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Galicia, Spain.... Santa Cruz de Tenerife, Canary Islands

Started by Marilyn Poole Feb 18, 2012.

MANZANARES family immigrated to Palermo Sicily

Started by Jo Saunders Nov 29, 2010.

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Comment by Pete Val on June 30, 2011 at 10:14am



I have several Spanish or Basque families in my direct lineage.  Problem is many went to Cuba between Spain or Basque and the U.S. These are the surnames and location information:

VALIENTE - in Cuba in the middle 1800's, emigrated to US in early 1900's before 1910.  Believe originally from SPAIN but no clue where.


CASTANEDA - in Cuba in the middle 1800's, emigrated to US in early 1900's.  One family member in Spain in late 1790's so no clue when and where they entered Cuba.


URREBASO - Basque origins from around Eibar.  No clue when they left Basque to go to Cuba, would like to know that and why


LEMUS - In Cuba in middle to late 1800's. No other info.



Any help is desperately requested.


Pete V

Comment by AlmaMarina Gonzalez D Leon Riley on November 5, 2009 at 5:13pm
One of my father's ancestors was Bartholomeno Salamanca from Illana in the province of Guadalajara - Castilla La Mancha. I visited the villa this summer and would like to know how to find records regarding people born around 1850. That ancestor migrated to Tenerife Canary Islands in the late 1800's and his descendants migrated to Puerto Rico in the mid and late 1800's.
Comment by Ruth on August 1, 2009 at 7:11pm
Check out 1900 United States Census

Armed Forces-Foreign Countries click on arrow and it will give you a list with a few countries to view plus Puerto Rico;c=1325221;t=browsable;w=0
Comment by Felicita Cardona Cuevas on July 30, 2009 at 7:48pm
Does anyone know about the Cardona family or the Toledo family and those who Came to Puerto Rico first.
Comment by Joe Sharman on July 30, 2009 at 8:34am
Hi Stephen,
My GGGgrandfather was Vicente Antonio DeLarranaga. He was the Spanish consul to the Carolinas from 1830 until his death in 1860. I have his obit from the "Charleston Mercury", where he lived. The obit says that he was born in 1801 in the north of Spain, in Viscaya (Biscaya?). I have quite a bit of stateside info on him, but none from his family in Spain. I was wondering if you knew a way to find out who his parents were or how to find official Spanish government info about him.
Comment by Stephen Sams Barranco on July 24, 2009 at 9:59pm
Hi Thalia,

I don't know, but I would suggest you try the Rootsweb message boards. There is a message board for the Islas Canarias.
Comment by Ruth on July 24, 2009 at 9:47pm
Hi Stephen,
I am estimating my 3rd great grandfather birth year to the very late 1700's.
I could not find or should I say the church could not find any baptism or marriage records of him, only of my 2nd great grandfather.
I am still in Puerto Rico, have not been able to find ancestors outside of PR.
Yes, my husband, brother and I have done extensive dna testing. I have matches, I was able to connect with one who tested that is from my mom's hometown, but not on the direct maternal line mtdna. I did find someone in ancestry that was a perfect match to my brother, but he has not answer my email and there are matches for my husband but unable to connect with any of their ancestors.
Maybe we will find some before we pass on to the next life? :)
Comment by Thalia Rodriguez Rivera on July 24, 2009 at 9:38pm

Do you know where I can find documents of people who migrated from Canary Islands to Puerto Rico
Comment by Stephen Sams Barranco on July 24, 2009 at 9:31pm
Hello Ruth,

I am sorry, but have nothing on your Caserio Arteche (Altreche) line. Do you know where your Juan Buenaventura Arteche was born? Just on a chance, I checked my Cuban Genealogy resources, but found no surname matches. I notice from your photo pages that you, your husband and extended families have accomplished considerable DNA testing. I have tested through FTDNA my YDNA-67 (R1b1b2) and MtDNA (Haplo-H) , but haven't been able to find any genealogy connections yet. Unfortunately, I have been only able to match my YDNA at the 12-marker level and the 18 MtDNA matches have provided no clues via e-mail.
I have my Barranco line 7 generations back to Havana, Cuba (1660), but so far have been unable to connect them back to Spain. My paternal Grandmother's parents (Jose Fernandez and Carmen Fernandez-Mora) were born in the Canary Islands ca 1815, travelled to Cuba ca 1840 and thence to Key West, FL in 1868.
Comment by Ruth on July 24, 2009 at 5:40pm
Hi Stephen,
I was wondering if you know anything about Caserio Arteche?
My third great grandfather was Juan Buenaventura Arteche.
The Arteche surname has been changed over the years to Altreche.
It took me quite a long time to find that information about my mother's paternal line.
I was searching for the coat of arms for Arteche and found the Caserio Arteche link, it had a small photo, I couldn't quite make it out.
Do you know of this house?

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