Puerto Rico, Records of Foreign Residents, 1815-1845 is a free collection at FamilySearch with browsable images of naturalization papers for foreigners requesting permission to live in Puerto Rico. Puerto Rico belonged to Spain during this period of time. It was ceded to the United States in 1898.

The records in these images are written in Spanish and FamilySearch provides language helps for reading the records:

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What Can I Learn from Puerto Rico Civil Registration Records?

Request for Naturalization records may include:

  • “Name of immigrant
  • Date and location where application was made
  • Country and town of origin
  • Current residence
  • Immigrant’s occupation
  • Sometimes, names of members of immediate family”

Maritime Inscription records may include:

  • “Name of applicant
  • Complete physical description of applicant
  • Date and place of birth of applicant
  • Names of applicant’s parents
  • Current residence
  • Enlistment date
  • Date of maritime inscription certificate”

Baptismal records may include:

  • “Date and place of baptism
  • Child’s name
  • Child’s date and place of birth
  • Names of parents
  • Names of godparents”


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