My name is Anna and I’ve always had an interest in my family’s ancestry since the early 80’s as a preteen. My ancestry is Dominican (maternal) and Puerto Rican (paternal). As a preteen, I received some pushback when I started off with the typical “we don’t talk about these things” responses when asking about my Dominican ancestry. I took on researching family history in the early 1990’s since I wanted to understand more about my family. Once I discovered I was Puerto Rican in 2007, I wanted to know more and through my father. Through discoveries, I was able to build a tree with close to 7,000 family members that include both sides.
I have a sister website called Genealogia Nuestra (link on the menu) that helps many others find their ancestors through records. My father always said that to know your ancestors is to know yourself. I truly believe this as I discover the strong women that had to endure a lot in order to make it possible for me to be here. After recent experiences, I realize that I am letting down my females ancestors by giving up.
I now want to begin researching my African ancestors that were brought to the Caribbean that exist on my maternal and paternal lines. I have tested with both 23andme and AncestryDNA in seeking connections to only discover my genetic cousins across the Caribbean, Central, and South America. I was also surprised to discover African American cousins from the southern USA. I plan to share my discoveries on this website and hopefully help others seeking theirs too.
In addition, I have Lebanese ancestry via Maronite Catholics and their tale of facing persecution and I want to continue to research. It is extremely important to understand how we are possibly here as I think we all take many things for granted. I am humbled by many of the findings I have uncovered and continue to uncover. I hope you come along for the ride as I continue to share the stories of our family.