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Cuban Family Roots PODCAST

Cuban Family Roots PODCAST

By Cuban Family Roots

The Cuban Family Roots Podcast feature stories and interviews of everyday Cubans and their journey to finding ancestral roots. Since its discovery in 1492, Cuba became a migration hub for Europeans, Asians, and people all over the world. Do you know your family roots? This podcast will provide historical facts, interviews and genealogical tips to help you get started in your genealogical journey. We hope every episode will provides a roadmap in finding your Cuban family roots.
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Early Cuba - Florida Connection, Part I
Early Cuba - Florida Connection, Part I
Christian recounts his journey to rescuing Spanish – American heritage and  tells us of fishermen on the Gulf Coast who fished the waters alongside their Indian fishing partners known as the “Spanish Indians” and some freed black slaves. Christian was inspired to and began to investigate the lives of these fishermen and their influence in the region. From the Tampa Bay down to the condominium developments at Punta Rassa, several Spanish and Cuban fishermen settled in the region establishing fishing camps called “ranchos. Throughout the interview he tells us what he discovered and enlightens us on the presence of Cubans in early Florida and the strong Cuba-Florida connections. 
21:34
November 01, 2022
Cuban Greatest Composers
Cuban Greatest Composers
It is obvious that the first popular music played in Cuba after the Spanish conquest was brought by the Spanish conquerors themselves, and was most likely borrowed from the Spanish popular music in vogue during the 16th century. Then at the end of the 18th century, the piano rapidly became one of the favorite instruments among the Cuban population. The best preserved are the African polytheistic religions, where, in Cuba at least, the instruments, the language, the chants, the dances and their interpretations are quite well preserved. Aside from the Spanish and African influence, Cuban music has been immensely influential in other countries. It contributed not only to the development of jazz and salsa, but also to the Argentine tango, Ghanaian high-life, West African Afrobeat, Dominican Bachata and Merengue, Colombian Cumbia and Spanish Nuevo flamenco. Today Chris and I discuss a few of Cuba's greatest Composers. 
18:31
October 01, 2022
Unknown Cubans in Early American History
Unknown Cubans in Early American History
In this episode Christian highlights five unknown Cubans who played a major role in America's early formation. We can no longer depend on others to discuss our involvement in America's story, it is now up to us to identify Cubans who made significant contributions to America. The story belongs to us and must be told by us.  Don't miss this episode and learn about these five Cubans who may be your ancestors! 
16:55
September 01, 2022
Six Cuban Genealogy Myths Debunked
Six Cuban Genealogy Myths Debunked
In this episode, Christian and I explore six Cuban Genealogy myths. Although Cubans do not use online resources to find Cuban Genealogy information, there’s a considerable amount of misinformation and false myths in Cuban genealogy and history. Some are comfortable in maintaining these myths and no one dares to challenge them. An honest genealogist/family historian will go to great length to documents, verify and corroborate information. Christian and I debunk these myths to maintain truth and honest family history. 
15:45
August 18, 2022
Municipio La Salud
Municipio La Salud
En este episodio tengo el placer de entrevistar a Ignacio Cabrera Mas, un Saludeño de pura cepa que dedicó 20 años a construir una enciclopedia del Municipio de La Salud. La Salud es la localidad más pequeña de la provincia de La Habana y por diversas razones se fue quedando cada vez más atrazagada hasta perder su Ayuntamiento. En este episodio nos dedicamos a rendir homenaje a un pueblo que lucha por mantener su identidad e independencia. Si no hubieran detenido el desarrollo del pueblo de Santo Cristo de la Salud, hubiera sido una de las ciudades más importantes de Cuba... por su tradiciones, historia y cultura. 
30:12
August 16, 2022
Cada Familia Tiene su Historia
Cada Familia Tiene su Historia
En este episodio #18 de Cuban Family Roots tengo el placer de entrevistar a mi amiga y presentadora del Green Plantain Podcast (Plátano Verde), Susana Jiménez Mueller. Susana nos cuenta su trayectoria genealógica y anécdotas de su paso por Cuba. También nos da un poco de información sobre sus nuevos libros y colaboraciones. ¡No te pierdas este episodio!
