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2014 National History Day Announces Winners

Report on the New Mexico State Finals
2014 National History Day

The New Mexico Genealogical Society participated in the New Mexico State Finals of National History Day held at the National Hispanic Cultural Center in Albuquerque, New Mexico on Friday, April 25, 2014. The theme for this year’s event was “Rights and Responsibilities in History.” Karen Daniel serves as the NMGS liaison for this event. The following awards sponsored by NMGS and generous contributor, Dr. Thomas Munyon of San Francisco, California, were presented, as well as a $100 check for each of the winning entries.

Best Senior Exhibit Award displaying the best documented use of primary source material in a genealogical, family history or community history topic

This year’s winner was the Senior Division group of Shannon Boles and Christian Udall of Rio Rancho High School in Rio Rancho, for their exhibit, "The Rights and Responsibilities of Protestors During the Vietnam War.

Best Junior Exhibit Award displaying the best documented use of primary source material in a genealogical, family history or community history topic

This year’s winner was the Junior Division group of Kagen Richey and Caleb Housley of La Plata Middle School in Silver City, for their exhibit, “Bataan Death March.”

Best documented use of primary sources, including oral history sources, in Native American History - Nell D. Munyon Award

This year’s winner was Hadley Matillano from Albuquerque Christian School, who entered a Junior Division historical paper entitled “Dr. Carlos Montezuma: An Extraordinary American Indian Hero.”

Best documented use of primary sources in Medical History - Thomas Henry Munyon Award

The winner of this award was Gabriel Partido of Silver High School in Silver City for his Senior Division individual performance entitled “The Rights and Responsibilities of Stem Cell Research.”

For more information on National History Day, see http://www.nhd.org.

New Mexico State Coordinator is Ms. Trevor Carter at historyday@nmhum.org

Ron Hill Receives President's Citation

Ronald Ames Hill
President's Citation in Genealogy

The President's Citation is given in recognition of outstanding, continuing, or unusual contributions to the field of genealogy or the society. The National Genealogical Society President selects the recipient and this year Ronald Ames Hill of Star, Idaho has been selected.

Ron Hill was certified by the Board for Certification of Genealogists as a Certified Genealogist in 1997. Since 2003, he has served on the editorial board for the NGS Quarterly. He has served as a trustee for the Board for Certification of Genealogists (2003−2006) and as president of the New Mexico Genealogical Society (1978–1979). He has published four books and 37 articles in peer-reviewed genealogical journals; and he currently has six articles accepted and awaiting publication.

Ron earned the NGS Award of Excellence: Genealogy and Family History Book (2008) for his book Ancestors and Descendants of Reuben Ball. In 2003, his book The Tumultuous Achym/Fulford Relationship: With Abstracts of Chancery Court Proceedings garnered him the American Society of Genealogists’ Donald Lines Jacobus Award for “a model genealogical work published within the previous five years.” That year, he was elected a Fellow of the American Society of Genealogists. He coordinated the English track at the Salt Lake Institute of Genealogy in 2009 and has lectured at many conferences, including the NGS 2013 Family History Conference in Las Vegas.

Ron is a consummate leader, scholar, and teacher who has tirelessly promoted excellence in genealogical research, writing, and teaching, all the while promoting adherence to the finest in genealogical standards.

--Thanks to Karen Stein Daniel, CG, for this article.

