Church of the Santa Veracruz in Mexico City, where the Ortizs were married and baptized in the 17th century
Leroy Garcia, the grandson of Sofio Ortiz, brother of Claire's grandfather Frank Valencia Ortiz. He is currently President of the New Mexico Genealogy Society and provided much of the information on this page.
See also the research of Vincent Paul Ortiz, who is a descendent of Blas Antonio Ortiz below.

NB. DNA results have now shown that there were two old Ortiz lines. The line studied farther down and leading to me, Claire Ortiz Hill, did not descend from Nicholas Ortiz.

José Esquibel's and John Cooligan's book The Spanish Recolonization of New Mexico, An Account of the Families Recruited at Mexico City in 1693 (pp. 287-95) has updated information on the origins of the Ortiz family in New Mexico.

The Ortiz family, they recount, came to reside in Santa Fe in June 1694 with other families recruited to recolonize New Mexico after the Pueblo Indian Revolt. The progenitor of this family was Nicolas Ortiz Ladron de Guevara, a native of Mexico City. He married twice before bringing his second family to New Mexico.

His ancestry is traced to Manuel de los Reyes and Catalina de Leon, natives of Mexico City. One of their known children was Nicolas Ortiz de Leon who married Antonia Ladron de Guevara, a native of Mexico City and daughter of doña Maria Ladron de Guevara on January 4, 1638 at Santa Vera Cruz Church in Mexico City. The marriage record as published in Esquibel's book gives this information:

En quatro dias de mes de henero de mil siessientos y treinta y ocho años.... en casa de Juan Peres al Varrio de la alameda a nicolas ortiz de leon nl desta ciudad hijo de manuel de los Reies i de Catalina de leon con Antonio de guebara asimismo n desta ciudad hija de doña Maria ladron de Guevara, siendo testigos antonio Xuares Jaun de la cruz i Melcior de avila.

(Here is the story of the Ladron de Guevara name as recounted in the Diccionaria Heraldico y Genealogico de Apellidos Españoles y Americanos, by Alberto and Arturo Garcia Carraffa, Salamanca, 1931. It seems that the founder of the family in Spain was Sir Sancho Guillermo, Duke of Britanny of the royal house of France. He went to Navarre in 716 to fight the Moors. In 885, a descendent of his by the name of Sancho de Guevara was again fighting the Moors who had just killed King Garcia Iñiguez and his wife Doña Urraca in the battle of Aibar or Baldillon. Sancho went to find the bodies of the king and queen. The queen had been cut up and, being pregnant, the arm of a little boy was sticking out of her body. Sancho saved the little boy and took him and raised him secretly in the mountains until he was either 7 or 17. Then Sancho took him and had him named King of Navarre. Because Sancho had saved the boy's life. Sancho was given the name Niño Ladron de Guevara, the first part meaning little boy thief. Proofs of nobility for the Ladron de Guevara family exist and their is even a late 16th century one for a Ladron de Guevara Ortiz.)

Nicolas and Antonia had at least four daughters and three sons, all born in Mexico City. One of their first children, maybe the oldest, was Nicolas Ortiz Ladron de Guevara, who would go to New Mexico. He was most likely born between 1640-1645, judging by marital information from his marriage to his first wife, Catalina de Castro in May 23, 1660, when Catalina described herself as an orphan. Esquibel's book also publishes the records of this marriage on May 23rd in the Cathedral of Mexico City.

New Mexico sources give Nicolas' year of birth as about 1653. His family remained parishioners of Santa Vera Cruz Church in Mexico City, where many of the Ortiz Ladron de Guevara children and grandchildren were married and baptized.

They baptized a son named Francisco on January 18, 1661 at the Cathedral and a daughter, Sebastiana Ortiz, on January 20, 1662. Sebastiana would marry Ignacio de Aragon and they went to New Mexico. Esquibel's book publishes this baptismal record. They next had two more children, Luis Ortiz y Castro, baptized on March 9, 1664 and Maria Ortiz y Castro, baptized October 26, 1667 at the Cathedral of Mexico City.