37:32
May 31, 2022
All about the CubanGenWeb.org
All about the CubanGenWeb.org
In this episode of the Cuban Family Roots podcast, I have the pleasure of interviewing Ed Elizondo, a retired engineer and the first to bring us virutal Cuban genealogy repository through the CubanGenWeb.org website which he created back in 1996. Since then, the CubaGenWeb.org has been a great resource for Cuban genealogy data and has facilitated the search for many Cubans when looking to finding their genealogy. Throughout the interview, Ed tells us what motivated him in starting this resourceful site to help those to search their family history and information. 
16:18
April 30, 2022
The Forgotten History of Koreans in Cuba
The Forgotten History of Koreans in Cuba
The history of the Korean migration to Cuba was small by the number and forgotten. It was revived recently when Joseph John, a Korean American featured the film JERONIMO in 2019. The film explores the life of a Cuban of Korean-descent named Jeronimo Lim. Throughout the document we see Jeronimo's  attempt "to unveil a forgotten chapter in the history of Korean diaspora" Throughout the interview, John explain how and why the Koreans came to Cuba and offers information about various Korean-Cuban organizations form through Jeronimo Lim's efforts to create the first annual census of people with “Korean blood." If you are a Korean-Cuban or Cuban of Korean blood, tune in! 
26:31
April 01, 2022
Cuban Aristocracy: The Cuban Countess
Cuban Aristocracy: The Cuban Countess
March is Women's History Month. In this podcast episode we celebrate Women's History Month by celebrating our Cuban Countess, Maria Mercedes Santa Cruz y Montalvo, a woman larger than life which little is known or written about in our Cuban history. She was not only part of Cuban aristocracy, she was a singer and the first Cuban-woman writer of her time.  Mercedes' memoir and travel writings specifically, "Viaje a La Habana" introduces 19th century Cuban society to many Europeans. Of the many contributions, we discuss her influence behind the slavery debate. Imagine, a Cuban woman born in La Habana, rubbing shoulders with people as influential as Goya, Rossini, Balzac, and even European royalty at a time when women's roles were extremely limited. Alina Garcia LaPuerta author of this historical biography titled,  La Belle Creole. discusses how she hopes her book revives the life and contributions of this fascinating Cuban woman for this, and the next generation of Cuban-Americans 
33:41
March 05, 2022
The Irish in Cuba
The Irish in Cuba
This episode of The Irish in Cuba provides a historical perspective of the Irish migration in the Island. Although the Irish migration to Cuba was not directly from Ireland, the host explains how significant it was to the development of Cuban economy and culture. Prohibition is mentioned as a time when several Irish bar owners from both New York and Boston also settled in Habana. In addition, an interview with a Cuban-American reveals how he came to learn about his Irish roots and his journey to tracing his Irish ancestors, the O'Halloran. In the last segment, the guest offers some tips on how one can begin researching Irish ancestry.
39:52
March 05, 2022
Chinese in Cuba
Chinese in Cuba
In this episode I discuss the Chinese migration to Cuba from 1850 when the Chinese arrived to toil in Cuba's Sugarcane fields to the second migration of 1870's when more than 40,000 Chinese arrived to the Island. In addition, I discuss the establishment of El Barrio Chino in La Habana and later the migration from California in the 1900's. My guest, Steven Owyang, a Chinese American with family in Cuba, also provides information on why the Chinese came to Cuba and most importantly, he discusses how Chinese Cubans and Cuban of Chinese heritage can begin to research their ancestors back to China. Owyang has been a volunteer, leader, and lecturer for Friends of Roots (FOR), a non-profit all volunteer organization that helps Chinese Americans research their genealogy and family history, learn about Chinese history and culture, and visit their ancestral villages in China. More recently, FOR has taken groups to visit the Chinese communities in Cuba in March 2020. 
49:47
January 31, 2022
The 12 Greatest Cuban Genealogy Resources
The 12 Greatest Cuban Genealogy Resources
As young Cuban Americans who loves genealogy, Aileen and Christian want to share their passion and knowledge of genealogy they've gathered through the years with the rest of the Cuban Community. In honor of the 12 months of the year, they bring you Cuban Genealogy resources that they feel are the greatest resources for searching your Cuban family roots. The resources mention include databases for searching Cuban family both here and on the Island.
