An Update From Linda
Following my Mother’s death in 1992, I asked my maternal uncle (Tony Lopez) if he would tell me about their family history. His response was, “I was too busy living history to record any of it”. The thought occurred to me that any information about my Lopez ancestry had died with my Mother. My Uncle told me later that he deeply regretted that he had not taken the time to record history as he lived it. I decided that I would begin recording the names and birth dates of my immediate family members. What I didn’t realize at the time, was that my seven siblings and their respective families exceeded 150 people with a minimum of 4 generations. I was totally overwhelmed with the magnitude of the project, and placed it on the back burner.
Several years passed. I heard of other members of our extended family that had been researching Rubi family history for a number of years. I told myself that one day I would speak to one of them. It was not until August, 2000, while attending my paternal aunt’s (Margaret Garduno-Rubi) 100th birthday celebration that I had an opportunity to do so. I began talking with a paternal cousin – Charlotte Rubi-Midcap. I had met her a few times previously at family celebrations and funerals. Charlotte began telling me about her years of researching our family history. She shared her belief that today’s Rubi family trees are descendants of a Spanish officer who had been sent to New Spain (what is now Texas, New Mexico, and Arizona) about 1725. Her research had led her to the name, Captain Alonso Rubin de Celis. Unfortunately, she had hit the proverbial brick wall in her genealogy research, and had not been able to find any credible documentation to support her theory.
My cousin also shared her childhood memories of our paterrnal Grandmother, Damiana Garcia-Marquez Rubi. Grandma had told her about a wonderful place in New Mexico. She called this place, Pajarito. Grandma Rubi told her that Pajarito was family owned until the land was taken away. My cousin, a very young child at the time, did not understand. She thought that Grandma was talking about little birds. For those of you who do not understand Spanish, Pajarito is is the Spanish term for little bird. After doing some I research, I learned that Pajarito was located in northern New Mexico territory, a few miles from what is now Albuquerque’s, Old Town. The land which Grandma spoke of was a Hispanic settlement along the Rio Grande Valley that was called Pajarito. According to author, Martha Blue, the Pajarito grant measured four miles from north to south (near Isleta Pueblo on the southern extent), and fourteen miles east to west. It was bounded by the Rio Grande and Rio Puerco Rivers. (approximately 500,000 acres)
I was hooked! You might say that I was bitten by the Genealogy Bug. I registered for a Beginning Genealogy class, and chuckled to myself when fellow classmates spoke of their obsession with finding their ancestors. Here I am 15 years later still searching for those same elusive roots. I have since taken several more classes, and continue researching via the internet, books, historical documents, and other various types of records. I have learned through experience that the most important key to genealogy research is through communication. I have established a network of contacts throughout the United States, Spain, and Mexico. You would not believe how many inquiries I get on a daily basis.
As you read through all of the information that has been included on this website, you may question the purpose for developing and maintaining this site all these years. These are the reasons why:
- It is Fun! The creative juices continue to flow! I can tell you for fact that it is a lot easier to create/publish a website in 2015 than it was in 2002. Thank you, Word Press!
- I can share what has been learned about our ancestry with family, friends, colleagues, and the internet community.
- Our immediate/extended families have the opportunity to reconnect with one another.
- Finally, and most importantly, it is an opportunity to communicate how proud the Rubi and Lopez families are of their ancestry!
A Collaborative Project
This website is not a project that I have completed by myself. I have had lots of help. My computer pals, Clarisssa Cosgrove, Daria Landress, Randy Baca (deceased), Juan Saavedra, and Carol Hubbell-Boggs have provided me historical records, reference materials, photographs, and supportive friendship. Special recognition for family members include Charlotte Rubi, Ina Rubi (deceased), Peggy Baer, Richard Rubi (deceased) , and Nancy McAllister. Charlotte planted the seeds that encouraged my interest in researching the Rubi surname. Ina and I launched this website without any idea what we were doing. Together, we learned how to design a website, search the internet, and interpret our findings. How I miss her. Nancy McAllister brought our Lopez family to the site. Nancy and her daughters (Kim and Lori) shared Lopez History/Photos that were inherited from their Grandmother, Lorraine Lopez-Stone. It has been an amazing experience!
May 23, 2010 – Special thanks to Philip (my grandson) and Peggy (cousin) for guiding me through this revision. I couldn’t have done it without your help and guidance. I would also like to thank Lorie Starcher of LJS Designs for the use of her BannerWear and Word-Art for my graphics.
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