Nicolas next married Mariana Barba Coronado, A native of Ismiquilpa (know today as Ixmiquilpan, in the central part of Hidalgo), born around 1665 to don Francisco Hernandez de Salas and doña Juana Barba Coronado. Around November 1674, this family came to live in Mexico City. They married on May 26, 1676. Esquibel has this record too.

Children: Josefa Ortiz baptized March 12, 1678 in Pachuca, Hidalgo;
Nicolas Francisco baptized October 27, 1681 in Mexico City, who married Juana Baca in Bernalillo, New Mexico.
Antonio José, May 28, 1683
Luis, June 17, 1685
Manuela, May 23, 1687
Manuela Gertrudis, baptized March 6, 1689
Francisco, November 4, 1691.

The Esquibel book refers to these baptismal records from the Catedral de Mexico.

All these children but Manuela accompanied their parents to Santa Fe in 1694. They had enlisted as potential colonists in July 1693. Nicolas was listed as a weaver. José Esquibel's book on the Recolonization of New Mexico (p. 40) gives these descriptions. Nicolas Ortiz was described as the son of Nicolas, a native of Mexico City, age 40, of medium stature, with a sharp nose, large eyes and bald. His wife was 28, able-bodied, with a broad face and a mole on her cheek. Josefa, a native of Pachuca, age 14, had an aquiline face, swarthy complexion and and large forehead and sharp nose. Manuela Gertrudis was 3 years old, had an aquiline face, a ruddy complexion, and had black eyes and a small nose. Nicolas II, was 10 years old, a native of Mexico City with an aquiline and freckled face, a large forehead and borad nose. Antonio Ortiz was a native of Mexico City, 8 years old, with a reddish complexion, small but somewhat thick nose and large eyes. Luis, a 6 year old native of Mexico City, with a reddish complexion, large eyes, and a small flat nose. The youngest son, Francisco Ortiz, native of Mexico City was 1 year old, with an aquiline face, white but ruddy complexion and had large eyes. A seventh child, José, was born on route.

In April 1695, Governor Vargas instructed the families that had come from Mexico to settle in Santa Cruz de la Cañada.

Sergeant Nicolas Ortiz was one of the first military and civil officials of Santa Cruz. He was the militia captain and lieutenant Alcalde Mayor, and then Captain and Alcade Mayor.

By 1707, the family may have moved back to Santa Fe. It is not known when and where this couple died.

Extensive research has been done on the descendents of their son Nicolas Francisco.

Manuel Antonio Ortiz

Manuel Antonio
Manuel Antonio Ortiz of Santa Fe first married Marcelina Antonio de la Vega y Coca on November 6, 1735 (this information is from the Hispanic Colonial Patriots list; the history of the Vega y Coca family is also in Esquibel's book).
Marcelina's father was Miguel de la Vega y Coca b. 1677, in Mexico City and died about 1758. He first married Manuela de Medina and had a daughter Feliciana. He then married Maria Montoya on April 13, 1699 in Santa Fe. Their children were Maria (married a Baca); Apolonia, Isabel, Leonarda (married T. Ortiz); Francisca (married a Tenorio); Margarita (married a Tenorio) and Marcelina Antonia who married the Manuel Antonio whose Ortiz name my family inherited.


Manuel José, born May 11, 1748
Manuel Antonio, born December 28, 1749
Mateo Mauricio, born September 6, 1750
Ana Maria Monica, born May 13, 1752
Salvador Manuel, born April 14, 1754

The Santa Fe burials books (LDS microfilm 0016906) gives the burial date of Marcellina Vega, wife of Manuel Ortiz, as February 11, 1758.