26:03
January 01, 2022
Por la pasion a la Genealogia
Por la pasion a la Genealogia
En este episodio entrevistamos al escritor y novelista cubano William Navarrete. Navarrete analiza su primer libro genealogico titulado, Genealogia Cubana. San Isidoro de Holguín, el cual trabajó con la colaboradora María Dolores Espino. Durante la entrevista habla de las pruebas y tribulaciones de armar esta gran producción genealógica. Fue durante la década de 1990, cuando no había Internet, que se embarcó en este viaje Pero, fue su pasión por la genealogía lo que lo llevó a componer este libro. El Padrón de San Isidoro de Holguín es un documento de valor inestimable no solo para la historia de esta región oriental de la Isla. En él podrán encontrar los holguineros a muchos de sus ancestros, y los investigadores una semblanza imprescindible más allá de la genealogía, la cultura y las costumbres de una época
22:42
December 01, 2021
The Miyares Family of Cuba
The Miyares Family of Cuba
In this episode 11, we focus on the Miyares Family of Cuba. A family that extended its roots throughout Central, South America, and Puerto Rico. In this episode, we'll explore the history of Miyares Family originally from Spain and how they made their way to the Americas. In addition, we tell the story of one of their descendants, Jack McGhee. Jack was secretly adopted by a maternal family member. He finds out that he is not their biological child through a revelation from his son, Lance Lane. Although Jack grew up with love and security provided by the Lanes, he felt a sense of betrayal when he found out he was not their biological child.. In 2013, his son decided to help his Jack find their biological family and their journey led them to the Miyares Family. This episode offers interviews with Lance Lane, Griselle Lindo, Danny Valentin and Ashley Gonzalez, as they walk us through their journey to finding who is Jack's ancestors, the Miyares. 
01:04:55
November 01, 2021
Common Cuban Surnames
Common Cuban Surnames
In this episode, we bring you Common Cuban Surnames which have originated from Spain and Portugal, and later Italy and other parts of Europe.  Today, some Cubans can traced their surnames all the way back to places from which their families emigrated. We also discuss some not-so common Cuban Surnames. So, Where did your last name come from? Could it have been a distant ancestor’s occupation? Maybe it tells you what your great-great-great-great grandparents looked like! Whatever your last name is, there’s definitely a story behind it. In today's episode, Chris and I explore the most common Cuban surnames which made their way to the Cuba during colonization. Don't miss this episode of the most Common Cuban Surnames!
27:25
October 01, 2021
The Jews of Cuba
The Jews of Cuba
In this episode I recount the early settlement of Jews to Cuba beginning in 1508 when the new Christians arrived in Habana. I discuss the inquisition proceeding to the tribunals of 17th century until the abolition of the Spanish Inquisition in 1834. I also discuss the many contribution Jews made in Cuba from aiding Cubans in the war of independence to the founding of Cuba's cane sugar fields and the first refineries. Then in the 1900's the migration of the Young Turks which brought many Sephardi Jews to Cuba and later in the 1920's, Ashkenazi's began to migrate to Cuba. The Jews began a great emigration from Cuba after Fidel Castro assumed power in January 1959, following an armed revolution against Batista. The Jews begin to settle in South Florida, a community that still lives today. In the second Segment, my guest Marcos Kerbel, a distinguished international banker and University professor, consultant and community leader tells us about why and how his Jewish parents and grandparents ended up migrating to Cuba. Marcos was born in Cuba and raised in La Habana’s Guanabacoa neighborhood. Throughout the interview he recounts his life in Cuba and what it was like to be Jewish in Cuba during that time. When Castro took possession of Cuba in 1959, Marcos immigrated to the United States via Operation Peter Pan. 
43:14
August 31, 2021
The History of El Conde de Jaruco
The History of El Conde de Jaruco
Did you know that in Cuba there were approximately 10 Count titles? Today we are going to dive deeply into the story of El conde de Jaruco. We will interview one of the the family member of the descendants, Ernesto Bustillo y Sotolongo. He provides information about the Santa Cruz family and explain the history behind this noble title, why and how the nine volumes of “Historia de Familias Cubana” were published. Historia de Familias Cubana is one of the greatest Cuban genealogy resources available to Cubans who are searching their family roots. 
47:28
July 30, 2021
All about GEDMATCH
All about GEDMATCH
In this episode, I discuss the cool features offered through GEDmatch. GEDmatch is a third-party service where users can compare autosomal DNA files from different testing companies to see if they are distant relatives. Throughout the episode, I discuss each  features one by one to show how one can find close and distant relative.  GEDmatch can use DNA comparison o find relatives, and has a One-To-Many DNA Comparison Result that helps you compare your genetic profile to users in the GEDmatch database.  In the Second Segment, I interview the CEO of Gedmatch, Curtis Rogers. Curtis and I have a candid discussion about GEDmatch and the impact of law enforcement usage to connect suspect in Criminal cases. He clarities that there are many misguided articles written about the subject and puts an end to such misguided interpretations of how it's use by law enforcement. 
