I've been trying to put together some kind of plan for researching in Valencia County and thought a timeline was the best way to do this. I'm thinking this might help with some research puzzles I am trying to solve.
16th Century: Coronado passes through and his troops stay for about two years.
1598: we start recording history, otherwise it is oral.
17th Century: mission churches were established at Acoma, Laguna, Isleta.
18th Century: One of the first private land grants was given to and called San Clemente in Los Lentes.
1739: Town of Tome is settled, grants given to Juan Varela, Nicolas Duran y Chaves are two.
1740: Town of Belen granted to the Torres's and 32 other families. It is said that these families came from Albuquerque, but I need to check on this as the Torres family was also up north near San Juan.
19th Century: The Casa Colorada Grant was given to Jose Maria Perea and some others about 1823.
1852: the County of Valencia was established.
And now I need to fill in the blanks. There are maybe too many small villages in between these places on the camino real where people lived along the river. Then I hope to establish some kind of time line for records as I go along. With help of course.
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