If you’re in the Albuquerque area on Saturday, July 7th, I’ll be speaking at the monthly meeting of the Hispanic Genealogical Research Center of New Mexico (HGRC) from 10:30am – 12:00pm at Botts Hall in the Special Collections Library, 423 Central Ave NE (at Edith and Central).

The topic of my presentation is “17th-Century Spanish Settlement Landscapes of New Mexico,” which is based on material from the recently published book by Elinore M. Barrett, “The Spanish Colonial Settlement Landscapes of New Mexico, 1598-1680” (UNM Press, 2012).

Perhaps you have traced one or more of your family lineages back to 17th-century New Mexico, or you carry a surname of a family that lived during that time period. Beyond collecting names and possibly years of birth, marriages and death, have you ever wondered where did they actually live?

The loss of a great many documents of 17th-century New Mexico leaves a large gap in our understanding of the history of that time period, especially prior to August 1680. Some of the best historical material that has been published to date about 17th-century New Mexico is out of print and not easily accessible. Also, new findings are emerging as researchers diligently dig into those records that have survived the centuries.

Combining research from the fields of history, archaeology, geography, climatology, and genealogy, Elinore M. Barrett’s recently published book, The Spanish Colonial Settlement Landscapes of New Mexico, 1598-1680, presents a valuable analysis of published and unpublished material to present the first comprehensive picture of the Spanish settlements landscape of 17th-century New Mexico. The book is becoming a standard reference tool for people conducting their 17th-century New Mexico family genealogy.

I was honored to be consulted by Elinore as she conducted her research and compiled her findings, gladly sharing some of my research findings, which she graciously used to augment her narrative about the places where 17th-century Spanish citizens of New Mexico resided.

With Elinore’s permission, I’m pleased to present an overview of her findings along with insights into the development of estancias in New Mexico, attempts to establish a second villa in the Río Abajo, and the social-political context that influenced where some families resided.
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