Would you like to join the Spain Project?

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The Spain Project is looking for members!

Still, in its infancy, the Spain Project is looking for members. If you have Spanish ancestors and would like to be part of an exciting new project from the ground up, then answer this post below to sign up.

The project is organised into teams looking at everything from the management of key Spanish profiles to the seventeen autonomous communities of Spain and some evolving sub-projects.

Join today!

asked Apr 27 in Requests for Project Volunteers by Susie MacLeod G2G6 Pilot (119,530 points)
I have not received any response.  Please advise.

Thanks, Karen
Hi Karen,

I've sent you a PM.

Susie :-)
Thank you, but I'm no longer interested in joining. I see that most of the research will focus on only Spain itself. While I have ancestors there, I'm more interested now in finding out more about those who moved from Spain to the new world. Please let me know if you know of or if a related sub-group develops.

Hi John, absolutely there is a project to suit your interests! It's the Latin American Roots Project which is an umbrella project for a number of individual country sub-projects in Latin America. Karen Tobo is the leader there. She's fantastic and I'm sure she'd love to hear from you.

Susie :-)

Susie,

Thanks so much for the contact information. I've sent Karen a message.
Apologies if this is in the wrong place. I'm of Spanish parentage but I speak very basic Spanish. I recognise that this isn't a good start! I am very interested in researching Spanish genealogy, and if there is any help I can give, will do so.
Hi Deborah, go to FamilySearch.Org, it's full of information from all over the world and it's FREE. Good Luck Ed
Hi Deborah,

We'd love to have you on the project. You'll need to sign the Honour Code first. To do this go to the help drop-down menu in the top right of your profile page and there's a link there. When you've done this feel free to message me or post again here and I'll get you into the project.

Thanks, and welcome to WikiTree!

Susie :-)
I would love to join the Spain Project. I'm working on uploading my paper tree but I have family from La Rioja, Galicia, Andalucia, and Murcia.
Hi  Jennifer,

We'd love to have you in the project! I'll send you a private message :-)

Susie

19 Answers

+4 votes
Magin Janer, from Barcelona, appeared in NY circa 1958, started the "Spanish Benevolent Society,"  represented Spain in different functions, also as an investor for Queen Isabella, Died 1894. I have been unable to find any information on his family before his appearance circa 1858 NY.  (I have found "Magin Janers" from Catalunya but they are different generations.)
answered Apr 28 by David Hamrah G2G Crew (500 points)
Hi David, you'd be very welcome to join the project and see what we can find. We are still very small as a group right now so it's more about how we can organise ourselves as a project than how we can be a resource for others right now, but we'd love to have you if you are interested.

Susie
+4 votes
I'm certainly interested. Especialy of where to find the records.... Currently looking for documents from El Tobosso, Toledo
answered Apr 28 by Margreet Beers G2G6 Mach 2 (26,600 points)
That's great Margaret, I'll send you a PM.
+3 votes
Certainly! My maiden name is Spain. My Spain family is located mostly in eastern Virginia, USA and coming to there from North-eastern North Carolina. TY
answered Apr 29 by Debbie Spain G2G Crew (450 points)
Hi Debbie,

This is a project for Spain the country rather than a one name study (although that would be a really interesting one to do). Have you traced your ancestors back to Spain yet? If so, you'd be most welcome to join us and work on Spanish profiles.

Susie :-)
No, not back to Spain, although my DNA shows ancestors to being there.
+4 votes
My Spanish Roots are from the Medieval Period since I'm descended from Lady Sancha Blount.
answered May 2 by David Hughey G2G6 Pilot (175,990 points)
That's great, David. I'm descended from Blount's too. I'll send you a PM. :-)
+4 votes
I would be interested as i have
answered May 2 by Karen Hill G2G Crew (500 points)
Great, Karen! I'll send you a PM. :-)
+4 votes

My great grandmother, Harriet Gunsalus, was of Spanish stock.  Her father was Benjamin T. Gunsalus.  My 7th great grandfather, Manuel Gunsalus (not sure of the spelling of his last name) was a Puritan immigrant from Spain.  He was in Bushkill, Pike, Pa around 1750.  He was born long before 1750 in Spain, and died 18 Apr 1758 in what is now Wurtsboro, Sullivan, New York.   I'd be interested in learning anything more about him and his descendants.

answered May 2 by Leslie Newell
Hi Leslie,

You'd be welcome to join us and learn with us! I'll send you a PM.

