June 21, 2017

PARES Migratory Movements Database

Spain's archives, better known as PARES, has many surprises.  One of their surprises is their databases that can help many throughout the Caribbean where Spain may have at one time claimed the land.  This database is called Ibero-American Migratory Movements or Movimientos Migratorios.

Many may not realize that this database exists but it is there and I found many people in the database. It can help breakdown that wall for that mysterious ancestor.  So there many ways to use their database with plenty of options. Also your ancestor does not have to have originated from Spain but could have arrived from another country.

Their resources are listed in the image below to give you an idea where the records are coming from.




So to access the database, visit the page by clicking on the image below. It will open in a new window if you are using a computer.


Ibero-American Migration Movements

When you arrive at the website, on the menu, click on Search.  A new window will appear.  In my sample I used "Diaz"  and went to the Place of arrival field. Slowly start typing the country name and a list will appear as shown in the image below.

For my example I selected "Puerto Rico".  Then I scrolled down to the bottom and clicked search. My results were as follows and notice that some include images to the right that you can click to view.

You can continue to play with the different fields to see what other information you can extract from the website. Hope this assists you with searching for those ancestors.

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June 16, 2017

Naguabo Puerto Rico Digitized Church Records

Although Naguabo was founded in 1821, the church records establish that Naguabo has been there prior to 1821.  The baptism and church records go back as far as 1798.  The Parrish was once called Nuestra Señora del Rosario y Glorioso Mártir San Juan Nepomuceno.  Please note that the book numbers are not chronological. I do not know what the priest was thinking about with numbers everywhere, the important thing is the records. The breakdown are as follows for the church.

Libros de Bautismos (Baptism Books)

 

Libros de Matrimonios (Marriage Books)

 

Libros de Confirmaciones (Confirmation Books)

 

Libros de Defunciones (Death Books)




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June 13, 2017

Digitized Church Records for Santa Isabel in Puerto Rico

Personally as far as I am aware, I do not have any ancestors coming from Santa Isabel. However many do, which is why I do not mind sharing the breakdown. Below you will also discover Salinas, the municipality, in the death books.

Libro de Bautismos (Baptism Books)

Libro de Matrimonios (Marriage Books)

Libro de Confirmaciones (Confirmation Books)


Libro de Defunciones (Death Books)



A Linen Market with a Linen-stall and Vegetable Seller in the West Indies - Agostino Brunias (1728 - 1796)

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Digitized Barranquitas Church Records for Puerto Rico

Barranquitas is a municipality that was found in 1803, however the island has been hit with plenty of tragedy since the island has been inhabited.  With the many tragedies, it winds up impacting even the churches.  There have been many instances of fires, hurricanes, and floods. With this, many records are gone with them.

For Barranquitas there are limited church records but hopefully it will help in the research.

Libro de Bautismos (Baptism Books)

  • Libro 1860 (Image 4) - Pages are mixed on the above book so page through the book. There is also an index at the end of the book

Libro de Matrimonios (Marriage Books)



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June 12, 2017

Gurabo Church Records - Online Digitized Records for Puerto Rico

It seems that FamilySearch has been very busy with digitizing church record.  I have been monitoring their records for a very long time and as patience would have it, Gurabo church records for the Parroquia San Jose are now available.  There are many other churches that are also online but this is the first of many that I will publish here to make it easier to find records. This is perfect timing for me as I have a month off from school at the end of July and I am looking forward in finding my African ancestors in these books.  The below links are clickable, so to arrive to the records, simply click on the link. Please disable your pop-up blocker on this website or it may not open.

Libros de Bautismos (Baptism Books)



 

Libros de Confirmaciones (Confirmation Books)


Libros de Matrimonios (Marriage Books)


Libros de Defunctiones (Death Books)


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May 18, 2017

Cuban Digitized Church Records and 1919 Census

While Cuba goes through their changes, including the ability to freely travel to the island, one of the struggles for many is finding resources when researching Cuban ancestry.

Fortunately, the internet has made it possible for many to locate many genealogical records on their ancestors via online databases.While it is easy to find records for Puerto Rico since it is a part of the United States, 50 years of closing our borders has impacted many of our distance cousins that live on this island.

So today, I will share what can be found.  Unknown to many, Vanderbilt University maintains a collection of church records which are available to view online. The university offers degrees in Latin Studies and maintains many maps, manuscripts, and books on Cuba and other Latin countries.  Vanderbilt's church collection for Cuba contains records from the 1500's to the 1800's for the following churches.  After clicking on the links below, simply scroll down to arrive to the church books.  If you are of African descent, you will be surprised to discover your ancestors are also in the books, include ancestors that were enslaved.  The first church is in Matanzas and the remaining are all in Havana (scroll down the page until you arrive to your church):


Some of the books have been transcribed.  You can find them by clicking here.

Vanderbilt University contains some collections that will assist you in your genealogical research.  The following collections are military records which include "pardos" meaning brown complexion. The collections will each open in a new window:

1919 Census

Vanderbilt has a digitized copy of the 1919 Census for Cuba (click on it to open in a new browser).  This book contains many names and is in a book format.  You will find a detailed list of people who were census personnel and enumerators for districts.  You will have to page through to get through the book to get to the names.  Hopefully you can spend time reading it to understand how people lived during that era.  The book also contains some images from around Cuba.

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