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Welcome to this site dedicated to New Mexico Genetic Genealogy!

As the New Mexico Genealogical Society’s DNA Project administrator (NMGS DNA Project), I felt the need for a site that would serve as a portal to relative information on the subject.

Background:

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. Genetic genealogy is a tool that can help confirm or distinguish branches of the same surname, help with genealogies that have paper trail road blocks by possibly linking them to surname lineages or family branches that have been confirmed using the paper trail and DNA comparisons process.

Visit the various pages to learn more about New Mexico genetic genealogy, case studies, and related information.

Miguel A. Tórrez

NMGS DNA Project Administrator

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47 Comments

  1. Miguel, this is a wonderful site. It looks like it can generate a lot of interest and responses to your queries. You know that I appreciate your efforts as you check out my Y-DNA results. Take care

    1. Thank you John, I sure hope it does generate interest in testing and sharing information.

  2. Miguel Torrez.
    Is this the same Nicolas as Nicolas Espinoza? Steve just wonder because of the s a spelling.Good Job.

    1. This Nicolas is the one and only progenitor. There was no use of the z in Espinosa among New Mexican families until the late 1800s and really even then it was extremely rare until the 1940s.

  3. Miguel, For those of us that cannot make it to NM to be entertained by Angel, it would be a great service if someone (you) could produce a You Tube presentation showing how to do genetic genealogy properly. I say this as if you have nothing else to do. siempre tu amigo, Ed Romero

  4. Hi, My name is Selina Espinoza, I know that Salvador Espinosa was our relative but I am not sure of Nicolas Espinosa. I just got my DNA back and I wonder if you could look at it to see if I belong to the Espinosa’s families. My link stops on Buenaventura Espinosa but I do know that Salvador Espinosa is related to us. Thank you and I hope to hear from you soon. PS thanks for all your work.
    Oh, My Great Great Grandfather was Crescencio Espinoza and follows Juan Jose Espinoza; Juan Pedro Espinoza; Buenaventura Espinoza (??) or Alejandro (??) and then Salvador Espinoza, according to the Seattle Genealogical Society. Thank You

  5. Hi Selina Espinoza, I belong to the same Espinoza family. I believe that Crescencio Espinosa was my Great Great Grandfather as well. I have been doing research since 2003.

    1. Hi Tina, I just read your email, sorry. My Great Grandfather was Crescensio Espinoza and Benito Espinoza (his son obviously) my Grandfather. I must be your Aunt!

  6. Selina and Tina: I must be your distant cousin — my grandfather (Claudio Espinoza) was Cresencio’s brother.

    1. Claudio Espinoza was my great grandfather I have pictures of him , His son is Benito Espinoza my grandfather.

  7. Miguel, your work to reveal the genetic connections of New Mexico surnames is a benefit to us all. Thanks so much for your dedication in helping reveal our ancestry. In some quixotic vision, there has to be a story for a movie in your research!

    1. Thanks Mark, there a quite a bit of stories for even short film It would be awesome to see the 1837 Chimayó Revolt (AKA Rio Arriba Rebellion) or Espinosa brothers on film.

  8. HI MY NAME IS PETER GUTIERREZ, I AM VERY CURIOUS WHY I DO NOT FIND MUCH INFORMATION ON THE GUTIERREZ LAST NAME. ALMOST LIKE WE DONT EXCIST OR NEVER CONTRIBUTED ANYTHING. JUST SEEMS STRANGE. MAYBE SOMEBODY HAS SOMETHING.

  9. Sir name is Villa, originally from way deep in to Mexico,,past Mexico city,what can you tell me bout it?

  10. My great grandfather is Lonjino Hidalgo Quintana 3/15/1881, his parents are listed as Facundo 1836? and Transido 1845? Quintana. Siblings, Sepriano 1871 and Fernanda 1873 Quintana. Source1885 New Mexico territorial census, residence Las Cruces, Dona Ana, New Mexico.

  11. My is Monica Blanco-Etheridge and I attempting to find more information on my Great-Grandfather Angel Sanz Hernandez (1882-1972)married to Inez or Ynez Salgado (1896-1946) in Carlsbad New Mexico. I can’t seem to find any information on his side of the family or my grandfather Alberto Soto Blanco (1910-1990) married to Adama Hernandez Blanco (1913-1989). Alberto travel with his aunt Rafaela Blanco not much information on her and he had one brother Francisco Blanco. The Hernandez line settled in Carlsbad until their deaths, the Blancos ended in California. Your guidance is appreciated.

    Very interested in the genetics information, just received my DNA results and have found them interesting. Your sharing is appreciated. Monica

  12. If you are still around I would love to know more history about my family or be able to contribute. Email is Chance2381@gmail.com or at aol.com. Facebook page too if you could email me it would be great. Direct decedant of Diego De Medina. My line ended with great grandfather, he had 3 daughters.

    1. Hi Maria,

      You and I matched pretty closely on Family Finder at FamilyTreeDNA. Could you please contact me at pjjanis@hotmail.com so we can see where the connection is? Thanks.

      Patrick J. Janis

  13. That is really fascinating, You’re a very skilled blogger. I’ve joined your feed and look ahead to in quest of extra of your great post. Also, I’ve shared your website in my social networks!

  14. hi mike im back i dont do alot cus of medical problems but i belong to the nm project but my qoustin is ok i had my first cousin do a dna on the male side cus myhalph brother is from mothers when we did this dna about ayear ago it was under my mangement the cousin was richard sena but my kit no was547492 pass word was in capital leterrrs gold rock 44 my name sena is under112275 ok here is the prblem idid a mntdna about 6 monts ago and what i make out its on the old noi did the full senqouez my new kit no is 682817 pass word is 01f6co i can ot get back to my mytna any more how do i do this thank you i knoew its a long letter but hope u can help

  15. MIKE….HEARD YOU WERE LOOKING INTO GRIEGO MALES DNA….HAVE A MALE OF A MALE GRIEGO COUSIN WILLING TO TEST…CAN YOU YOU TELL ME MORE?

  16. I’ve been able to trace my lineage back to Lazaro Griego. Naturally, like any other family tree enthusiast, I want to have my father’s DNA and my DNA analyzed! If we gather the money and do the test, I’ll be sure to send you an email ! ^-^

  17. Hello where do I go to find info on the Espinoza’s of Angel Fire? As it’s my maiden name

  18. My name is Eugene Lovato. Grandparents Melecio and Eufemia Lovato( maiden name Valencia) who I knew very well. I traced my grandpa back to a 1900&1910 census G,grandparents Ilario &soledad Lovato. Any help? Thankyou

  19. My mother was Josephine Maes born to Juanita Trujillo and Sebastien Maes. Her DNA was native American and Portugese. She told me that her family also included the Bernals.

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