Three Brothers, Three Julios

The Panamanian Catholic Church records available at FamilySearch.org continue to yield more members of my grandparents’ generation. Most recently, I found a 1918 baptism record for a Julio Vallee born to “Josefina Cadignan y Simon Valet.” My mom said that 1918 would have been around the time her Tio Sylvester was born. But as farContinue reading “Three Brothers, Three Julios”

José José

No. Not that Jose Jose. I am referring to my great-uncle Jose Jose. Okay, so that’s not actually his name, but that is how it appears in his baptism record. Let me back up. Since I decided to be disciplined about diving back into my family history research, the first assignment I gave myself wasContinue reading “José José”

The Bernard Girls

I was just getting comfortable with the relevation that we had a new surname, Joseph, on our hands, for my great-grandmother. I mentioned in my last post that this new information even led me to a record for one of my great-aunts. But then that record added yet another name to the St. Lucia parade. AContinue reading “The Bernard Girls”

We are the Josephs, I think

As you know, I was super excited to find baptism records for my grandparents and some of their siblings. But I was (am) also super frustrated that I have not been able to locate records for others.  In the case of my maternal grandmother’s family, I could not find baptism entries for the three oldestContinue reading “We are the Josephs, I think”

Who are the Josephs?

Very recently a whole new surname emerged from the St. Lucian branch of my family tree.  Per family oral history, my maternal grandmother who came to Panama from St. Lucia was named Catherine Mondesi but she went by the nickname Edelanise (I’ve also seen it spelled as Edelanive). All of the mentions of her nameContinue reading “Who are the Josephs?”