Susie :-)
+4 votes
Please sign me up.  Family is from Spain to Mexico, on to California.
answered May 2 by Patrick Garcia
Great, Patrick! I'll send you a PM. :-)
+3 votes
Please sign me up.  My personal roots are from way back (still trying to trace them from New Mexico to Mexico) but my husband's family (I'm working on his tree) came from Spain in the early 1900s.
answered May 2 by Marcie Ruiz G2G1 (1,180 points)
Fantastic Marcie. I'll send you a PM :-)
+3 votes
Hi, I live in Spain and I am researching my children's Spanish and German ancestors, so I would definitely be interested.
answered May 3 by Anne Cullmann G2G Crew (420 points)
Brilliant, Anne! I'll PM you. :-)
+3 votes
Hi.  My father's side of the family is from Spain. Madrid and Valencia. I don't know where else.  I find very little information on my family.

Help me please.
answered May 3 by Lisa Leandro
Hi Lisa,

I'm not sure how much we can help you at this stage, but you are welcome to join us and search together. I'll send you a PM.

Susie :-)
Hi Lisa,

I can't find your WikiTree profile. Are you a member? If not, you'd be welcome to sign up (it's free) and then you can join the Spain Project.

Susie :-)
+3 votes
My husband's family name is Silva and we aren't sure whether he is of Spanish or Portuguese origin. We have been told that ancestors were Spanish Jews but have no proof. So I'd like to join.
answered May 3 by Penny Silva
Thanks, Penny. I've sent you a PM. :-)
My Aunt was Married to a John Silva, He was Portuguise
Penny, have you taken a Family Finder DNA test at FTDNA?  Probably the quickest way to find out - they will let you know if you have any Ashkenazi or Shephardic DNA.

One in five Spaniards (today) have Jewish ancestry of some varying degree and one in ten has Moorish ancestry.

https://www.nytimes.com/2008/12/05/health/05iht-05genes.18425407.html
+2 votes
Yes Please
answered May 26 by Theresa Barranco G2G Rookie (260 points)
Hi Theresa,

We'd love to have you in the project. You'll need to Volunteer on WikiTree and sign the Honour first, then we can get you set up. Let me know when you are ready.

Susie :-)
+2 votes
I would like to join the Spain project. I have traced my Y-DNA ancestors to Spain in the 1400's. Unfortunately I am not yet Pre-1500 certified on WikiTree, otherwise I would have more to show.
answered Jun 7 by Levi Martínez G2G Crew (350 points)
Hi Levi,

Great! We'd love to have you. I'll send you a PM.

Susie :-)
Thank you Susie! I look forward to joining one of the teams within the Spain project.

Levi
+2 votes
Hi Susie: I posted a msg on your page but just saw this thread!  I'm interested in joining the project, have been in Spain over 45 years now and have a vested interest in the place!  Thanks!
answered 5 days ago by Bonnie Saunders G2G6 (6,100 points)
Hi Bonnie,

Apologies for the delay in getting back to you. We'd love for you to join the project. I'll send you a quick PM and we can go from there.

Susie :-)
+2 votes

I have to let you know that I do not speak or understand Spanish. The Spanish way of naming their children puts me in a spin. I have no idea in how to research with the names. My great-grandfather Juan Pena Carmona and my great-grandmother Josefa Vela Chillaron and their children came to Hawaii in 1912 on the ship Harpalion. They were from Arjonilla, Jaen, Andalucia, Spain. Juan’s mother per the ships manifest is Lorenza Carmona Blauco and was from the same place. I am interested in this project.

answered 5 days ago by Bonnie York G2G Crew (390 points)
Maybe the easiest way to understand the naming convention is with a quick description and then an example.

