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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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Eliseo Romero # 116667343
Antonio....You are a gem. Thank you for send my Tio Eliseo to rest with with his family I have gathered together. I was so surprised and tickled to see him waiting for me today. :) You are so very appreciated. Take care of you and thanks again.
Added by lollijurt on Mar 13, 2017 3:49 AM
Sharon Lopez
memorial #84694879
Hello Antonio, Great work and dedication. Thank you.
I do have a question and need a change made on the above memorial for Maria Pascuala "Pascualeta" Romero Lopez.
You say in the dialogue the names of the children for the marriage of Esquipula Tafoya and Pacaula. Where did you get this information? This is my husbands family and we do not recognize the name Anna Maria or Esquipula as being children of this couple. Candido Tafoya is the only one we are familiar with as reaching maturity and having children. We have heard rumors of a daughter that has been identified as Delphenia Tafoya but no information other than she died in 1918 of pneumonia from verbal accounts of the elders. She does not appear on any census.
You say in the dialogue the names of the children for the marriage of Nicodemos Lopez and Pascaula. We know of no child named Jose Arsenio Lopez as a member of this family. We know of no daughter named Delfina Romero as a member of this family.
I ask again for clarification... Where did you get your information? Perhaps there are records we have yet to find. My husband spent time with his grandparents Nicodemos and Pascaula until the age of 11 when she died. He would like clarification if there are documents to prove your information.
Thank you for your interest in the families of New Mexico. Please send your reply to
Sharon Lopez
Added by Sharon Lopez on Jan 27, 2017 12:14 PM
Larry Luna
RE: Josephine Martinez #99861351
My pleasure, glad to be able to help!

Added by Larry Luna on Dec 29, 2016 8:58 PM
Charles B Bingham
The photo icon does not should re-add it so you get photo credit...and it counts towards the percentage of the cemetery.
Added by ShaneO on Dec 20, 2016 8:53 PM
Bryan Anderson
Enrique A. Herrera
Dear truchasnm,

I am researching my paternal grandfather's WWI army unit, Company B, 355th Infantry, 89th Division. According to the History and Roster of the 355th Infantry, Enrique A. Herrera was also a member of my grandfather's unit. This is confirmed by his gravestone.

I'm not exactly sure where I'm going with my project, but want to eventually publish something in honor of my grandfather, Gunder Anderson, and his fellow soldiers. Would it be permissible to use your beautiful photograph of the grave of Enrique A. Herrera (Find A Grave Memorial# 3870703) should I eventually publish something? I don't even know what it will look like. I'm considering a collage of all the gravestone of those I can find from Company B. One the other hand, I might make it a novel, which means no pictures at all. Either way, I want to be prepared for what ever's next.

According to my records, there are 9 solders buried in Santa Fe National Cemetery who were from Company B, 355th Infantry, 89th Division, second only to the Meuse-Argonne American Cemetery in France.

Thank you,

With warm regards,

Bryan Anderson

Added by Bryan Anderson on Dec 19, 2016 3:29 PM
Elizardo Montoya

Created by: truchasnm
Record added: Oct 19, 2009
Find A Grave Memorial# 43313676

Created by: Kenneth D. Bogard
Record added: Feb 03, 2008
Find A Grave Memorial# 24352030
Added by CCC on Nov 12, 2016 6:51 PM
Leo M. Garcia Transfer
Would you please transfer Leo M Garcia #91361362 to me. He is my father, he has not passed, the wooden marker was made to mark is grave (reserved). I would like to remove the pictures of the marker and update his file.

thank you.

I am Yellowrose1960
Added by Yellowrose1960 on Nov 01, 2016 1:49 PM
Marna Trammell
Virginia S. Wheeless

If you are managing this memorial, can you please transfer it to me?

Virginia was my grandmother!

Thank you!
Added by Marna Trammell on Oct 05, 2016 3:45 PM
Carol Collinsworth Barela
Where did Aldofo Barela serve?
Hi Antonio,

Just wondering if your Adolfo Barela served in Santa Rosa around 1945. Do you happen to know what ship he served on? My email address is

Carol Collinsworth Barela
Added by Carol Collinsworth Barela on Sep 01, 2016 6:37 AM
Rick Melendrez
Rev Flavio Remigio S.J. El Paso, Concordia
Greetings from El Paso, Texas. Back in 2012, you took a picture of the tombstone of Fev. Flavio Remigio, S.J. I have seen the picture and am trying to locate it.
At Concordia there are 28 Jesuits buried in the Society of Jesus, but his tombstone is not there.
Any idea?
Thank you,
Rick Melendrez
Added by Rick Melendrez on Aug 28, 2016 4:02 PM
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