MALDONADO JOURNEY to the KINGDOM of NEW MEXICO
Volume IX - Descendants of Hernán Martín Baena
About the Book
Volume IX is a continuation of the journey of the Maldonado family to the Kingdom of New Mexico. It documents the Maldonado descendants of Hernán Martín Baena and his wife Catalina García. This couple is connected to New Mexico through the marriage of their grandson Diego de Vera to María de Abendaño, granddaughter of Juan López Holguín and Catalina de Villanueva, founders of the Kingdom of New Mexico. From this marriage and the marriages of their great-granddaughters María Ortiz de Vera and Petronila de Vera (Salas), Don Hernán and Doña Catalina became the ancestors of leading New Mexicans in later generations. This volume contains not only their direct line of descent but also cousins, uncles, aunts, and in-laws. The Maldonado database has more than 5,800 names, with many of them represented here. The time period is generally from 1598 through the nineteenth century for most names, though the direct line continues to the present. Hernán Martín Baena is the ancestor of many people living in New Mexico today. In this volume his other descendants can trace their connections to cousins from this extended Maldonado family. Hernán Martín Baena and Catalina García are my twelfth great-grandparents.
About the Author
Gilbert T. Maldonado is the thirteenth generation of his family born in New Mexico. He is first vice president of the Hispanic Genealogical Research Center of New Mexico where he has written numerous articles on the genealogies of the first families of New Mexico. He retired after forty-two years of service with the US government. His last assignment was as Title X program manager for the Department of Energy in charge of remediating all radioactive mill-tailing sites in the continental United States. During the Vietnam War, he served as a Vietnam Era captain with the US Air Force. Maldonado holds master’s degrees from two universities. He resides in Albuquerque with his wife, Susie, daughters Lisa Maldonado and Cathy Jones, son-in-law Mark Jones, and grandson Coleton.