the first few paragraphs of the Preface:
The majority of information in this publication is taken
from microfilm of the original documents on record at
the State Archives and Records Center in Santa Fe, New
Mexico. See AASF Roll No. 92, Frame Nos. 360-374 and 400-416.
In preparation for this publication, the original documents
were also studied, by special permission from the Archdiocese
of Santa Fe.
With the exception of a few months, the curate for the
Socorro area from February, 1829, through September, 1850,
was Jose Vicente Chavez. However, the differing handwriting
and formats indicate that at least four different enumerators
inscribed the two censuses.
Anyone who has researched the old handwritten documents
will understand the difficulties encountered, such as
deciphering penmanship, phonetic spelling of names, inconsistent
spelling, abbreviations, strikeouts, faded ink and water
stains. There underlined words or letters indicate illegible
portions of the text, other researchers have been consulted
for the most likely interpretation. . . .
Jose Gonzales and Teresa Ramírez Alief were extractors
of the censuses, with compilation and history by Teresa
Ramirez Alief. Computer data entry and design by Patricia
Black Esterly. This is a publication of the New Mexico