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Help Find Families in Puerto Rico

I love the feeling of finding new family records. It helps grow my family tree, but it also helps those that are researching the same ancestry, my close and distant relatives. More recently, I have started to match non-related Puerto Rican families on the free genealogy website Family Search. Though these new records will not…

Tomás Gómez – My Third Great-Grandfather

Puerto Ricans who were born and raised in Puerto Rico carry the surnames of both of their parents, which is common in most Spanish speaking nations. If I were born in Puerto Rico, I would also endow my mother’s maiden name of Gómez which would follow my father’s name of Vélez. My mother’s side of…

The Viera-Carmona Family of Rio Piedras, Puerto Rico

I was fortunate enough to have two fathers: one who gave me life and the Vélez Family name, the other raised me like I was one of his own until I was 19 years old. My “step-father,” Angel Luis Viera Carmona, was known to me as “Papi” and was the prominent father figure in my…

The Ruiz Family of Mayaguez and Las Marias, Puerto Rico

My maternal grandmother’s maiden name was Ruiz and her family came from Mayaguez, Puerto Rico. As of the date of this post, I have been able to trace the Ruiz Family line back to about 1822. My grandmother, Carmen Maria Ruiz y Santiago de Gomez, who gave birth to 17 children and was known most…

The Lugo Family of San German, Puerto Rico

The Lugo Family name begins in my ancestry with my great-grandmother on my Vélez father’s side of the family. Her name was Juana Maria Cancel y Lugo de Vélez and she was born in 1891 and died in 1950. Juana Maria was married to my great-grandfather, Antonio Vélez y Mercado. The Vélez side of my…

Mayagüez, Puerto Rico

My mother’s side of the family is from Mayagüez, Puerto Rico. The family names from Mayagüez are Gómez, Soler, Ruíz, and Santiago. Mayagüez, the largest city on the western side of the island, was founded in 1760. Most of the town’s settlers, including its founders, came originally from the Canary Islands. Mayagüez, whose population in…

History of San Germán, Puerto Rico

The Vélez-Padilla side of my family has a long rich history in San Germán, Puerto Rico. My genealogy analysis for this family line goes back to around 1805 with the birth of my 3rd great-grandmother, Dominga Ramírez. While conducting research on San Germán, I came across this incredibly informative mini-documentary on YouTube. It really gives…

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