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Huerfano World - February 11, 1993
Conquistadore Genealogy Available
Ida (Quintana) Cordova Foraci, daughter of Ann Vigil and Isidore Quintana
(Cordova) of Walsenburg, has written the genealogy of the Quintana family who
came to New Mexico with Vargas in 1693.
The books are the result of five years of exhaustive research.
Her genealogy is being released in 10 volumes, each weighing five pounds and
measuring two inches thick. The books contain the history of every
Conquistadore who came to the New World with Onate in 1597 and their descendants who
settled in New Mexico.
Foraci became interested in her family's history when she learned her father
had been raised by a step-father and used his name. She became curious about
the Quintanas and began researching in Pueblo, later moving on to the archives
in Santa Fe. She returned to the Colorado records, however, because they are
equally as good as Santa Fe's.
The series is dedicated to her father who died in 1988. He was the grandson
of Blas Felipe de Jesus Quintana and Maria Dolores Bustos who settled in
Aguilar around 1860.
The books contain photocopies of original documents in Spanish, including
land grants, wills and marriage certificates, photographs and other personal
information, as well as fold-out lineage charts for each family.
Also included are stories about the Conquistadores, especially Hernan Cortes.
Volumes 1, 2 and 3 are shelved at the Denver Public Library. The next four
are in the process of printing. The final three will be available to public
libraries in the fall.