Puerto Rico Genealogy

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  1. http://familia.rootsweb.ancestry.com/

    Familia Beauchamps

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  2. Excellent page. Thank you for sharing such useful information.

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    1. Thank you so much. I hope it will help you and others. :)

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    1. Thank you! Hope it helps you in your research!

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  4. Your blog is amazing. Thanks for sharing your knowledge.

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    1. Thank you Lydia! I hope you find information that will help you in your family research!

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  5. Do you have a email I can get in contact with? I believe we are related through the Betancourt family. My email is mcroker0890@gmail.com

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    1. Hi Matthew, I just now seeing your post. If you descend from the Betancourt that was started with Diego's son Rafael, then yes we are related. I believe I saw a post today in the group for Patillas. :)

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  6. Hi Anna. I hope you can help with find what Boats, barges, yawls, dinghies or even a yagua "like my grandmother use to say" anything that arrive at Puerto Rico in the early 1800's. I will appreciate it very much. I bought the book "Los Emigrantes llegados a Puerto Rico Procedentes de Venezuela entre 1810-1848" and didn't find my 3x's great grandfather. Cosme Aguirre isn't on his content. Please Anna help me. Thank you and God bless!

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    1. Hi Nereida,

      Yes I saw your post in the Facebook group and here. Unfortunately you purchased a book but the problem is that you should not buy books until you've exhausted all the free options first. There are books you can get on microfilm. I cannot recall your prior note but the name sounds very familiar. Have you gone through the Ponce church records yet? I saw the town you listed that he came from but it does not exist in Venezuela. I recommend reviewing documents you have first. Sometimes we capture information and start to remember it not in a full picture; our minds are funny characters. Unfortunately, until I complete the breakdown of Ponce, there are no specific church records I can recommend. Keep in mind that records could have been lost or it may require visiting the Archivos in San Juan. However, take a step back and sit down and review the records you do have and document the information in a notebook. I am hoping to have Ponce done within the next week or so. It will take time since there are 16 films involved that I need to breakdown into books.

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    2. Thank you, Anna. Can you please let me know when you finish with the record from Ponce? I'll appreciate it. I will keep looking for Cosme but I really don't know where else to look anymore. I have checked on line for him but to no avail and this has taken me months and I have been searching for ships that landed in Puerto Rico but also there is the possibility that they went to Colombia or Brazil before they left for Puerto Rico. I have been thinking that due to the war or conflict that it was going on in Venezuela at that particular time, that maybe he emigrated with a different name or that he came with his family as a child. You are blessed for helping people to find their roots. Thank you again.

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  7. Hi Anna thank you for the wealth of information !

    I have been doing ancestry for a few years and have been able to go back sveral generations on both sides of my family. I have been specifically trying find my great great grand father that passed in 1909 , have have been trying to find birth records of his time which would be from the 1850's but have been unable to find on ancestry and family search.org they are from Garrochales , Arecibo . Is there another place i can look?

    From what i read on your site census records exist from 1800 s but are only in San Juan to view by appointment ?

    Thanks Ed



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    1. Hi Ed,

      Arecibo is one of the churches that was never filmed. Because of this, you will not be able to find records for the church. Before making a trip to visit the church, understand that many people are being denied to view the sacramental books. I do not know if you looked at Civil records on Familysearch but I recommend it. Although they are the same records that Ancestry is showing (as a matter fact that is where the feed is coming from), the indexing is different between both website. The indexing done on Familysearch were done by many people from Puerto Rico so you may find it indexed correctly versus computer errors from Ancestry as they have software that reads documents. Sorry I could not provide you with a better answer.

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    2. Ed,

      I had to go look because I thought that I had previously posted about the church records. Below is a link to the post, there you should find church records for San Juan, Rio Piedras, Trujillo Alto, Luquillo, and many other towns. Thank you for bringing this to my attention as I didn't realize the links were no longer working. However, visit the below post for those records.

      http://www.genealogianuestra.com/2015/08/searching-and-viewing-puerto-rico.html

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  8. Hi Anna:
    Do you know if San Lorenzo and Hatillo have digitized church records?

