Church records are the best source of information for researching your ancestors, especially since the State of New Mexico didn’t start officially keeping vital records until 1920.
The majority of the Gurulé families were Catholic, and the churches maintained records documenting births, marriages, and deaths.  The church parishes were staffed by priests who wrote the records in Spanish, and were familiar with the geography of the area.  Not all churches had a priest, and often a priest would travel from one parish to another.  He would then perform the baptism and marriage ceremonies all within a few days while at the visited town.  The priest was then supposed to go back and ensure the records were posted in the right parish. This didn’t always happen.

The genealogy societies received permission in the early 1980’s to start microfilming the church records.  Over the years, volunteers transcribe the records and they’re published.  Links to the available books are on next section on this page.


BAPTISMS – This link contains baptism records from both the Catholic church and the Presbyterian church. Baptism records are where many errors with a mother’s surname have been found.  This is probably because the parents weren’t present at the baptism ceremony, and the padrinos (godparents) didn’t always know the full names of the parents, especially the mother, and they gave the church clerk their best guess.

MARRIAGES – This link contains marriage records from both the Catholic church and the Presbyterian church. Along with the couple and their parents, other valuable information (such as previous spouses and adoption notes) can be found in the marriage records.

DEATH RECORDS – This link contains death records from various sources.  Check back periodically as this list will continue to grow as more records are found.

CENSUS RECORDS – All Gurulé families have been extracted from the census records, starting with the first Spanish and Mexican census of 1750 and the last federal census in 1930.  The early Gurulé families were all in New Mexico, and then around 1860 branched out to Colorado.  Different census years extracted different information from the families, and researchers should read the Gurulé Family Newsletter (Issue 2, March 2002) where there’s an article that explains census records – they’re not always what they appear to be.

MICROFILM RECORDS – This link contains information about some of the microfilms used to research the Gurulé families. Also on this page is a link to "Locating Catholic Church Records in New Mexico" which identifies all the churches in New Mexico and parts of Colorado, and identifies what records are available for each church.

NEWSLETTERS – Starting in 2002, several Gurulé Family Newsletters have been published to share family information and valuable research findings.

ARTICLES – The genealogy societies publish articles, and here you’ll find those written by some of the cousins about the Gurulé families.
DNA RESULTS – The advent of DNA testing is new in the genealogy world, and this link will take you to the results discovered for the Gurulé families.
NM ROOTS LTD - Published by Fray Angelico Chavez, these are the "Diligencias Matrimoniales" (pre-nuptial investigations) (1678–1869) of the Archives of the Archdiocese of Santa Fe. Only those records containing the Gurule surname were extracted from the 11-volume set of books.

OTHER - Some interesting tidbits of information.

In Angela’s collection of church records are the majority of books published by these genealogy societies:

NEW MEXICO GENEALOGICAL SOCIETY (Albuquerque, NM) – See available books



Along with the church records, Angela Lewis had used other publications as source material for researching the Gurulé families:

Aqui Se Comienza” (A Genealogical History o the Founding Families of La Villa de San Felipe de Alburquerque) (2007, published by the New Mexico Genealogical Society)

 “The Spanish Recolonization of New Mexico (An account of the Families Recruited at Mexico City in 1693)” – by Jose Antonio Esquibel and John B. Colligan (Sep 1999, published by the Hispanic Genealogical Research Center of New Mexico)

Origins of New Mexico Families (A Genealogy of the Spanish Colonial Period)” – by Fray Angelico Chavez (1992, published by the Museum of New Mexico Press)
Note:  Jose Esquibel’s Website provides corrections and additions to this book, including correcting an error with the Gurulé family.

New Mexico Roots Ltd” – by Fray Angelico Chavez.  The "Diligencias Matrimoniales" are the marriage pre-nuptial investigations for the years 1678-1869 (from the Archives of the Archdiocese of Santa Fe)