Manuel Ortiz then marriedTomasa Romero on May 3, 1757. She died on September 5, 1779


Ventura José, born July 20, 1758
Manuel Antonio, born February 2, 1760
José Antonio, born July 14, 1762
José Alejandro, born 1764

At the Archivo General de la Nacion I found a document (Provincias Internas, vol. 161, exp. 3, pp. 19-24) about an Alexandro Ortiz (there were at least two others by this name at the time). In it Governor Don Fernando de la Concha requests an orphan's pension from the King for the subsistence of Alexandro Ortiz' 3-4 year old daughter orphaned by his death at the hand of Indians. Dated 1790, the governor says that Alexandro Ortiz, soldier of the Presidio of Santa Fe died in action October 9, 1789. He explains that the circumstancias of the deceased and the distress of his daughter of tender years "offer an object capable of interesting the mercy of the King". The document explains that in the attack upon enemy Apaches in the dark mountains that took place on last October 9, Alexandro Ortiz was killed in action at the place where Juan Lucero met death. The deceased soldier was "mozo de excelentes calidades" and has left a daughter between three and four years old who has also lost her mother and lives in the most dire poverty. The request was granted.

According to the Santa Fe burials books (LDS microfilm 0016906), Manuel Ortiz, widower of Marcelina Bega, then married to Tomasa Romero was buried on September 5, 1769. Tomasa Romero died on September 5, 1779.

José Antonio Ortiz and Juana Rosalia Lopez

Manuel and Marcelina's son José Antonio Ortiz married Juana Rosalia Lopez in Santa Fe in around 1775. She was the second child born to Geronimo Lopes and Maria Gertrudis Montano who married on August 25, 1737 in Santa Fe. According to the Mormon site José Antonio had brother Manuel Joseph baptized on May 11, 1748 at St Francis Parish in Santa Fe and another brother Manuel Antonio baptized there on December 28, 1749.

José Antonio was born in Santa Fe around 1746 and died on August 10, 1784 in Santa Fe. He married Juana Lopes, born on February 11, 1750, as noted in the Santa Fe baptisms, who as a widow married Bernardo Martin(ez) on September 24, 1785 (according to Castrense records). Their children were José Antonio (born 1775-77) Santa Fe; Antonio José born April 30, 1775; José Miguel, born May 20, 1777; José Viterbo, born about 1779; Blas Antonio, who married Maria Josefa Garcia about 1810.

According to the "Spanish Enlistment Papers 1732-1830," published by Virginia Olmstead in the National Genealogical Society vol. 67, Sept 1979-June, p. 301, José Antonio Hortiz was the son of soldier Manuel Antonio Hortiz and Marcelina Bega of Santa Fé. He was a tailor, 5'4", 33 years old. He had black hair and eyebrows, blue eyes, fair skin, straight nose, heavy beard, scar above the left eyebrow. Dated January 11, 1779, Married. Died in combat in Sierra Magdalena, August 10, 1784.

According to the list of Colonial Patriots: José Antonio Ortiz was born in New Mexico in about 1746 and died August 10, 1784 in Sierra Magdalena. He enlisted January 11, 1779 and participated in the Sonora Expedition in 1780/81. He was a tailor and the son of soldier Manuel Antonio Ortiz and Marcelina de la Vega y Coca of Santa Fe. His wife was Juana Lopez who remarried Bernardo Martinez. He had some Ortiz first cousins, Francisco Xavier and Joseph Miguel (sons of Torivio Ortiz-doesn't seem to be Manuel's brother and Leonarda Coca -Marcelina's sister according to the New Mexico data base).

Jose Antonio Ortiz was born in Santa Fe, New Mexico and died about 1795 in Santa Fe, New Mexico. He married Juana Rosalia Lopes about 1775 at about the age of 25 years old. So he was married to Juana Rosalia Lopes for about 20 years before he died and she remarried. Juana Rosalia Lopes was the daughter of Geronimo Lopes and Maria Montano. Juana Rosalia Lopes was born 11 February 1750 as noted in the Santa Fe Baptisms. She is listed as Spanish and her father is Geronimo Lopez and her mother is Maria Gertrudis Montano. She is the second child according to the records.

