Carta de Origen y
Copy of the document given to the
|As far as we know, Ponce is the only municipality that issued this kind
of document. The purpose of this document was to proof to the authorities
the nationality of the individual.
This was especially useful when traveling to the United States since the
immigrant passengers came through Ellis Island and the Port of New York.
I would imagine that it would reduce the processing time and probably they
did not have to go through the normal immigration processing rules.
In any event, the Ponce Historical Archives have as part of their valuable
collection the registrar books of this document. As I reviewed these documents,
I noticed that there are many people from other towns other than Ponce
Jorge Tirado was also a baseball player (catcher)
from the Ponce team. He was known as
"El Caballo de Hierro"
Social Security Card
Sometimes you can get lucky and get a form that was completed by your ancestor
and in addition to the information you also have as a bonus his/her authograph.
Do have in mind that it's unlikely that you will find an ancestor listed
in the index if she/he died before 1962. That was the year that the Social
Security Administration began keeping the death index on computer.
Copies of two of the SS-5 form:
(Graphic courtesy of Ana Robles)
(Graphic courtesy of Anna Maria Nieves
The sale of a farm or house plot can yield additional information that can
help you trace your ancestor. It can also place him/her in a particular
town and at a particular time.
This particular example is for a Ponce and Guayama railroad company in Aguirre,
dated 1942 and is 7 pages long. Families or people involved in this case
are: Marvin, Tous, Soto, Salichs, Texidor, Gonzalez, Sallaberry, Antonini,
Godreau, Benvenutti, Raspaldo, Maneiro and Mora.
Back Stock Certificate
This one is from the "Banco Credito y Ahorro Ponceño
issued to Raul Gandara.
Este banco fue fundado en 1895 en la Calle Comercio
esquina Mayor de Ponce. Los hombres que fundaron esta institución bancaria fueron: Don Ulpiano Colom, Don Antonio Trias,
Don Juan Gilet, Don Lucas Amadeo, Don Olimpo Otero y Don Luis Muñoz
Alguno de sus presidentes:
||Francisco Parra Duperon
||Pedro J. Rosaly Capo
||H. C. Fritze
||Salvador Vives Navarro
1939 Policía Insular
Permit for the inscription of a Colt 38 Revolver issued
to Ramon Gonzalez Hernandez in Salinas, PR
1919 - Credencial del Primer Congreso
de las Trabajadoras de PR
1914 - Business Municipal Permit
Municipal para negocios) issued to Miguel Gonzalez Martinez, Bo. Aguirre,
1901 - Transcript of a Public Jail
Cárcel Pública de San Juan Puerto-Rico
Tengo el honor de participar a V. que con esta fecha se a recibido en este
presidio, el mandamiento para que comparesca ante el Tribunal de Distrito
el preso Manuel Baños el dia 22 de Enero de 1901 procesado por incendio
Puerto Rico a 5 de Enero de 1901
Jose V. Berrios
Secretario de la Corte de Justicia Arecibo