Airplanes Arriving at San Juan, Puerto Rico, 1929-1941 49 RG 146 U.S. Civil Service Commission, 1888-1981 50 RG 186 Records of the Spanish Governors of Puerto Rico concerning Foreigners in Puerto Rico (Extranjeros), ca. 1815-1845 51 RG 220 Ad Hoc Advisory Group on the 52. Happy Monday folks! Back to the weekly work routine. 😛 I’ve recently taken up on a genealogy hobby researching my family history and family tree. Initial surnames I’m researching are Acevedo and Rivera from Aguadilla, Puerto Rico. Both my father and mother’s family are from Aguadilla. I have been able to find a lot of. Puerto Rican Ancestors in Spanish and American Military Records - By Miguel J. Hernandez y Torres -If you are in search of your Puerto Rican genealogical roots and confining yourself to civil and church records, I respectfully urge that you expand your quest to include military ones as well. As a general rule, modern day Puerto Ricans in the mainland U.S, and on the island, know little about.
Records from Puerto Rico offer a great history of naming trends on the island, from Spanish influences, to Classical (Greek and Roman) references, to 'American-sounding' first names in the recent past.
- Greek origin: Hipólito/a (Hippolytus), Telésforo (Telesphoros), Ceferino/a (Zephyrus)
- Roman origin: Agripino/a (Marcus Vipsanius Agrippa, architect of Caesar's Rome)
- German origin: Clotilde, Anselmo/a
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In addition, the website, PuertoRicanGenealogy.Weebly.Com deftly explains the common practice of 'multiple surnames', which can actually make your Puerto Rican genealogy research easier!:
Puerto Rican genealogy is made exponentially easier because of the use of multiple surnames. Puerto Rico used the Spanish practice of using the last names of both parents. A child born would be given a first and middle name and then the first last name of the father followed by the first last name of the mother. (e.g. Maria Luisa Rivera Garcia.) You may find it written with or without the word y meaning 'and' between the two last names. (e.g. Tomas Rivera y Castro.) Upon marriage, a Puerto Rican woman could choose to add her husband's last name by adding the word de meaning 'of' before her husband's first last name. (e.g.Maria Luisa Rivera Garcia de Felicianoor Maria Luisa Rivera y Garcia de Feliciano.)
To the average American, that seems like a mouthful but for a genealogist, it is a practice that is extremely useful for various reasons. First, because it is easy to track a person over periods of time in various documents. Second, it aids in finding siblings if you are looking to create a larger family tree. Third, upon discovering cousins or grandchildren living in the home, you can investigate to find out who the parents are by tracing the two last names. And of course, the most obvious, there is no issue with finding maiden names! It is amazingly easier to trace back further generations with the mother's name already known.
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Rather than include long lists of names, below are suggested resources—at NYPL and online—that explain surname practices, first names and their translations, and nicknames with origins. It is intended that this serve as reference when viewing handwritten digitized records.
NYPL Catalog by Subject:
- Names, Personal -- Spanish -- Dictionaries.
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Puerto Rico was discovered in 1493. Juan Ponce de León explored the island in 1508 and established San Juan that same year. There were at least four attempts to bring the island under English control, one in 1595, and three in the 18th century.
As the spirit of revolt became more prevalent throughout the Spanish colonies, many who remained loyal to the Spanish crown immigrated to Puerto Rico, the last Spanish stronghold in the New World.
Following the Spanish-American War in 1898, Puerto Rico was occupied by the United States. U.S. citizenship was granted to all Puerto Ricans in 1917. Today it remains as a territorial possession of the United States.
1493 - Columbus arrived in Puerto Rico during his second voyage
1508 - Juan Ponce de León, a lieutenant under Columbus, founded the first Spanish settlement
1797 - Sir Ralph Abercromby's fleet invaded the island with a force of 6,000–13,000 men, which included German soldiers and Royal Marines and 60 to 64 ships. Fierce fighting continued for the next days with Spanish troops and both sides suffered heavy losses
1815 - The Royal Decree of Graces is a legal order approved by the Spanish Crown in the early half of the 19th century to encourage Spaniards and, later, Europeans of of non-Spanish origin, to settle in and populate the colony of Puerto Rico as a result of which 450,000 immigrants, mainly Spaniards, settled on the island in the period up until the American conquest
1899 - Spain ceded Puerto Rico, along with the Philippines and Guam, then under Spanish sovereignty, to the U.S. under the Treaty of Paris
1906 - During an address to the Puerto Rican legislature, President Theodore Roosevelt recommended that Puerto Ricans become U.S. citizens
1952 - The Constitution of Puerto Rico was formally adopted and the convention approved Resolution 22 which chose in English the word Commonwealth, meaning a 'politically organized community' or 'state', which is simultaneously connected by a compact or treaty to another political system