Juana Rosalia Lopes was widowed fairly young about the age of 30 and was later remarried to Bernardo Martin(ez) after the death of Jose Antonio Ortiz. Her marriage to Bernardino was on 24 September 1785. Her second marriage is in recorded in the Castrense records for the military chapel of the Presidio of Santa Fe. The 1790 Spanish colonial census lists Bernardino de Sena Martin, Spanish, 47 (born about 1743), farmer, married to Juana (Rosalia) Lopes, Spanish, 30, with six sons and two daughters, 20, 18, 12, 10, 9 and 16, 4, respectively. The four year old must have been the daughter of Bernardino and the others were children of Jose Antonio Ortiz. Juana Rosalia must have been very young when she married Jose Antonio Ortiz... about 14 or 15.

Josef Ortiz and Juana Lopes were witnesses to several marriages. The 1823 Santa Fe Census lists Juana Rosalia Lopez without a spouse, widowed and 67 years old. The location of her home is the Barrio de San Francisco in Santa Fe. An Antonio Ortiz was living very near to her. He was her son and was also named Jose Antonio Ortiz (2nd). She had several children living with her, Santiago Martin and his wife Petrona Sandoval and their children ages 1, 2 and 4.

 The Children of Jose Ortiz and Juana Lopez were:

Jose Antonio Ortiz, Born between 1775-1777, Santa Fe, New Mexico
Antonio Jose Ortiz, Born April 30, 1775
Jose Miguel Ortiz, Born May 20, 1777
Jose Viterbo Ortiz, Born about 1782, Santa Fe, New Mexico
Blas Antonio Ortiz, married Maria Josefa Garcia about 1810. Waldo Alarid writes of Blas in his book Santa Fe Shadows Whisper (pp. 53-53). Blas Antonio Ortiz born before 1785, son of José Antonio Ortiz and Juana Lopez, married Maria Josefa Garcia in November 1810. Alarid lists 13 children for them. Then he writes: "In 1850 Blas owned fourteen acres of improved farmland and it was reported that it had a cash value of $220. On this land he had several livestock and an inventory of ten bushels of wheat and thirty-six bushels of Indian corn. Blas also owned another property. This property abutted a portion of land own by Juan (Bautista) Moya in 1891 which he deeded to his son, Luis. Part of the property deeded to Luis is described as a "puertcito that divides el cerro de señor Estevan to the south, with an Arroyo called Arroyo Blanco, which runs traversal from the northeast to the south west to the east with properties belonging to heirs of Blas Ortiz." I believe that this property was near the water reservoir on upper Canyon Road and was in the vicinity of El Rancho.... After the death of Blas' wife in 155 Blas is not known to have remarried. In 1860, at age eighty-three, he was living in the same household with his daughter, Luisa, fifty-five years of age, the widow of Tiburcio Sena. Luisa's daughter, Loretta, nineteen... later married Juan José Rodriguez. Blas died in November 1872.

Jose Antonio Ortiz and Juana Rosalia Lopes had two sons enlisted in the Santa Fe Presidio. Jose Antonio Ortiz enlisted in 1808 and his brother Jose Viterbo enlisted in 1805. Jose Viterbo Ortiz is listed in the Spanish Enlistment Papers of 1732- 1820 as the son of Jose (Antonio) Ortiz and Juana Rosalia Lopez of Santa Fe. His occupation is a farmer, he 5'-5" tall, age 23, black hair and eyebrows, straight nose, some pox marks, little beard, scar below beginning of left eyebrow, and swarthy light skin. The date of the entry is 01 August 1805, he was married and signed by mark, discharged January 331, 1816. He is listed as an obragero, and the color of his eyes are pardos (grey). SANM II Reel 21, frame 1160. (This record would make his birth about 1779 shortly before his father died).

