About The Author

Elisa Perez has lived in Southern California for her entire life.  She has been involved in genealogy studies for many years.

Elisa has traveled throughout the Southwest in order to compile a history of her family roots.  In the process she has also compiled many historic facts and interesting stories regarding the history of many other chicano families.

This blog is dedicated to those families that are an important part of American History.


Let them not be forgotten.


30 Responses to “About The Author”

  1. Jan April 11, 2010 at 6:07 PM #

    I so love all that you have written and am anxious to read more of your fantastic adventure. A real detective of family history. Congrats. I’ve let forwarded your email to two cousins in Marfa, and a couple in Dallas, that actually have a computer and are really interested in our geneaology. They will be as excited as I to read of your findings and to see your beautiful photos.

  2. Armando Ortega April 11, 2010 at 6:17 PM #

    Que agradable sorpresa encontrarte en este blog. Mi esposa Mary y mis hijas YA NO vivimos en Ojinaga, sino en Chihuahua.
    te escribo para pedirrte dos favores:
    1.- De nuevo si tienes el texto completo 8o incompleto) de EL RONDIN, necesit una copia porque ya no tengo aquellos peridicos donde lo publique.
    2.- Qué datos te dan los estudios de genealogía sobre TORIBIO ORTEGA. te agradecere mucho. Me interesa la fecha exacta 14 o 16 de abril, del nacimiento del General.
    Me gustaria que escribieras detalladamente tu encuentro con el primo Galación, que me dicen murio hace unos seis u ocho años.
    Armando Ortega Mata
    Chihuahua, Chihuahua.

  3. Jerry Lujan May 3, 2010 at 7:39 PM #

    Prima Elisa,

    Te aventaste con esta obra. Chicanos with a blog, es como Indios con armas!!

    I just posted a related story to the Porvenir Massacre, but I think it posted beneath the Acosta Tribe section. I am new to blogs so I think I need help in posting correctly. Mil gracias,

    Jerry Lujan

  4. Dan Bodine January 10, 2011 at 5:13 AM #

    Elisa —
    Came across your blog and love it! I’m Dan Bodine, former publisher of The International in Presidio, TX, and JP there for 17 years. Retired in ’09 and moved last year to El Paso for health reasons. My wife is the former Noemi Fierro (Arroyo) of Ojinaga; Maiya Kareli is our soon to be 12-year-old daughter.
    We have a “wannabe” website and blog at desertmountaintimes.com. I’m writing a blog story concerning the late Mrs. Lucia Rede Madrid of Redford, and want to use some of the passages of your “My Desert Flower” in it.
    Also, can I cut and paste the photo of her you ran with the story, the one in the Blue Room of the White House? I assume it’s a White House press corps photo, although 20 years in newspapers taught me to be careful assuming things.
    Thank you for a response,
    Dan Bodine

    • della sotelo July 13, 2011 at 8:52 PM #

      dan- our galindo sotelo family reunion is july 29 30 31 2011 alpine tx- we too have madrid in our family from big bend area-small world-HOKAHEY

  5. Debbie Rede Lopez Pimentel February 20, 2011 at 7:25 PM #

    Good Morning Elisa, Once again, in my searching for information on Our Family History, I have come across this site through Google. To my surprise and enjoyment, I have yet another peek into your book. I have seen the wonderful pictures you so lovingly collected and added to share with us all.

    Congratulations to you on this family Legacy. What a Glorious book it will be. I am positive that each and every family who hears about your book will want a copy for their family. A TREASURE OF FAMILY HISTORY. I think it would be wonderful if you somehow get the information out to the rest of families.

    So many branches of the family have grown enough to cover this entire Country. When the time comes, I do hope that you post some info for us on Facebook. We now have many many family members on FB. It’s a great way to get the word out. I am so looking forward to reading this. Once again, congratulations and a tremendous thank you from your extended families out here.

    Much Love,

    Your cousin Debbie
    ps. Maybe visit us at the next Family Reunion???

    God Bless you take care, Deb.

  6. Debbie Rede Lopez Pimentel February 20, 2011 at 7:27 PM #

    oops should have proof read sorry.!! 😦 !

  7. della sotelo July 13, 2011 at 8:48 PM #


  8. Ricardo R Lujan July 21, 2011 at 8:50 PM #

    Prima Elisa, I see that you are still leading the way into our family research. I was hoping you posted the only known picture of our Great-Grandfather Hilario Lujan on your website. I also have been doing research on the military side of the family. Hope to here from you soon. P. S. Are you aware of a relative named CPT. Martin Lujan Mexican Voluteers Confederate States of America?

    • Bert Lujan April 29, 2014 at 4:46 AM #

      Ricardo, I spoke to Elisa and she showed ma a picture of what she told me was my Great, great grandfather Hilario. I has shown that picture to my Tia and it conflicts with what Elisa told me. Hope to stay connected with all the family. My email is kd7jeh@cableone.net.

