This is an update to the message I posted on Feb.2005
I have been researching my ancestors for over a year and have come across many wonderful discoveries.
On the maternal side I found out that the Machorro's descend from Portuguese Sephardim. After interviewing our oldest family members I discovered that my great-grandmother was the last one to practice "tradiciones Judias" and the practice died with her.
Over 25 Machorro's died burned at the stake during the Spanish Inquisition in Mexico for being "Conversos".
I found Machorro's all over Chiquimula Guatemala, Puebla Mexico, Portugal and Amsterdam.
There were some Villeda surnames in the list of names of Conversos that fled Spain during 1492.
To find a list of Sephardic surnames you can visit sephardim.com
I had a dna test thru www.familytreedna.com
and my results were that I am from Haplogroup A.
I have met dozens of "genetic" cousins that are my dna matches and they come from all over the world. I found genetic matches in Central and South America, including Brazil, Cuba, Puerto Rico, Mexico, Spain, Ireland, Madagascar, Cherokees, Chippewa, Yurok..just to name a few. We have emailed each other and it's an incredible experience to discover people out there that somewhere in the past shared a female ancestor.
I've been able to trace my family up to 1777 thanks to surnamenavigator.org
I joined the Genographic Project thru National Geographic which is related to the show they did in 2005 called "In Search of Adam".
I now know for a fact that I am mixed with Amerindian and Sephardic Jews.
I would love to meet other Machorros or Villedas...or anyone that knows the history of Chiquimula, San Jose La Arada and Zacapa...I know a lot of it's history now and would love to swap stories.
I also found out that one of my uncles was a Cuban Jew who was passing thru Guatemala when he fell in love with one of my aunts and stayed there. This was in the late 1800's, early 1900's.
Hope you've enjoyed this little update.