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    1. Yes to San Lorenzo and Hatillo no. You'll have to visit the website's catalog to view San Lorenzo.

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    2. Thank you so much. I was able to find several records for my family in the San Lorenzo church records.

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  9. Hi, Anna. I know that I am bothering you too much but I'm really desperate. You told me that I could find information about my ancestors on the free E-Books but I really don't know how to find them. I guess I'm giving the wrong feedback to Google and that's why I can't find anything about my ancestors. Could you at least give me a hint on how to do it, please? I'll appreciate it. I bought the book about Los Emigrantes Llegados a Puerto Rico Procedentes de Venezuela Entre 1810-1848 but I didn't find anything about the person that I'm looking for. Please, help me on how to find the free E-Books on line. God bless you.

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    1. Nereida,

      You misunderstood what I was saying. I didn't say to look at free ebooks but to look at free resources that are available online. Things like church and civil records. Visiting a local FHC and viewing census records from the 1800s. Buying books should be the last option as you can see you bought a book that was of no use. This is why I post things that are free or you can access them for free...for the most part. I also posted the Ponce records. It is a lot of hard work but rewarding once you find the information you seek.

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  10. Thank you Anna. I think I misunderstood you. I guess I will keep searching for more free information if I can find it. Blessings!

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    1. You're very welcome. And no worries, I'm glad you came back and asked. :)

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  11. Hi everyone, I'm new to this blog, and even to researching my ancestors from PR. I have been trying to find my bis abuela, Francisca Almestica, who was born on the island de Vieques. I can never find info on the habitants of the island.
    When i did search her name on this website, it days she doesnt exist, which i know is wrong. I know from family members that the Almesticas are of one family, which resided on Vieques and Culebra. It is sooo hard to get info on these two islands off the mainland, its almost as though they dont exist. If anyone can help, it would be greatly appreciated.
    Thanx!

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    1. Hi Pinky,

      There are actually many records available for Vieques but they are not indexed so using a searching window is not the option you should be using. There are church records available but they are not digitized. However, here are some civil registration records and I believe this is your great grandmother, visit the below link. You will have to copy and paste the entire entry below.

      https://www.familysearch.org/search/record/results?count=20&query=%2Bgivenname%3AFrancisca%20%2Bsurname%3AAlmestica~%20%2Bbirth_place%3A%22Vieques%2C%20Puerto%20Rico%22~

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  12. Thank you. Thank you. Thank you. I can't thank you enough for the valuable information you provided on this site. I love it and have learned so much.

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    1. You are most welcome! Hope it will help you in your research. :)

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  13. Ann, gracias po su pagina, me encanta. pero tengo un problema, mi padre aparece en el censo de 1920, porque supuestamente nacio en el once y no encuntro su acta de nacimiento, todos sus hermanos estan registrados menos el, en el acta de defuncion de su madre que murio en el 1917, aparece. que debohacer para encontrarlo.

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  14. Estoy muy agradecida por su trabajo al publicar informacion importante para los que deseamos conseguir nuestros antepasados para añadirlos al arbol genealogico de la familia. Gracias a su publicacion de los matrimonios de Cidra, Puerto Rico consegui el documento de matrimonio de mis tatarabuelos. La tatarabuela, Petrona Rivera Vega, nacio en Juana Dias (aproximadamente 1813) y necesito encontrar el acta de bautismo de ella.
    Tedra usted algo de dicho pueblo, y si lo tiene y lo va a publicar, podra avisarme? Le estare muy agradecida,

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    1. I do not provide personal responses on when I am posting something to the website. You will have to subscribe to the website and follow it. I also do not provide research help to individuals. I recommend that you post in one of the many Facebook groups for assistance.

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  15. Lamentablemente en los récords que hay de Juana Días no hay nada del 1813. Voy a buscar en Ancestry para ver si hay algo.

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  16. Need any help you can give...my 3x grandmother was Lao (sometimes Maria Lao) Lucas from Ponce. The woman she claimed was her mother was Adelaida Lucca, a Mende slave from Guyanilla. There's lots of information on Adelaida, but Lao is never listed as one of her children. Do you have any idea as to why that would be?

