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Resources for those searching for their Cuban roots

on the web since 1996

What's New

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Our passengers data base now surpasses 170,000 names!


Our database currently contains 170,605 passenger names from 9,096 ships.

You can easily consult this free resource by clicking on the top headline (please note that, due to technical reasons, this database cannot be searched by using the Google search engine).


For the latest overall status of our project please click here.


22 Nov 2015 - This month we have completed transcribing the following:

  • 1860-11 -- 421 passengers / 15 ships
  • 1860-12 -- 771 passengers / 20 ships

This completes the year 1860.



Interesting Facts

One of the passengers arriving Habana from New Orleans on 9 Feb 1860 was the future famous financier J. Pierpont Morgan. At this time, Mr. Morgan was only 22 years of age and had started his banking career only 3 years before.


Here is an interesting ad from the January 11, 1860 issue of the Diario de la Marina:




As you may know, Dr. Finlay was the first to postulate the transmission of yellow fever via the aedes aegypti mosquito. He was nominated seven times for the Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine but was never awarded this honor.



The Enrique Hurtado de Mendoza Collection is a new unique research collection at the Green Library at Florida International University Special Collections and University Archives which includes thousands of books, handwritten and typed letters, photos and other primary documents relating to Cuba and Cuban genealogy, collected over four decades by Felix Enrique Hurtado de Mendoza, a member of the Cuban Genealogy Club of Miami.


The Enrique Hurtado de Mendoza Collection includes rare 17th and 18th century books, long out-of-print publications and periodicals that few, if any, U.S. libraries hold in their catalogs. Additionally, thousands of unpublished family genealogies and manuscripts make this collection particularly significant.


Many thanks to Cuban Genealogy Club of Miami members, Lourdes del Pino and Mariela Fernandez, who volunteered during several years to organize and digitize the Collection.


Please click on the headline of this article to go to the FIU web site for more details.

This important resource was brought to our attention by Jorge A. Iznaga. Thanks Jorge! (click on the above headline for access).

Puerto Plata became the "Miami" of Cuban exiles during the Ten Years War (1868-1878). Many Cuban families, particularly from Puerto Principe (Camaguey), went to Puerto Plata during the war. (click on the above headline for access).

Link courtesy of Alberto Martinez-Ramos, member of the CGC.

Holguin book
New Book about Holguin Genealogy


11 Oct 2015 - A new book has just been published in Spain containing data on the households and families of the town of San Isidro de Holguin, based on the original compilation done in February 1735. The book adds comments, details, and corrections to the original.

Since the book was just published and is not yet available from Amazon and other usual sources, please contact the webmaster for the contact information for the co-author, who resides in Miami, who has copies of the book for sale.

Information courtesy of Maria Dolores Espino, member of the GGC


We have completly updated our military data bases to eliminate the dependence on a Java applet which had become incompatible with some web browsers. The new data bases are "real" MySQL data bases similar to our passenger data base.


The updated data bases are:

We hope you find them useful and easier to use. It did take a considerable amount of time & effort to make the updates.



Here are some links that have come to our attention that may be of interest:


20 Aug 2013 - The National Archives of Cuba and 8 (of 14) Provincial Archives now have their own web sites. Most have lists of their holdings but very little, if any, of the data is digitized or available on the web (you need to get someone in Cuba to visit the Archive in person). Here are some of the relevant links:



The 2016 Annual Family History Conference of the National Genealogical Society will be taking place in Fort Lauderdale, FL on 4-7 May 2016. Your CubaGenWeb Webmster is scheduled to give a talk on "Cuban Genealogy - a Current View" on Thursday, May 5 at 8 am. Martha Ibañez Zervoudakis, the Secretary of the Cuban Miami Genealogy Club is also scheduled to give a talk.We hope to have the pleasure of seeing you all there.

For a bulletin with more details click on the headline of this news item or go directly to


You can now easily follow what's happening at CubaGenWeb on Twitter - just follow user cubagenweb or click to reach our Twitter Blog.







What's Important

Our project to transcribe the 69,770 names of the veterans of the Cuban War of Independence (1895-1898) was completed in 2003. This project, honoring the memory of those who fought to liberate Cuba from the colonial yoke of Spain, was made possible by the effort of 34 volunteers, working for nearly 3 years and provides a unique resource for those researching their Cuban Genealogy (please note that this database canot be searched using the Google search engine).

We have also completed the transcriptions of the death notices of the soldiers that died during that war. These transcriptions provide a unique insight into the personal story of many who fought and died in the war.

The original Roloff book has now been digitaized by the University of Florida Digital Collections and is available here.


The Department of Culture of the Basque Government of Spain has established a Document Center of Euskadi (the Basque nation) called IRARGI which is dedicated to the creation of a historic archive of Euskadi.

The principal components of their digitized archives are:

  • BADATOR - an index to the various archives and documents. This includes nearly 40,000 entries representing 5 million information folios compiled from Municipal Archives, private family archives and Catholic Church archives.
  • Sacramental Archives of the Historic Diocesan Archives of Bilbao, San Sebastian & Vitoria (containing an index - still in process- to over 5 million baptism, marriage and death documents)
  • Index to the 49 volumes of documents compiled by the great genealogist D. Luis de Salazar & Castro (1658-1734)

Click on the headline above to reach this resource.

We have generated a list of links to digitized books of interest to Cuban Genealogy. These books are available on-line for free download. Please continue letting us know of any others that you discover so we can all mutually benefit from these resources.

With permission of the publisher, a Cumulative Index and all 57 issues of the Revista of the Cuban Genealogical Society of Salt Lake City have been digitized and are available here for download. Click on the above headline to reach this resource.

The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints has made available a new version of their Internet search service, Family Search. In this new version, still in the pilot stage, you can not only do the same searches as in the traditional version but, in addition, you can see an image of the original document by clicking on the small image that appears at the upper right. Eventually this service will completely replace the need for consulting microfilms.

We are transcribing passenger names arriving to, and departing from, Habana into a data base. These records can be searched by first and/or second surname, by first name(s), or by ship code. A related ship's database can be searched by ship code, ship name, port of origin, port of destination, or date. Click on the above headline to reach these resources.

Many documents from various Spain Archives have been (and are still being) digitized and placed on the web. The web site interface has recently been updated and is now much easier to use and you no longer have to register. You can search all the archives by any desired text (including personal names), and limit your search to a certain date range. You will then get a listing of all the archives having documents that match your seach criteria. Clicking on the name of an archive will bring up a list of the relevant documents in that archive, Many of these documents will show a small camera icon. Clicking on a camera icon will bring up small images of all the pages of the original document. You can then click on each page, zoom to read it, print it and/or save it to your computer for further study. Visit


The following old Cuban Telephone Directories have been digitized and are available on-line:

Current telephone listings for Cuba are available via the following links:


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(NOTE that this search box does not search our passenger or Mambi soldiers databases, which are beyond the reach of Google. To search these databases you must use the search forms provided for the database)



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