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Product Details

  • Paperback: 442 pages
  • Publisher: Museum of New Mexico Pr; Rev Sub edition (December 1992)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0890132399
  • ISBN-13: 978-0890132395
  • Product Dimensions: 10.9 x 8.4 x 1.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 2.8 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (29 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #189,007 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"A prodigious document of New Mexico's past that makes for fascinating reading..." -- The Santa Fe New Mexican.

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For anybody doing genealogical research with roots in New Mexico this book is essential.
Emily C.
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.
"elprofeloco"
It helped me with my genealogy research and discovered family I didn't even know had New Mexico connections!
Jeanette M. Aguirre

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18 of 18 people found the following review helpful By "elprofeloco" on June 15, 2004
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I was priviliged to make the aquaintance of the author a few years prior to his passing in Santa Fe NM. He was a true Renaissance Man - a painter, a poet, an historian, an author, etc. in addition to his lifetime of service in the Franciscan order. His prose and poetry have won literary prizes in the U.S. and Europe.
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)
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20 of 21 people found the following review helpful By L. Schultz on June 1, 2000
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For the purist needing to cite sources, this is a wonderful place to get started in order to locate the original document. However, it is not a source in and of itself that can be cited. Citing of evidence in the book is minimal, but useable. The ancestral family trees don't include dates, but by carefully following the text, one can deduce the information. The sorting of material by century makes lookups a bit tedious, as one must search 17th century, then 18th century, and then several addendum to the original 1954 edition. Still, given how much time it takes to research historical and governmental records, I would highly recommend this book. For every hour of microfilm research you do, I'm sure this book will save you ten.
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By J. Ercul on August 19, 2005
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If you have ancestors listed in this book, you must have it. Just to see them listed in it makes you feel soo proud and you have it to show others in case they think you are full of crap.
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9 of 10 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on October 19, 1998
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This book is a find for anyone doing research or genealogy in the New Mexico region. It's contents takes you back to the 14th and 15th centuries as well as the 16th and 17th centuries. A must have book for any Genealogist or Historian.
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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Mary Janukites on June 14, 2002
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This book stands out in genealogical research for the commom person who is just beginning to do research. Although, I found that there were some errors after doing more detailed research, it certainly gave me enough information to lead me to documents that corrected them for me. I highly recommend this book to all New Mexicans who have lines to the early colonists of New Mexico. I am happy to say that it contained much information about my ancestry. I recommended this to all my NM cousins who
were doing their own research into New Mexico settlers and I certainly thank Fr. Chavez for doing most of my research for me.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By L. Layton on September 23, 2008
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I was shocked when I received this book and saw what a collection of work was involved. This is a very low price to pay for a book that is loaded with actual documented family data. Think of what it would cost for you to do the years of research that he has already compiled for you. Yes, there are a few errors, but there are also errors in actual documents... This is just a GREAT place to start for those who are working on their early Spanish American families.

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.
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Patryka Chaves de Tachick on January 23, 2003
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This is the book to have to begin tracing your Spanish heritage in New Mexico. Fray Angélico was a blessing sent to New Mexico genealogists. His years of dedicated research have aided those with roots in early New Mexico find their lineages. And a big thank you also goes to José Antonio Esquibel for going "Beyond Origins" and updating Fray Angélico's research.
Primos, find your roots and remember your ancestors with pride!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Bee on January 8, 2013
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Our family really enjoyed coming across details of our family tree we hadn't yet explored and even better, found connections to our in-laws that give several hundred years credence to the saying, "somos primos".
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