Sociedad Puertorriqueña de Genealogía

Puerto Rican Genealogical Society, established in San Juan, Puerto Rico, but with worldwide membership.

The Puerto Rican Genealogical Society (http://www.genealogiapr.com) owes its existence to a leading genealogist: don Carlos Rafael Cianchini Anselmi (1925-1998).  Around 1988, this distinguished investigator began to establish contacts with people who frequented libraries and archives with the objective of finding their roots.  He spoke to them of the idea of establishing an association which would allow the interchange of ideas and information between genealogists.

On Saturday, Abril 29, 1989, at 3:00 p.m., as a result of the crucial work of don Carlos Cianchini, the following Founding Members met at the José M. Lázaro Library at the University of Puerto Rico, in Río Piedras:

Úrsula Acosta, Ángel Caraballo López, Yolanda Cuevas Ramírez de Arellano, José Echegaray Méndez, Jorge E. Escudero de Acosta, José Marull del Río, Francisco A. Mayo Aguayo, Antonio A. Monteserín, Rafael Enrique Ramos Ortiz and Jaime Alberto Soliván de Acosta.

The goal of the Founding Members at this meeting in which don Carlos presided, was to establish a genealogical society that was purposeful, scientific and of permanent character.  A Pilot Committee was chosen with the task of proposing a name for the association, draw up bylaws, facilitate the incorporation of the association at the Puerto Rican State Department  and study the idea of publishing a Bulletin.  The following Founding Members were part of this committee

Carlos Cianchini, Yolanda Cuevas, José Echegaray, José Marull y Jaime Soliván.

At their second meeting,, on May 27, 1989, the name SOCIEDAD PUERTORRIQUEÑA DE GENEALOGÍA (Puerto Rican Genealogical Society) was officially adopted.  A brief flyer, later accepted as the first publication of the Society Bulletin, was also circulated.  At the first anniversary of the Society on April 29, 1990; Volume II, I Edition of the Bulletin was published.  Since then, the Bulletin has been published regularly, first as a photocopy and since 1994 as a formal publication.  Although first called the Boletín de la Sociedad Puertorriqueña de Genealogía, the name of the publication was changed in the late 1990's to the Revista de la Sociedad Puertorriqueña de Genealogía and finally, although the name was used for two years unofficially, to Hereditas: la Revista de la Sociedad Puertorriqueña de Genealogía through an official registration at the Department of State of Puerto Rico which was formally approved and accepted in December, 2005.

The first elected body of the Society was chosen at the third meeting, celebrated on June 24, 1989.  The following Founding Members had the honor of being part of the board:

Carlos R. Cianchini Anselmi (President), Jaime A. Soliván de Acosta (Vice-President), María E. Acosta de Escudero (Secretary), Jorge E. Escudero de Acosta (Representative), Yolanda Cuevas Ramírez de Arellano (Representative), Rafael E. Ramos Ortiz (Representative).

Also chosen at that meeting were the Directors of the Society Committees: José E. Marull del Río (Member Committee), Jaime A. Soliván de Acosta (Certification Committee), José Cot Emanuelli (Public Relations Committee), Carlos R. Cianchini Anselmi (Activities Committee) y Father Tarsicio M. Gotay Figaredo (Ethics Committee).

At the extraordinary meeting of July 8, 1989, it was suggested that an emblem be made for the Society.  Jaime Soliván de Acosta drew up the logo while Piri Delannoy Solé was in charge of artwork.  The tree in the seal symbolizes Genealogy, the family tree of a family with its diverse family branches made up of different individuals.  The Paschal Lamb is taken from the Coat of Arms of Puerto Rico.  The motto “Honestas Et Gravitas” (Honesty and Earnestness), refer to the principals which regulate the tasks of the organization.

On July 21, 1989, at 1:55 p.m., the Society was officially incorporated at the Puerto Rican State Department (Registry No. 19,520), as a non profit organization with the following objectives:

  • To foster the scientific study of Puerto Rican Genealogy
  • To cooperate with the preservation of historic documents of Puerto Rico.
  • To promote educational activities (Seminars, Conferences, Exhibitions, etc.) related to the search of the genealogical roots of Puerto Ricans.

On August 26, 1989, the first bylaws of the Society were approved.  The bylaws presently in use were approved on September 28, 1991.

Today the Puerto Rican Genealogical Society has a member list of over 200 active members in Puerto Rico and oversees.  In order to accomplish its objectives more effectively, it relies on the following committees: Membership, Genealogy Approbation, Activities and Public Relations, Publications, Preservation of Documents and the Internet.  It meets one a month at the CASA ESPAÑA in Old San Juan.

