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Purpose of this blog

Since 2000, I have been researching the history and genealogy of the people of the Socorro Land Grant and early Socorro, New Mexico. This blog will include articles and links that relate to my continuing research.

As author of this blog and this research project, I neither offer legal advice nor do I advocate land rights. I have neither legal expertise nor a wish to be an advocate for the possible heirs of land grantees. My purpose is purely academic; purely educational. Although I understand that by its nature history is biased - I claim no impartiality for myself - I will do my best to show all sides of the issues brought up by this research. Use my research as you will, but please give me credit and do not infringe on my copyright (see the copyright page for more information.)

This research is made possible through a scholarship from the New Mexico Office of State Historian (2015.) The Socorro Land Grand Research Project is an official project of the New Mexico Genealogical Society.

If you wish to contribute information, make a comment, ask a question, or suggest a correction, please contact me at

You may also send correspondence to:

The Socorro Land Grant Research Project
c/o New Mexico Genealogical Society
PO Box 27559
Albuquerque, NM 87125-7559

Thank you,

Robert J. C. Baca


  1. Does this Land Grant include Mangas and Magdalena New Mexico?

  2. My family is mixed all over I can give my grandparents and theirs

  3. Robert,

    I have a lot of information my great great grandfather Andrew Jackson Bahney (Socorro Mayor, Postmaster and perhaps sheriff at one time) and his wife Clara Julia Gooding Bahney. I have less on his daughter - Mary Dwight Bahney born Socorro 2/26/1883 and would like to find a record of her birth. Although there were no birth, marriages or deaths of his wife's parents Jasper Kimball Gooding and Sarah Elizabeth Dwight Gooding in Socorro, they did live there in the 1880 and I was hoping to find evidence beyond census information. Do you have any suggestions? I realize this is not associated with the land grant but who you are the expert in Socorro genealogy.

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