This page holds significant news items that were on the
CubaGenWeb Home Page during the year 2002. For other years consult the
index on the left.
Celebrating 100 years of Cuban Independence
20 May 1902 - 20 May 2002,
and the Mambi soldiers that made it possible
to the Republic of Cuba in its Centenary, by Juan F. Pérez
GENEALOGY CONFERENCE A GREAT SUCCESS
REUNION 2002, a genealogy conference in
the city of Miami, organized by the Cuban
Genealogy Club of Miami was a great success. Among the distingushed
speakers we had the pleasure of listening to the noted genealogist Dr.
Enrique Hurtado de Mendoza; the President of the Cuban Genealogical Society,
Mayra Sanchez-Johnson; an author of several books on the Jews of Cuba,
Betty Heisler-Samuels; the Director of the Cuban Heritage Collection at
the Otto Richter Library of the University of MIami, Esperanza de Varona;
the notable cuban historian and novelist Manuel Marquez-Sterling; an expert
in publishing your family history, Richard Hooverson; and a spanish genealogist,
Jose Antonio de la Torre. We also had the pleasure of participating by
giving a talk on the use of computers and the Internet for genealogy.
ELLIS ISLAND RECORDS ON-LINE
Thanks to the work of numerous volunteers from
the Church of Latter Day Saints, the Ellis Island immigration records
have been scanned and transcribed to a searchable data base. You can reach
these records at www.ellisisland.org.
The records encompass all 22 million passengers (tourists, inmigrants,
returning US Citizens, passengers in transit to other destinations and
crew members) arriving at the Port of New York in the years 1892-1924.
You can research passenger records for ships that brought the immigrants
- even see the original manifest with passenger names, destination, etc.
For more information click here.
Diario de la Marina ON CD-ROM
The University of Florida has completed the scanning of ten years (1947 to 1957) of the Diario
de la Marina, one of the oldest newspapers in Habana. The scanned
images are available in 240 CD-ROMs at a price of $45 each. Each CD includes
the index for the entire set. For more information, including a list of
available dates/CDs, please click on this
HISTORIC CUBAN DOCUMENTS NOW ON LINE
Heritage Collection at the Otto Richter Library of the University
of Miami has recently posted several sample documents from some of their
Collections. Visit the Cuban
Heritage Digital Collection by clicking on this last link.
CHANGES TO SURNAME BULLETIN
Due to the acquisiton of the Rootsweb organization by Ancestry.com,
the bulletin boards of both entities have been combined. Our Cuban
Surname Bulletin Board is still operational and we are continuing
as administrator. You can reach the new rules of use and the new bulletin
board via the link at the upper left of the menu on our home page.