The Cuban Genealogy Club of Miami, Florida

Digital Archives

Spanish Borderlands Collection
 
This collection draws from more than 2.5 million microfilm images of important colonial documents collected by the University of Florida's
Department of Special and Area Studies Collections and the P.K. Yonge Library of Florida History in particular. The principal collections from which digital content is drawn are the East Florida Papers, the Joseph Byrne Lockey Collection, the John Batterson Stetson Collection,
the Papeles de Cuba, and Spanish Colonial St. Augustine. 
 
 

 
Slave Societies Digital Archive at Vanderbilt University 1 and 2
 
The Slave Societies Digital Archive (formerly Ecclesiastical and Secular Sources for Slave Societies), directed by Jane Landers at Vanderbilt University, was launched in 2003. It is dedicated to identifying, cataloging, and digitally preserving endangered archival materials documenting the history of Africans and their descendants in the Atlantic World.
Slave Societies teams digitally captured ecclesiastical records of more than 750,000 individuals during almost three years of intensive work in Cuba and Brazil. Beginning in 2007, another grant allowed the group to preserve additional records at new project locations in Brazil, Colombia, and Cuba. A grant from the Catholic Diocese of St. Augustine in 2013 enabled the team to digitize the oldest known documents about African, African-descended, and indigenous people in what is today the United States, which date from the sixteenth century. In 2014, The Historic St. Augustine Research Institute funded further digitization work in Matanzas and Ceiba Mocha, Cuba. All these records focus on Africans and Afro-descended individuals, but the Catholic Church also sometimes recorded Europeans, indigenous, and Chinese individuals in the same volumes.
 
 
Hyperlinks will take you to the scans of SSDA files on their site
Descriptions of contents are from the SSDA file information on their site
 
 
Spanish Florida Records
 
Description: Baptisms, Burials and Marriages contains records created in Florida during the late-sixteenth and seventeenth centuries. All records in Box 1 contain information on indios, negros, and españoles. It has the earliest baptismal, marriage, and burial records of the collection. All of these records seem to have originally comprised a bound volume due to the presence of a title page that reads "Libro de baptismos y matrimonios y entierros hechos en la ciudad de San Agustin de la Florida."
The baptismal records range from 15 June 1594 to 8 January 1616 and comprise folios 4r-41v. The burial records range from 162[1] to 1631 and comprise folios 81r-83v. The marriage records have two separate date and folio ranges. The first set of marriage records ranges from 2 February 1594 through 14 June 1616 and comprises folios 84r-96v. The second set of marriage records ranges from 23 November 1643 to 27 December 1676 and comprise folios 3r-6_v. 
Transcription of Box 1  (117-page PDF) 3
 
 
Description: Baptisms, Burials, Confirmations and Marriages contains records created in Florida during the early-seventeenth century. All records in Box 2 contain information on indios, negros, and españoles. There is a single confirmation folio dated as 1509 and contains entries from Pueblo de San Francisco and an unknown pueblo. Almost certainly, these pueblos were not in Florida.
The baptismal records range from 10 January 1617 to 9 June 1633. The burial records range from 6 January 1632 to 15 October 1638 and comprise nine folios, beginning with folio 150r. The confirmations are from 1606 and comprise folios 108r-117v. The marriage records range from 17 June 1616 to 28 November 1631 and comprise folios 97r-107v. There is an extra marriage folio that contains entries from 19 January 1619 to 3 March 1620, and it is numbered as folio 100.
 
 
Description: Baptisms and Burials contains records created in Florida during the seventeenth century. The burial records and the first set of baptismal records contain information on any nationality and racial or ethnic designations; whereas the second set of baptismal records presumably pertains only to españoles or other individuals of European ancestry. The first set of baptismal records in the form of loose folios that ranges from July 1633 to October 1644.  A second set of baptismal records were originally bound in a volume entitled "Libro segundo de Bautismos Españoles," but are now only loose folios. This second set of baptismal records ranges from November 1657 to January 1694 and comprises folios 65r-264v. Folios 170-179 are missing in pagination only. Folio 211 is misnumbered as 212; thus the folio number 212 appears twice. 
The burial records range from August 1632 through July 1634. 
 
 
Description: Marriages contains records created in Florida during the seventeenth and early-eighteenth centuries. All records in Box 4 contain information on Indians, Blacks, Spaniards, and Creoles. These marriage records range from 18 January 1632 to 23 May 1720 and have several sets of pagination. 
 
