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truchasnm (#47143330)
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Bio Photo My name is Antonio. Born in my father's hometown of El Paso, Texas. My childhood was mostly in my stepfather's hometown of Truchas, NM. Later moved back to Mom's hometown of Espaņola, NM where I eventually graduated High School and then left to the Air Force. I've done some traveling, but home is Home. I began actively researching my genealogy around 2001, although it was always an interest since childhood. I've researched other family genealogies too. I frequent cemeteries looking for data. I appreciate the connection felt from seeing the final resting places of family members and connecting others to the same experience. I've come across unidentified graves due to time and erosion. So, in addition to identifiable graves, I've tried to include damaged graves with the slightest of information. I hope anyone with additional information for these graves would please share that information and save these graves from becoming lost graves. It's my ambition to try and preserve the identities of all graves I come across. On memorials I manage, I try to research what I can to not only preserve their identity, but their legacy as well. I also attempt genealogical connections when available, particularly in my own community area.

I have lots of family and friends in the Espaņola Valley, therefore I am in a position to adequately manage and update their memorials per findagrave's "ultimate goal should be to have meaningful, accurate memorials that honor those who have passed away, regardless of who created the memorial or who maintains it." I know a few contributors are ambitious with their stats, and that's fine. Grave documentation provides a useful service and I don't see a conflict with transfer requests if it honors findagrave's ultimate goal. I hope that is considered when I make transfer requests for non-family members. Sometimes, it facilitates my ongoing research and reduces my follow up process. Some contributors are wise enough to understand this, Thank You. I enjoy the collaboration process and often share updates I come across. There is only one contributor that I have had an adverse encounter with, and that's one too many. Please work with me, so that I don't feel reluctant about working with you. I'm not a collector, I'm a researcher.

My copyright protected photos are free for viewing and private personal use, but not for dissemenating. Any competent attorney will confirm that they do not fall under "Public Domain". If there is a use for my photo, it is courteous to at least request permission before hijacking and plagerizing the photo. Depending on the project, I may be and have been accomadating. But I absolutely decline permission for paid membership sites like I don't believe in my photos being used to enhance other's profit potential. Thank you to all those who have extended me the courtesy of requesting permission.

I'm as fallable as the next person, so I do welcome any and all corrections and collaborations. I do endeavor to respect the wishes of survivors of the deceased. Basic communication generally resolves many issues. May all our lives be fulfilling before the grave finds us.
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Alicia J.
Hi! Thank you so much for adding the photo of Jose Eliseo Gonzales headstone. He was my great grandfather that I never met. Are you related to him?

Added by Alicia J. on Apr 14, 2014 2:32 PM
Great job adding the information. I enjoy that aspect the most on Find A Grave. No one should have just a blank slate. Thanks for your input.
Added by snm on Mar 10, 2014 3:55 PM
I have two more names for your Bataan Virtual Cemetery. Actually, I am not looking for these names they just seem to come accidently. One is from my home town and the other is related to a guy I used to work with. Mr. Pepper died during the Bataan Death March. I found an old NM newspaper and it had this info in it. Not specificaly regarding him but was mentioned in an obit for his sister.

Kemp C. Pepper, #14508693
Wallace Phillips, #17578708

Actually I did not check to see if you already have them - my mistake. So if you do, just ignore this message. Thanks.
Added by snm on Mar 09, 2014 11:43 PM
J.R. Vigil
Maria Sarafina (Salazar) Maestas

I am requesting transfer of Maria Sarafina (Salazar) Maestas. I would like to add her to my virtual family cemetery. She was my Maternal Great-Aunt. My grandfather's younger sister.

Thank you.

Added by J.R. Vigil on Mar 06, 2014 10:39 PM
Irma Esparza-Sandy
Ponce Ignacio 101905710
I created a memorial for Manuela G Ponce, she is the mother of Ignacio Ponce. her Find A Grave Memorial number is 125957616 don`t know ifyou would like to link them.
Added by Irma Esparza-Sandy on Mar 06, 2014 6:31 PM
J.R. Vigil
Alberta Talachy Salazar

I am requesting management of Alberta Talachy Salazar's (1925-2013) profile. She was my Maternal Grandmother, a woman I deeply loved and cared about who raised me since I was 2 weeks old.

I would greatly appreciate this. It would mean the world to me.
Added by J.R. Vigil on Mar 05, 2014 10:59 PM
I just added a memorial for John H. Winschuh, #125927480, who was a prisoner of war. You might like to add his name to your virtal cemetery.
Added by snm on Mar 05, 2014 8:40 PM
Linda Claxton
RE: Edmund Baughman #75346405
You're very welcome.

Added by Linda Claxton on Feb 28, 2014 3:10 PM
Clayton Harpold request
do you have the burial location for your request yet?
Added by TLH on Feb 28, 2014 5:33 AM
RE: Nicolasa Debari #95282021
My father was a Parachute Rigger Petty Officer.

My grandma Debari was daughter of Andreita and Matias as you stated. I do believe that Truchas is also known as Quemado. I have researched my family tree on; and of course would not use photos that do not belong to me.

But, I have not been able to find any information on my maternal grandfathers side. I know only that my grandpa Augustin's mom is Manuelita Romero; and that my grandfather was only 3 when she died and he was raised by his grandparents.

Added by ~Flo~ on Feb 25, 2014 8:34 PM
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