Dr. Ursula Acosta: Genealogy: My Passion and Hobby

The Acostas in 1994
The Acostas in 2004
Data added or changed: July 30, 2004

Some days ago I received one of the very first copies I made of the database Matrimonios de la Catedral de San Juan. This copy has the pages that were missing in my own copy. If you bought the register and would like these missing pages, please e-mail me and give me your postal address. I will then send them to you.
The April data I put here are four pages of the Registro de Extrangeros de San Germán, 1871/2 which I just found in my files. And I don't recall at all if I copied them or somebody else gave them to me although the introduction sounds like my writing. If I took somebody else's please tell me so, and then I also apologize: Page 1, Page 2, Page 3 and Page 4.
Last years data: Genealogy of Matías Brugman. Also, Walter Cardona Bonet gave permission to publish a list of San Juan soldiers of 1561, see below on this page. Thank you, Walter.) Some minor changes related to the SPG on March 25, 2000.
Welcome to the homepage of a passionate genealogist! Let me introduce myself.
I was born in Germany and came to Puerto Rico after I met my husband Sebastián Acosta Ronda while he was serving in the Army in Germany. We married in 1954 and now have three children and seven grandchildren. The picture in the heading shows our family at the home of our son Dennis in Ohio during a family reunion in the summer of 1995. There is no later picture because the family lives in three different states and Puerto Rico and get-togethers of all of us at once are rare although we meet individually every year.
In the back row is Omi Uschi (myself), Opa Chany (my husband), Dennis, Dennis' son Dennis Javier, Hans and Peter; in the center row we have Hans' daughter Michelle, Dennis' daughter Cristina, Peter's Christopher, Dennis' wife Angela and Hans' wife Lois; the little ones are standing in front: Dennis' daughter Nicole, Hans' daughter Jonelle and Peter's daughter Monika. How did I get into genealogy? Well, my husband and I are both retired professors of the University of Puerto Rico in Mayaguez, he in organic chemistry and I in psychology.
Like many women of my generation I had interrupted my own education when I married and had children and decided to study only after my children entered school. In 1980 I had just finished my Ph. D. and was looking around for a new research topic when I had a bad fall which left me on crutches for about five months. This put new projects on hold.
During Christmas of that year, my eldest son Hans, who was visiting with us from his home in California, suggested that I check out his dad's family. He felt that my husband talked a lot about family, but really knew very little about his own ancestors. I thought to myself, "Oh, yeah, that's all I need!" But some two months later I went to the church in Cabo Rojo, the little town in Puerto Rico where most of my husband's family had lived for a long time - some since the 16th century - just to check out some data. Two things happened: I met David E. Cuesta Camacho who was visiting from New York and already had developed an infective passion for genealogy, and I found that the parish registers were fascinating records of the town's history and the history of my husband's family.
By that time, all three sons had their professions, some were married and none lived at home. This gave me some free time, all of which I spent researching. The results were several books and my husband's and later my own genealogies. Some branches of our trees go back to the 16th and 17th centuries, but most lines can be followed through to the 18th century. At the present time, I am working with a friend on German immigration to Puerto Rico in the 19th century. Formerly I had been very active in the Sociedad Puertorriqueña de Genealogía of which I am a founding member and was the chair of the Publication Committee from 1994 to 1999, six years of a lot of work and a lot of fun. I resigned because six years is a long time and because changes in the procedures for the publication of the new Revista made it impractical to have a person not living in San Juan as director of the Committee.
I wanted to bring something new every few weeks or so to genealogists who might wander into this page. That's why you will find here a little surprise. - I have been running out of genealogical material that can easily be published. Thus some surprises contain other things. And sometimes I am too lazy to put up material within the webpage and just put it on top at the beginning! I have scanned in the Limpieza de Sangre which established the relationship between Antonio and Remigio Ramírez de Arellano. Here is the Limpieza and the Brugman story. And now we have Cardona's Soldiers in San Juan, 1561. OLD SURPRISE PAGES (OLDIES) AND LINKS TO GENEALOGICAL SOCIETIES ARE ON THE GENEALOGY PAGE.
Let me also tell you a bit about our Sociedad. We started out with about a dozen members in 1989 and now have a membership of about 200 persons (in October 1999), over 100 on the island, the others on the mainland in states as far away as Hawaii and Alaska. A small Boletín (to be called Revista de Genealogía Puertorriqueña beginning in April 2000) has become a respected publication that appears every April and October. Members pay for it with their dues; non-members may subscribe for $25 per year , a price which barely covers the cost which includes printing, postage and handling; everything else is volunteer work. We also meet ten times per year at the Carnegie Library at 1 pm, (normally the fourth Saturday of a month), that is we meet monthly except for one of the summer months when many people are on vacation and in November when Thanksgiving falls on the regular weekend of our meetings. We collapse the November and December meetings into one at the beginning of December. Guests are welcome. Our meetings are divided into three parts: administrative issues - as briefly as possible, a lecture by an invited guest or a member, and a social get-together where some refreshments are served.

March 25, 2000: The webmaster of the SPG has informed me that I cannot any longer have links to the subscription forms, etc. of the SPG. Therefore, they have been removed.
Stolle and Potato Salad Recipes
Stolle and Potato Salad
Our grandchildren
My eldest grandson Dennis Javier at his graduation in the summer of 1999; together with his dad, his mother and his sisters Cristina and Nicole. Also, a picture of the Acosta-Wolfe Family, the family of my youngest son Peter: Logan, Chris, Karen, Ben, Peter and Monika and now the latest edition: Peter and Karen's daughter, Courtney gets two pictures here on my homepage: Courtney, serious, and Courtney, smiling. Finally, there is my eldest son Hans with his two daughters, Michelle and Jonelle.

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