This page holds significant news items that were on the
CubaGenWeb Home Page during the year 2004. For other years consult the
index on the left.
CUBA TIGHTENS ITS CONTROL OVER INTERNET
The Cuban government tightened its controls over
the Internet on Friday, 9 January 2004, prohibitiing access over the ordinary
telephone service most citizens have at home. This move will surely affect
hundreds, perhaps thousands of Cubans who access the Internet from their
homes, using computers and Internet accounts they have "borrowed"
or purchased on the black market. The restriction will also affect the
several hundred cubans who access CubaGenWeb and CUBA-L every month. We
at CubaGenWeb are completely opposed to any form of censorship of the
Internet and deplore this latest move by Cuba's despotic regime. For the
complete story click here.
'RESEARCHING YOUR HISPANIC ROOTS' - UPCOMING CONFERENCE
For those interested in Hispanic genealogy, The Cuban Genealogy Club of Miami is pleased to
offer a one day conference, 'Researching Your Hispanic Roots' The presentation will be conducted by Dr. George R. Ryskamp,
J.D., Associate Professor of History, and Director of the Center for Family
History and Genealogy, at Brigham Young University. Dr. Ryskamp is a noted
author and accredited genealogist who has dedicated over 25 years to Hispanic
genealogical research. The Conference, hosted by the Cuban Genealogy Club
of Miami, Florida, will be held on Saturday, March 27, 2004,
at the Holiday Inn, Miami Airport West, Miami, Florida. For out of town
guests, special room rates are available. For further information, please
visit the Club's website at www.cubangenclub.org.
Mark your calendars now and plan to attend an informative presentation
specific to family history research in Latin America and Spain.
E-MAIL ADDRESS CLOSED
Mar 2004 - Due
to the large amount of spam being received at our "webmaster"
address, particularly from China, we have been forced to close this address
down. If you wish to contact the Webmaster for any reason, please click
on the link shown at the bottom of the page (the corresponding address
may be changed periodically). We regret any inconvenience that this may
DATA BASE OF OFFICERS FROM THE TEN YEARS WAR UPDATED
Mar 2004 - The
data base containing the Officers, Deputies and members of the Government
of the Republic in Arms during the Ten
Years War (1868-1878) has been recently recently updated again (3
Mar 2004). This data base is the result of the ardous labor of two of
our readers, Eugenio de J. Pérez Ferrer and José Santa Cruz
Pacheco Rivery. You can reach this data base via the link on the left
menu of the CubaGenWeb Home Page.
COMPUTER PROGRAMS PAGE - UPDATE
Mar 2004 - Our
recommendations on genealogy computer programs have been updated again
to add some new programs that work in both English and Spanish ant to
delete programs which we no longer recommend. To reach the revised page
please use the link in the section on the left menu of the CubaGenWeb Home
NEW SPAIN IMMIGRANT ANCESTORS PROJECT
A new Immigrant
Ancestors Project, sponsored by Brigham Young University’s Center
for Family History and Genealogy, uses emigration records to locate the
birthplaces of immigrants which are missing on many port records and naturalization
documents in arrival countries. The records available for people leaving
Spain after 1790 include passport registers and application files, passenger
contracts and many other records rich in genealogical information. With
help from archivists in the port cities as well as in other archives of
Spain, the Project is creating images of these documents and using volunteers
to help extract these into a computerized database that will be a useful
tool to both genealogists and historians. For more details, to volunteer
as a trancriber, or to search what has already been transcribed click here.
LEDON AND LOPEZ-SILVERO FAMILY GENEALOGIES
Jul 2004 -
We have just finished adding 662 names of the LEDON family
and 172 names of the LOPEZ-SILVERO family
to our family tree. Both families are well known families from
Santa Clara which connect to many other surnames in Cuba. You can
browse the combined tree and look for any surnames of interest
by going to the WorldConnect Project
web site and typing "ed_elizondo" (without
the quotes) for the name of the database. The LOPEZ-SILVERO data
has also been extracted into a separate database which you can
reach by typing "lopez-silvero " as
the name of the database. The LEDON data
was extracted from a LEDON-NORIEGA genealogy
booklet, privately published in 1946, which was brought from Cuba
and has recently come into my posession. Unfortunately this booklet
has no dates, only names and relationships. Most of the new LOPEZ-SILVERO data
has been extracted from the LOPEZ-SILVERO chapter
in the Jaruco work and merged with information previously gathered
from other sources. The published information, of course, excludes
information on living individuals.
PRISONERS IN CATALUÑA
Jun 2004 -
One of our readers, Margarita Garcia-Estevez, PhD, has kindly
made available to us a list of 271 Cubans who were deported to
Spain and were held as prisoners in Cataluña during the
Cuban War of Independence. You can reach this list by clicking here.
Nov-Dec 2004 -
As you begin your holiday shopping, please remember that using
the commercial links displayed on this page and on our shop page
helps support CubaGenWeb.
Going directly to those vendors using your bookmarks does not help
us (we only get credited for access though our links). Thank you
and Happy Holidays!
THE VIRGINIUS INCIDENT
Nov 2004 -
The names of the crew and expeditionary force on board the steamship Virginius have
now been posted. In 1873, during the Ten
Years War, the Virginius was
captured by a Spanish warship and sixteen cuban patriots, the captain
of the ship and 36 members of the crew (mostly US citizens and
and British subjects) were executed almost immediately in Santiago
de Cuba by order of the Spanish Commanding General. These executions
would have continued except for the timely intervention of a British
warship. A brief summary of this little known incident is included.
To reach this information, use the link titled "Virginius",
under "Military Records" in
the "Data Bank" section
of the menu on the left side of our home page.
PROTECT YOUR COMPUTER
Nov 2004 -
A brief summary of current threats from the Internet and advice
on how to protect your computer has been posted. To reach this
information use the link in the left menu "Advice"->"Protect your Computer" or by clicking here.