 
Description: Baptisms contains records created in Florida during the seventeenth and eighteenth centuries. There are two sets of baptismal records. The first set was originally bound in a volume entitled "Libro 3 bautismos españoles, 1695-1720," but are now only loose folios. This set ranges from 12 January 1695 to 29 April 1720 and comprises folios 1r-13[7]v. The second set of baptismal records are abridged entries of baptismal records contained in Box 3. These abridged baptismal records range from 1640 to 1694. The years 1657 and 1660 are missing from this set, and the years 1661 and 1694 are incomplete.
 

Description: Baptisms contains records created in Florida during the eighteenth century. All of these records pertain to Indians, Blacks, Europeans, and Creoles. The baptismal records were originally bound in a volume entitled "Libro 4 bautismos, 1720 - 1737," but are now only loose folios. This set of baptismal records ranges from June 1720 to April 1737 and comprises approximately 190 folios.
Transcription of Box 6 (26-page PDF) 4
 
 
Description: Burials contains records created in Florida during the eighteenth century. These records pertain to Indians, Blacks, Europeans, and Creoles. There are two sets of burial records. One set was originally bound in a volume entitled, "Libro 2 de entierros de blancos y morenos empiezo en 1720 a 1743," but are now only loose folios. This first set of burial records ranges from 7 June 1720 to 10 July 1743 and comprises folios [1]r-151v. In the second set of burial records, only the burials of individuals designated as morenos, pardos or indios appear in these entries. These burial records range from March 1736 to June 1763 and comprise folios 1r-71v.
 
 
Description: Baptisms and Marriages contains records created in Florida during the eighteenth century. These records pertain to Indians, Blacks, Europeans, and Creoles. There are two sets of marriage records. The first set of marriage records appears to have been part of a previously-bound volume due to the presence of a highly deteriorated title page that reads, "Libro de la parroquial mayor de esta ciudad de San Agustin de la Florida donde se asientan los casamientos de los pardos." This first set ranges from October 1735 to May 1763 and comprises folios 1r-53v. These marriages are between either an español and negro/a, moreno/a, pardo/a, indio/a, or mestizo/a; or between negros, morenos, pardos, indios, and/or mestizos. The second set of marriage records also appears to have been part of a previously-bound volume due to the presence of a highly deteriorated title page that reads, "Libro de matrimonios de la parroquial de San Agustin de la Florida." This second set ranges from June 1720 to August 1756 and comprises folios 1r-218v. These marriages are almost entirely between españoles. The baptismal records comprise a single folio and document baptisms of both negros and españoles during May 1720.
 
 
Description: Burials and Confirmations contains records created in Florida during the eighteenth century. These records pertain to Indians, Blacks, Europeans, and Creoles. The set of confirmation records ranges from August 1735 to April 1763 and comprises folios 1r-67v. Though the pagination is sequential, without any pages missing, various dates are unaccounted for (missing years: most of 1755, and all of 1756-1761). Folios 1-25 contain August 1735 through January 1745; folios 25-27 contain April 1745; folios 28-45 contain April 1754 through February 1755; folios 46-67 contain December 1762 through April 1763. The burial records were originally bound in a volume entitled "Libro 3 de entierros de españoles." These burial records range from 19 July 1743 through 17 November 1763 and comprise folios 1r-155v. There is also a random folio containing burial records of two men who died at the Spanish fort in Apalachee in 1743 and short entries regarding burials in the years 1754 and 1756.
 

Description: Baptisms contains records created in Florida during the eighteenth century. The majority of individuals represented in Box 10 - Baptisms are African or of African ancestry, and few of the individuals seem to be Indian or of Indian ancestry. These baptismal records range from November 1735 through January 1763 and comprise folios 1r-180v. Though no folios are missing, number 171 was skipped during the pagination process. These baptismal records were originally bound in a volume entitled "Libro 1 de baptismos de pardos y morenos," but are now only loose folios. 
 

Description: Baptisms contains records created in Florida during the eighteenth century. Presumably, only individuals of predominantly white ancestry are documented in these records. These baptismal records appear to have been part of a previously-bound volume due to the presence of a highly deteriorated title page that reads "Libro 5 de bautismos de españoles." The entries range from May 1737 to October 1751 and comprise folios 1r-198v. 
 

Description: Baptisms contains records created in Florida during the eighteenth century. Presumably, only individuals of predominantly white ancestry are recorded in these documents. These baptismal records appear to have been part of a previously-bound volume due to the presence of a moderately-deteriorated title page that reads "Libro 6 de bautismos españoles." The entries range from 2 November 1751 to 31 July 1760 and comprise folios 3r-199v. 
 
