Making my way to my Navajo line via Atanacio Ortega- The baptism of Jose Atanacio Ortega 15 August 1838 Belen, New Mexico

So, in my last entry I posted the marriage record for Atanacio Ortega & Cecilia Velasquez, my third great-grandparents. That record gave me the name of the couple’s parents. For now I’m going to focus on Atanacio’s folks because I’m anxious to get to showing the records for my Navajo ancestor.

I am including here Atanacio’s baptism record found in a Catholic church register book from Nuestra Señora de Belen in Belen, New Mexico. He was baptized the 15 August 1838.

Jose Atanacio Ortega baptism Belen 15 Aug 1838 cropped


Jose Atanasio

En esta Sta. Yga. Parroquia de Nura. Sra. de Belen, el dia quinse del mes de Agto. de mil ochocen. treinta y ocho. Yo el Br.(?) Oes(?) Franco. Ygo. Madariaga cura encargada de esta Parroq.a baptise solemnemte. puse los stos. oleos y sagrada crisma a un parb.a de un dia de nacido y le nombre Jose Atanasio, hijo de Ortega y Juana Montano. Ab.o Pat.os. Ant.o Ortega y Relles Quintana, Ab.os. Bartolo Montano y Dolores Ribali; fueron pat.o Ant.o Ribali y Ribali, ambos de esta jurisd.n a adverti su oblig.n y esp.l parentesco y pa. conste y lo firme. Yg.o Madariaga. 



Jose Atanasio

In this Holy Church Parish of Nuestra Senora de Belen, the 15th day of the month of August of 1838. I, the (some illegible abbreviation for a clergy member) Francisco Ygnacio Madariaga priest charged with this Parish, baptize solemnly, place the holy oils and sacred chrism on a child of one day old and give the name Jose Atanasio, son of Francisco Ortega and Juana Montano. Paternal grandparents Antonio Ortega and Relles Quintana, Maternal grandparents Bartolo Montano and Dolores Ribali; his godparents were Antonio Ribali and Francisca Ribali, both of this jurisdiction and whom are advised of their spiritual obligation and relationship and for this I sign. Francisco Ygnacio Madariaga. 

This record contains many abbreviations, and luckily I’ve read through so many records enough to know what most of them mean! Ay ay ay! Some records have beautiful clear handwriting and everything fully written out, and then there’s gems like this one where it’s a workout for the eyes and the brain. I like it. It’s fun, actually.

This record is great because it provides not only the parent’s names, but also the abuelos, the grandparents. This is what every researcher hopes to find. The key to my Navajo ancestry lies with the Montano’s in this record. I know, spoiler alert, right? But I am stating this so that it will make sense as to why I will now follow up the Montano line rather than the Ortega. For the moment anyways. I’ll return to the Ortegas later.