My name is Miguel A. Tórrez, also known as Mike, so you may see me interchange between the two. I am excited to announce that I am a new board member with the New Mexico Genealogical Society (NMGS) and am the Chair of a new project, “The New Mexico Genealogical Society’s Genetic Genealogy Project.” This project’s 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 will assist me in researching, double checking and finalizing genealogies. I will also work closely with Yvette Cohen Stoor, our Primeras Familias (PF) project Chair, as this project will assist in validating those PF genealogies.
Angel Cervantes, administrator of the NM DNA Project, will be our technical advisor. It is important to note that this project is being developed at the request of our members and is not intended to compete with the NM DNA Project and with Angel as our technical advisor there will be cohesion between the two.
This project’s goal is to be open with sharing our genealogies and DNA for the better understanding of New Mexico genetic genealogy as a whole. Each participant will be required to submit a release form which will give the Chair authority to analyze the participant’s DNA data and genealogy, as well as post the authorized information (see Project Release Form tab on this site for download or e-mail me at the project e-mail below). A second release will be required if the person’s results are to be part of a journal publication. The exact format for hosting the data for this project is being developed but this blog which is my personal blog will serve as the web page for the project.
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 Main Web Link: http://www.nmgs.org/index.php