 
Description: Baptisms contains records of baptisms performed during the eighteenth century in Florida. Presumably, only individuals of predominantly white ancestry are recorded in these documents. These baptismal records were originally bound in a volume entitled, "Libro 7 de baptismos de españoles, 1760-1763," but are now only loose folios. There are two types of baptismal entries in this volume. The first type has entries that range from 27 September 1760 to 18 December 1763 and comprise folios 2r-72v. The second type of baptismal entry records church decrees, which mandate the entry of previously-performed baptisms into the libros de bautismos de españoles de Florida. Each entry has two dates: the date of the church decree and the date of the actual baptism. These entries are ordered chronologically by the date of the church decree, which range from 1780 to 1820. The dates of the baptisms range from 1740 to 1791. These entries comprise folios 73r-75v. 
 
 
Description: Golden Book of the Minorcans contains baptismal and marriage records created during the eighteenth century in Florida. Presumably, only Mincorcans or individuals of Minorcan ancestry are recorded in these documents. These records were originally bound in a volume entitled, "Liber secundus dico [illegible] baptismorum parochia Sancti Petri Florida Orientalis."
The baptismal records range from 1768-1784 and have multiple pagination sequences. The marriage records range from 1776-1783 and have multipe pagination sequences.
 
 
Description: An index of marriages and abridged marriage and baptismal records originally created in Florida during the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries. There are four parts.
The first part is an index of marriages presumably between Minorcans. Each marriage is listed twice: once by the first letter of the bride's surname, and once by the first letter of the groom's surname. The entries are then placed in chronological order according to the date of the marriage. The index covers all of the marriages from Box 14 - Golden Book of the Minorcans, and partially from Box 18 - Marriages and Box 27 - Marriages.
The second part contains abridged marriage entries.
The third part contains abridged entries from baptismal records contained in the fifth book of white baptisms (Box 33) and ranges from 1839-1851. Each abridged entry provides the name of the individual being baptised, the date of the baptism, and the associated entry number.
The fourth part contains a single marriage entry from 1854.
 

Description: Baptisms contains records created during the eighteeth century in Florida. Presumably, only individuals of predominantly white ancestry are recorded in these documents, though there is at least one Indian baptism. In the twentieth century, these baptismal records were re-bound and given the title, "Baptisms White 1784-1792 I." Due to significant tearing, pages 1-4 (containing entries 1-10) were not bound and appear separately. These separate pages record baptisms performed from 8 October 1784 to 12 January 1785. The entries in the bound volume range from 16 January 1785 to 30 July 1792, contain entries 11-521, and comprise pages 5-271. 
 

Description: Baptisms contains records created during the eighteenth century in Florida. Individuals whose baptisms are recorded in these documents are designated as either negro/a, mulato/a, moreno/a, pardo/a, indio/a, or mestizo/a. These records were originally bound in a volume entitled, "Libro primero de bautismos de negros y mulatos..." In the twentieth century, these baptismal records were re-bound and given the title, "Baptisms Colored 1784-1793 I." The records range from 1 August 1784 to 21 October 1793, contain 388 entries (plus an unnumbered entry at the end), and comprise pages 1-174. 
 
 
Description: Marriages contains records created during the late-eighteenth and early-nineteenth centuries in Florida. Presumably, only individuals of predominantly white ancestry are recorded in these documents. These records were originally bound in a volume entitled, "Libro primero de matrimonios de blancos..." In the twentieth century, these marriage records were re-bound and given the title, "White Marriages 1784-1801 I." The records range from 21 November 1784 to 30 December 1801, contain 206 entries, and comprise pages 1-188. 
 
 
Description" Deaths contains records created during the late-eighteenth and early-nineteenth centuries in Florida. Presumably, only individuals of predominantly white ancestry are recorded in these documents. These records were originally bound in a volume entitled, "Libro primero de adultos blancos difuntos..." In the twentieth century, these burial records were re-bound and given the title, "Deaths White 1784-1809 I." The records range from 6 October 1784 to 22 October 1809, contain (supposedly) 437 entries, and comprise pages 1-163. 
 
 
Description: Marriages contains records created during the late-eighteenth and nineteenth centuries. These marriages are between either an individual with an unspecified skin color (presumably white) and a negro/a, mulato/a, moreno/a, pardo/a, indio/a, or mestizo/a; or between negros/as, morenos/as, pardos/as, indios/as, and/or mestizos/as. These marriage records range from 1784 to 15 June 1882.
 
