Nuevomexicano Genetic Genealogy

This site serves as a portal to New Mexico Genetic Genealogy related material.

Medina Brothers, Chacon, Mora. Sons of Donaciano Medina and Maria Encarnacion Maese. Copyright Miguel A. Tórrez
Our Indigenous Roots

Investigating, acknowledging, practicing and collaborating.



Colonial New Mexico settlement occurred at various times by both large and small family groups. Genealogies tracing to this time period can often be quite challenging as many have papertrail roadblocks. Those that are traceable deep into this era can be traced to the first settlement by Juan de Oñate in 1598 and others to settlers of the Reconquest, Mexican or Territorial periods. In many cases, lineages are showing traceability to known Native American ancestors of classifications such as Genízaros, Coyotes, or simply Indio. 

DNA is a tool that can help confirm or distinguish branches of the same surname, help these roadblocks by possibly linking them to surname lineages or family branches that have been confirmed using paper trail and DNA comparisons. The New Mexico Genealogical Society has well known genealogists and volunteers that assist inthe researching, validating, and finalizing genealogies associated with this project.


Human Migration

Migration is defined as “movement from one country, place or locality to another.” Ever since the earliest humans began to spread from Africa, humans have been on the move. Even today, 3 percent of the world’s population—at least 258 million people—live outside of their country of origin. Whether voluntary or forced, migration has profoundly shaped our world.

By National Geographic

High-Resolution SNPs and Microsatellite Haplotypes Point to a Single, Recent Entry of Native American Y Chromosomes into the Americas 
Stephen L. Zegura,  Tatiana M. Karafet,  Lev A. Zhivotovsky,  Michael F. Hammer

Using peer reviewed research is critical to understanding the Nuevomexicano data.

mtDNA Connections

Pearl is my maternal grandmother. Via my father’s mtDNA test, the results for this maternal line is Haplogroup X2a1b and has matches to folks who are current members of the Ojibwee tribe. The line ends with Ygnacia Villapando who lived at Bosque. Haplogroup X2a1b is a minority in Nuevomexicano mtDNA and data suggests that this DNA occurs in high frequency in the Great Lakes region. How and when did this “Great Lake region” mtDNA make it to New Mexico?

Petra Rodríguez, esposa de Fernando López de Pueblo Quemado (present day Cordova), NM. Copyright Miguel A. Tórrez
Mora Students ca. 1927-1928 Copyright Miguel A. Tórrez
La Iglesia de Santa Cruz de la Cañada 2nd Edition 1695-2015 Celebrating 320 Years of Parish History, page 4.
Santa Cruz de la Cañada

El Corazón del Norte y las muchas comunidades son sus venas.

La Iglesia de Santa Cruz de la Cañada 2nd Edition 1695-2015 Celebrating 320 Years of Parish History, page 7.


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