Perhaps more than anywhere in the United States, Hispanics of northern New Mexican descent connect to their heritage. Geographically isolated for hundreds of years, many families have remained in place since the 1600’s. Ancestral stories are part of everyday conversation. This passion is an opportunity for connection.
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 will facilitate connection through Facebook, through in-person events, at community gatherings, and by interfacing with community leaders like clergy, non-profit administrators, and city officials in our target cities. 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 the connections and history.
Joyce Gonzales, Angioma Alliance staff genealogist, is researching family connections and would love to be contacted at firstname.lastname@example.org by anyone who believes he or she may be connected to the Baca family. She will research your heritage. If she can find the connection, Joyce will provide you with a printed family tree. Her work is also available on Ancestry.com.
Nora Chavez (email@example.com) oversees outreach and events. Events will be posted on the Baca Family Historical Project website under “Upcoming Events” and Facebook it’s organized.
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.
The project’s purpose is:
- To identify descendants of Cristobal Baca and his wife Ana Maria Pacheco Ortiz believed to be the progenitors of the Hispanic genetic mutation causing cerebral cavernous angioma.
- To connect and educate affected families with others experiencing the same issues and provide resources for them to make informed decisions about their medical care.
- To lead outreach efforts in high-risk communities throughout New Mexico, social media and in-person events.
- To sponsor community gatherings at schools, community centers, and fairs.
For more information on the Common Hispanic Mutation, or to schedule a clinical presentation in your community, clinics, hospitals, and medical/nursing schools please contact: