The French in New Mexico: History, Ancestry and Genealogy.

Are you a New Mexican with French ancestors?

This website is about the history of the French speaking people in New Mexico.

I am seeking to contact descendants and lovers of history for my upcoming book. Please share your knowledge, memories, memorabilia and photographs.  Please contact me at

This website also …
Encourages families with French ancestors to share information.
Informs about New Mexico’s French legacy and stimulates dialogue.
Creates new friendships to enjoy the diversity of our interwoven roots.

The French have been part of New Mexico’s legacy since the early 1500s.  Families with French ancestry abound in New Mexico, as Frenchmen married Native American, Spanish, Creole, Anglo and other European women through the centuries. Women with French ancestry also founded families, and thousands of New Mexicans today have French blood.

In modern times, many people from New Mexico or who made New Mexico their home had French parents or married French men and women.


Please see the CALENDAR tab for all talks and events.

Below are only for the talks about the French in New Mexico, by Francois-Marie Patorni, unless indicated otherwise. Please get in touch if you would like me to speak for your group.


June 8th, 6:00pm
Aztec, New Mexico
San Juan Historical Society
“New Mexico: tales of influential, unusual and colorful French characters”
Please contact Patty Tharp at  (there is an underscore between the “p” and “Tharp”) for directions and information

June 18, 2016 – 11:30am
Fort Union, New Mexico
The French in Northern New Mexico
Talk by F.M. Patorni
As part of the Fort Union Days, see the Calendar

June 18, 2016 – 4:00pm
Mora, New Mexico, at the St. Vrain Mill
The French in Northern New Mexico
Talk by F.M. Patorni
As part of the Fort Union Days, see the Calendar

November 19, 2016
Location (Santa Fe area) and time to be announced
The French on the Santa Fe Trail
Talk by François-Marie Patorni
As part part of the program of the Old Santa Fe Trail Association


April 21, 2016 – 5:30pm
The French in New Mexico
Talk by François-Marie Patorni
Offered by The Westerners – Central New Mexico Corral
Meeting, talk & dinner – For members and invitees only.
To join the Westerners, e-mail or call 505-892-9177.

January 13, 2016 – 12 noon
Santa Fe – At the Palace of the Governors
The French in New Mexico
By François-Marie Patorni – As part of the New Mexico History Museum’s Chavez Library monthly lunch lectures about New Mexico and the American Southwest.In the Auditorium at the New Mexico History Museum, 113 Lincoln Ave. As the auditorium was full, you might have missed it. See it now at

July 11, 2015
French families of Albuquerque
Sponsored by Historic Albuquerque.
In Botts Hall, which is part of the Special Collections Library at 423 Central Avenue NE, Albuquerque.
Sunday July 13, 2104 – 11am to 12:30pm
Collected Works Bookstore / 202 Galisteo Street, Santa Fe
October 30, 2013, Albuquerque.  As part of the University of New Mexico Continuous Education/Story of New Mexico
July 14, 2013, 11am to 12:30pm, Santa Fe: At the Collected Works bookstore, part of a panel on French history, culture and gastronoy.
October 25, 2012, Santa Fe: State Archives Month.
October 7, 2012, Denver:  Western History Association Conference.
June 15-17, 2012, Santa Fe: Genealogical Society of Hispanic America.
June 6, 2012, Lamy: Lamy, the place and the Bishop, at the Pony Express Ride.
May 3-5, 2012, Santa Fe: Historical Society of NM 2012 Centennial Conference.
April 14, 2012, Santa Fe: Southwest Oral History Association Conference .