Our Golden Anniversary!
Plans are underway
for a genealogy conference
Save the Date:
October 14-16, 2010
New Mexico Genealogical Society,
founded in 1960, is composed entirely of volunteers. 2010 will
be our 50th year of providing research materials and
networking opportunities for family historians.
Founding_Families of Albuquerque, New Mexico - Tricentennial
gift for Alburquerque's 300th Birthday:
SE COMIENZA: A Genealogical History of the
Founding Families of the Villa de San
Felipe de Alburquerque
To commemorate Albuquerque's
300th birthday, the New Mexico Genealogical Society
published a genealogical history of the known* founding
families of the Villa de San Felipe de Alburquerque.
This project, headed by
Gloria M. Valencia, was part of that celebration.
José Antonio Esquibel, Robert Martinez and Francisco
Sisneros were Project Editors.
are aware of additional families living in or near Albuquerque
at the time of its founding, but whose names did not appear
on the list by Juan de Candelaria. In 2009 the New Mexico
Genealogist will begin publishing articles received
that include the genealogy and stories of additional families.
More about that list below.
18, 2006: Newspaper article:
Family Helps Write History.
The Albuquerque Journal of Feb 18th carried
the story of one ot those founders, Tomas Garcia
de Noriega, with a picture of his descendant, Project
Director Gloria Valencia and her family. Albuquerque
Journal reporter Debra Dominguez-Lund writes:
"Gloria Valencia is quite
attached to Albuquerque history. So much so that
she and a team of volunteers are helping the New
Mexico Genealogical Society write "Aqui Se
Comienza: A Genealogical History of the Founding
Families of the Villa de San Felipe, which is to
be published later this year."
own genealogy shows that she is a descendant of
Tomas Garcia, who came to the area as a 21-year-old
squadron soldier offering protection to the new
settlers. He and his wife, Juana Hurtado, started
their family in Alburquerque; in fact, their first
child, Francisca Garcia, was the first child to
be baptised at Old Town's San Felipe de Neri Church,
then San Francisco Xavier Church. Included in Gloria's
ancestry is doña Bernardina de Salas y Trujillo,
a noted matriarch in Alburquerque's history and
whose large family is featured in many genealogies.
Her son, Martin Hurtado, became Alburquerque's first
mayor in 1706."
list of Albuquerque's founding families has surfaced
to date, and has been published in at least two
journals: the New Mexico Genealogist
(Vol. XIX, No. 3, September 1980, p. 67), and the
New Mexico Historical Review (Vol.
IV #3, July 1929, p. 274/275). Any additional information
regarding documented sources is welcome.The
Genealogist article, by researcher Gilberto
Espinosa, reads as follows:
"Albuquerque: First called
La Villa de San Francisco Xavier de Alburquerque,
was founded as a Royal city by order of Don Francisco
Cuervo y Valdez, Governor of New Mexico, on 7 February
"Juan de Candelaria, most probably
one of the original settlers, in 1776 when 84 years
of age, wrote the first history of New Mexico. He
states that it was settled by twelve families from
Bernalillo with soldiers from that garrison. In
his report to the Viceroy, Valdez reports that there
were thirty families comprising the settlement.
The only list we have is that given by Candelaria.
There were more, as it is not probable that such
a settlement would be made with so few."
The statement was
followed by the list of founders' names shown in
the table above.
The footnote on page one of the article
in the New Mexico Historical Review
reads as follows:
"These reminiscences were therefore
recorded in the year 1776. The Spanish transcript
was given by Don Federico Gomez de Orozco of Mexico
City to his friend, Dr. Sylvanus G. Morley, and
the latter kindly sent it to the Review. The translation
is by Don Isidoro Armijo of Santa Fe."
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