Author Topic: Where to get records for PR prior to 1900?  (Read 17663 times)

lilypad250

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Where to get records for PR prior to 1900?
« on: May 08, 2010, 09:01:58 PM »
I saw somewehre that in order to find info on people prior to 1900 you have to check with the Catholic church in the town the family lived in (primarily Sabana Grande and Guanica). However, my mother-in-law tried once and said all records have been sent to San Juan.

Does anyone know who I should contact?
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gilmac

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Re: Where to get records for PR prior to 1900?
« Reply #1 on: May 21, 2010, 02:04:05 PM »
I am in a similar situation. I am looking for the birth certificates, baptismal certificates and marriage liscense of my paternal grandparents who were born in Vega Baja Puerto Rico in 1896 and 1898 respectively. I certainly will pCensored on any information I think will help and I hope you will do likewise.

Goodluck
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Lagordita

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Re: Where to get records for PR prior to 1900?
« Reply #2 on: June 02, 2010, 06:55:44 AM »
I do not understand why it is so difficult or no one knows how to get information about Puerto Ricans prior to 1900. There must a record sinewhere where we cab find on line. Please help.
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Re: Where to get records for PR prior to 1900?
« Reply #3 on: June 15, 2010, 11:54:33 PM »
Adjuntas and Juana Diaz church records are microfilmed, and available via the LDS (Morman) Family History Center. If you don't know about the LDS FHCs, you should check some of the links or a book about genealogy. The LDS FHC is the primary research resource for off-island researchers of Puerto Rican ancestry.
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Re: Where to get records for PR prior to 1900?
« Reply #4 on: July 20, 2010, 06:18:10 AM »
As mentioned in a prior post, you should check the catalog of the FHC films for civil registrations (births, marriages, deaths).  These should exist from about mid-1880's when civil registrations became the law.  In many cases they are now online through FamilySearch.org.  In some cases there are parish records filmed also, but not for every town, and I have found that these are not generally online, you still have to order the microfilm.  If you must access records prior to the 1880's, whether church or civil, you pretty much have to do it in person.  For church records you need to write to the bishop for that town and request permission-they usually give it for a 6 month period (e.g. the bishop of San Sebastian is in Mayaguez.  Specify you would like to review San Sebastian records.  When you have permission, you can conact the specific cathedral in San Sebastian where the records are likely to be kept.  You should also determine if the records even exist before you actually go-many have been lost/damaged or moved.)  If you are absolutely certain of the date and place and doesn't require independant research, you might be able to directly order what you are looking for and pay a fee, but I have found that you can never really be certain.

For civil records, it's true many have been moved to San Juan-though not all.  Again, you should contact the civil authorities for the town you want and find out.  The archives in San Juan do allow research.  I know the PR Genealogical Society also sponsors research trips to the archives for its members.
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Re: Where to get records for PR prior to 1900?
« Reply #5 on: August 16, 2010, 06:08:42 PM »
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Re: Where to get records for PR prior to 1900?
« Reply #6 on: June 27, 2011, 08:31:33 AM »
I'd search some central libraries (not only in PR). Plus on-line resourses adviced by berryblue...
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Re: Where to get records for PR prior to 1900?
« Reply #7 on: June 23, 2016, 07:02:21 AM »
Neither url is reachable!!!