"Los Zapata del Suroeste de Puerto Rico,"  Hereditas, Revista de Genealogía Puertorriqueña / Sociedad Puertorriqueña de Genealogía, Vol 16, Núm. 2, (Año 2015): 35-59.

Autor: César A. Zapata Lozada

Resumen: Presentación de la familia Zapata, desde el primer miembro de esta familia en la isla de Puerto Rico, el soldado Marcos Zapata, reclutado para la plaza militar en San Juan, Puerto Rico a finales del siglo XVII y su descendencia a través de casi cuatro siglos. 

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"Las Aventuras de Francisco Lozada y las familias Lozada de Cabo Rojo," Hereditas, Revista de Genealogía Puertorriqueña / Sociedad Puertorriqueña de Genealogía, Vol 18, Núm. 1 (Año 2017): 31-62.

Autor: César A. Zapata Lozada

Resumen: Presentación de un incidente de bandidaje en el suroeste de Puerto Rico en el principio del siglo XIX que incluyó miembros de la familia Lozada y otros vecinos de Cabo Rojo. También incluye una investigación rigurosa de la familia Lozada de Cabo Rojo, Puerto Rico.

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Author: David M. Stark, Ph.D.

SummaryDr. Stark discusses the origins of the Aponte family in Coamo and their genealogy. Anyone who has traced a family history in Puerto Rico back to the eighteenth century knows how difficult it can be to reconstruct genealogies during this period. At some time or another many of us have run into brick walls in our research because of the absence of demographic (census) records and the scarcity of parish (baptismal, marriage, and death) registers. This is especially true of rural communities, such as Coamo.  

Dr. Stark examined the family’s seventeenth-century origins clarify the relationship among the various Aponte families in Coamo during the initial decades of the eighteenth century, with particular attention devoted to don Nicolás de Aponte and Juan de Aponte Díaz. Not only were they two of Coamo’s leading citizens, but more importantly the ancestors of many Apontes throughout the island. Dr. Stark also discusses the Aponte’s economic activities within the broader framework of south-central Puerto Rico. As a result, students of the island’s colonial past will come away with a better understanding of the Aponte’s genealogy and the family’s role in the economic, political, and social life of eighteenth-century Coamo. 

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Author: David M. Stark, Ph.D. 

Summary: Anyone who has ever searched for their ancestors in Cayey and can trace them back to the eighteenth century is sure to have encountered the Vásquez family at some point in their research. The Vásquez family figures prominently in the early history of Cayey, both in terms of their sheer numbers and their role in the community’s foundation in 1773. In that year, Juan de Mata Vásquez representing the interests of 31 vecinos, or heads of household, successfully petitioned the island’s governor Miguel de Muesas to have Cayey established as a separate community from Coamo, with a church dedicated to Nuestra Señora de la Asunción and its own teniente a guerra, or all-encompassing civilian and military leader, in the person of Juan de Mata Vásquez. The identity of the different Vásquez families and how they were related has until now been impossible to establish with any degree of certainty. However, it is now possible to (re)construct the genealogy of the Vásquez family not only in Cayey, but also in nearby communities such as Coamo and Guayama by using nineteenth-century marital inventories for military officials who wished to marry in Puerto Rico in conjunction with extant parish baptismal, marriage, and death records. I will endeavor to unravel the mystery of the Vásquez genealogy and follow it back to Juan Vásquez de Rivera.

While this article does not claim to have identified all the children of Juan Vásquez de Rivera and Juliana de Alvarado, it does provide a partial list of their children based upon a reconstruction of dispensations for consanguineous marriages contracted by various individuals of the Vásquez family during the late eighteenth and early nineteenth centuries. Perhaps other genealogists or historians may be able to contribute additional branches to the Vásquez family tree or add to our knowledge of Juan Vásquez de Rivera and Juliana de Alvarado.

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Author: César A. Zapata Lozada

Summary: Presentation of the life of don Ángel Sierra, from his birth in the island of Malta, his immigration to Puerto Rico in 1800, to his successful life in the island of Puerto Rico. Don Ángel immigrated from the Island of Malta in 1800 and settled in the town of Peñuelas, Puerto Rico. Upon arriving in Puerto Rico, he promptly married doña María Eugenia Planas, daughter of the Mallorcan don Santiago Planas and the creole doña María Candelaria Rodríguez. Don Ángel became a successful businessman and landowner, becoming one of the wealthiest men in town. He also became involved in public life and held several positions in the local government and became mayor of the town. Don Ángel had 11 children with his wife doña María Eugenia Planas and two natural children. 
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Autor: Kevin Villamil Rosado

Resumen: Presentación de los descendientes del fundador de Mayagüez don Faustino Martínez de Matos. 
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2 comentarios:

  1. Aponte Family or the Apontes, but not Aponte's. Other
    than that grammatical error, it is a rare pleasure to
    read Dr. Stark's articles, which I treasure in the
    Hereditas version. Will you publish the ones on
    slavery in Puerto Rico and other Spanish possessions?

    1. Thank you very much for your comment. You may want to read this book from Dr. Stark:

      Slave Families and the Hato Economy in Puerto Rico


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