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Tuesday, January 21, 2014

A must read:
The Story of don Juan de Oñate and de la Cruz DNA:  Genetic Genealogist breaks through Adobe Walls, ties Ancestry to New Mexico's First Families

http://familyheritageresearchcommunity.org/de-la-cruz-dna.html

Saturday, January 11, 2014

Párbulos – Buried Babies

What a difference two decades makes.
When I first started looking into family records in 1991, I scrolled through burials from 1821-1853 of Socorro, New Mexico. I found only a couple of key people – such as our direct ancestors Santiago Torres and Barbara Ortiz, the grandparents of Crespin Torres. I recently took another look at microfilms of burials and rediscovered people in Socorro history, both young and old.
I was struck by all the “párbulos” – a word I didn’t know 23 years ago. Párbulos, sometimes spelled párvulos, are infants and toddlers. The names and dates for those buried babies often don’t advance our genealogy hunt, so it is easy to look past them. But think about how their deaths took a toll on their families. One couple, Joaquin Torres (a son of Santiago Torres and Barbara Ortiz) and wife Josefa Anaya, were particularly hard-hit with child losses in the 1840s.

The following is a short list of burial records of children who would have been aunts, uncles or first cousins of Crespin's. I didn't find any burial records for siblings of Crespin (but see the image at the bottom of this post and consider whether it could be for Crespin's brother Apolonio).
  • April 23, 1822: Juan Nepomuceno – child of Juan Montoya and Maria Manuela Garcia (He was born March 11)
  • January 20, 1823: Maria Antonia Torres – single child of Santiago Torres and Barbara Ortiz
  • March 23, 1824: Santiago Torres – párbulo and adopted Nabajo (note spelling with a b) – son of Santiago Torres and Barbara Ortiz (Baby Santiago was born on Feb. 25)
  • Sept. 26, 1832: Jose de la Cruz – child of Juan Montoya and Maria Manuela Garcia 
  • March 1840: Felipe and Maria Dolores Torres (2 separate entries on separate days) – children of Joaquin Torres and Josefa Anaya
  • April 1843 Ana Maria – child of Joaquin Torres and Josefa Anaya
  • Sept. 1843: Maria del Pilar – child of Joaquin Torres and Josefa Anaya
  • Oct. 1, 1846: Maria Iona Aban – child of Joaquin Torres and Josefa Anaya
  • Jan. 23, 1847: Antonia Abad – child of Jose Antonio Torres and Prudencia Jaramillo
  • March 12, 1848: Maria Benita – child of Joaquin Torres and Josefa Anaya (this child was born March 19, 1847)
  • Jan. 1849: Jesusita – child of Joaquin Torres and Josefa Anaya
  • Aug. 10, 1850: Juana de Jesus – child of Juan Montoya and Tomasa Luna
  • Jan. 1866: Maria Gertrudis – child of Jose Antonio Torres and Prudencia Jaramillo
  • March 23, 1872: Atanacio – child of Jose Antonio Torres and Prudencia Jaramillo
 
As for Polonio Torres, this August 1862 burial record could be for Crespin’s brother (about age 20 at the time). But it’s a strange burial listing, as Polonio Torres of Socorro is in the same entry as Ysabel Silva of Socorro and Camilo Varreras of Tajo. Who are they, and why are they in the same listing at a campo santo in Canada Alamosa?
Ysabel Silva, Polonio Torres y Camilo Varreras burial record