In Spain you have a first name (often two names), no middle name (middle name is part of the first name), then your first last name (your father's last name) and then your second last name (your mother's last name).

So, lets take a father:

Juan Carlos Bernau Lopez

and his wife:

Isabella Maria Garcia Sanchez

they have a daughter and name her Daniella Carmen.  Her name will now be:

Daniella Carmen Bernau Garcia

If she married a man named:

Juan Pedro Vasquez Hernandez

and they had a daughter named Irene Sofia, she would be:

Irene Sofia Vasquez Bernau

hope this helps ;-)
Hi Bonnie,

You don't need to be fluent in Spanish to join the Spain Project. My Spanish is very limited and I rely on others in the project to help me out when things get tricky. As for naming conventions, we've just had a very interesting discussion about it in the Spain Project Google group which you will be able to read if you join. John MacDonald, one of our members, is in the throws of putting together a free-space page explaining the ins and outs fo Spanish Naming Conventions which will hopefully assist all of us moving forward.

I'll send you a PM and we can go from there.

Susie :-)
+1 vote
I only have 1% Iberian Peninsula, not much I know, but it has me intrigued.  I've also read an article suggesting that the Cherokee may have originated from Spanish explorers to the North American East coast...and we supposedly have Cherokee heritage. So hope to learn more...
answered 4 days ago by Lynn Sexton G2G Crew (510 points)
Hi Lynn,

I have 2% Iberian so we can be intrigued together! I'll send you a private message and we can go from there.

Susie :-)
+2 votes
I am interested in joining and working on more info on my Spanish side as I have large GEDCOM with Mexican side, been doing research for Fernandez- Arganda Estrada family in Navaluenga, Avila and most records are not digital as of yet. Any help on locating Spanish records would be great.
answered 4 days ago by E Zurita G2G Rookie (260 points)
Hi E,

I know we have at least one member actually living in Spain right now but I'm not sure where they are based. We'd love to have you join and we can see what we can do together in the mean time as the project grows. I'll send you a PM and we can go from there.

Susie :-)
+2 votes

Hello, I am interested in the Spanish settlement of Sicilia (Sicily). Spain owned Sicilia for many years, and oft times colonized this Italian island and also the lower half of the Italian Penninsula. I am especially interested in the Spanish ancestors of persons associated with Alia in the Province of Palermo. Alia was founded by Countessa Francesca (Cifuentes) Cifuentes y Imbarbara  in 1615, a Spanish countess who inherited the land Alia sits on. She colonized it so she could live off of taxes collected. The town of Alia celebrates her as their foundress each summer with pageantry. I would like to be able to Project Protect her profile and that of her family. I would also like to know who her ancestors were. In addition, my husband has many ancestors from Alia, and we think some of those families are of Spanish origin, especially the Catalanos and perhaps the Ferreras. Yo puedo hablar un poquito de Espanol.

Here is the wikitree profile for Francesca (Cifuentes) Cifuentes y Imbarbara (bef. 1576 - aft. 1630)

 https://www.wikitree.com/wiki/Cifuentes-11

 

 

answered 4 days ago by Sharon Centanne G2G6 Pilot (134,080 points)
Hi Sharon,

We'd love to have you in the Spain Project! In terms of Spanish settlement in what is today Sicily and modern-day mainland Italy, that would probably have to be done in conjunction with the Italian Roots project but we can make that work. I'll send you a PM so we can discuss it.

Susie :-)
+1 vote
I'd like to join up.

I'm not of Spanish descent and I have no Spanish ancestors.

I do however, live in Spain ;-)

I'd be happy to help out as I can with records and grave searches in my area and to help out in any other ways as the need arises.
answered 1 day ago by SJ Baty G2G6 Mach 2 (23,010 points)
SJ,

You're already being a help in this thread and we'd LOVE to have you in the project! I'll send you a PM and we can go from there.

Susie :-)

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