February 10, 2018

Culebra Church Records 1896 - 1976

Culebra, known as the last Virgin Island, sits off the coast of Puerto Rico to the east.  The island wasn't always inhabited by those from the island but finally in 1880 people began migration to the island. In the past the island had prior inhabitants, including pirates.  Note that Culebra consists of the main island and 23 smaller islands. So it is important to look elsewhere.

When searching for records prior to the records available, look to Vieques and Fajardo as locations to look.  In addition, since it is a remote location, take into account that baptisms can happen years later due to accessibility to the church.  I also refer to Fajardo due to the the port that exists there to transport you to the islands. 

Baptisms


Marriages


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February 8, 2018

Digitzed San Lorenzo Church Records

While there are many records in Caguas going back to the 1700's, that isn't the case for San Lorenzo.  San Lorenzo was founded in 1737 and was initially known as San Miguel de Hato Grande and later people simply called it Hato Grande.  I had previously posted about the 1884 Census that is in excellent condition that can be found on PARES.  Visit the Puerto Rico Genealogy page to find the link and review how to access the census.

So when it comes to San Lorenzo, you'll have to look at Caguas for church records prior to the 1818 records for Nuestra Señora de la Mercedes Church.  The good thing about this collection is that duplication of records exists so that if one set of images are not good, try another. For the most part the collections in close to complete minus Book 2 of Slave records missing and the confirmation records which are limited.

Baptisms (Slave, Pardos (Brown), and Free Blacks) 

*Note Pardos can mean Native American


Baptisms (Whites and Pardos)


Baptisms (All)


Confirmations

Marriages


Deaths



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February 3, 2018

Cidra Church Record in Puerto Rico

Cidra, known as "Town of the Eternal Spring", is located in the eastern central region of Puerto Rico. It's location is just north of Cayey; south of Comerío and Aguas Buenas; east of Aibonito; and west of Caguas. The town was founded in 1809.  Knowing this information is important since you'll need this information as you seek for records older than the existence of the town or church records.

For Cidra, the church was not established until 1818. I highly recommend that pulling up a map to see if other churches existed closer than Caguas if they were establish prior to 1818.  The digitized books contain baptisms, confirmations, marriages, and death records going to 1937. The breakdown of the books are as follows...

Baptisms


Confirmations

 Marriages

Deaths 


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February 2, 2018

Aibonito Church Books in Puerto Rico

Researching Puerto Rico ancestry is not as difficult today as it was in many years past.  Today, there are hundreds of records available online.  This post is about Aibonito and the available online church records.

Aibonito is a small municipality that sits in mountainous area of Puerto Rico. It is surrounded by Coamo, Barranquitas, Cidra, Salinas, and Cayey. While small, it does have its own church and was founded in 1824.  For records prior to this time, it is recommended that you read up on the history of the region to know where to look prior to the church and town existing. Note that the death books were not filmed. Please also note that family search notated in the catalog as if years were missing in the baptism books, however that isn't the case. The church records and links are as follows.

Baptisms


Confirmations


Same set as above but a second filming...

Marriages


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February 1, 2018

Jamaica Roman Catholic Records 1795 - 1823

One of the great things about Roman Catholic Church records in Jamaica is the amount of information contained in the records.  The collection on records is not complete but it was salvaged from further destruction. The collection contains baptisms, confirmations, marriages, and death records from 1795 to 1836.

These records also contains free blacks, mixed race, and those that were enslaved. The breakdown of these records includes all ages. Unfortunately, there are a lot of missing records but hopefully these images will help someone researching their ancestry on the island. As I locate more records, I will continue to post on the website to assist anyone researching their lines.

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