Showing posts with label Jarales. Show all posts
Showing posts with label Jarales. Show all posts

Thursday, February 14, 2013

Hello Everyone,

I haven't had a second to update my blog.  I hope that everyone is doing productive, creative and personally meaningful things whether it be in genealogy, family history research, dance, film, and all kinds of creative and artistic expressions.

I have been busy completing a chapter for my book that will be released this year, 2013. This particular chapter deals with the life of an ancestor - a great-great grandmother and historical documents written about her.  I am contextualizing her life story based on the extant primary sources about her.  Historically, many women's life stories have been relegated to margins, to end notes, to courtesy mentions in writing.  I hope to illuminate aspects of her life.  As a teaser, this is a satellite image of the land that she owned circa 1880 in Jarales, New Mexico.  Yes, women inherited, owned, bought and sold, and worked land throughout the Spanish Colonial Period, the Mexican Period, and the Territorial Period of New Mexico's history.


Monday, December 3, 2012



La Cosecha

My Mom and I went to the Harvest Festival at Rancho de las Golondrinas this fall.  There was a performance of La Llorona, among many other performances, music, wagon rides,re-enactments, food tasting, harvest fruits and vegetables, etc.   Check out Rancho de las Golondrinas




St. Francis Xavier Church


At the end of October, my Mom and I went on one of our regular day trips, to Jarales.  We visited one of her cousins.  This is where her father's family was from.  Nearby settlements including Los Pueblitos, El Bosque, Belén and Los Chávez are some of the oldest settlements in the Río Abajo.  Largely agricultural communities, the arrival of the railroad in 1880 had a huge influence on these towns, as it did the entire Southwest, and well, the world.  We have made several drives to Jarales and stopped to visit people throughout the years.  On this day, my Mom's cousin made us a special fall lunch of green chile, calabacitas, stew, beans and tortillas.  And of course we had a few glasses of wine.  Having my tripod in the back of my car, I took a few self-portraits.  I've photographed the church several times, but the trees were exceptionally beautiful, naturally because of the season.  This is a newer church, and the old St. Francis Xavier Church was situated at the same site.  Among the mayordormos of the original mission church during the late 1800s and early 1900s were my great-grandparents Benigno Gallegos & Concepción Barreras de Gallegos.  Their is a plaque on the wall at the entrance with their names on it, along with many other mayordormos.  The church is located just north of the US Post Office on Jarales Road.  There is a Jarales Post Office, as well, just north of that.