40:50
July 01, 2021
Writing your Cuban Memoir
Writing your Cuban Memoir
In this episode of Writing your Cuban Memoir, I explain in a step by step one can bring their memories to life. If you love genealogy, this episode will help you when it's time to write your memoir, a collection of your memories. Through the episode, I explain the differences between a biography and a memoir and highlight some of the things to watch out for as you write about your family members from your perspective. I have a special guest Richard Squires from LifeStory Memoir. Richard explains the process he employs to bring his clients story to life. If you have a story to tell but find it difficult putting pen to paper -- this episode is for you! 
23:54
June 01, 2021
Habana & St. Augustine Intertwined
Habana & St. Augustine Intertwined
This episode takes us to two cities histories and how they have been closely intertwined for the past 450 years, Habana, Cuba and St. Agustin, Florida. In the first segment in chronological detail, we’ll contextualize the history of these two cities and how they have been closely intertwined. Our guest, Teresa Fuentes Sardina, a Cuban- American recounts how she learned that her ancestors were founding families of St. Agustin, Florida. Throughout the interview, she tells us of the story of her ancestor, Juan Francisco Ruiz De Canto, An American Patriot who aided in achieving American independence from England. As a result of these ancestral ties Teresa became a member a Daughter of the American Revolution (DAR).
49:22
April 29, 2021
The Irish in Cuba
The Irish in Cuba
This episode of The Irish in Cuba provides a historical perspective of the Irish migration in the Island. Although the Irish migration to Cuba was not directly from Ireland, the host explains how significant it was to the development of Cuban economy and culture. Prohibition is mentioned as a time when several Irish bar owners from both New York and Boston also settled in Habana. In addition, an interview with a Cuban-American reveals how he came to learn about his Irish roots and his journey to tracing his Irish ancestors, the O'Halloran. In the last segment, the guest offers some tips on how one can begin researching Irish ancestry.
44:39
March 29, 2021
Genetic Genealogy 101
Genetic Genealogy 101
In this episode we discuss Genetic Genealogy by explaining what is genetic genealogy as opposed to traditional Genealogy, and how can we use both to work out the precise genetic relationships. I discuss who can benefit from Genetic Genealogy, how we can use it to proof our paper trail, and the existence of various types of DNA test and their purpose. I interview Diahan Southard  a leading voice for consumer DNA testing, founder of Your DNA Guide, and author of Your DNA Guide the Book. Diahan answers some of the most sought out questions from the Cuban Genealogy community. She explain how to put things into perspective when it comes to having many DNA matches. In addition, She discusses a case and how she was able to help an individual using "Your DNA Guide".
34:58
March 29, 2021
The Spanish Influence in the Island of Cuba
The Spanish Influence in the Island of Cuba
Episode 2 of the Cuban Family Roots Podcast highlights the Spanish influence in the Island of Cuba. It begins with a historical perspective of the three influential regions of Spain whose inhabitants migrated to Cuba; the Andalusians, Canary Islanders, and the Galicians, amongst other regions that also had major influences on the culture and food of the Island.  In the Family Roots segment of the Podcast, an interview with Christian Martinez Valle provides evidence of why Galicians came to Cuba, as he recounts the story of two of his great-Grandfathers, both of whom came from the Galician region of Spain to Cuba. In the last segment Genealogy Tip of the Day,  Aileen and Christian both provide tips for those trying to get to the bottom of where in Spain their ancestors came from. Thank you for Listening!
34:28
January 22, 2021
Introduction - The Basics of Cuban Genealogy
Introduction - The Basics of Cuban Genealogy
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In this episode of the Basic of Cuban Genealogy, I hope to share with my rookie genealogist information on how to begin their Cuban genealogy search. They will learn about Cuban church and parish records, where to search military records. I emphasize the importance of understanding Cuban history and where to search for ship passengers, newspaper announcement, and places where records can be found and types of records to find. I wrap up the podcast with information on how to chose a family tree software, DNA testing and cemetery searches. 
40:59
January 06, 2021