My New México Roots,
My link to the New England Pilgrims,
Their link to a Web of Europe Ancestors
& My Swiss/German Ancestry
Two Adults sitting in the front row, Great Grandfather
Celso López and
Great Grandmother María Abrana Sánchez.
Ramón López is second from the right in the back row.
The rest are unidentified López/Sánchez family
From left to right, My Great Great Uncle Nepomoseno Tórres,
Great Grandmother Luz Torres,
Great-Great Grandmother Cención Armijo,
and Great-Great Grandfather Juan Torres
My Grandfather William Blair and
Grandmother Mabel Atwood
My family's ancestors had been in the Americas for a very long time. The first were the Méxican Native Americans and Pueblo Peoples of New México, most of them women who had children with the Spaniards who ventured into New México and Méjico. Most of their names are lost in time, yet most Hispanic New Méxicans share their ancestry and culture.
Both my father's Spanish and mother's British/Swiss-German/Scott-Irish ancestors arrived in what is now the United States very early. My Spanish ancestors came to México during the 1500s. My New México Hispanic ancestors journeyed into New México between 1598 and 1640. Others came after the Pueblo Revolt of 1680 between 1692 and 1695. Some came directly from Spain, some from New Spain (México) along with their Mestizo wives and children and there were a few who came from unexpected places like Belgium and Greece. In my search, I've found Afro-Españo ancestors. Some came to New México as officers in the Spanish army, and others as freed slaves.
My maternal grandmother's, ancestors began arriving in New England on the Mayflower and the Ann in 1623. More followed during the next 100 years. My maternal grandfather's ancestors were in the Middle and Southern colonies by the mid 1700s. They were from Scotland via Ireland and they were Swiss/German Mennonites and Lutherans escaping from religious persecution in Europe, much like my Pilgrim and my Sephardic Jewish ancestors had done before them. They settled in, first, Pennsylvania, then the Shenandoah Valley, went to Indiana and ended up in Nebraska.
My maternal grandmother’s ancestors joined my grandfather's ancestors in Nebraska, where my mother was born. Half of these English ancestors migrated from Massachusetts to Maine, then to Wisconsin and last, to Nebraska. The other half migrated from Massachusetts to Connecticut, then to Pennsylvania and finally, Nebraska.
I am not related to all the people in the genealogies on this site. I've included as many possible ancestors for my husband, Jim Swetnam, my step-mother, Conchita López, and my sister-in-law, Jan Reiter. I hope to include more of them as my research continues. I've added the siblings of many of my ancestors because I found valuable information from them. Plus I hope to help others find their own ancestors, especially Hispanic New Méxicans who share the 400 year history of Spanish settlement in New México. As with any genealogy, this will always be a work in progress.
Table of Contents
Pedigree Chart for Nancy López
Index of Names
My Early New Méxican Ancestors
The First Families of Santa Fé
The First Families of Alburquerque
List of New México Setters ~ 1598-1680
List of New Méxican settlers who were new to New México and arrived in 1693 with Don Diego de Vargas
List of soldiers who were with Don Diego de Vargas during his return to New México in 1693 (under construction)
List of New Mexican settlers who came with Juan Páez Hurtado1695
List of New Mexican settlers returning to New Mexico, 1693-1694 (under construction)
A Forgotten Kingdom: The Spanish Frontier in Colorado and New Mexico, 1540-1821, a History of what was New Mexico during the Spanish Exploration and Colonial Periods (off site)
The Early López Families of the Río Abajo, 1700 - 1800
Censuses and Baptisms
López Diligencia Matrimonials, and Marriages
of the Río Abajo, 1700 - 1800
López Baptisms of the Río Abajo, 1800 - 1835
López Diligencia Matrimonials, and Marriages of the Río Abajo, 1800 - 1835
López Diligencia Matrimonials (Prenuptial Investigations) in the Río Abajo, after 1835
1779 Bernardo Miera y Pacheco Map of the Río Abajo
1850 Lemitar, New México Territorial Census
Gateway Ancestors to English nobility: Constant Southworth, Martha Bulkeley and Mary Launce
Genealogy Links for New México, New England...
A list of suggestions I've given to people for their own ancestors, espcially for searching online.
Recipes of my Childhood, New Mexican recipes from Eloisa Delgado & my stepmother, Conchita Delgado López
My Familia - Photos of My López Family
My Familia - Photos of my Swetnam Family
My New México Roots -
My link to the New England Pilgrim settlers & their link to a Web of European Ancestors