      Bert Lujan in Idaho

      • Jerry Lujan February 17, 2015 at 10:59 PM #

        Ese Primo, just doing some digging, like you

  9. Luis Ramirez August 2, 2011 at 4:08 PM #


    Prima Elisa,

    My name is Luis Ramirez grandson of Melchor Ramirez and Flora Lujan, my grandfather was born in Coyame Chihuahua and my grandmother was born in Shafter Texas, I was wondering if your the same Elisa that visited my family in Santa Ana California, my brother Arnold has an extensive collection of our family history. Also there is alot of people posting on the Coyame facebook page.

    Luis Ramirez

  10. Ellie lujan February 2, 2012 at 8:30 PM #

    I would like to know more about the family. I’m the daughter of Ismael and Sara Lujan

  11. Charmaine Ortega Getz February 6, 2012 at 9:48 PM #

    In researching my mother’s family I was surprised to find my grandmother’s surname, Calanchi, mentioned prominently in Joyce Mean’s book and Glenn Justice’s histories. That led to a whole world I knew nothing of, the Texas border days of Pancho Villa. I am eager to follow your adventures!

  12. Theresa Lujan Clark March 12, 2012 at 2:14 AM #

    I am a Lujan also. My name is Theresa Lujan Clark. My Grandmother was Theresa Lujan and she was born in 1893 and died in 1937. I don’t know where she was born. Her brothers were Louie,Pancho, and Albert. I know that Albert and Josephina lived in Ojinaga.

    My Grandfather Amador Ortega was born in Coyame, Chihuahua, Mexico May 1, 1886. His brothers were Gonzalo, Emilio, Demitrio and they had a half sister Carolina Ortega. My Grandfather died 5/12/1971 in Los Angeles in 1971. You are the first person I have had any contact with that has given me any information. I really am excited about finding
    out we could be primosa. If there is someone else out there that has any information. Please feel free to contact me.

    Theresa Lujan Ortega Clark

  13. William Garcia March 28, 2012 at 2:24 PM #

    Looking for information on Paz Lujan who married Romualdo Heredia in 1884. The had a daughter cruz heredia who is my great grandmother. I just started to research my family tree but got stuck on these since 1890 Census records were lost in a fire. Cruz Heredia was born about 1887. Cruz Heredia married Manuel Dutchover. Did Paz Lujan and Romualdo have other children? Your help would be greatly appreciated.

    • La Prima Elisa March 28, 2012 at 6:58 PM #

      WIlliam: Well! Finally hearing from this branch familia. Paz Lujan was my Grandfather,Esteban Lujan’s sister. Manuel died in mining accident in SHafter, Texas.Cruz was very ill with the Flu that killed thousands and never knew of his death. They left three children behind. one of them Elizabeth who married Bill Hartnet and lived in Marfa,Texas.WELCOME ABOARD PRIMO!–ELISA

      • William Garcia March 31, 2012 at 7:40 AM #


        What happened to Romualdo Heredia and Paz lujan. I can not find much information about them after 1884. Where did they live? How many children did they have? Betty (Beatriz) married Bill Hartnett. Betty was my grandmother. Do you have any pictures of My great, great grandmother Paz and Romualdo Heredia? Stories? I am excited to know about the Lujan side of my family. My e-mail is garciawj@grandecom.net.

  14. Jennifer Nairne July 13, 2012 at 11:01 PM #

    Dear Prima Elisa,

    My great grandmother was Elvira De Anda – she was born in 1889 to Braulio De Anda and Andrea Martines. Braulio is the son of Jesus De Anda (b. 1808) and Ysidora Torres. I only recently learned of the lineage because Elvira had been adopted by the Gutierres family in Albuquerque. It appears that her mother and a younger sister died, Elvira was adopted, and her two brothers are in other households. I believe one brother, Abran, was listed as residing in the household of “Lejan” on the Pueblo Reservation near Albuquerque.

    If my research is correct, Jesus De Anda is one of the many children of Jose De Anda and Regina Villa. I have only just begun researching because I discovered the adoption of my great grandmother last week. I have been furiously trying to digest any and all material I can find on her family history, but I must confess I have never done any genealogy research in Mexico before. I can’t wait to explore your website more to aid in my own research!

    May I use your website as a resource to build my own family tree? I would be happy to share pictures too, if you’re interested. I just got in touch with one of Elvira’s daughter’s (Millie is 93!) and she is mailing me photos soon.

    Thank you so much for creating such an amazing resource for the family! I truly hope my research is correct and I can learn from all the hard work you have accomplished in compiling so much information. Please feel free to contact me if you’d like to exchange more information.

    Thank you!!!!

