I began an extensive genealogy search in 1993 after visiting some ancestral homes in New Mexico; Socorro, Texas; and Morenci, Arizona. Information presented in this website is the result of that search. Some of my ancestral towns in New Mexico include Santa Fe, Santa Cruz de la Cañada, Bernalillo, Alburquerque (along the way, the first "r" was dropped), Tomé (also known in the 1700s as Fuenclara), San Gabriel de las Nutrias, Belen, La Joya de Sevilleta, Mesilla, Las Cruces, El Colorado (now called Rodey), and Hatch.

An exciting discovery as a result of my genealogical search is the rich Spanish Colonial history of my ancestors. In New Mexico, it dates back to 1598 when the first Spanish colonists arrived to make a home in a new and faraway land. As I researched my own ancestors, I found my husband’s ancestors as they shared settlements and nearby towns. Our common ancestry can be found in the 1600s.

Read about my first year of genealogical research and our trip to New Mexico. “Reflections”, published in 1994 in Nuestras Raices, Journal of the Genealogical Society of Hispanic America.



Paternal GG Grandfather Victor Duran,

b. 6 March 1841, Sabino, New Mexico, served in the Civil War. As a first settler of El Colorado, New Mexico, he is remembered by the street named for him. GG Grandmother Victoria Gabaldon was born 29 Dec 1842 at La Joya de Sevllleta, New Mexico.

Maternal Grandparents Jose de Jesus Jurado and Maria de Jesus Licon, married 24 July 1902, Sacred Heart Church, El Paso, Texas.