Welcome to Our New Website

Published Friday, October 16th, 2015

Our previous website was long overdue for a makeover!  And so here it is!  We hope you like it.  The website has been trimmed down to remove redundant information and information that we felt was no longer needed, used or wanted.  However, if we removed something that you especially enjoyed having access to, please use our contact form and let us know.  Your comments are important to us.

In case you missed the announcement about the Newsletter

June 2016 will be the last issue of the newsletter since no one responded to the question in the August 2015 issue whether there was interest in continuing it. It was an unfortunate affirmation of our suspicion that readership had fallen off.

Through tremendous effort and dedication by Norma (Garcia) Pettit, the newsletter has been published 6 times a year for the last 20 years!

Moving forward, beginning June 2016 our plan is to  publish articles about the family’s history and accomplishments and other news on this website.  Interested family members and friends can get notified when an article is published by signing up at the bottom of any article.


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Our Mystery Man: Florencio Rivera

Published Friday, October 16th, 2015

florencio_rivera_maldonadoThe greatest challenge in my genealogical research has been the unraveling of the mystery surrounding my grandfather, Florencio Rivera Maldonado. By several accounts, he was said to have been orphaned as a boy and raised by an uncle and aunt, who supposedly took over the farm that Flor’s father left behind. Reportedly, Florencio was also left with a slave, who he set free because he was afraid of him. I was also told that Florencio had only one brother (Juan), who died as a child.

When I first asked my dad what he knew about his father’s childhood, it turned out to be very little. He did not even know the names of Florencio’s parents. Uncle Isidro later told me that the names were Manuel Alejo Rivera and María Dominga Maldonado (information that he had gotten from his mother, Otilia Pacheco). However, I was faced with the question of whether these people were his birth parents or the uncle and aunt who had raised him. It became even more confusing when I began to discover baptismal records for a number of children of Manuel and María Dominga. Since I had been told that Florencio had only one brother, I was sure that these people must be the aunt and uncle and their children.