 
Description: Deaths contains records created during the late-eighteenth and early-nineteenth centuries in Florida. Individuals whose deaths are recorded in these documents are designated as either negro/a, mulato/a, moreno/a, pardo/a, indio/a, or mestizo/a. These records lack a title page, so if they were originally bound, the title is unknown. However, in the twentieth century, these death records were presumably re-bound in a volume entitled, "Deaths Colored 1785-1821." The death records range from 1784 to 4 August 1821 with a single entry from 1897, contain 224 entries, and comprise pages 1-96. 
 

Description: Baptisms contains records created during the late-eighteenth century in Florida. Presumably, only individuals of predominantly white ancestry are recorded in these documents, which were originally bound in a volume entitled, "Libro segundo de baptismos de blancos..." In the twentieth century, these baptismal records were re-bound and given the title, "Baptisms White 1792-1799 II." The records range from 30 July 1792 to 10 June 1799, contain 583 entries, and due to damage,has only partly legible pagination. 
 

Description: Baptisms contains records created during the late-eighteenth and early-nineteenth centuries in Florida. Individuals whose baptisms are recorded in these documents are designated as either negro/a, mulato/a, moreno/a, pardo/a, indio/a, or mestizo/a. These records were originally bound in a volume entitled, "libro segundo de baptismos de negros y mulatos..." In the twentieth century, these baptismal records were re-bound and given the title, "Book of Baptism of Colored People 1793-1807." The records range from 21 October 1793 to 12 May 1807, contain 818 entries, and comprise pages 1-354.
 

Description: Baptisms contains records created during the early-nineteenth century in Florida. Presumably, only individuals of predominantly white ancestry are recorded in these documents. These records were originally bound in a volume entitled, "libro tercero de bautismos de blancos..." In the twentieth century, these baptismal records were re-bound and given the title, "Baptisms White 1800-1815 III." The records range from 1 January 1800 to 26 December 1815, contain 913 entries, and comprise pages 1-440. The final page (p. 441) has two addendums to earlier entries. 
 
 
Description: Marriages contains records created during the early-nineteenth century in Florida. Presumably, only individuals of predominantly white ancestry are recorded in these documents. These records were originally bound in a volume entitled, "Libro segundo de matrimonios de blancos..." In the twentieth century, these baptismal records were re-bound and given the title, "White Marriages 1802-1832 II." The records range from 7 January 1802 to 14 June 1832, contain 397 entries and comprise pages 1-263. The last dozen or so entries are in loose chronological order. 
 

Description: Baptisms contains records created during the nineteenth century in Florida. Individuals whose baptisms are recorded in these documents are designated as either negro/a, mulato/a, moreno/a, or pardo/a. In the twentieth centry, these baptismal records were either bound or re-bound and given the title, "Baptisms Colored 1807-1848 III." The records range from 8 July 1807 to 25 December 1848, contain over 1,000 entries, and comprise pages 3-343. The entries written in Spanish contain considerably more information than those written in English.
 

Description: Baptisms contains records created during the nineteenth century in Florida. Presumably only individuals of predominantly white ancestry are recorded in these documents. These documents were originally bound in a volume entitled, "Libro quarto de bautismos de blancos…," but are now only loose folios. These records range from 13 January 1816 to 13 February 1839 and comprise pages 1-452. The Spanish entries contain considerably more information than the Latin entries.
 
Sources:
1- The Ecclesiastical Documents of the Diocese of St. Augustine; Dr. Jane Landers, Director; Slave Societies Digital Archive Project, Vanderbilt University (2013)
2- Slave Societies Digital Archive, https://essss.library.vanderbilt.edu/node/24; (January 2019)
3- Libro de Bautismos, 1600. Archive of the Catholic Diocese of St. Augustine, St. Augustine, Florida. Ecclesiastical and Secular Sources for Slave Societies. Available at www.vanderbilt.edu/esss . Accessed January 2019.
4- Libro de Bautismos, 1725. Archive of the Catholic Diocese of St. Augustine, St. Augustine, Florida. Ecclesiastical and Secular Sources for Slave Societies. Available at www.vanderbilt.edu/esss . Accessed January 2019.
 

 
Other Sources
 
 
Also available on dLOC
 

 
File from PARES (Spanish Archives)

File of the sale of real and private property of San Agustin de la Florida after its delivery to the English crown.

Feb / Mar 1772 (Folios 658-691)

Expediente sobre la venta de bienes reales y particulares de San Agustin de la Florida tras su entrega a la corona inglesa.

Feb/Mar 1772 (Folios 658-691)

Propiedades de Floridanos a los Britanicos - 1772