown Tiles Silent Auction, City Warehouse-604 Menaul NW

SATURDAY JUNE 12, 1 PM, Belen Harvey House "Legacy of the Belen Railroad Cut off

State Historian Program, Denise Tessier, Historic County Courthouses

03 June 2010

Mary Penner to Speak at June 19, 2010 NMGS Program

Saturday, June 19, 2010, 10:30 AM
The Auditorium, basement floor
Albuquerque Main Library
501 Copper NW, Albuquerque NM

Important Notice : Due to the closure of the Albuquerque Special Collections Library for renovations, our programs will be presented in different locations throughout the year. Please check the New Mexico Genealogical Society website for program locations at http://www.nmgs.org/workshop.htm. Our programs are usually presented at 10:30 AM on the third Saturday of each month.

The New Mexico Genealogical Society presents

Mary Penner
Professional Genealogist

Will present a workshop on

Online Public Library Resources for Genealogists

Local public libraries hold many valuable resources for family history researchers, but we can’t visit every library near where our far-flung ancestors lived. Fortunately, many public libraries have online resources useful for genealogists. Find out how to conduct research in libraries far and wide from your home computer.

Tijeras resident and NMGS member Mary Penner began documenting her family history at the age of ten and still continues to pursue her passion for genealogy. A former college and high school English teacher, she now works as a professional genealogist, writer, and speaker. An award winning author, her articles have appeared in numerous genealogy journals and magazines, and she contributes frequently to the “Ancestry Weekly Discovery,” a digital newsletter for Ancestry.com. Her recent webinar on Ancestry.com has been viewed by over 3,000 people. She serves on the Board of Directors for the Association of Professional Genealogists and has been awarded research grants from both the Kansas and Missouri State Historical Societies.

For more information about Mary Penner, check out her Penner Research Services website at http://www.marypenner.com/.

This program is free and open to the public.

The Lovelace Medical Center, Tuberculosis and Outer Space

This was sent to me by the Albuquerque Historical Society


SATURDAY JUNE 19, 2010, 1 P.M.

most eastern building of former Lovelace Hospital Complex,
Park in east lot

“Tuberculosis to Outer Space”

The SAGA of the Lovelace Medical Center and the two Doctors Lovelace
Presented by UNM History Professor Jake Spidle

William Randoph Lovelace, M.D. and Edgar Lassatter, M.D. sought their personal cure for tuberculosis in NM in the early 1900’s. After they both were well, they teamed up in the 1920’s to start a practice which ultimately became one of NM’s largest health care presences. Not without controversy, the two doctors pioneered the “group practice” philosophy which was radical at a time when solo practice doctors were considered the “American Way”.

Dr. William Randolph (Randy) Lovelace II joined his uncle in practice after WWII. A clinic was built on Gibson in 1949. The fledgling NASA space program used the talents and research of Dr. Randy Lovelace to test and help select the original Mercury 7 astronauts in the late 1950’s.

Professor Spidle’s book “The Lovelace Medical Center: Pioneer in American Health Care” chronicles the Lovelace saga with special mention of the astronauts in the late 1950’s..

Professor Jake Spidle taught in the history department of UNM for many years and specializes in the history of modern medicine with an emphasis on NM and the southwest.

Founded in 1947, the Albuquerque Historical Society (AHS) welcomes all who are interested in the history of our city to its monthly programs. All programs are free and open to the public. For more information call Janet Saiers, 299-5019, jsaiers@msn.com

Questions: Call Janet Saiers, AHS President, 299-5019

Belen Harvey House Events in June

The following was sent to me by Janet from the Albuquerque Historical Society

SATURDAY JUNE 5 & 12, 2010, 1 P.M.
104 N. 1st Street, Belen 861--0581
Regular hours Tuesday - Sat. 12:30 - 3:30, Sunday 1-3
The following Saturday events begin at 1 p.m.

June 5, 1 p.m.
"100 Years of Harvey House History in Belen"
presented by Richard Melzer, Ph.D., president of the Valencia County Historical Society, noted historian and author of Fred Harvey Houses of the Southwest

June 12, 1 p.m.
"Considering the Legacy of the Belen Cutoff: Building Rail capacity and Communities over the Last Century" presented by Shawn Kelley and William Penner of Parametrix in Albuquerque