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Re: [PUERTO RICO] Gomez geneology San Juan Puerto

Hola Prima. So glad im not the only one stuck. I am looking for my grandgrandmothers history. It seems she nor anyone ever spoke of the past we we have none. (so to speak) Well I may not be of any help. I have been to the NARA center here in Chicago. Here is what my research has found. They do not have the 1899 records and are not sure they exist. Said that there was a fire and most were lost. Spain transferred most of its records to the US in 1890. But they would have the military record and family histroy from that record. As all spainiards were required to join the military from age 18 to 65. And if a marriage or purchase of land was done a request from the King was to be done first. You should check with the churches or even the archdioses to see if they have the birth records. The Island did not begin recording births until after 1885. Many people did not make it a practice to record the birth even after the country establish it. So seek church records. (Baptizmo recorded birth dates and generations of family members)I called you Prima because who knows we might be! My parents maiden names are both Gomez. My grandmother was born in 1870. Her name was manuela Gomez Y Sanchez. I was told by her last surviving son (he was 96 at the time) that her fathers name might have been Santiago Gomez Y Velez. They lived in San Lorenzo. If you should come across any info I would appreciate having it.

18 Dec 2002 :: 14 Nov 2008
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