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”

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?”

Colomb Mondesi Baptism Records

Finding my great-grandfather Simon Vallee’s Panama Canal employment record is not the only exciting discovery I’ve made recently – it just was the one that was so mind-blowing I had to blog about it immediately! The week prior I discovered that FamilySearch added Panamanian Catholic Church records to its ever-growing database of records from allContinue reading “Colomb Mondesi Baptism Records”

Gooooolazo! Panamanian Records for Adele and Francois

Early on the morning of June 12th I stepped into a long line to check in for my flight with the Panamanian airline COPA. I was surprised the flight was so full. The only business COPA does out of LAX is a daily back-and-forth between Los Angeles and Panama City, so I was fairly puzzledContinue reading “Gooooolazo! Panamanian Records for Adele and Francois”