U. S. Employment service Bulletins, published weekly
Where to Begin?
- New York National Archives (NARA). The Guide to Puerto Rican Records in the National Archives, New York City, is a great place to begin your Puerto Rican ancestor research.
- Civil Records. Vital
records of births and deaths were recorded, in Spanish at the local
Puerto Rican “Oficina del Rigistro Civil.” Visit “Puerto
Rico, Civil Registrations, 1885-2001 in the FamilySearch.org catalog or locate in the ancestry.com subscriber database.
- Newspaper Search. The New
York Puerto Rican newspapers reported news of its community. Although much was
in Spanish, these OCR digitized copies are easily available with the New
York Public Library database resources, or other comprehensive
historical/genealogical libraries that hold newspaper database
subscriptions (i.e. Midwest Genealogy
Center, MO. - library card will get
you home access).
- La Democracia
- La Correspondencia de Puerto Rico
- El Tiempo y Union Obera
- Passenger Lists.
- Puerto Rico, Passenger and Crew Lists, 1901 – 1962, ancestry.com
- National Archives Record Group (RG85) Manifests of Ship Passengers Arriving at San Juan, PR in Transit to Other Destinations, 07/01/1921 – 06/30/1947 (microfilm only)
- RG 85.3.1 Passenger Lists of Vessels Arriving at San Juan PR 10/7/1901 – 6/30/1948
- Military Records. Selective Service System draft Registration Cards, 1917-1918 are digitally available on FamilySearch.org.
- Consular Records and Passports. Many Puerto Ricans worked in neighboring countries, (i.e. Dominican Republic). For easier entry and exist many applied for their U. S. passports. Visit U.S. Passport Applications, 1795-1925 on ancestry.com. For Puerto Rico, this collection holds records from 1907-1925. This is a good place to begin your passport research, but know that more information on Consular Records will be shared in Part II.