December 9, 2017

Antigua, Nevis, Monseratt, St. Christopher and Falmouth Records for the 1700's

Genealogy is so important to many of us. Finding records of our ancestors that are from the Caribbean is always a great feeling. While many feel that they must travel to the Caribbean in search of their ancestors, it is not necessarily always the case.  Such is the case for the island of Antigua and some of the other islands such a Falmouth, Nevis, St. Christopher and Monseratt.

With this collections, it requires a visit to a local Family History Center. Check your the below post to find one near you.

http://www.genealogianuestra.com/2017/07/finding-family-history-center-for-free.html
 
The collection for Antigua and the Leeward Islands includes church records , passenger and cargo lists, court records including taxation and military records. There is also written correspondences covering the islands. There are two films and they are as follows:

Correspondence Volume S, 1727 - 1729 Correspondence Volume T, 1730  #51-91 
Correspondence Volume V, 1734 - 1735  #52-109

 
As I come across more records, I'll make sure to post them on the website. Hopefully many will locate ancestors. Pull up this post to find these films from their computers.

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December 3, 2017

Puerto Rico: Naranjito Church Records 1831 - 1936

I nearly missed the Naranjito church records as I didn't have them listed on my remaining list of churches in Puerto Rico.  I want to thank Olga Figueroa for asking about them.  A quick search of the website and I found that I never broke the films out for everyone.

Naranjito is a municipality that sits north of Barranquitas and Comerio but south of Toa Alta. Just west of Naranjito sits Corozal. The church records for this region includes baptisms, marriages, and death records. While some are in bad shape, they are still a treasure for many researching their ancestry for this region.  The breakdown of the records are as follow.

NOTE:  Book 4 of Baptism has records from 1901 - 1905 and 1925 - 1926 at the end.

Baptism


Marriages



NOTE: In Book 6 of  Deaths records, there are some 1906 deaths listed at the end.

Deaths



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November 26, 2017

Puerto Rico: Barranquitas Church Records 1860 to 1952

One of the interesting things I have discovered between Puerto Rico and Dominican Republic is the constant repetition of town names. It is not a few but plenty of towns.While pulling up the map of Barranquitas, Puerto Rico, I discovered the town of La Vega which is a province and town in Dominican Republic's Cibao region. There are other such towns like Moca, San Juan, and Santo Domingo.

Barranquitas is a municipality that sits in a mountainous regions of the island. Just southeast of this regions sits Coamo. The municipality was founded in 1803.

There are limited church records available so I recommend that while researching, you may have to also look for ancestors in other sources if they are available.

Barranquitas is known for it's Taino history with the Cacique or Chief known as Orocobix during the 16th century.  He was later to wind up as enslaved and working the mines for the Spaniards that invaded the island.

If you'd like to read up on many of the Caciques for not just Puerto Rico but many of the other islands, click here. You'll discover that Tainos existed in Dominican Republic, Haiti, Jamaica, Bahamas, and Cuba.

The following are the church records currently available online. Note that there are no death books and that the baptism books start with 1860.

Baptisms


Marriages


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October 26, 2017

Comerio Church Records 1832 - 1940

While Puerto Rico is only 100 miles long by 35 miles wide, it contains many municipalities.  Comerio is surrounded by 6 municipalities and sits on the eastern side and centered.  While many of us think of our families that are dealing with the effects of Hurricane Mary, I cannot stop thinking of what our ancestors faced in 1899 and 1928 when two other devastating hurricanes hit the island.  So many deaths and illnesses. I am hoping that with today's technology that we do not lose so many again. In 1899 we lost well over 3,000 loved ones and then we watched as people died from cholera from 1898 to 1910.  A very tragic history to the island.

For those who descend from family that live in this region, there are many church records available.  Once you reach where you can go no further, I recommend that you look to other big regions such as Caguas to locate records.  The church records for Comerio starts in 1832.

Baptisms


Confirmations


Marriages


Deaths


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October 25, 2017

Slave Records from Matanzas Cathedral 1719 - 1918

In the province of Mantanzas in Cuba, it turns out that there are quite a few Catholic Churches and many records available.  The records for this post will concentrate on only the Cathedral but there are other churches I will follow up with. These records were digitized in an effort of saving these endangered records.  While these records are digitized, there are limited and more records are being added even to links I provide below.

I will have to edit this post in the future as more records (books) become available and this is actually a very large collection. The period of records from this church start in 1719 and go through 1918.  The collection will eventually have 28 books on baptisms, many on death as well as marriages. The records are on those that were enslaved, free, and the hopefully many that escaped the genocide that existed throughout the world against an innocent people.

Whenever you see records marked as Pardos, this translates to a light skinned mulatto. Keep in mind that although many take offense to these terms like I do, I need to call them what they were referred to so that anyone using Google can find the records in the search engine.  In addition, the word Moreno means black.

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Matanzas Cuba Government Records on Slavery

The research for documents on our African ancestors is one of the biggest challenges that we face. Fortunately many of us who descend from those enslaved in the Caribbean have found an option in discovering more about who these ancestors are.

Up until recently, it was difficult to locate records on our African ancestors out of Cuba. However, that is quickly changing due to funded projects that are pursuing to preserving records that are in danger of disappearing.  One such effort is the digitizing of African diaspora located in Matanzas, Cuba. This is a great effort that will help many in researching their ancestors.

Matanzas was known as a major producer of sugar in the 1800s and that meant a high volume of slavery.  This region of the island was known for the high volume of those enslaved going back to the 1500s.

This is a huge collection so I'll have to do it in segments.  So the first records I came across were from the Provincial Government in Matanzas.  The links lead directly to records.


These are random records on the enslaved Africans and their descendants.

The following records are for Cimarron which are those that were enslaved and escaped and lived in the mountains.  Many of us celebrate the people that escaped enslavement. There is even a statue of one such famous man in Dominican Republic. However, since these are Cuban records, the same concept applies throughout the Caribbean.

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