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Origins of New Mexico Families: A Genealogy of the Spanish Colonial Period Paperback – December 1, 1992
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About the Author
Fray Angélico Chávez was an American Franciscan priest, historian, researcher, author, poet, and painter. As archivist for the Santa Fe Archdiocese, he undertook the cataloging and translating of Spanish archives that allowed for a reevaluation of the history of New Mexico. His contributions to New Mexico history and literature earned him honorary degrees including Master of Arts and Doctor of Humane Letters from the University of New Mexico and New Mexico State University. He is the author of numerous books and stories including those compiled in Guitars and Adobes and the Uncollected Stories of Fray Angélico Chávez (Museum of New Mexico Press).
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This book is THE starting place for anyone having family history ties to New Mexico, and a must-read for those interested in the history of New Mexico. Well before Jamestown and the Pilgrims, New Mexico was settled continuously beginning in 1598 by Spaniards whose descendents today still make up a major portion of the population of New Mexico.
This book has been reprinted numerous times and sells out every time. I recommend you get it now before it goes out of print and distribution again. This newer edition reprint was launched by the nephew (Dr. Thomas Chávez)of the author and the edition includes important new material.
I recognize some the other reviewers above, who are experienced genealogists specializing in New Mexico. We all agree - this book is essential for every New Mexico genealogist and historian.
John E. Chavez (aka: El Profe Loco)
He has managed to bring together an enormous group of varied families in this one 442 page effort. I know it doesn't cite it's sources in every case and the dates are not always published, but an experienced researcher can glean much from this man's work. My suggestion is that if you have New Mexico families researched back to the early 1800's you will find this source invaluable.
Using his sources I should be able to order some of these records from a local Family History Center to acurately document my own data. If these manuscripts haven't been filmed yet, they eventually will be, so be patient. I was able to put together several promising families using this book and am working on the documentation for myself which we should all do anyway.
were doing their own research into New Mexico settlers and I certainly thank Fr. Chavez for doing most of my research for me.
Primos, find your roots and remember your ancestors with pride!
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So exciting to see my family surname in print as being one of the founding families of New Mexico! I necessity for anyone researching their family and New Mexico roots.Published 4 months ago by Judy Curbow
Great book for people working on their genealogy from New Mexico.Published 8 months ago by Betty Crain
Great information well researched has a few errors but new discoveries have been madePublished 10 months ago by Jean Duran
Exciting and informative resource. I have some ancestors who were mentioned in this.Published 11 months ago by Amazon Customer
I'm very pleased with this research book for the very simple and personal reason that it has helped me to expand my family tree and has even provided some date, location and even... Read morePublished 12 months ago by Sluggo
I've wanted this book for years. For genealogists who study their New Mexican ancestry, this is like a Bible.Published 12 months ago by Mike