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Guide to Puerto Rico ancestry, family history and genealogy: birth records, marriage records, death records, census records, parish registers, and military records.

Country Information

Puerto Rico is a United States Territory in the Caribbean whose nearest neighbors are the Dominican Republic, British Virgin Islands, and Anguilla. It was formerly a colony of Spain. The official languages are Spanish and English.[1]

Getting Started

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Puerto Rico Map

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Jurisdictions

Sovereignty. Spain 1493, United States 1898.[2]

Subdivisions. Puerto Rico is a territory of the US with commonwealth status. There are no first-order administrative divisions as defined by the US Government, but there are 78 municipalities (municipios) at the second order.

  • Adjuntas
  • Aguada
  • Aguadilla
  • Aguas
  • Aibonito
  • Anasco
  • Arecibo
  • Arroyo
  • Barceloneta
  • Barranquitas
  • Bayamon
  • Cabo Rojo
  • Caguas
  • Camuy
  • Canovanas
  • Carolina
  • Catano
  • Cayey
  • Ceiba
  • Ciales
  • Cidra
  • Coamo
  • Comerio
  • Corozal
  • Culebra
  • Dorado
  • Fajardo
  • Florida
  • Guanica
  • Guayama
  • Guayanilla
  • Guaynabo
  • Gurabo
  • Hatillo
  • Hormigueros
  • Humacao
  • Isabela
  • Jayuya
  • Juana Diaz
  • Juncos
  • Lajas
  • Lares
  • Las Marias
  • Las Piedras
  • Loiza
  • Luquillo
  • Manati
  • Maricao
  • Maunabo
  • Mayaguez
  • Moca
  • Morovis
  • Naguabo
  • Naranjito
  • Orocovis
  • Patillas
  • Penuelas
  • Ponce
  • Quebradillas
  • Rincon
  • Rio Grande
  • Sabana Grande
  • Salinas
  • San German
  • San Juan
  • San Lorenzo
  • San Sebastian
  • Santa Isabel
  • Toa Alta
  • Toa Baja
  • Trujillo Alto
  • Utuado
  • Vega Alta
  • Vega Baja
  • Vieques
  • Villalba
  • Yabucoa
  • Yauco

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References

  1. Wikipedia contributors, "Puerto Rico," in Wikipedia: the Free Encyclopedia, https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Puerto_Rico, accessed 17 May 2016.
  2. Christina K. Schaefer, Genealogcial Encyclopedia of the Colonial Americas: a Complete Digest of the Records of All the Countries of the Western Hemisphere (Baltimore, Md.: Genealogical Publishing, 1998), 127. WorldCat 39622039; FHL Ref Book 929.11812 D26s.