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Puerto Rico Slavery Records

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Slavery Registry of 1872[edit | edit source]

In 1872, the Spanish government ordered a central registry of all slaves living in Puerto Rico at that time. This data is available at FamilySearch (images only) and Ancestry.com (index only). This record type is fairly unique for Latin America as it was created the year before the slaves were freed by the government in 1873. The records helped the government compensate owners for each freed slave. Even so, slavery continued in spots for several more years.

Other Slave Documents[edit | edit source]

Additional slave documents are available at FamilySearch and the New York Public Library Digital Collection.

Church and Notarial Records[edit | edit source]

Puerto Rico catholic and notarial records mentioned slaves by name, including age, sex, family relations.

Our Caribbean Ancestry[edit | edit source]

Our Caribbean Ancestry (Genealogia Nuestra) is a blog by Anna Bayalo dedicated to Caribbean genealogy. It has a specific focus on