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Introduction to Puerto Rico Genealogy: About

A research guide to online and print resources for genealogy related to individuals from Puerto Rico.
Guide by Diane Dias De Fazio.

¿Eres Boricua? Are you Puerto Rican? Wondering how to find your roots?

Primarily focused on NYPL collections, this guide presents: an overview of Puerto Rican migration, suggested reference works, catalog and database research tips (for NYPL and beyond), information on finding vital and church records, an overview of understanding naming conventions, and recommended venues in which to continue your research beyond the Library.

This guide features tips and resources for accessing information resources, including links to print and digital collections accessible at The New York Public Library (NYPL).   Access to some databases requires that you have a NYPL library card - you can apply  for one online or at any branch of The New York Public Library. 

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SimplyE: Download NYPL’s e-reader app to access e-books and audiobooks—all for free.

Look for books, microfilm, periodicals, archive collections, and more at NYPL Classic Catalog

Search archive and manuscript collections, including Family Files, at and the NYPL Classic Catalog.

Explore maps, photographs, city directories, and other digital resources free online at NYPL Digital Collections

Search for genealogy databases and other online resources at NYPL Articles & Databases: Genealogy

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historical map of the island of puerto rico showing regions in different colors

Lionel Pincus and Princess Firyal Map Division, The New York Public Library. "Map of Porto Rico [Puerto Rico]". Chicago: Fort Dearborn Publishing Co., 1898.


The Irma and Paul Milstein Division of United States History, Local History and Genealogy collects publications documenting American history on the national, state, and local levels, including extensive holdings on New York City history. The Division has a renowned collection of family histories and other genealogical collections, with a particular focus on the New York region. Included in the collections are published works from the New York Genealogical and Biographical Society library, photographs, vertical files, postcards, and other visual ephemera.  

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This guide was created in 2017–2019 by Diane Dias De Fazio.