Showing posts with label genealogy. Show all posts
Showing posts with label genealogy. Show all posts

Wednesday, January 20, 2016

Nash Candelaria dies on January 5, 2016 in Santa Fe, New Mexico

Nash Candelaria was a great man. He died on January 5, 2016. He was born to Ignacio Nuanes Candelaria & Flora Rivera, who were both native Nuevo Mexicanos with deep roots in the state’s Spanish Colonial, and Mexican & Territorial periods. His only sibling, Lillian Flora Candelaria, preceded him in death, in May 2009.

I am privledged to have known Nash since I was 17 years old – he was my second cousin, mentor and friend. My sister Pearl Louise (1962-1999) and I met Nash and his wife Doranne at his residence in Palo Alto, California. He was a great influence on me in my writing, research and quest for knowledge of my family history. Furthermore, he was influential in his patience, kindness, generosity, positive attitude, and open-mindedness. I’ll always treasure his simple, encouraging words to me: “Keep on keeping on.”

His biography on reads “Nash Candelaria is a descendant of one of the pioneer families that founded Albuquerque, New Mexico in 1706. He is the author of several important works of Chicano literature including “Not by the Sword,” an American Book Award Winner, and “Memories of the Alhambra,” one of the seminal novels of Chicano literature.”  Nash’s contribution to literature, family history research, and social change can’t be emphasized enough – while he was a very modest gentleman about his accomplishments, he is deserving of much praise. I am glad that I was able to honor him in my second book “Por constancia/So that it may be validated: Family History in the Río Abajo.” (Río Grande Books, 2014)

For more information about Nash Candelaria, please read his obituary, and see his catalog of work at

Monday, July 14, 2014

The New Mexico Genealogical Society presents: Andrés Armijo on Saturday, July 19th, 2014 from 10:30am - 12:30pm

At the Genealogy Center
On the Second level of
The Albuquerque Main Library
501 Copper Street
Albuquerque, New Mexico
(Northwest corner of 5th & Copper)

"Por Constancia/So that it may be validated: Family History in the Río Abajo (LPD Press / Río Grande Books, 2014)
Andrés Armijo will provide an overview of the content of the book illustrating that the combination of primary source documents, oral history and imagery all contribute to the history of the Río Abajo.

"People's history" is often not considered important and it is unjustly overlooked for the famous characters of New Mexican history. In this presentation, Armijo will reveal unique genealogical and cultural contributions by everyday Nuevo Mexicanos who lived in the Río Abajo throughout the 19th century and early 20th century, and how they validated their own history and legacy.

Andrés Armijo is from Valencia, New Mexico, born to Rosemary Gallegos and Vincent C. Armijo, Jr. at 12:00 p.m. on August 12, 1970. At the time of his birth, the doctors exclaimed, "High Noon Armijo is born!" He holds a Master's degree in Spanish with a concentration in Southwest Hispanic Studies, and began his career at the University of New Mexico teaching in the Sabine R. Ulibarrí Spanish as a Heritage Language Program. Andrés studied and performed flamenco dance for 12 years. He is a short-subject/documentary filmmaker having shown his films with the New Mexico Film Office Showcase and at the Santa Fe Film Festival. Between 1999-2003, Andrés raised $30,000 to endow a memorial scholarship in honor of his sister Pearl Louise Armijo for the College of Fine Arts at the University of New Mexico. He is the award-winning author of Becoming a Part of My History: Through Images & Stories of My Ancestors (Río Grande Books, 2010). Andrés has dedicated a great deal of his life to the study, research, and recovery of his genealogy and family history in the Río Abajo region of New Mexico.

This program is free and open to the public.

Questions? Call (505) 796-0376 or email

Friday, February 7, 2014

Por Constancia/so that it may be validated: Family History in the RíoAbajo

By LPD Press / Río Grande Books:
Por Constancia/so that it may be validated:
Family History in the Río Abajo
"Andrés Armijo succeeds in the scholarly artistry of Por Constancia/So that it may be validated: Family History of the Río Abajo."
 —José Antonio Esquibel, Caballero de la Orden de Isabel La Católica 

Written in the form of essays, biographies, transcribed oral histories and analysis of primary source
documents, Family History in the Rio Abajo provides context on how people lived and what they did
during unique periods in New Mexico’s history. Recovering people’s life stories and placing them in
a historical, cultural and familial context provides the reader a strong understanding of Nuevo Mexicanos' social and cultural history during the later part of the Spanish Colonial Period, the Mexican Period, and the Territorial period.

Por Constancia/So that it may be validated: Family History in the Río Abajo:
by Andrés Armijo
190 pages; 8-1/2 x 11 pb (153 photos) ISBN 978-1-936744-21-3 $49.95
Rio Grande Books
925 Salamanca NW Los Ranchos, NM 87107
 What critics and scholars say:

What Andrés Armijo has accomplished is quite remarkable. In recent years, many Nuevo Mexicanos have traced their family history, following numerous lines over the generations. Andrés has done that through his painstaking research on many of his relatives, notably the Armijo, Bernal, and Gallegos lines, among others. But he has done something far more significant: he has told the history of the Río Abajo through the lens of his family. In many respects, this book is a model of what a family history can be. This book is a most welcome addition to the historiography of New Mexico.—Rick Hendricks, New Mexico State Historian

