Welcome to Pinoy Roots, the Philippines genealogy section of my website. My wife’s roots are in the Philippines, and though I don’t know much about her ancestors I share what I know in the Duroy ascendancy chart.
Pinoy, by the way, is another word for Filipino, meaning from the Philippines The female forms are Pinay and Filipina.
Read more on Philippines genealogy on Resources for genealogy in the Philippines.
A few weeks ago, one of the heaviest storms ever recorded passed through the Philippines. We have all seen the consequences: Thousands are dead, millions lost their homes, cities, towns and villages are destroyed. Most of the reports we’ve seen came from Tacloban, where CNN had a team even before the storm hit. Tacloban. Most of you probably never even heard of this city before it was flattened by the typhoon. It’s just a city in the Philippines that was hit by a disaster. Most of you have never seen Tacloban as it was before the...read more
The grave of my father-in-law Haneper Astoriano Duroy, born 27 September 1939 in Samar, died 29 April 2010 in Leyte.read more
Are there any other blogs about genealogy in the Philippines? I am aware of two other blogs (three if you include this one). The Geneabloggers resource site lists the same three: Ang Aming Angkan, by Mona Magno-Veluz, about Mona’s ancestors Carcar families: A Genealogy Blog for Carcar, about the genealogy of the families of the town Carcar on the island Cebu Pinoy Roots, the blog you are reading now, about my wife’s ancestors Do you know any other Philippines genealogy blogs? Maybe you write your own blog about your Filipino...read more
Last year I wrote two posts about resources for Philippines genealogy, Online resources and Offline resources. Since then, the record search pilot of the LDS that I mentioned has ended, and the records are now available through the FamilySearch website. The LDS also added a new record collection to FamilySearch: scans of the Manila Civil Registration (1899-1994). I created a new, up to date, page on my site, Resources for genealogy in the Philippines, with all the online and offline resources that I know about. Let me know if I missed...read more
Over the last few weeks, I iterated over my wife’s ancestors. For each ancestor, I listed what I knew about them, what I could find online, and what I could do to find out more. I updated the family tree with the information I found, and I created a list of steps that I could take to continue my research. Questions for relatives There are a few things I want to ask my mother-in-law, or other relatives. There are, of course, the questions any genealogist should ask older relatives, about their youth and about those that came before them....read more
This is the last post in the iteration of my wife’s ancestors. Today we look at Estanislao Bulasa and Juana Balondo, numbers 14 and 15 in the ahnentafel. All I know is that Estanislao and Juana had a daughter, Fernanda, on 22 January 1924 in Kawayan, province Leyte at the time, now province Biliran. I found nothing on this couple on Google or Family Search, and the record search pilot only had the marriage of daughter Fernanda. The to do list for this couple is the same as for Tranquilino Ambe and Antonia Gadugdug, last week. Files:...read more
Tranquilino Ambe and Antonia Gadugdug are the numbers 12 and 13 in my wife’s ahnentafel. All I know of them is that their son Cornezo was born on 9 September 1902 in Kawayan, Biliran, Leyte. So that’s where I should start searching. Biliran, an island north of the island Leyte, was part of the province Leyte at the time, but is now a separate province. I found nothing on Google and Family Search, but on the new record search pilot I found the marriages of two children: Cornezo and Recardo. I already mentioned Cornezo’s...read more
Next in my iteration of my wife’s ancestors are Jose Astoriano and Salvadora Arroyo, numbers 10 and 11. Like Isabelo Duroy and Alfonsa Monte last week, I know nothing about them except their name, and that their daughter Venturada is allegedly born in San Isidro, Samar. No luck again on Google or Family Search, but on the new record search pilot I found the marriage of a daughter: Concepcion Astoriano, 22, daughter of Jose Astoriano and Sivadora Aroyo, married Roque Avendanco, 18, son of Santiago Avendanco and Rosana Filonia, on 29...read more
I continue my iteration through my wife’s ancestors with generation IV, the great-grandparents. For each ancestor I list what I know (not much, unfortunately), what I can find online, and what I should do next. Today the numbers 8 and 9, Isabelo Duroy and Alfonsa Monte. All I know of Isabelo and Alfonsa is their names. Presumably they lived in the province Samar, at least that is where their son Norberto was born. I had no luck searching Google and Family search, but on the new record search pilot I found the marriage of a daughter:...read more
I’m still iterating through my wife’s ancestors, in numerical order. For each ancestor I list what I know, what I can find online, and what I should do next. Today I looked at numbers 6 and 7, Cornezo Ambe and Fernanda Bulasa. Cornezo and Fernanda are buried in Capoocan, and last year, while we were in the Philippines, we were able to visit their grave. The inscription on the grave reads: “In memory of Cornezo G. Ambe born Sept. 9 1902 died Dec. 14 1988 Fernanda B. Ambe born Jan. 26 1906 died Feb. 19 1978 Family...read more