I’m in the process of completing the final draft on my biography book, “AN ACCOUNT OF MY LIFE’S BLESSINGS And MY SPANISH ANCESTORS - Among the First Families of New Mexico” that will go out for further editing and for additional information and commentaries to be inserted. I’m still trying to organize an area in the book for additional documents/photos that I still have to scan and upload onto the hard drive/CD for the final print. This has been more of an effort, or so it seems, than researching and writing my PhD dissertation, or at least I’ve put in more time; I completed the research and writing/editing my dissertation (400+ pages) in little over a year. The biography book has been on the front burner for almost 10 years (off & on – give or take a few years). I’m doing all this to leave a paper trail, backed up with the appropriate citations for my grandchildren, who will hopefully follow-up and continue our family story and learn from my life’s experiences. The story will never end, especially with the number of my descendants (my grandchildren). So far I've traced my family back to the 1st century AD (and beyond) in Spain, France, Italy, Portugal and England. Also the Canary Islands in the 15th century AD and the Crusades in 1100 AD; a family member, a king, who died, in Italy on his way home, of leprosy contacted while fighting for the Crusades in Palestine. So far there are 82 generations of over 6,000 family members that have been listed; all this while making me the 13th generation in America. All this is documented, since most, if not all of my ancestors (28 generations and beyond) were of royal family lines. One more interesting find is that the conquistador Hernándo Cortés was my 10th great grandfather. Also, keep in mind that I am the last one of a special family line of Spanish ancestors. My parents, Francisco Chaves Flores and Maria Juana Gallegos Cortez were both from New Mexico as were their parents and their parent’s parents, etc on down the line to beginning of my ancestral family heritage in Europe.
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Available at: http://works.bepress.com/frank_cortezflores/15/