Anna Bayala

184 Flips | 3 Magazines | 2 Likes | 1 Follower | @AnnaBayala | I'm an avid genealogist that has been researching my family for over 25 years.  I seek to know who my ancestors were and what struggles they faced. I've even taken two DNA tests to discover that my journey is far from done. I've discovered many living cousins and confirmed my research. Researching my Caribbean ancestry can be challenging but not impossible. I share as I come across information so that those who follow me have an easier path.

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Spanish Last Names

For this next post I want to change things up a bit. For those of us that were raised in Hispanic household, things may or may not come naturally …

Genealogy

Searching for that Enslaved Ancestor

Many, and for some unknown reason, believe that slavery in Puerto Rico existed only on the eastern part of the island. The reality is that slavery …

Slavery in the Caribbean

It took me a long time to write this as it was hard to read some of the stuff. While I provide many references at the bottom, please take breaks from …

Starting My African Roots Research

One of the key tools that has help me in seeking to know more about my Puerto Rican African ancestors is the church records. While it is harder for …

Angel Delgado Silverio

My digging through my African ancestors starts with the most recent person and working my way backward. This would be Angel Delgado Silverio, my …

Francisca Silveria de la Cruz Prieto

One of the most amazing things you can possibly do when researching your ancestry is taking a DNA test. If at all possible, testing parents and …

Juan de la Cruz Arroyo

It always pays to review records over and over again. There are sometimes hints in the records that we may have missed on numerous occasions. This …

Finding a Lost Ancestor: Teresa Prieto

I have been away searching through records seeking to discover what happened with my 3rd great grandmother, Teresa Prieto. There were two conflicting …

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 …

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 …

Manumission Records of Slaves in Jamaica

One of the terms that many of us that descend from enslaved ancestors know is the word manumission. Manumission is the term used when referencing the …

Santiago Margarida - 8 Years Old Facing Slavery

While digging through records for Trujillo Alto, Puerto Rico in search of my own African ancestors, I came across a record at the end of the book …

Mandingo: Another Child Taken Into Slavery

As I continue to go through the records, telling their story, even if it is tiny in nature, is better to be told than to remain silent. This is the …

Slavery - Purchase of Freedom in the Caribbean

While going through slave records and researching information on slavery, one of the things that caught my attention was the ability of slaves …

Joaquin Hernandez: A Slave Documents Where He Came From!

Many of us wish we could jump into a time machine and change what our ancestors faced. This is the reality of those of us that descend from slavery. …

Francisca Silveria de la Cruz Prieto

One of the most amazing things you can possibly do when researching your ancestry is taking a DNA test. If at all possible, testing parents and …

Genealogy

Antigua, Nevis, Monseratt, St. Christopher and Falmouth Records for the 1700's

Genealogy is so important to many of us. Finding records of our ancestors that are from the Caribbean is always a great feeling. While many feel that …

Puerto Rico: Naranjito Church Records 1831 - 1936

I nearly missed the Naranjito church records as I didn't have them listed on my remaining list of churches in Puerto Rico. I want to thank Olga …

Puerto Rico: Barranquitas Church Records 1860 to 1952

One of the interesting things I have discovered between Puerto Rico and Dominican Republic is the constant repetition of town names. It is not a few …

Comerio Church Records 1832 - 1940

While Puerto Rico is only 100 miles long by 35 miles wide, it contains many municipalities. Comerio is surrounded by 6 municipalities and sits on the …

Matanzas Cuba Government Records on Slavery

The research for documents on our African ancestors is one of the biggest challenges that we face. Fortunately many of us who descend from those …

Slave Records from Matanzas Cathedral 1719 - 1918

In the province of Mantanzas in Cuba, it turns out that there are quite a few Catholic Churches and many records available. The records for this post …

Researching My African Diaz and Nunez Ancestors in Trujillo Alto Puerto Rico

So this is the record of my 3rd great grandfather, Angel Diaz Nunez on my father’s paternal side. He is Manuela’s Diaz’s grandfather. This line is …

How to Locate Ancestors in Church Records

Sometimes as an experienced researcher, you tend to forget somethings are not natural or known to many. So today, I was asked how to find a family …

Fajardo Digitized Church Records 1766 to 1946

Fajardo, which was founded in 1760, and is an eastern municipality facing the Atlantic Ocean, has a church called Santiago Apostol. We are fortunate …

Digitized Church Records for Arroyo in Puerto Rico

Before I go into the below records, I need to answer two questions that are being asked by many.<p>I am not the holder of these church records. They are …

Digitized Ponce Church Records 1835 to 1948

Ponce was established in 1692 and had settles prior to this year. While churches did exist prior to 1836, it is the earliest records that were filmed …

Joseph Vaguizu - An Infant Slave in Puerto Rico

I've edited this post with the following...<p>I want to thank the source of this record, an individual who is collecting records for Toa Alta. I wanted …

Ceiba Digitized Church Records 1840 - 1978

As I move forward in transcribing more records for different municipalities, I am discovering regions where I do not believe I have any ancestors but …