My name is Miguel A. Tórrez, also known as Mike. I am the New Mexico Genealogical Society’s DNA Project administrator. Our project goal is to validate genealogies tracing back to their known origin in New Mexico.
New Mexico settlements occurred in different waves, sometimes in large groups or in smaller families, thus various settlers came at different times. Some genealogies have paper trail road blocks, some are traceable all the way back to the 1598 Oñate settlement, while others can only trace to the Reconquest, Mexican or Territorial periods and, in some cases, are traceable to known Native American ancestors. DNA is a tool that can help confirm or distinguish branches of the same surname, and help these road blocks by possibly linking them to surname lineages or family branches that have been confirmed using the paper trail and DNA comparisons. NMGS has well known genealogists and volunteers that in researching, double checking and finalizing genealogies.
The intent of the project is to be open with sharing our genealogies and DNA for the better understanding of New Mexico genetic genealogy as a whole. Each participant is required to submit genealogy associated with the direct lineage being tested (either Y-DNA or mtDNA) as well as a release form which designates the level of sharing that I can have. A second release will be required if the person’s results are to be part of a journal publication.
It is not a requirement that a participant be an NMGS member but it is highly recommended as we are here to serve you. Becoming a member has many advantages and we are the society that has been serving New Mexico genealogy since 1960.
Miguel A. Tórrez
NMGS DNA Project Administrator
NMGS DNA Project forms and details: http://www.nmgs.org/dna