I have lived in Southern CO most of my life and have been doing genealogy for several years. I have two patriots from the American Revolution and am a member of NSDAR.I am interested in finding graves for Valdes or Tapia relatives in the Santa Fe or Velarde NM area. Also, Kennedy, Kirkpatrick, Honeyman or Durbin relatives in Iowa, Ohio, MO, CA or VA. My husband has memorials in Trinidad, CO and has others he's looking for in PA and Virginia.
RE: Donald Kennedy Wow! Now I've got tears running down my cheeks but they are happy ones, I assure you. Being a member of findagrave.com has absolutely become an honor for me because of people like you and your kind words. I am so happy I could help you.
Kennedys in Lee's Summit Having made the offer of the high-resolution photos, I'm now embarrassed to say that it seems I've either accidentally mislabeled or misfiled them. They are not coming up when I run a search for them. Argh. Should I find them, I will indeed send them, but for now, all I can do is apologize. This incident will spur me, however, to create a little more order in my filing system. Kendall
RE: Cemetery records Unfortunately, most of the cemeteries in this area aren't well documented. That is what I've been attempting to do through findagrave. Obituaries may identify the cemetery and sometimes the Death Certificate may also include the cemetery. Churches may have a record of a funeral, but not necessarily where they were interred. Many graves in the old Santa Cruz Cemetery were wooden and have either rotted or burned when a weed fire went through it, as was the case with my g-grandfather and aunt. In some cases tempoary markers lost their identifying information before a permanent marker could be place. Then there are the painted cement markers which have also eroded. I have some burial records for the Santa Cruz area and less of the surrounding areas. If you can provide me with the names, approximate age and/or year of passing, and maybe even community, maybe I have something that can help you out.
RE: cemeteries Velarde's original name was La Joya (Basin). La Joya's name was changed when a post office was established by David Velarde. The serving cemetery is Our Lady of Guadalupe Catholic Cemetery. Embudo (funnel) was the original name for the village now called Dixon. When the Chili Line Railroad established a stop on its route along the Rio Grande, it was called the Embudo Station for the nearby village. Eventually, the area along the Rio Grande dominated the name Embudo. The original Embudo was renamed Dixon for a teacher in the village. Embudo has the Father Kauper Cemetery established about 1960s. Dixon has 4 identified cemeteries. There is the Dixon Presbyterian Cemetery, San Antonio Catholic Cemetery (old), Saint Anthonys Catholic Cemetery (new), and the Apostolic Cemetery in nearby Apodaca. There is a generic page for Dixon Cemeteries, which has been misused as a catch-all. But, I guess it's better than nothing. There are two more cemeteries that I haven't yet identified, but they don't seem to have findagrave pages for them yet. Hopefully, this summer I can research and coordinate with the findagrave folks to clear up the confusing entries. Sorry, I haven't made it out to Santa Cruz to check on Marcos Quintana. I've been laid up.
RE: Quintana family Thank you for your interest. Quintanas are a pet focus for me. If Luis passed away in 1938, he would have been buried in the Santa Cruz Cemetery. Holy Cross began about 1940. Unfortunately, most of the wooden markers in Santa Cruz have rotted or burned. Some graves are simply marked with a stone etched with initials, a cross, or nothing. If there's any tidbit of information that may help me locate the grave, I'll attempt it. I.E. buried next to..., or other sort of landmark data. There are also a few cement markers that are unidentifiable. I would very much like to to be of help, if I can.