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Guide to Dominican Republic ancestry, family history and genealogy: birth records, marriage records, death records, census records, family history, and military records.

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Cathedral Primada in Santo Domingo, the oldest cathedral in the Americas.

Getting started with Dominican Republic research

The Dominican Republic is a country occupying the eastern two-thirds of Hispaniola Island in the  West Indies, while the western third of the island is occupied by the nation of Haiti.[1] Hispaniola Island is one of the Greater Antilles Islands on the northern edge of the Caribbean Sea helping to separate it from the North Atlantic Ocean. The island lies between Cuba on the west and Puerto Rico on the east. See the CIA World Factbook article about the Domincan Repulic. 

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(Translated into English: If you understand Spanish
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Spain 1493, western part of Hispaniola island (Haiti) to France 1697, all of Hispaniola to France 1795, Haiti gains independence 1804, revolt returns eastern part of Hispaniola (Santo Domingo) to Spain 1808, Haiti conquers Santo Domingo 1822, Dominican Republic gains independence 1844, Dominican Republic returns to Spain 1861, Dominican Republic regains independence 1865, United States occupies Haiti in 1915 and the Dominican Republic 1916, United States leaves Dominican Republic 1924, and leaves Haiti in 1947.[2]

Administrative divisions:
31 provinces (provincias singular - provincia), and 1 district (distrito)
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Distrito Nacional
El Seibo
Elias Pina
Hato Mayor
La Altagracia
La Romana
La Vega
Maria Trinidad Sanchez
Monsenor Nouel
Monte Cristi
Monte Plata
Puerto Plata
San Cristobal
San Jose de Ocoa
San Juan
San Pedro de Macoris
Sanchez Ramirez
Santiago Rodriguez
Santo Domingo

Provinces of the Dominican Republic

Dominican Republic Archives

The website for the Archives of the Dominican Republic is in Spanish with no option to be displayed in English, but it appears they at least have a catalog of materials available and may have some online data.  There is an email address provided for inquiries.

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  1. Dominican Republic - Wikipedia: [accessed December 28, 2011]
  2. Dominican Republic: History and Haiti: History in globalEDGE (accessed 30 September 2015).


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