Puerto Rico Goals:  1: Research and Records   2: Archives and Libraries   3: Vital and Census Records   4: Court and Cemetery Records   5: Maps and Gazetteers   6: Newspapers   7: Websites   8: Search Records   9: Get Help  






U.S.—Puerto Rico

Explore research in Puerto Rico.


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Goal 1: Learn about Puerto Rico research and records.


Choices:

A. Get started with research for your Puerto Rico ancestors.

  1. Learn about basic Puerto Rico research strategies in this Quick Start Guide.
    FS—Puerto Rico Quick Start Guide
  2. Explore resources for Puerto Rico research on Ancestry.
    AC—Puerto Rico Resources
  3. Study the Ancestry State Guide for Puerto Rico research.
    AC—Puerto Rico State Research Guide, 4 pgs.
  4. Find records to search for Puerto Rican genealogy.
    FS—Puerto Rico, Finding Records


Goal 2: Learn about Puerto Rico archives and libraries.


Choices:

A. Learn about Puerto Rico archives and libraries.

  1. Learn about Puerto Rico archives and libraries in this FamilySearch Wiki article.
    FS—Wiki: Puerto Rico Archives and Libraries
  2. Explore the Puerto Rico General Library and National Archive.
  3. Explore the Books We Own site for Puerto Rico genealogy publications. Volunteers may be available for lookup services.


Goal 3: Learn about Puerto Rico civil registration, vital records, and census records.


Choices:

A. Learn about Puerto Rico civil registration and vital records.

  1. Learn about Puerto Rico vital records in this article.
    FS—Wiki: Puerto Rico Civil Registration
  2. Learn about vital records at the Puerto Rico Dept. of Health.
  3. Explore Puerto Rico death records on the Moose Roots site.

B. Explore Puerto Rico census and voter records.

  1. Get an overview of Puerto Rico censuses in this article.
    FS—Puerto Rico Census
  2. Explore records from the 1940 Puerto Rico Census.


Goal 4: Learn about Puerto Rico court and cemetery records.


Choices:

A. Learn about Puerto Rico court records.

  1. Explore the Archive.org site for a collection of Puerto Rican civil court documents.

B. Explore Puerto Rico cemetery records and obituaries.

  1. Browse the Interment.net site for Puerto Rico cemetery records.
  2. Search the FindaGrave site for cemetery records.
  3. Search the BillionGraves site for cemetery records.
  4. Explore the Obituary Index for Puerto Rico on RootsWeb.





Goal 5: Learn about Puerto Rico maps and gazetteers.


Choices:

A. Learn about Puerto Rico maps.

  1. Explore the David Rumsey collection of Puerto Rico maps.
  2. Explore the Perry-Castaneda site for maps of Puerto Rico.







Goal 6: Learn about Puerto Rico newspapers.


Choices:

A. Learn about Puerto Rico newspapers.

  1. Search for Puerto Rico historical newspapers in the Library of Congress collection.
  2. Search Puerto Rico newspapers in the onlinenewspapers.com site.
  3. Search Puerto Rico newspapers in the world-newspapers.com site.
  4. Search Puerto Rico newspapers in the ABYZ News Link site.






Goal 7: Explore additional websites for research.


Choices:

A. There are a number of websites with valuable resources for Puerto Rico research.

  1. Explore links in Cyndi's List.


Goal 8: Search records from Puerto Rico.


Choices:

A. Use the QUIKLinks or County Pages (top of page) to quickly search the most common record collections for Puerto Rico.

Note: To search records on these sites, you must be registered or be at a FamilySearch Center.

  1. Click a link in the first section to search a FamilySearch collection.
  2. Click a link in the second section to search an Ancestry collection.
  3. Click a link in the third section to search a Findmypast collection.

B. Explore additional record collections.

  1. In each program (FamilySearch, Ancestry, or Findmypast), explore additional record collections besides the ones listed in QUIKLinks on this page.


Goal 9: Get Help

Choices:

A. Use Facebook pages to get answers to your questions.

  1. Visit the Genealogy of Puerto Rico page on Facebook.
  2. Visit the Investigacion Genealogica en Puerto Rico page on Facebook.
  3. See the Genealogy on Facebook list of Facebook groups dedicated to helping with research for Puerto Rico.

B. Join a mailing list or message board for Puerto Rico research.

  1. Join the RootsChat forum and post questions about Puerto Rico research.
  2. Search the RootsWeb site for Puerto Rico research mailing lists.
  3. Explore the Puerto Rico research mailing lists on Cyndi's List.

C. Learn about Puerto Rico genealogy societies.

  1. Explore articles on the Puerto Rico Hispanic Genealogy Society site.
  2. Explore the PR Roots of New York site for genealogical resources.
  3. Explore Puerto Rico genealogy society sites on Cyndi's list.