    – Jennifer

  15. Roberto Lujan July 22, 2012 at 4:56 PM #

    Horale Prima, llegaron los Lujanes de San Carlos, Chi-hoo- a- hoo- A. Mi nombre es Roberto Lujan hijo del Eugenio “Chief” Lujan hijo de Manuel Marquez Lujan, mi abuelo era de San Carlos Chihuahua, Manuel left San Carlos at an early age reasons unknown, he settled in Alpine, Texas. I recently visited San Carlos the first descendant of his family to do so since his departure of over a hundred years ago. I am in seeking information in regards to his parents and their offspring. Any information is welcomed. I would like to create a Lujan family tree as far and extensive as possible, or if there is one already on paper I would like to have my grandfather’s branch added to it. Gracias for your work, y que Viva la Sierra- y Que no me la encerquen!!!!!! Roberto Sandate Lujan

  16. Alicia De Laurie August 15, 2012 at 5:43 PM #

    I just discovered your web site. How interesting! I am a Tercero desendent. My maternal roots are all from Northern Chihuahua and the borders of Ojinaga. I also wrote a fiction book THE CACTUS ON MY FOREHEAD. My grandmother was Susana Tercero. I think she was Deciderio Tercero’s sister. My email address is cactusonmyforehead@gmail.com
    I live in Bakersfield, CA

  17. lupe lujan October 15, 2012 at 10:39 PM #

    Would like to find out more about my Lujan background wonder if u know any of my family. My grandfather Jose was born out of wedlock so he carried his mother’s last name of Lujan. Her name was Leonarda Lujan and I heard she had several sisters. My grandfather was born in 1899 so she may have been born around 1870’s in Sain Alto or Sombrerete, Zacatecas. Gilbert(Magu) Lujan was my facebook friend and he told me he had a relative that knew more about the family than he, so that must be you. I enjoyed reading all the history u have discovered it’s facinating. Lupe Lujan

  18. Dee February 24, 2013 at 1:43 PM #

    Just found this blog! My niece just happened to be in El Paso for work and called to find out about family. I gave her all the names I heard growing up and went on google and found you. My Grand Mother Manuela Torres who was born in Shafter Texas but lived in El Paso was the youngest of I think 8. My Great Grand Mother Paz Lujan was the second wife of my Great Grand Father Manuel Torres. From what I can recall my Grand Mother Manuela (Nellie) and her older brother were the only two of 8 from the second marriage. We have boat loads of old post cards with the name Dutchover addressed to my Nana from family back home in Texas after she and my Grand Father Fransisco Coronado (from Chihuahua) moved West to California.I never knew Paz Lujans first husban’s name though. Am I getting near the Texas famiy?

  19. Ruth E. Hernandez July 20, 2013 at 9:45 AM #

    It is my believe that I am the great-granddaughter of Francisco & Tomasa Rede (Shafter Fort Story) I’m 75 and just started looking into my ancestry. I want to read and follow all your writings. Also, could we be related somehow? My mother’s name is Esther Rede Bustamante Pacheco. Her mother’s name is Tomasa Rede de Bustamante. Tomasa is the daughter of Francisco Rede & Tomasa Onsures, this makes them my mother’s grandparents. (I think!)

  20. leslie ortiz September 4, 2013 at 11:31 AM #

    My great grandmother was Francisca De Anda and she was the daughter of Sebastian De Anda and Reyes Ochoa from Presidio Texas. I have long tried to further my research, I have other family ties to the area and am greatly interested in your family tree. Do you have a family tree or is your genealogy notes of your tree solely through out this log. Were De Anda’s Indians?

  21. Gabriella DeLeon-DeHaan October 6, 2013 at 7:21 AM #

    My name is Gabriella DeLeon-DeHaan. I really enjoyed your blog. Toribio Ortega recruited my grandfather Enrique DeLeon to join the revolution when he was a teenager working in the mines of Mapimi. He went on to become one of Villa’s dorado soldiers. I am currently researching my own book about his life.

  22. jesus herrera November 13, 2013 at 8:59 PM #

    Señora Elisa veo que hay algunas impresiciones en los datos de los lujan que usted tiene, mi abuela fue concepcion lujan y tengo bastante informacion de toda esta familia
    Manuel lujan Estavillo se caso con sara houston alvarez y tuvieron u hijo llamado anselmo y una hija llamada sara lujan esta vivio con los terrazas en la ciudad de chihuahua, manuel lujan fue hermano de ramon remigio lujan estavillo y sus padres son jesus lujan y francisca estavillo, tengo datos de actas originales de nacimiento y de boda si le interesa puedo hacer crecer su investigacion.

  23. celina January 21, 2014 at 10:06 PM #

    Hello. My name is Celina Alvarez. General Ortega was my great great uncle. His brother, Ciriaco, was my mothers great grandfather. Ciriaco lived in Brogado, Texas and is buried in Balmorhea. My parents currently reside in West texas (Pecos). My father is a known historian of that area of texas and has much information that i think would be intriguing to you. I reside in Altadena here in L.A.

    • Bert Lujan April 29, 2014 at 4:29 AM #

      Celina, I searching information about Jose Lujan that was killed by the law enforcement during the Mexican Revolution in the Pecos area. I would like to speak to your dad to see if he has any information. My email is kd7jeh@cableone.net. I also have ties with General Ortega.

  24. Phil January 22, 2014 at 8:17 AM #

    Major John Arthur ‘Tiger Jack’ Considine, 1889 – 1960 was my late Grandfather. The other cavalry officer was Captain Metlock who died in 1948 after falling from an apple tree in his orchard in Kentucky.

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