|What kind of information is available in the Guia Oficial
General de Puerto Rico (Guia) for 1897? The book contains a listing
by government office and/or town of individuals who held positions in
government and clergy during 1897. The Guia includes the names of government
officials, engineers, doctors, pharmacists, educators and the board
members of the Damas de Honor y Merito. The last two categories noted
are the only ones in which the names of females will be found.
|How will the Guia help your research? If you are fortunate
to have had a family member hold a government position, you should be
able to determine the position and the town in which they held this
position. This will assist you as to where to focus your civil and church
record research for the time period around 1897. Unfortunately, the
Guia was published with a fairly inadequate index for the purposes of
genealogical research. The different sections of the Guia are indexed
by subject. But, if you were to attempt to locate a family member in
the Guia, you would need to conduct a page by page review of all 636
pages to determine whether an individual is listed in the directory.
|The frustration resulting from the Guia's rudimentary
index led PRHGS to ask its members for assistance in extracting all
of the names (more than 5000) and the numbers of the corresponding pages
where the names are located for entry into a database. Once the first
team completed the extraction of names and data entry, a second team
assumed the responsibility of proofreading all of the entries. The result
is a database that includes the first name, first or single surname,
second surname and page number in the Guia where the name is located.
Many names appear more than once if the person held more than one position.
Also, several surnames appear more than once with slightly different
spellings. No corrections to spelling have been made. All entries appear
just as they do in the Guia.
|As part of PRHGS' mission in opening up the availability
of genealogical research materials to the family historian, we placed
the Surname Index to the Guia Oficial General de Puerto Rico (1897)
on the society's web page. In this manner, all researchers will have
access to the index and the possibility of locating an ancestor. Two
of our volunteers found ancestors amongst the pages they were extracting.
We hope that there will be many more success stories.
|Where can I located a copy of the Guia? The purpose of
this index is to assist researchers in determining whether they need
to locate the Guia for further consultation. The availability of the
Guia Oficial General de Puerto Rico is quite limited. PRHGS has determined
that copies are available at: * Colección Puertorriqueña de la Biblioteca
José M. Lázaro at the University of Puerto Rico (Rio Piedras) [call#
Raro 917.29 G643g] * Archivo General de Puerto Rico, San Juan, PR *
Hispanic Society of America, Broadway and 155th Street, New York City,
NY * PRHGS has obtained a copy and will have it available at its meetings
along with a copy of the Surname Index.