Researching family trees is a crazy business. You start out working on one branch of the tree and get easily sidetracked by a different branch. But it is fun, fascinating, and at times, frustrating. I have been trying, since the last blog entry, to find the connection between the Hernández and García families. As I wrote last time, Emy Hernández found me on page eight of her Ancestry DNA list. I checked through my list and found her as well. I suspect that we connect through the Maldonado line, since we have that surname in common in our trees. I actually have Maldonado on both my father’s lineage and my mother’s, and they do connect way back—something that my parents never even suspected.
The Maldonado roots in Puerto Rico can be traced back to the 16th century. In an article in the Puerto Rican Genealogical Society’s magazine, Hereditas (vol. 8, num. 2, 2007), author Otoo Sievens Irizarry writes that (more…)