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seeking family history/origin from Chiquimula, San Jose Larada, Zacapa , Bananera

seeking family history/origin from Chiquimula, San Jose Larada, Zacapa , Bananera

aly hernandez-singer (View posts)
Posted: 1107314185000
Classification: Query
Surnames: Villeda, Orellana, Hernandez, Alfaro, Machorro, Valdez/Valdes, Franco and Prado
I'm looking for a few different things.
I have an older sister that we beleive was stolen from my mom when she was born in 1963 in a hospital in Chiquimula.
The baby looked alive, was fair skinned with light colored eyes.
The doctor told my mom the baby was born dead and immediately a nurse took her away without letting my mom see her. Within 24 hours the baby disappeared. My grandmother wanted her body to give her a proper burial but the doctor said they had already buried her.
That could not be because she was born and disappeared in the same day. Sounds very fishy.
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The next thing I'm seeking is info on my surnames.

From my mother's maternal side they are:
Villeda, Valdez, Machorro, and Guerra.
Machorro and Guerra were born between 1840-1850.

From her paternal side they are:
Franco, Orellana, Alfaro and Prado.
Alfaro and Prado were born between 1865-1880.
My grandfather Antonio Franco may have Italian descendants...so I've been told...I remember that he certainly looked like he might have Italian or Spaniard blood.

They were all from San Jose Larada, Chiquimula and Zacapa.

From my father's maternal side they are:
Orellana, Pineda
They were born in the early 1900's.

All I know from my paternal grandfather is that his name was Rodrigo Hernandez. He was adopted by his step-father "Hernandez" but his real father's name was Senon Calderon...I don't know if he was also from Zacapa.

For sure both sides of Orellanas in my family came from Zacapa.

I was told that there's a big chance that the Villeda's and Orellanas descended from Sephardic Jews from Spain after the inquisition.

Does anyone have any information on that?
I saw the list of names from the library of Spain of the Sephardic Jews that fled Spain to the Americas and Villeda and Orellana were in that list.

How can I look up the history of Sephardic Jews in Guate?

I was born and raised in the U.S. so all I've been able to do is visit a lot of websites but none of them have been too helpful when it comes to Sephardim in Guate.

If anyone has any info or thinks that we might share ancestors please contact me.

Remember, the surnames are all connected thru Chiquimula, San Jose or Zacapa:
Villeda...Orellana....Franco....Prado...Pineda...Guerra...Alfaro...Valdez/es...Machorro...

Most of these family members of mine were fair skinned, blonde or light brown hair, hazel..green..or light brown eyes.
My dad definately has Indegenous blood in him though I take more after my mom.


Thanks,
Aly Hernandez-Singer

Re: seeking family history/origin from Chiquimula, San Jose Larada, Zacapa , Bananera

Posted: 1148909528000
Classification: Query
I don't know how much help you can get from this, but if you contact me through my email I can give you a contact with the Israeli Embassy in Guatemala........
I also know some "Singer" from "Asuncion Mita" Guatemala, which is near the Salvadorian border.

Harriet Light

Re: seeking family history/origin from Chiquimula, San Jose Larada, Zacapa , Bananera

aly (View posts)
Posted: 1148922384000
Classification: Query
yes, I'd like to contact you through your email. How do we exchange emails privately?
Thank you,
aly

Re: seeking family history/origin from Chiquimula, San Jose Larada, Zacapa , Bananera

Harriet (View posts)
Posted: 1148924035000
Classification: Query
My email is elsght@hotmail.com :)

Re: seeking family history/origin from Chiquimula, San Jose Larada, Zacapa , Bananera

aly hernandez-singer (View posts)
Posted: 1148974289000
Classification: Query
Surnames: Machorro, Villeda
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.

Re: seeking family history/origin from Chiquimula, San Jose Larada, Zacapa , Bananera

Posted: 1157261860000
Classification: Query
Edited: 1164226495000
Sr. Hernández: perhaps I can help you with the Orellana from Zacapa, I have very good amount of people with that last name in my data, but I can not help only with one name, I need the name of your father and age, mother, grandfather and dates of born, marriage or dead, as well as your great grandfather Orellana.
How old are you?
If you have any other info, let me know, I will be glad to help you.
Ricardo

Re: seeking family history/origin from Chiquimula, San Jose Larada, Zacapa , Bananera

Posted: 1288752241000
Classification: Query
did you have any guerra family in Chiquimula

Re: seeking family history/origin from Chiquimula, San Jose Larada, Zacapa , Bananera

Posted: 1543207763000
Classification: Query
Edited: 1543207978000
Surnames: Franco
Hello! Thank you for posting this!
I'm really looking forward to speaking with you!

My mother's last name is Franco-Aragon, born to Franco-Cordova, born to Andres Franco who immigrated from Europe to Guatemala and was a traveling salesman and apparently disowned by his family for converting to a fransciscan version of Christianity. I've read online there is a history of messianic judiasim both in the Franco-Sephardic (and Sephardic) tradition going back to their migration out of Israel before Jerusalem fell in 70ad. My mother was born in 1938 as the youngest of 5 in Zacapa, Guatemala and immigrated to the US when she was 18 with two living siblings also living in the US.

We never really knew anything about my mother's side of the family, all of which I'm discovering now. I only just discovered that Franco is a Sephardic Jewish Surname. This explains why I was born to a Guatemalan woman but look completely white complected with hazel eyes. It also explains why I got a graduate education in Hebrew linguistics lol and my mom didn't teach me Spanish, go figure.

I'd love to hear anything that is known about the Franco family in Zacapa, Guatemala from before WWII. I suspect my mother has relatives still in the area that I've never met and am exceptionally interested in anything that is known about the Sephardic Jewish Franco family that immigrated to that area.

Thank you so much!

Jeremiah Vance
jeremiahvance@hotmail.com
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