10 October 2014

Finding Your Roots - New Mexico Style

What do genetics tell us about New Mexico ancestors? On tonight's KNME-TV "New Mexico in Focus" episode, New Mexico genealogists Henrietta Martinez Christmas, Angel Cervantes and Ruth Randall talked about genetic and traditional genealogy. Angel and Henrietta talk about the racial mix of New Mexican ancestors. Ruth Randall talks about African-American ancestry. There is even a discussion on Billy the Kid and Christopher Columbus DNA. Interested? Check out the link below:

Finding Your Roots - Web Extra

Online Genealogical Resources on the LoboVault website

Searching through the LoboVault website, I discovered a few online theses, disertations and other material that is of interest to New Mexico genealogists. Here are links to these online PDF files:

* The History of the Sevilleta Land Grant and in the First Person: Oral Histories from La Joya de Sevilleta "The Jewel of the Sevilleta  

"The oral histories that are the centerpiece of this thesis present the history of La Joya in the 1930s, together with an overview of the history of the Sevilleta. Most significantly, they support the conviction that oral history is invaluable in acquiring a more informed historical record of the past than is offered in our official written archives alone."

 * The Genealogy of a Text and Text of Genealogy: Rafael Chacon's "Memorias"

"A discussion of the Rafael Sotero Chacon ''MEMORIAS. '"

* New Mexico roots ltd : a demographic perspective from genealogical, historical and geographic data found in the diligencias matrimoniales or pre-nuptial investigations (1678-1869) of the Archives of the Archdiocese of Santa Fe : multiple data extracted and here edited in a uniform presentation by years and family surnames

"Diligencias matrimoniales or pre-nuptial investigations (1678-1869) of the Archives of the Archdiocese of Santa Fe. Volumes are arranged in alphabetical order by surname. Names contained within each volume are indicated."

* The Lives and Works of Five Hispanic New Mexican Women Writers, 1878 - 1991

"This working paper recognizes the contributions of five New Mexican women writers, who in the early 1900s, sought to reaffirm their Hispanic roots through literature."

* Ranching in Northeastern New Mexico

"Historians have studied ranching extensively in Texas, Wyoming, and Montana. There are many monographs published on ranches, ranchers, and cowboys. Colfax and Union counties have an extensive number of ranches. These ranches are from as small as ten acres to as large as 590,000 acres. These ranches in their own right deserve to be studied, especially since they were a part of at least two legitimate land grants: Maxwell Land Grant and Pablo Montoya Land Grant. In addition, some of these ranches exist because of the railroad, which runs through both counties. This thesis examines a few of the many ranches in this area. It also includes a brief history of the Santa Fe Trail Dry Cimarron Cutoff area."

* And Gladly Did We Teach: Oral Interviews With Pioneer Nuevo Mexicana Rural Teachers

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*  A Guide to the Bancroft Library Collections Pertaining to New Mexico and New Spain (Mexico) on Microfilm at the Center for Southwest Research, University of New Mexico, Albuquerque, NM

* Other Center for Southwest Research Reference Tools.

* Finding Aid for Material from the Archivo General de la NaciĆ³n, Mexico, dealing with New Mexico history and the Camino Real de Tierra Adentro

* Guide to the Microfilm Collection in the Spanish Colonial Research Center, National Park Service
There may be more genealogical material on the LoboVault than is mentioned here. To search for yourself, visit the LoboVault website.

Southern New Mexico Burial Records online - Late 18th, 19th Century, and early 20th Century

Years ago, Oswald & Mary Ann Baca compiled a series of three research monographs on burial records in the Rio Abajo (Southern New Mexico.) Their research was about the "prevalence of infectious disease in predominately Hispanic populations, using infant mortality data" and to also to "reveal the extent of hostility between the Indians and the colonists". The first volume begins in the late 1700s and the last volume ends in the early 1900s.

They transcribed burial records from the communities of Tome, San Fernando, Los Enlames, Valencia, Peralta, Casa Colorada, Manzano, El Cerro, La Constancia, etc.These records come are from the Church of Immaculate Conception in Tome, and can be found on various microfilms.

In addition to being a good resource for historical and medical research, it is also an excellent resource for genealogists. Thousands of people are listed in these monographs. Dates of burial, ages of the deceased, the names of the deceased parents or spouses, and often causes of death are all transcribed. Spanish terms used in the transcriptions are defined in the glossaries of these books. The books are in a searchable PDF format which means that you are seeing the original transcriptions - as the transcribers intended - and are able to search for specific names and terms.

As always, we always suggest that you look at the original images on microfilm for confirmation. Transcribers can make mistakes. However, if you do not have access to this microfilm, this is a good place to look. Also, if you intend to look at the microfilm later, you can save a lot of time by searching these transcriptions first.

These monographs can be found in the Lobo Vault, an online repository compiled by the University of New Mexico.

To view the documents, click on these links:

NMGS wishes to thank Manny Olona for pointing these out for us.

01 October 2014

1885 New Mexico Territorial Census now online for free!

The 1885 New Mexico Territorial Census in now online for free at FamilySearch.org. This is not only the indexes, but the images of the actual census! Previously, you could only find these records on microfilm or on Ancestry.com.

Here is the link to the 1885 Census.

The 1885 Census is important because most of the 1890 U.S. Census was destroyed. There is no other U.S. Census record between 1880 and 1900 other than the 1890 Civil War Veterans and Widow's Census.

A blank form that you can use to transcribe the 1885 New Mexico census can be found at this link.