July 2014

Fra Angelico Chavez Chapter of the Genealogical Society of Hispanic America
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A 25th Year Birthday Celebration

"Estas Son Las Maninitas"

Cost: $20 per person
Includes continental breakfast, box lunch, wine
and cheese reception

Dr. Irene Blea: Wolf Medicine: How Family History Defines Us
Connie Romero: Natural Healing
Santiago Romero: People of Spain/DNA/Mexican Genealogy
Music: El TRIO ORO

Rawlings Public Library - Ryals Room
100 East Abriendo Avenue
Pueblo, Colorado 81004

Saturday, July 26, 2014 -- 8:00 AM - 6:00 PM

June 2014

The Genealogical Society of Hispanic America (GSHA)
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Their 25th Anniversary Annual Meeting and Genealogical Conference

Westin Westminster Hotel
10600 Westminster Boulevard
Westminster, Colorado 80020
Phone: (303) 410-5000

June 6 - 8, 2014

NMGS Programs for 2014

2014 Schedule: Click a date to view program description.

Click a date to view program.
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The following individuals comprise the editorial staff:
 Editor: Mary Penner     Email: mary@marypenner.com
 Editorial Staff: Henrietta M. Christmas, Jim Abreu
 NMGS Indexing: Editorial Staff

The New Mexico Genealogist page provides tools for viewing the names of articles and indexes of persons mentioned in these articles. Articles and indexes are organized by year of publication. Indexes are also organized by last name for those genealogical articles which appear on our 40-year CD.

NMGS Press
New NMGS Book(s)

New NMGS Books
"Santa Cruz Marriages, 1826 - 1849 and Roots Ltd., Addendum"

Extracted by Patricia Sanchez Rau
Henrietta Martinez Christmas
This book extracts Santa Cruz de la Cañada marriages from AASF microfilm #30. Marriages are arranged by year.

The book also contains diligencias matrimoniales compiled from notes made by Fray Angélico Chávez. DMs are arranged in alphabetical order and span the years 1681-1730. Locations include El Paso, Santa Fe, Chimayo, Santa Cruz, Ysleta, Alburquerque, and others. (128 pages. Fully indexed.)

Use order number C13 on the order form to order the book. The book's price is $25.
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The NMGS Board

Our Purpose

To promote, develop, and encourage genealogical research, to preserve and perpetuate the records of ancestry and public records, and to make genealogical and historical information available to all through publications, meetings, and workshops.

Elected Officers

President - Robert Baca   president@nmgs.org
Vice President/Program Chair - Valerie Hansen   
Secretary - Jean Montaño
Treasurer - Nancy Anderson

Committee Chairs:

NMGS Press - Jean Montaño
New Mexico Genealogist Co-Editor - Henrietta Christmas
New Mexico Genealogist Co-Editor - Mary Penner
(Note: Submit NM Genealogist articles to Henrietta Christmas.)
NMGS Librarian - MaeAllen Form
NMGS Website - Ronald L Jaramillo

Members at large:

Russ Shaw
Andrés Armijo
Click here for more information about the NMGS board.
NMGS Projects

NMGS Sponsors and/or Participates in a Number of New and Ongoing Projects

Our organization and volunteers are involved in the following projects:

• National History Day is a year-long education program that engages students in grades 6-12 in the process of discovery and interpretation of historical topics.
• The New Mexico Death Certificate Project is an ongoing effort to index the New Mexico death certificates from the early 1900s – 1950s.
• The New Mexico Ancestors Project is an effort to identify those families who lived in New Mexico prior to statehood (1912). Information submitted on the New Mexico Ancestors form, was processed and scanned, and made available on the LAN data base for Library patrons at the Special Collections Library.
• The New Mexico DNA Project explores the DNA tracing our roots back to European and Old World ancestors. No voluteers are currently needed. (Angel R. Cervantes, project coordinator)
• Primeras Familias de Nuevo Mexico consists of verifying the documentation received from researchers whose ancestors lived in New Mexico during any of five historical periods. Note: This project has been temporarily suspended. We are currently seeking volunteer(s) for assistance.
• NMGS Press Publications: This effort includes translation of AASF sacramental documents, county records, and census records; The New Mexico Genealogist genealogical journal, the award-winning Genealogical Resources in New Mexico by Karen Stein Daniel CGSM; and the First 40 Years of the NMGS Genealogist on CD. consists of verifying the documentation received from researchers whose ancestors lived in New Mexico during any of five historical periods.
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