Introduction to the
NMGS Genetic Genealogy Project (NMGS DNA Project)
This project’s goal is to validate genealogies tracing back to their known origin in New Mexico.
New Mexico settlements occurred in different waves, sometimes in large groups or in smaller families,
thus various settlers came at different times. Some genealogies have paper trail road blocks, some
are traceable all the way back to the 1598 Oñate settlement, while others can only trace to the
Reconquest, Mexican or Territorial periods and, in some cases, are traceable to known Native American
ancestors. DNA is a tool that can help confirm or distinguish branches of the same surname, and help
these road blocks by possibly linking them to surname lineages or family branches that have been
confirmed using the paper trail and DNA comparisons. NMGS has well known genealogists and volunteers
that will assist me in researching double checking and finalizing genealogies. I will also work closely
with Yvette Cohen Stoor, our Primeras Familias (PF) project Chair, as this project will assist in
validating those PF genealogies.
Ángel Cervantes, administrator of the NM DNA Project, is our technical advisor. It is important
to note that this project is being developed at the request of our members and is not intended
to compete with the NM DNA Project and with Ángel as our technical advisor there will be cohesion
between the two.
The NMGS DNA Project's goal is to be open with sharing our genealogies and associated Y-DNA and mtDNA
results for the better understanding of New Mexico genetic genealogy as a whole. Each participant will
be required to submit a release form which will give the Chair authority to analyze the participant's
DNA data and genealogy, as well as post the authorized information (see Project Release Form). A second
release will be required if the person's results are to be part of a journal publication. The genealogies
for the associated participants will be hosted on the NMGS main page and the format is currently being
developed. My personal blog will also serve as the additional web page for the project. It can be
accessed through the New Mexico Genetic Genealogy tab. It is not a requirement that a participant is an
NMGS member, but it is highly recommended as we are here to serve you. Becoming a member has many advantages
and we are the society that has been serving New Mexico genealogy since 1960.
The exact details of the project can be found in the Project's Letter tab and you may also link to the
NMGS DNA Project> via its tab
Miguel A. Tórrez
NMGS DNA Project Administrator/Project Chair