Records of Puerto Rico

Puerto Rico is a U.S. territory located in the northeast Caribbean Sea. It has a population of 3,200,000 (2018 est.), which is down 500,000 from their 2010 official census count. Part of the drop is likely the result of the massive power outage they experienced in 2017 in the aftermath of Hurricane Maria.

Map of Puerto Rico ( map)
Map of Puerto Rico ( map)

Ancestry Library Edition (Ancestry LE) has seven record collections that deal specifically with Puerto Rican records (most in Spanish). You can find them with this search:


Puerto Rico, Records of Foreign Residents, 1815-1845 (in Spanish)
Puerto Rico, Civil Registrations, 1885-2001 (in Spanish)
Puerto Rico, Social and Population Schedules, 1935-1936
Puerto Rico, Passenger and Crew Lists, 1901-1962
Puerto Rico, Special Censuses, Agricultural Schedules, 1935
(in Spanish)
Puerto Rico, Records of Foreigners, 1815-1845 (in Spanish)
Puerto Rico, Registro Central de Esclavos, 1872 (in Spanish)

Other good places to look in Ancestry LE for info about Puerto Rican ancestors are passenger lists, especially those for New York and Miami:

New York State, Passenger and Crew Lists, 1917-1967
New York, Passenger and Crew Lists (including Castle Garden and Ellis Island),
New York, Passenger and Immigration Lists, 1820-1850

Florida, Passenger Lists, 1898-1963

The following search in any of the above record collections will reveal Puerto Rican passengers:

BIRTH—LOCATION: Puerto Rico, USA (Exact to this place)

You may use Ancestry LE at Central Library or any of our branches.

Here’s a complete list of SLPL reference databases.

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