The Puerto Rican Genealogical Society hosts monthly conferences.  It also has sponsored workshops and trips of genealogical and cultural character.  Its membership has grown greatly and continues to grow.  At the present time, it is one of the most active and productive of cultural institutions of Puerto Rico.  It continues to support and foster the study of Puerto Rican genealogy in multiple ways and has already made significant contributions to this Academic Discipline.  Member Publications include, but are not restricted to:

Books

DRA. ÚRSULA ACOSTA

  • Familias de Cabo Rojo, 1983 (con David E. Cuesta Camacho)
  • Cabo Rojo: Notas para su historia (con Antonio "Mao" Ramos Ramírez de Arellano)
  • Cofresí y Ducoudray: Dos hombres al margen de la historia, Editorial Edil, Río Piedras, PR, 1991
  • New Voices of Old: Five Centuries of Puerto Rican Cultural History, 1987
  • Apartado Postal 8
    Hormigueros, PR 00660
    (787) 833-9916
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DR. RICARDO CAMUÑAS MADERA

  • Hacendados y comerciantes en Puerto Rico en torno a la década revolucionaria de 1860.
  • Villa Interamericana, D-12 Calle 4
    San Germán, PR 00683
    (787)264-3839
  • camunas@caribe.net

IRAIDA CRUZ RODRÍGUEZ

  • Descendencia del Capitan Correa.
  • Descendientes de su hijo Joseph y otros.
  • Iraida Cruz
    13370 S. Point Dr.
    Apt. 18104
    Draper, UT 84020
    801-572-0655
  • PrincesaPR10@aol.com

DR. LUIS LÓPEZ NIEVES

  • Seva, Editorial Cordillera, San Juan de Puerto Rico, 1984, pp.112. (Actualmente en su 11ma edición: 2000.)
  • Escribir para Rafa, Editorial Cordillera, San Juan de Puerto Rico, 3ra edición, 1998, pp.167.
  • Te traigo un cuento, Editorial de la Universidad de Puerto Rico, 1997, pp.114.
  • La verdadera muerte de Juan Ponce de León, Editorial Cordillera, San Juan de Puerto Rico, 2000.
  • info@ciudadseva.com, http://www.ciudadseva.com

ANTONIO J. MOLINA

  • Antonio J. Molina y su mundo
  • Curiosidades históricas
  • Apartado Postal 6052
    San Juan, PR 00902
    (787) 764-3591

PEDRO ANTONIO MORELL MUÑOZ

  • El solar Morell de Camuy: sus ascendientes y descendientes, San Juan de Puerto Rico, 1995. pp.676.
  • Calle San Cosme 1696
    Urb. San Ignacio
    Río Piedras, PR 00927-6520
    (787) 767-3949

COL. HÉCTOR ANDRÉS NEGRONI BECERRA

  • Historia militar de Puerto Rico, Sociedad Estatal Quinto Centenario, Ediciones Siruela, Madrid, 1992,  pp.536.
  • 2003 Annies Way
    Vienna VA 22182
    (703) 938-0556
  • hanegroni@cox.net

PADRE JOSÉ ANTONIO OQUENDO PABÓN, STL

  • Familias de mi terruño I: Genealogía, consanguinidad y endogamia: Los parentescos de la familia de Rivera, publicación del autor.
  • Familias de mi Terruño II: Tras las huellas de los Pabón y sus parientes, en preparación.

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DRA. RAQUEL ROSARIO RIVERA

  • Los emigrantes llegados a Puerto Rico procedentes de Venezuela entre 1810-1848, Comisión para la Celebración del Quinto Centenario de Amórica y Puerto Rico, San Juan, 1992, pp.343.  (Incluye registro de emigrados.)
  • La Real Cédula de Gracias y sus primeros efectos en Puerto Rico,  San Juan, 1995, pp.295. (Incluye registro de emigrados.)
  • María de las Mercedes Barbudo, primera mujer independentista de Puerto Rico 1773-1849, San Juan, 1997, pp.290.
  • rrosario@prtc.net

ILIA DEL TORO ROBLEDO DE SANTIAGO

  • Actas del Cabildo de Ponce, Puerto Rico, 1812-1823
  • Parque de las Fuentes #506
    San Juan, PR 00918-3902
    (787) 763-0615

 

RECOMPILATIONS OF PARISH SACRAMENTAL BOOKS

  • (for lack of Demographics Department until 1885, vital records are necessarily found in the parish sacramental books: baptism = birth, marriage, death)

DRA. URSULA ACOSTA

  • Defunciones de Yauco, primer libro
  • Matrimonios de Cabo Rojo, 1779-1801, (1993)
  • Matrimonios de Cabo Rojo, 1806-1817, (1993)
  • Matrimonios de Cabo Rojo, 1849-1858, (1993)
  • Matrimonios de la Catedral de San Juan, 1654-1725, (1992), comentado
  • Primer libro de matrimonios de San Germán, 1759-1774, (con David M. Stark), 1994
  • Apartado Postal 8
    Hormigueros, PR 00660
    (787) 833-9916
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TERESA DE CASTRO DE SEDGWICK

  • Libro primero de bautismos de Caguas (1730-1766)
  • Libro primero de Matrimonios de Caguas (1730-1774)
  • 194 Summer Ave.
    Springfield, MA 01108
    (413) 749-6619

PADRE JOSÉ ANTONIO OQUENDO PABÓN, STL

  • Libro primero de matrimonios de Arecibo 1708-1734
  • Libros mas antiguos de la Parroquia de San Fernando Rey:
    • Libro 1 de bautismo de pardos de Toa Alta 1752-1760
    • Libro 1 de bautismo de blancos 1759-1762
  • Libro 2 de matrimonio Vega Baja 1805-1839
  • Libro 2 de bautismo de Pardos de Toa Alta 1778-1787
  • Libro 1 de defunción de Vega Baja 1791-1805
  • Libro 2 de defunción de Vega Baja 1805-1825
  • Libro 3 de defunción de Vega Baja 1825-1829

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