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March 5, 2008

I got involved in genealogy research because I wanted my and my brothers' descendants to know something about their ancestors. I figured a month or two of research and I would be done. That was 15 years ago.

My first exposure to El Grito de Lares and Mathias Brugman was through my cousin Artie. Artie gave me a copy of a research paper written by Paul Borkowski in 1981, The Role of Mathias Brugman in the Puerto Rican Separatist Movement and Lares Rebellion of 1868. I was entrigued by Paul's findings and it made me want more.

My maternal grandmother, Cruz Maria Brugman Puig, filled me in on what she remembered which got me started with Rootsweb. My online research eventually got me connected with cousin Gilbert (Caquias Lopez) who had already dedicated many years to genealogical research.

Here I am 15 years later rich with the knowledge of a history I knew nothing about and rich with more familia than I could have ever imagined. This Web site is the result of all those years of research as well as that of many others. Please visit the Acknowledgements page to read about the main contributors of this Web site.

In case you're wondering, Artie is the ggg grandson of Mathias Brugman and my maternal grandmother's grandson. The Paul Borkowski who wrote the research paper continued his research on the Brugman family with Arturo Brugman Irizarry. The San Juan Star published an article regarding their research in 1983, Death of Grito de Lares Leader Still Mysterious.

I am also researching my Mexican genealogy which is my paternal ancestral line: Sosa.

The Sosa family merged into the Brugman
genealogy during the 1950s.