Jose Antonio Ortiz and Maria Gertrudis Roibal

Jose Antonio Ortiz married to Maria Gertrudis Roibal about 1810. Maria Gertrudis Roibal was the daughter of Matias de Roibal and Juliana Quintana (may be Feliciana Quintana) She was born about 1785. This Jose Antonio Ortiz enlisted in the Santa Fe Presidio the 14th of September 1808 at the age of 28 (his birth date would have been about 1780. His parents are listed as Jose Antonio Ortiz and Juana Rosalia Lopez. He is from Santa Fe, is a farmer, and 5'-4" tall and has black hair, beard, and eye brows, and has blue eyes. Blanco Rosado Complexion and small pox scars. (SANM II Reel 16, Frame 637)

 The 1823 Census of Santa Fe, page 150, #82, barrio de San Francisco, Lists Antonio Ortiz (40), head of household with his wife Maria Gertrudis Ruibal (38), and his occupation is listed as a farmer. Children living in the household are: Jose Pablo, 20; Jose Antonio, 16; Maria Apolonia, 15; Francisco, 12; Jose Ildefonso, 10 (our lineage); Maria Francisca, 8; Jose Rafael, 6; Maria Leonarda, 4, and Jose Pedro, 2. The older sons are also listed as farmers. Blas Ortiz, the brother of Jose Antonio Ortiz, was living next door and his mother Juana Rosalia Lopez was living nearby and at that time was a widow of 67 of age. The Valencias and his godparents, Pablo Sena and Gertrudis Valencia, were also living nearby.

Antonio Ortiz and Maria Gertrudis Roybal were padrinos to the child Jose Albino Valencia, son of Juan Valencia and Maria Carmen Garcia de Alviar. The paternal grandparents are Nerio Valencia and Maria Rafaela Lucero. And the maternal are Juan (Antonio) Garcia de Alviar and Maria Luisa Rivera. The father of the maternal grandparents is Luis Felipe Rivera and the mother is Polonia Petra Olguin y Pena.

Children of Jose Antonio Ortiz and Maria Roibal were:

Jose Eldifonso (Alfonso) Ortiz, born January 26, 1811, Santa Fe, NM (He was married 2 times)
Maria Francisca Basilia Ortiz, born April 16, 1812
Jose Rafael Ortiz, born September 23, 1813 (he married Maria Encarnacion Carrillo)
Maria Leonarda Ortiz, born April 15, 1815 (She married Pablo Moya)
Jose Pedro Ortiz, born April 29, 1817
Jose Pablo Ortiz, born about 1803
Jose Antonio Ortiz, born about 1807
Maria Antonia Ortiz, born about 1808
Francisco Ortiz, born about 1811.

Jose Eldifonso (Alfonso) Ortiz and Maria Juana Romero

Jose Eldifonso (Alfonso) Ortiz was born January 26, 1811, in Santa Fe, New Mexico. He married twice. His first wife was Maria Francisca Martinez (daughter of Roman Martines and Josefa Tafoya, witnesses Antonio Valdez and Rafael Borrego) who apparently died in child birth after her first child.

AASF #31, Frames 791-792; 09 December 1836, Jose Yldefonso Ortiz, son of Antonio Ortiz and Gertrudis Roibal married Francisca Martines, daughter of Roman Martines and Josefa Tafoya, of the City of Santa Fe. Witnesses were Antonio Valdez and Rafael Borrego.

At age 33 he remarried Maria Juana Romero, 19, child of Miguel Romero and Maria Rita Gallegos of Santa Fe. Maria Rita was born in 1806 and married Juan Miguel Romero on March 18, 1824 at la Castrense. Her parents were Juan Antonio de Jesus Gallegos, born in New Mexico in 1765 to Pedro Antonio Gallegos (born about 1743) and Maria Margarita Garcia, married in 1771.

