December 31, 2016

Humacao Church Records Available Online - Digitized

Well it looks like we are ending 2016 on a good note when it comes to genealogy for those of us researching our ancestors in the Caribbean islands. While I would have loved to learn that all the records had been digitized and released like they had advise me would occur in October of 2016 for Puerto Rico, something is always better than nothing.  It is also not an easy task of taking microfilms and converting them to digitized images that are easy to read and getting permission from the owners of the images.  A lot of the work is also done voluntarily so I fully understand from a project management perspective how enormous this project is. So please assist with the many projects underway that they currently have for indexing.

Last night I discovered that they have started to digitize Humacao, Puerto Rico records. The majority of the images are indexes (a huge plus for researchers) and many turn out to be church books for people who were separated as brown people (pardos), enslaved people (esclavos), and freed blacks (morenos libre).  Pardos means that you are mixed with multiple races such as Native American, African, and European and that based on your complexion you've been labelled by the priest as such.  Just note that even if you believe you're 100% European (which I doubt based on DNA results for the islands), I recommend that you do not skip these books while researching your ancestors.

So far only one film has been digitized out of the many films available for Humacao.  That film number is 1389065.

Familysearch has loaded this film (no separation), which means you'll have to manually go through the film until they are able to break it down. Also, you will not find them under the Puerto Rico church images under search. There are 2,777 total images on the one film.  The items on the film are as follows and you can click on the Image Number which will lead you directly to the beginning of that item. Please note that the links will work only until Familysearch adds them to the Puerto Rico Church search database and breaks out the film to make navigation easier.

Click on the Image Number below to access the records (3, 207, 550, 900, 966, etc...)

Item #
Image Number
1858 – 1864
Defunciones (Deaths)
1893 – 1898
3 - 4
1784 – 1898
Indice de defunciones (Index of deaths)
550 & 900
5 - 8
1793 – 1904
Indice de bautismos (Index of baptisms)
9 - 11
1812 – 1821
Bautismos (Baptisms)
1806 – 1816
Matrimonios (Marriages – marked as baptisms in error)
1810 – 1812
Bautismos (Baptisms)
1821 – 1825
Bautismos (Baptisms)

I have previously explained how to navigate on this website in a prior blog post, so please review if you haven't and are not familiar with the website. You can view the entire catalog for Humacao at the following link: 

Dulce Nombre de Jesus in Humacao 

Dulce Nombre de Jesus in Humacao, Puerto Rico
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  1. Do you have any records from Hato Grande/San Lorenzo/Patillas region? The written records seem to be lacking there.

    Thank You

    1. Hi,

      There are church records available for San Lorenzo but they are only available on microfilm and not online. You can order to view the films via the website. However I recommend that you visit one of their Family History Centers first to ensure you're not ordering something that is already available locally.

  2. Hi Anna, first of all I would like to thank you for sharing all the valuable information we can find here in your blog. It has help me a lot in the search for my ancestors. I'm pretty new to this whole research, so I wanted to ask you: how do I find out what records are available in FamilySearch (I have an account there)that have been digitalized but not indexed, like for example this ones from Humacao? I don't know where to search them. Can you help me with that? Thanks.

    1. Hi,

      Just go up to the post above. Click on the numbers in the number listed under "Image Number" and it will take you to the records at the very beginning. I'm a computer geek so I tend to go digging around and come across records. Currently these are the only ones online for Humacao. The others you'll have to order films to view at a local FHC.


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