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The RIVERA-MALDONADO Family of Ponce, Puerto Rico Home Page

Updated July 21, 2011

On this page you will find a variety of information all of which revolves around Puerto Rican genealogy in general and the various surnames composing my truly Puerto Rican, or "jibaro," ancestry. After initially starting out with very little information, about 15 years ago, I have been able to trace several of my lines back to 1700s Puerto Rico, and in the process, amassed the names of over 2,000 ancestors.

The towns, or pueblos, in Puerto Rico from which many of my ancestors came from include Ponce, Adjuntas, Ciales, Morovis, Peñuelas, Utuado, Yauco and Juana Diaz/Coamo.

I continue to actively research all of my major lines including but not limited to RIVERA (Ponce, Adjuntas, Juana Diaz/Coamo, Ciales, Morovis), MALDONADO (Ponce, Utuado, Arecibo) ALBERT/ALBERTO (Ponce, Catalonia, Spain) VEGA (Ponce, Peñuelas, Yauco), ALMODOVAR (Ponce), TORRES (Ponce, Adjuntas, Juana Diaz), MADERA (Ponce, Peñuelas, Yauco, San German), and others.

I am also very interesting in locating any information on a “Martin Renta” who was from Juana Diaz and died on March 2, 1895 at 25 years of age in Barrio Collores. He was the son of Ramona Renta. Family oral history says that he is my maternal great-grandfather.

So, at the bottom of this page, you'll find several links that will connect you to some outline descendant trees for several of my major lines of descent, along with some photographs of the various towns my ancestors lived in, and a few maps to help put things in a physical perspective.

Please feel free to email me if you have questions or think we might have a possible link. I have more information than what is on this web page and which I will gladly share with anyone who thinks we might have a link or connection.

Thank you for visiting and I hope you find something of interest! Scroll down this page and click on some of the links!

Good luck with your search!
Tony Rivera-Maldonado
P.O. Box 1394
NYC, NY 10009-8903

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Family Photos

  • Church of San Miguel Arcangel, Utuado, PR (76 KB)
    This is the Church of San Miguel Arcangel in Utuado, Puerto Rico (11/2000). Utuado is another mountain town, once famous for it's coffee,it was founded in 1739 and included Lope Maldonado and his sons as founding fathers. All of my Maldonado line can eventually be traced to Lope and his children as can many of the Maldonados from Adjuntas and Ponce.
  • Nuestra Señora de Guadalupe, Ponce, Puerto Rico (154 KB)
    An August 2001 photograph of the oldest extant church in Ponce, Puerto Rico.
  • The Origins of the RIVERA Surname (112 KB)
    Here you'll find one of the very first, if not the first, RIVERA coat of arms, along with a broad overview of the name's history. This is courtesy of Luis O. Piñero Rivera, a writer, photographer, author, and genealogist residing in Puerto Rico. Sorry, but it is written in Spanish, so brush up!
  • A Map of Modern Day Ponce, Puerto Rico. (209 KB)
    A color map of modern day Ponce. Use this map in conjunction with the "Barrios of Ponce" map, below, to place a Barrio you may be researching within the physical context of the modern day city of Ponce.
  • Map Outlining the Barrios of the City of Ponce, PR (438 KB)
    An outline map showing the barrios, or municipal wards, of the city of Ponce.
  • Don Pedro Albizu Campo - Reconocimiento (626 KB)
    This a copy of Don Pedro Albizu Campo's baptismal record. A close reading reveals that he was born "Pedro Campo" and it was not until Septemeber 10, 1914 that he was recognized by his father, Alejandro Albizu y Romero, and became Pedro Albizu Campo as he is known today.
  • The First MALDONADO Coat of Arms (39 KB)
    This coat of arms represents what is believed to be the original coat of arms awarded to Hernan, or Nuño, Perez de Aldana by the King of France, hence the five Fleur de Lis, during medieval times. de Aldana is credited by historians and genealogists as being the creator of, and the first to use, the surname MALDONADO which literally means, as many have suggested, "badly given" or "given reluctantly." Read the actual story of how this surname came into being in the section titled "Related Files" below.
  • El Monumento al Jibaro Puertorriqueño (593 KB)
    Can be accessed from the "autopista," or Route 52, going south from San Juan towards Ponce.
  • A Sunrise in Ponce, Puerto Rico (11/2000) (45 KB)
    This picture speaks for itself!
  • The Catholic Cemetery, Ponce, Puerto Rico (62 KB)
    This is the entrance to "El Cementerio Catolico de San Vicente de Paul" in Ponce, Puerto Rico (11/2000)
  • Church of San Joaquin, Adjuntas, Puerto Rico (73 KB)
    This is the Church of San Joaquin in Adjuntas, Puerto Rico (11/2000). Adjuntas is a mountain town where my maternal great-grandmother, Maria Concepcion Rivera Torres was born in 1838. Her father, Juan Alejo de Rivera Rodriguez, was it's "alcalde constitucional" duirng the 1830s.

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Related Files

  • The Origins of the MALDONADO Surname (41 KB)
    A description, in Spanish, detailing the origins of this surname and it's literal creation by Hernan, or Nuño, Perez de Aldana. This is the only documented version of this surname's origins that I have come across. To see the original coat of arms awarded to Hernan, or Nuño, Perez de Aldana by the King of France, the first person to use the surname MALDONADO, please see the section titled "Family Photos" above.

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