Who We Are

Nora Chavez

NoraHeadshotI’m Nora Chavez, a native of this region. I’ll be working with historians, genealogists and families throughout the Southwest to help coordinate the project. And I know first-hand the power of such family stories and artifacts, like my father’s sheep shearing scissors pictured here. Just picking them up to take this photo reminded me of his story of “the sheep shearing contest.”


I worked for a number of years in community engagement and will be working closely with Joyce Gonzales, New Mexico Genealogist to develop rural/regional family support groups with Baca-related families throughout the southwest. My background in community engagement comes from my work with Save The Children Federation, New Mexico Community Foundation and more recently with UNM’s New Mexico Cares Health Disparities Center.

I received my BBA through American Intercontinental University with a major in business administration and global marketing. I am also a costumer and artist and was trained at the prestigious Fashion Institute of Design & Merchandising.

Joyce Gonzales


I am a member of the Baca family and have been working on Baca family genealogy, with the help of the Hispanic Genealogical Research Center of New Mexico, for many years. I would love to connect every living Baca family member to our 400-year history so that we may preserve and celebrate our rich heritage.

What We Do

The Baca Family Historical Project is a campaign connecting the descendants of Cristóbal Baca and Ana Maria Pacheco Ortiz, one of the original Spanish settlers in northern New Mexico. We facilitate connection through Facebook, through in-person events, and at community gatherings. We are celebrating heritage and creating opportunities for this extended family to meet and get to know each other. We hope to create a book and digital storytelling website to preserve our connections and history.

Our Support Comes From:

The Baca Family Historical Project is funded by the Julian Grace Foundation, Angioma Alliance, and Global Genes. We receive expert support from the Hispanic Genealogical Research Center of New Mexico and the University of New Mexico.