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.
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.

For a overview of their extraordinary story, watch my talk at the Museum of New Mexico here. (You might get a “plugin warning” message when you click, please disregard it, it is safe).


Please see the CALENDAR tab for all talks and events.

Below is the list of 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.


Stay posted!


September 3-8, 2019
Santa Fe
Oregon-California Trails Association Convention.
French presence in New Mexico and on the Trails to Santa Fe – All talks to be posted on their website soon.

March 28-30, 2019
New Mexico History Conference
Historical Society of New Mexico

See in particular:
Saturday, March 30, 10:30 A.M.–12:00 Noon
French and Middle-Eastern Influences in New Mexico History:
The French in Albuquerque and in the Middle Rio Grande Valley.
The Lebanese-Syrian Community in Albuquerque.

April 19-21, 2018
Alamogordo, New Mexico
2018 New Mexico History Conference
Historical Society of New Mexico

In particular, on Friday, April 20, 1:30 PM – 3:00 PM, Session 9, Room 1:  Enhancing Ethnic Diversity: The Arabic and French Presence in New Mexico
Presenters: Monika Ghattas and François-Marie Patorni.

October 23, 2017
Santa Fe
Tour “The French in Santa Fe” for the Albuquerque Academy.
By invitation only.

October 16, 2017 – 1pm to 2:30pm
The French in New Mexico since the 1500s
Lecture by François-Marie Patorni. Oasis Institute, American Square Shopping Center
3301 Menaul Blvd NE, Suite 18, Albuquerque, NM 87107

June 10, 2017 – 9:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m.
Pueblo, Colorado
Meeting of the Fray Angélico Chávez Chapter-Genealogical Society of Hispanic America, (FACC/GSHA). Including a talk on the history of the French in New Mexico (at 10:30am). Southeastern Colorado Heritage Center, 201 West  “B” Street, Pueblo, CO.

November 19, 2016 – 1:30pm
Eldorado Community Center (Santa Fe area)
The French on the Santa Fe Trail
Talk by François-Marie Patorni
As part part of the program of the End of the Trail Chapter of the Santa Fe Trail Association.

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.
Mora, New Mexico, at the St. Vrain Mill
The French in Northern New Mexico, at 2:00pm
Talk by F.M. Patorni
As part of the Fort Union Days.

June 8th, 2016 – 6:00pm

Aztec, New Mexico
San Juan Historical Society
“New Mexico: tales of influential, unusual and colorful French characters”

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.

March 26, 2016
Sons of the American Revolution

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
Santa Fe
Collected Works Bookstore / 202 Galisteo Street, Santa Fe

October 30, 2013
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 gastronomy.

October 25, 2012
Santa Fe
State Archives Month.

October 7, 2012
Western History Association Conference.

June 15-17, 2012
 Santa Fe
Genealogical Society of Hispanic America.

June 6, 2012
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 .