An American Journey
The Genealogy of the Curbow-Montoya Family
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About Our Family History Project

An American Journey - The Genealogy of the Curbow-Montoya Family is a family history website - which is dedicated to my family, my husband's family and our collective ancestors!

When I am not sitting in a library, poring over a microfilm or dragging my husband through the cemeteries of Texas - I work as a legal assistant for a law firm in Austin, Texas. Genealogy is my passion and is a labor of love - I hope you enjoy your time on this website.

I once read that the average person does not know the names of their great-grandparents. While reading this - I felt profoundly sad. How could one live and die and be so easily and quickly forgotten? I have to confess that until I myself embarked on my genealogy journey into the past - I didn't know the names of my great-grandparents either. Thankfully, now - not only do I know their names but I know much about their lives and how they lived them as well. I simply love to walk where my ancestors walked - whether it's standing in front of the farm house where my great-grandparents toiled in Wittenberg, Germany - or whether I am gazing over the ruins of the Montoya adobe in the beautiful and fertile Espanola Valley of northern New Mexico - or whether we're quietly standing at Bonnie's grave in Brownwood, Texas - I feel a sense of connection and peace. If you will listen and learn from your ancestors they will teach you many lessons, including survival - perseverance - strength - family bonds - wisdom - and yes, even forgiveness. The more information I uncover about our ancestors - the more real these people have become to me - and the more fascinating. Although our ancestors have moved on - their personalities remain - in me - and in you. Maybe most importantly genealogy has given me the opportunity to ponder my own life and has helped me to put things into perspective. As I learn about the hardships and tragedies of my ancestors, it makes me realize how relatively easy I have it and how fortunate and blessed I really am. It gives me a very deep sense of debt and gratitude to those that went before me. God has told us in his Word ~ our time on this earth is nothing more than a vapor and today is fleeting ~ I hope that you will capture every moment.

Want to Use my Work?
I hope that you have found this website useful in pursuing your own family history. I welcome visitors, inquiries and comments. I am pleased to share my information with you. I don't have a lot of rules and regulations - I simply request that you abide by the following few terms and conditions:

(1) For your own personal legitimate family history research, please feel free to use and/or share what you find on my website pages. I ask that you please give credit where credit is due by either listing this website as a source citation in your work or by linking your website or blog back to this one.

(2) Commercial use of anything on this website is strictly prohibited. Do not attempt to sell my work. Also, please do not take my work and publish it on, or any other such commercial site. The website contains copyrighted material and other proprietary information including, but not limited to, text (stories and histories), photographs and graphics. The entire content of this site are copyrighted as a collective work under the United States copyright laws and all rights are reserved.

Alternatively, should you wish to partner with us and share your family genealogy, stories, documents and/or photographs, I will always list you as the contributor/owner of the materials.

As a hobby genealogist, my primary goal is to identify as many ancestors (and their descendants) as I can - and then proceed to tell and document their story. In doing so, I have over the years collected personal data on many individuals (both deceased and living). As it pertains to this website, it is my policy that full names and data of deceased individuals are always viewable to the public. Data on living individuals is suppressed and will not be displayed on this website - with only one exception: the website will display the first and middle initial and the surname of living individuals. (Please note that the database assumes that a person is living if they were born less than 100 years ago and no death date is known.) Your privacy is important to me - please contact me in the event that you notice any information online that pertains to a living individual so that it can be promptly removed. In addition to this, you can be assured that the personal information (address, phone, email, etc.) of contributors and/or visitors to the website will never be: (a) posted on the website; or (b) provided to a third party. If you are a direct family member - and if I know you personally - I will issue you - upon request - a username and password to access information on living family members.

Thank you for visting our website.

Judy Curbow