Requesting Help with an 1839 Taos Burial Record

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I an cleaning up some records on Family Search before I put them on Wikitree.  Back in 2013 someone added this information to the record of Juana Micaela Salazar born abt. 1745, married to Juan Damien Archuleta (1742-1836), 8 children. I would like to find this record to verify it as a legitimate and use it as a citation. I do not know how (yet) to find a Taos record cited like this yet. If it is in Spanish, I will ask in advance for an English translation.  

*Juana Micaela Salazar, buried July 1, 1839, Taos, Taos, New Mexico.  FHL film 0017020, book 81, page 182, 184. !BUR: FHL film 0017023. Taos Burials, book 49, page 91.

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in WikiTree Help by Steve Archuleta G2G6 (7.9k points)
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The easiest way to find the film is to go the Family Search catalog and search for the film, number 0017023. This will take you to the collection that includes this film, church records for Our Lady of Guadalupe in Taos. Scroll through the list to the film number. The icons at the right side will tell you if the film is only film, or digitized, and if searchable. If you are checking from home, the presence of a key will indicate restrictions, if any, for viewing the film. Since your citation has a page number, the record should be easy to find (I found it, and it was easy to find). The record is in Spanish.

WHen you scroll through the list click on the camera icon, this will take you to the film. Then, go through the film looking for the volume (book 49) and page (actually folio) number (91). If it is not on the stated page, look at the pages before and after the stated number. The records in a volume should be in chronological order (if the book is in bad shape the pages could be out of order).

BTW: you will need a Family Search account, but it is free; you just need to register.
by George Fulton G2G6 Pilot (521k points)
selected by Pip Sheppard

THANK YOU!... Even with your good instructions, it was an extremely hard find for a person who doesn't read or speak Spanish.  I think I have it now only because the passage mentions Damian Archuleta.  Could someone please help me with the translation?  I would be grateful.

Family Search Catalog  Church records, 1701-1956             Authors:   Catholic Church. Our Lady of Guadalupe (Taos, New Mexico)

Family Search Film Transfer Number from Film # 0017023  To DGS # 007854399               

On Page 277 of 739 ’Damian Archuleta' in passage


I purposely did not provide a link to the image ... sort of a teaching moment.

When I first started looking at Mexican Church records, I knew very little Spanish. But I started picking up key words, learned the model used for baptism and marriage records. If I got one that was significantly different my wife, who is fluent in Spanish, would help me read it. At first the matrimonial investigations were intimidating, but there is a system to those as well. Dispensations were more complex, but I learned how to get the essential info from those also.

Best of luck!


The key facts are

  • Juana Michaela Salazar was buried in 1 Jul 1839, in the cemetery of the  chapel of Nuestra Señora de Los Dolores (Our Lady of Sorrows)
  • She was the widow (viuda) of the deceased Damian Archuleta
  • She received the sacraments of penance and supreme unction
  • She left four living children

Hopefully Austin or Rubén will see this and correct me if necessary.


Film 17020 is baptisms.

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