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           Research Background


The main source for documented data are the microfilms of vital and church records made available by the The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, which until recently, could only be viewed at a local Family History Center.

Microfilms for records from all over the world dating back to 1885, some church records date older, can be reviewed over a 30 day period for a $5.75 rental fee per film or you can get a microfilm on loan indefinitely to your local Family History Center for $22.25. The majority of microfilms have now been digitized and are available online for FREE, allowing us, and you, to peruse the documents from the comfort of our home at no additional expense.

Over the years, I and several other cousins have made handwritten notes of our findings in the dozens of rolls of microfilmed records we have reviewd for Aguadilla, Catano, Lares, Las Marias, Mayaguez and Yauco in Puerto Rico, Port-au-Prince, Haiti and Hueypoxtla, Veracruz and Mexico City, Mexico to name just a few. These microfilms have helped us trace back our genealogy, identify the familia missing in a family tree that links a particular family into our genealogy and we've even reunited several relatives and old friends.We continue to depend on the microfilmed documents but no longer need to make the time to visit a Family History Center since most films are now avaiable online.

If you have found the information on this website, from our offline databases helpful, or would just like to support our efforts, please consider making a donation. Many microfilms were rented over the years on indefinite loan at the cost of $22.25 per film, in addition to the expenses of annual memberships to, photocopies of articles, etc. While we no longer need to rent microfilms, or make photocopies, we did incur a major expense in the past and still incur other expenses to continue with our research. Simply go to and select "SEND" money. The e-mail address to input is Any donation amount would be greatly appreciated and shared among the group reviewing records.

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         Document Index Codes

The following is a listing of the codes for the abbreviations on the Document Index.

F = Folio / page #
V = Vuelta / reverse side of record - page 2 of record
B = Birth record
Bp = Baptismal record (most are handwritten notes on an uncertified parish form)
D = Death record
DET = Deteriorated record
DN = Death Notice
M = Marriage record
Mrel = Marriage Religious ceremony record
WtnYear = Year & note on person who served as witness to a marriage ceremony
PP = Passport record
PPrv = Passport record reverse side
WWI = World War I Draft Registration
WWII = World War II Draft Registration
Slave Desc = Slave descendant
SSDI = Social Security Death Index print screen / database
NOTES = Handwritten notes of information extracted from microfilmed record.
              The digital file of the actual record will be retrieved when ordered.
NF = Record not filmed, notes of index listing only
VG = Veterans Gravesite: print screen / database
INDEX = Microfilm index page listing record; actual record is missing

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         Document Request

You will find a listing of documents that have been acquired over the years, most pertaining to this website's genealogy, at Document Index. This list will continue to grow since our research continues and other Familia members are now reviewing the online digitized records.

You may access the Family History Library's digitized microfilms, at no charge, at However, should you not want to make the time to do your own research, you may request to purchase a document or offer a swap for a document.

To purchase a document, e-mail Julia Sosa at indicating the following:

* The name of the document as it appears on the listing.
* Your relationship to the person in the document.

I will confirm within a week the availability of the document. The cost for each document is $3 ($3 per document, not per page) for which you will be invoiced via PayPal.

To swap for a record, e-mail Julia Sosa at indicating the following:

* The name of the document as it appears on the listing.
* Your relationship to the person in the document.
* What type of document or photo you are willing to swap. Please do not send the    document or photo with your request.

I will confirm within a week the availability of the document and what I am willing to accept as a swap.

Thank you for visiting the Familia web site.

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