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Puerto Rico Genealogy: Start Here

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

About this guide:

¿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.

How to use this guide:

This guide is designed for the beginner researcher, and aims to provide helpful hints and starting points to your research. Navigate between pages by clicking the tabs above, or use the PREV and NEXT buttons at the bottom of your screen. To reach the top of the page at any time, click once on the   icon on the right-hand-side of your screen.

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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.  

Reference Librarians

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