 This wonderful book may be mistakenly assumed to be “only” a family history, as it is entitled. But it is much more: This is a primer on how to do genealogical research, documentation, and writing to produce an excellent family history. Most importantly, this book provides many vignettes of New Mexico’s Hispanic history and folkways that everyone will find interesting. The reader doesn’t need to be one of the author’s many New Mexico primos to find this a rewarding book.—Michael Stevenson, past-President, Historical Society of New Mexico

 This engaging work is an inspiring primer for others seeking to uncover family history.—Francisco E Balderrama, Emeritus Professor of Chicano Studies and History, California State University Los Angeles

Por Constancia is well-researched, informative, and a pleasure to read. Armijo paints a vivid picture of New Mexico’s history in the twentieth century bringing this history alive. His book attests to the importance of everyday people, and shows their stories as important historical records, erasing the
wall of modern technology that has covered so much of what makes New Mexicans unique. Armijo erases the traces of time and shows that the lives and stories of years gone by are really nearby, alive, and close to us today. This book is a must for anyone interested in our recent past or family histories.
— Nicolasa Chávez, Curator of Spanish Colonial & Contemporary Hispano/Latino Collections at the Museum of International Folk Art, Santa Fe, New Mexico

Andrés Armijo skillfully combines family history, sense of place, and cultural expressions with historical documents, personal stories, written words and audio recordings of relatives, photographs, and historical context to illustrate a vibrant pattern of cultural development and expression of the people of New Mexico’s Hispano Río Abajo. This is an exceptional guide for those who want to better understand Nuevomejicano culture and how to document their own family history.—José Antonio Esquibel, Caballero de la Orden de Isabel la Católica

(Sneak preview!) at the New Mexico History Conference, May 2, 2014, Las Vegas, New Mexico
Official Book Launch: Saturday, May 10, 2014 National Hispanic Cultural Center Salon Ortega, 2-4pm, 1701 4th St SW, Albuquerque, NM
Saturday, June 7, 2014 Treasure House Books, 1-3pm, 2012 S Plaza, Albuquerque, NM
Saturday, July 19, 2014 New Mexico Genealogical Society at the Albuquerque Public Library (Main) in the auditorium, 5th & Copper, 10:30a.m. - 12:00 noon.

Wednesday, February 27, 2013

Church of The Immaculate Conception at Tomé, Nuevo México

The church has been remodeled and is beautiful inside and out. The last time I had seen it was in December 2011 with the walls exposed. Also, my Mom had made a photograph of the church in the late 1990s during a snow day and I love that image. The bell towers are the outstanding visible feature in the remodel, and while I am not a fan of the actual aesthetics, it's more important to recognize the long term needs of the edifice, the parishioners and the Church, and the work that the community put into making this happen. Many of my ancestors of the late 1700s were married here including Domingo Sánchez and his bride Ma. Guadalupe Baca. The coupe was related to the third degree of consanguinity and the impediment was dispensed by the Bishop of Durango. Their Diligencia Matrimonial and marriage record are quite intriguing. Domingo Sánchez read and wrote and his record of enlistment in the militia cavalry is in the Spanish Archives of 1808, having enlisted at Isleta, NM. When I visit the church I imagine their ceremony and their presence in and around the church, despite various modifications of the actual building throughout the ages.

Monday, February 25, 2013

New Mexico Genealogical Society Program March 16, 2013

Please join us on Saturday, March 16, 2013 for the monthly NMGS program.  I will be presenting on creative insights and approaches to family history and genealogy.  Please see Robert Baca's blog regarding the NMGS Program on March 16, 2013 for more information.  Hope to see you there!

Friday, August 10, 2012

Within Me

My expression of my genealogical and family history research began to take many forms long before I published my first book Becoming a Part of My History: Through Images & Stories of My Ancestors. I was certainly interested in the actual archival process of genealogy and designing and organizing my documents, pedigree charts and family group charts, but as my archive grew, and being a creative person, I needed to think more intensively about how I was going to form all of this content.  (An interesting note here, a good read on the relationships of the "form" and the "content" can be illuminated by historian Hayden White in some of his theoretical essays from which I drew a great deal of inspiration)  Anyways, as I explained in Becoming a Part of My History, I knew there was much more to my journey than just the actual research.  The family artifacts, material culture and certainly vintage photos were always inspiring, motivating, and they were begging for me to draw them to the forefront.  In deciding how to compile all of this, make sense of it to myself and to my public, I wrote vignettes, created photo essays and produced short films focusing on my journey of the research of my family history.  I did a great deal of writing - vignettes, treatments, and even scripts.  I had found another medium through which to express my passion for family history and created a 33 minute video titled Within Me .  This is a trailer of the video.  This piece, and my other published work can be researched by clicking the Within Me links, and through Libros at UNM Libraries, and viewed at the Center for Southwest Research.


Review by Gene Grant, July 6, 2005, 7:57 p.m.
From website of that date
"Musings of the Dreadlocked Flaneur"

"Within Me," A Name Is More Thank A Name...when it comes to this state.  A very nicely done documentary by Andrés Armijo about his relationship with his late father...and more. He set the tone nicely with a well researched history of the Armijo and Candelaria names and their respective relationship here in ABQ.  Weaving that with his Dad, an Armijo, mad it interesting every step of the way.  Glad to meet Andrés out in the lobby.  For any son, this is a really good experience."  Gene Grant from the website July 6, 2005, 7:57 p.m.