Introducing My St. Lucian Great-Great-Grandparents

Finding the baptism records for my maternal grandmother’s two eldest siblings, Jose Julio and Maria Estebana, filled two of the three empty spots in my collection of Colomb Mondesi baptisms. And luckily, it also filled some important informational holes about previous generations. My Great-GrandparentsWhile there was quite some variation with my great-grandparents’ names in theContinue reading “Introducing My St. Lucian Great-Great-Grandparents”

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”

St. Lucian Naming Practices

In my quest to wrap my head around the “name game”, as I call it, I searched online for information on naming practices in my heritage islands and the Caribbean in general. I came across a few articles, but none excited me more than “Naming Customs in St. Lucia” by Daniel J. Crowley. The articleContinue reading “St. Lucian Naming Practices”

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”

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?”