According to the New Mexico Marriages of Santa Fe and the Military Chapel of Our Lady of Light p. 212, on October 3, 1844, José Eldifonso Ortiz, widower of Francisca Martines married Juana Maria Romero, the single daughter of Miguel Romero and Maria Rita Gallegos of this city (AASF #31, frames 915-916).

So their children were José Francisco born January 18, 1848 in Santa Fe, died 1931; Rumaldo born about 1843; Maria Paula born June 28, 1846; Diego Ortiz joined the Christian Brothers.

Jose Eldifonso Ortiz and Maria Juana Romero were padrinos to Nestor Ortiz and Maria Rufina Valdez's daughter Maria Genoveva Ortiz baptized January 5, 1869. Nestor Ortiz is listed as a vecino from La Joya, New Mexico. La Joya is north of Espanola near San Juan Pueblo at a ranch now known as the Cottonwood Ranch. Nestor Ortiz was one of the original settlers of southern Colorado town of Ortiz. He was known to be one of the richest settlers of that day. He also was a master jeweler and had interests in the turquoise mine in the San Luis Valley. He later moved to California. He must have been a nephew of Jose Eldifonso Ortiz.

Children of Jose Eldifonso Ortiz and Maria Juana Romero:

Rumaldo Ortiz, born about 1843
Petra Ortiz (Martines) born at the time of her mother's death
Maria Paula Ortiz, born June 28, 1846
Francisco Ortiz, born January 18, 1848, Santa Fe, New Mexico, died 1931.
Diego Ortiz, born April 26, 1856. I have obtained his death certificate. According to it Brother Diego Thomas Ortiz was born on April 26, 1856 in Santa Fe, NM. His parents were Idelfonso Ortiz, born in NM and Juana Maria Romero, born in NM. He was male, white, and single. He was a teacher employed by a religious order He was married to blank. He died at the age of 65 years, 8 months, and 10 days at 7:15 am on January 5, 1927 at 117 Gonzales St. in Las Vegas, NM. The cause of his death was given as no doctor and not known. The informant was the Christian Brothers School Records in Las Vegas. He was buried in the Brother's Cemetery on January 7, 1927.

There is Saint Francis parish baptismal record for September 24, 1859 for two day old Maria Lina, legitimate daughter of José Alfonso Ortiz and Juana Maria Romero (LDS 0016894)

The 1850 Census for the Territory of New Mexico (p. 169), December 31 shows Jose Eldifonso Ortiz, 39, male, farmer, who could not read or write, married to (Maria) Juana (Romero), 23, female, with the following children: Petra, age 13 (born about 1837); Paula, age 3 (born about 1847); and Francisco, age 3/12 (born about 1849). (Petra would have been the daughter from the marriage of Maria Francisca Martin(es)).

The 1870 census shows the young Francisco working in Archbishop Lamy's garden.

The 1880 census shows José I. Ortiz, a 71 year old agricultural laborer living with his 49 year old wife Juana M., who is keeping house. Their son Teofilo, 14, is living with them as well as a 24 year old niece, Maria V. Valdez, who is a servant.

Next door are Francisco Ortiz, a 28 year old laborer and his 23 year old wife Alcaria. They had two children, Pedro 4 and Luis 1.

 In another part of town is a Romaldo Ortiz, who is a 27 year old schoolteacher married to 23 year old Vicenta, who is keeping house.

José Francisco Ortiz married Maria Alcaria Barbero and gave my Ortiz family its name.

