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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4 comments:

  1. Thaks you for share your research.

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    1. You are quite welcome! Hope you can locate the information you seek. :)

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    2. How do you find these records in Family Search since they do not seem to be indexed? Do you think there are earlier records? I'm stuck in the 1860's and would like to researcher older documents.

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    3. MMF, I'm not understanding the question. I search for records. And no there are no records earlier than what I provided.

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