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  17. Could use any help you can provide...my 3x grandmother was Lao (sometimes Mario Lao) Lucas (sometimes Luccas, sometimes Lucca) of Ponce Segundo. The woman she claimed was her mother was Adelaida Lucca of Guayanilla. All of her children's records show Adelaida as the abuela, her death record shows Adelaida as her mother...and there's a lot of information on Adelaida Lucca (the Lucca slaves themselves have a family tree), but none of it mentions Lao as her child. Any idea why that would be?

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    1. That's because on the 1920 census, she is listing her mother as being born in Africa. I recommend that you look through slave books. Lao may have never been baptized or baptized in a church where records do not exist. She lists her father as being born in Puerto Rico.

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    2. Thanks a lot. I'll try to find some slave books.

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  18. Anna,

    Thank you for your excellent service. IS there a link where one can find the online FamilySearch mictofilms you have not indexed, yet.

    Best wishes

    Paco Tomei

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  19. Hi Anna, I am so glad of your passion about finding your roots, because since I retired I was able to do more research. Thank you for your website that I was able to find some of my relatives in the Naguabo Church Records. I have been looking for my great grandparents Antonio Hernandez 1821,(which I found by luck), but never have been able to find his wife Isabel Velazquez Alvarez 1838? said to be born in Las Piedras. Antonio I believe was from the Islas Canarias by a census in his daughter's time. His father is Salvador Hndz and mother Maria Carmona, not know if he came with his Son or Antonio traveled alone. My mother said usually the man marries in the Woman's hometown, then they lived in Naguabo. Haven't been able to find marriage, Isabel's birth, baptist or death any where the family spread out to Las Piedras, Humacao and Juncos and nothing. She couldn't have disappeared. How can I know if Salvador and Maria was from the Peninsula when Ellis Island had a fire destroying all records. Where do the Canary Islands keep their vital records and traveling info. I wish Puerto Rico would have had record better records instead of putting everyone was from PR and not even record the towns, some did, alot didn't. I was looking for Bayamon and Toa Alta because I also looking for information on my 6 grandfather Hipolito Fonseca and my 6 grandmother Paula de la Estrella had around 5 slaves in the 1800. I have a lot of info but not Her husband who died in 1819 in Toa Alta, and the records are too damaged and was told there was no way for them to copy info. Is there any other place that they would keep copies to another facility to perserve them. Please let me know, because I need to know his parents names to continue to branch out. In the 1830's were the people in Las Piedras able to keep records in their town or they had to register in another town. It has not been easy but it is rewarding once you find out about your ancestors. Thank you for your attention on this matter. I will wait for your answer and help. God bless you.

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  20. Hi Anna,
    If your great great grandfather is from the Canary Islands, how do we get their records? I know its part of Spain but is there a especific town that their records are kept. I went through records in Spain but couldn't find anything. Also, if one doesn't have the parents name you can't match it up. My family said the Fonseca's came out of Portugal and they lived in Morrocco before coming to PR and people would mock them, not sure if it was there accent or their language. My aunt told me this after I went to Spain looking for information, that we were not from Spain. I need help how to get information, but it is hard without the right town that they lived in. Would it be in some sort of Census where they are from? Puerto Rico messed up on giving those details in the records or the census. Do the Spanish Consulate keeps records of family and individual picture and info when they leave the country? I believe the passport thingy start after 1800's or was it before? I love that you have this blog I was able to find my great grandparents death records in Naguabo. I have one grandparent that they didn't put where he was born and they baptized him a year after he was born? This drives me crazy and they are the ones from The Canary Islands. Help! I need to find where I can get records from there. I called about the death records from Toa Alta from my 6th grandparent Hipolito Fonseca, married to Paula De La Estrella, who died in 1819 and the records are to destroyed. Is there another place that I could get a copy of his death certificate and any other? Thanks for your passion to the ancestry blog, your help is appreciated.

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  21. This message is for anyone asking questions. I do not do research for free for anyone nor do I provide answers directly to anyone. I charge $500 for consulting fee which is the going rate for professional assistance in the industry. I recommend that everyone post their questions in the following two groups on Facebook if you are looking for assistance...

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