Here is an obituary for Ignacio A. Ortiz. Born July 9, 1907, and who lived almost all his entire life in Santa Fe, passed away peacefully on June 24, 2005, two weeks shy of his 98th birthday. Mr. Ortiz was a 9th generation direct descendent of Nicolas Ortiz I of Mexico City, whose own father came directly from Spain. Nicolas and his family arrived in Santa Fe on June 16th 1694 with one of the resettlement expeditions organized and led by General Don Diego de Vargas following the Pueblo Revolt of 1680. Ignacio Ortiz was born in Santa Fe, spent his early childhood living with his parents at his grandfather's ranch in La Cienega, now better know as "Rancho de las Golondrinas". Educated at St Anthony's Orphanage in Albuquerque until he was 15, and then graduated from Santa Fe High School in 1927. He then worked for the Post Office for 35 years until he retired as assistant Postmaster in 1965. He served in the U.S. Navy during World War II, and after he retired from the Post Office, he managed the Guadalupe Church Credit Union for another 10 years. Later he shared his financial expertise and abilities with the Parish Council as a volunteer. He was preceded in death by his parents and his beloved wife Eduvigen (Eddie) Ortiz who died on July 13, 1985. They were married for over 50 years. He was also preceded in death by two sisters Romualda Madrid and Pablita Bransford. Ignacio also left behind sisters: Pita Gonzales, Vicenta Martinez, Laura Mendoza; step sister , Ernestine Rodrigues; sisters in law: Irene Roybal, Belle Roybal, Ida (Herman) Griego, Josephine Kimball; and brother-in-law, Tito Griego. He is survived by his daughters: Rosemary (Pashcall); Wickard, Helen (Larry) Yackel; and by his sons Thomas A. (Lydia) Ortiz, Leroy I. (Dora) Ortiz, David J. (Della) Ortiz, and John P. (Sandra) Ortiz. He is also survived by 17 grandchildren: Michelle (Tommy) Martinez, Patric Escudero, Paula Escudero, Lisa (Lenny) Vigil, Mark (Natalya) Ortiz, Aaron (Frencesca) Ortiz, Sharon (Randy) Holt, Karen (Chris) Kunstadt, Gina (David) Lucero, Kenny (finacée Jackie Driscoll) Ortiz, Kevin (Roberta) Stack, Paul Yackel, Amanda Yackel. He also had 20 great grandchildren: James, Ian, Sasha, Austin, Sean, Teresa, Brian, Alec, Geoffrey, Elias, Angelo, Adam, Elliott, Analisa, Juliana, Cameron, Alison, David, Michael, and Bobbie. Mr Ortiz had a tremendous intellectual curiosity and a passion for learning about a multitude of topics, from current affairs to history. He read voraciously and became quite an authority on the history of Santa Fe, the state of New Mexico, and specifically on the genealogy of his family. He spent a considerable amount of time in the NM State historical and Church archives researching minute details and facts about his family history. He had an incredible capapcity to remember details, people, dates, events and stories, which he loved to share with his family members, firends and acquaintances. He also loved to challenge his family members on details of our hsitory. Three of his favorite books --that he referenced constantly were "New Mexico, a Brief Multi-Hisotry," by Ruben Salaz Marquez, "Old Santa Fe" by Ralph E. Twitchell, and Fray Angelico Chavez' "Origins of New Mexico Families." He left these volumes to us well read and well used. Ignacio Ortiz was a member of the Knights of Columbus since 1930, a member of the American Legion, and was a lifetime member of the Guadalupe Church. He lived a dignified, honorable, exemplary life, and led by quiet example. He inspired all who knew him. As any devoted father and grandfather, he deeply loved his family, his children, his grandchildren, his great grandchildren and his sisters. He loved and supported all of us, and especially those who most needed his special support. he blessed everyone with kindness, gentleness, compassion, and generosity. he was extremely proud of his offspring and he reveled in their successes. With deep love and affection we all say goodbye to our father, grandfather, and great-grandfather. In lieu of glowers, please send donations to the St. Vincent de Paul Charity.... A mass will be celebrated on Wednesday June 29, 2005 at 10 am at Our Lady of Guadalupe Catholic Church. Interment will follow at Santa Fe National Cemetery.