Community members are invited to explore their heritage at two presentations to be held in September at the Silver City Public Library and the Silver City Museum. The presentations will be given by Henrietta M. Christmas, a historian and genealogist who is the current president of the New Mexico Genealogical Society.
The first presentation will discuss using timelines to move one’s research forward and will be held at the Silver City Public Library on Tuesday, September 20, 1:00pm. Sometimes a genealogist will encounter discrepancies in their family tree, such as parents younger than their children, ancestors who lived too long, or unexplainable gaps. “Timelines can help keep things in research order, point out what is missing and even help break down the brick wall or two,” explains Christmas. Participants will learn how timelines can help them become better researchers.
The second presentation at the Silver City Museum will be about World War I soldiers of Grant County. This presentation will be on Wednesday, September 21, 1:00pm at the Museum Annex at 302 W. Broadway. World War I was fought from 1914 – 1918, but the United States did not enter until April 6, 1917. Several thousand New Mexicans fought and died during this time period. A draft of 24 million was done for men born between the years of 1873-1900; of those 2.8 million were drafted to serve. Henrietta Christmas will discuss various resources to discover the men in Grant County who served during this time, such as photos and service records.
“The library is excited to collaborate with the Silver City Museum and Henrietta Christmas to host history and genealogy events that complement the resources we have for the community,” said Lillian Galloway, programming and outreach librarian. “Helping community members explore their heritage is an apt way to celebrate Hispanic Heritage Month, which is September 15-October 15.”
Henrietta M. Christmas is an independent genealogist and historian has worked mainly in colonial military records for New Mexico. Henrietta has volunteered her time acting as a research assistant for projects at the New Mexico History Museum, the Palace of the Governors, the Daughters and Sons of the American Revolution for soldiers pertaining to New Mexico and for various authors who are seeking genealogical research for their own projects. She regularly lectures on over 25 topics, some related to Colonial Women, Colonial Military and Genealogy of Hispanic Families in New Mexico. The current president of the New Mexico Genealogical Society and a member of many New Mexico groups, she also has time for gardening and traveling around the state.