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N. Santiago May 23, 2012

I have been working on my genealogy for over 23 years. Family stories hint at many “secrets” like a possible Sephardic Jewish connection and a possible Baron on my maternal side.

My mtDNA showed a connection to Taino and Beringians. The Beringians were the first people who crossed into North America from Asia. The Tainos were the Native Americans who met Columbus when he visited PR in 1493 on his 2nd voyage.

I have a maternal great grandmother who was a Colon(Columbus). That tie is significant because I am a member of an organization that is repairing and restoring the Columbus Ship replicas that Spain built & sailed across the Atlantic to celebrate the Quincentenary of the original voyage.

Many of the surnames I research have been connected with Sephardic Jewish names. This might explain many of my Mom’s weird customs, which she couldn’t explain but insisted on doing, because that’s what her grandmother taught her to do.

I have the Santiago, Reyes, and de Sanatiago names on my paternal side. These were the names of the people who established the town of Coamo in PR several centuries ago.
PR’s have been part of the U.S. for 114 yrs. The island has been populated for over 500 yrs.

I would love to see any of these stories represented on your program. This is my history and it reflects the mixed Spanish, Taino, Corsican, French, Middle Eastern, & etc. mixture that made me who I am today. That’s who I think I am.

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The basic drive to discover who we are and where we come from is at the core of the new 10-part PBS series Finding Your Roots with Henry Louis Gates, Jr., the 12th series from Professor Gates, the Alphonse Fletcher University Professor at Harvard University and director of the W.E.B. Du Bois Institute for African and African American Research. Filmed on location across the United States, the series premieres nationally Sundays, March 25 – May 20 at 8 pm ET on PBS (check local listings).

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