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Manuel San Nicolas: Chamorro Settler in Louisiana[0]


Manuel San Nicolas: Chamorro Settler in Louisiana

I located this 1919 Passport application image of Manuel San Nicolas and found it quite interesting.

Manuel was born on August 6, 1878 at Agana, Guam. His father, deceased, is Mariano San Nicolas. All evidence available with the Chamorro Roots Genealogy Project seems to indicate that his is manggåfanBahu.” If this is correct his father’s full name was Mariano Muna San Nicolas (1836-?) and his mother was the former Maria Duenas Sablan (1843-?).

Furthermore, his siblings were:

  • Rita Sablan San Nicolas (b. 1870)
  • Pedro Sablan San Nicolas (b. 1876)
  • Jose Sablan San Nicolas (b. 1881)
  • Manuela Sablan San Nicolas (b. 1882)
  • Vicente Sablan San Nicolas (b. 1883)
  • Joaquin Sablan San Nicolas (b. 1884)
  • Maria Sablan San Nicolas (b. 1896)

Apparently, Manuel left Guam some time in 1893 and has since resided in the United States. In this particular case he was residing in New Orleans, Lousiana. His Passport application shows that it was for a six-month visit to Havana, Cuba and that he was a “Centrifugal Foreman.”

I found several other travel documents that indicated he also traveled again to Cuba in 1921, to Mexico in 1927, and then the Honduras in 1941 and 1942. I would imagine that his job required him to travel and he may have been part of the crew for each sailing ship.

Among those travel documents reveal that sometime between 1919 and 1921 his marital status went from single to married; however, the documents did not identify his wife. Also, his residential address was listed as 932 Gov. Nicholls St., New Orleans, LA.

I also found a copy of his World War II draft registration card completed in 1942. By this time, it does not appear he had any immediate family residing with him. On the card it listed his next-door neighbor, Anthony Schiro, as the name and address of a person who will always know his address.

I would be curious to hear from extended members of his family that may know more about him; or even perhaps if Chamorros out in Louisiana may know of him or his family.

And finally, one last observation over the Passport application and some of his travel documents. I suppose Guam’s 1898 cessation to the U.S. still had some Federal agencies (at least the State Department) not knowing exactly how to handle U.S. Nationals from Guam. In some cases, Guam was noted as being part of the Philippines. In other travel documents the people processing the documents took the time to cross out any pre-printed reference to Guam being a part of the Philippines.

Image Source: National Archives and Records Administration (NARA); Washington D.C.; U.S. Passport Applications, Puerto Rico and Philippines, 1913-1925; Collection Number: ARC Identifier 1244179 -- Entry # A1 539; Box #: 4233; Volume #: 2.

Last Updated on Thursday, 24 July 2014 01:46

Database Update 16 July 2014[0]


The database has been updated and has grown from 315,532 to 317,422 names.

Database Snapshot 16Jul2014

Last Updated on Tuesday, 22 July 2014 03:42




(From: June 24, 2012 through: June 23, 2014)

The first edition is now published and publicly available! For a limited period it will be viewable for free. Afterwards, it will only be viewable by those with a full annual subscription to the Chamorro Roots Genealogy Library and to those who purchase the report.

It contains 5,760 entries and at least 1,100 unique family clan names.

I look forward to everyone's feedback on how I can improve this publication for the second edition. Personally what I would like to see and include, but I will need your help, are the oral histories behind the family clan name.

I hope you find this information of value.

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Chamorro Family Clan Names - First Edition 2014

Last Updated on Thursday, 10 July 2014 00:27

Her Name is Mariana Jimenez[0]


Last year March 27, 2013, I wrote an article, "A Little Girl Named Mariana."

To summarize, Mariana was about two years old when Father San Vitores and his entourage docked in the Mariana Islands. She was one of the first to be baptized and was baptized on the ship by Father Luis Medina. What was not clear was the identity of her father Pedro, who took her aboard ship on June 16, 1668. The two primary conflicting information found in manuscripts regarding Mariana's father, was his ethnicity (Filipino versus Spanish) and his last name (Calungsod versus Jimenez).

Mariana Jimenez being baptized aboard San Vitores' Ship in 1668

So it turns out that her father indeed was Pedro Jimenez (sometimes spelled Ximinez in manuscripts). Pedro was a Filipino that survived the Nuestra Senora de la Concepcion shipwreck of 1638. Unlike other survivors of that shipwreck, who eventually made their way back to the Philippines, Pedro decided to settle in the Mariana Islands. Unfortunately, I have yet to find the name of Mariana's mother.

Sidebar...In September 1990, National Graphic published quite a story on recovery and salvage of the Concepcion.

Nuestra Senora de la Concepcion (National Geographic, 1990)


Rodrigue Levesque. 1995a. History of Micronesia, A Collection of Source Documents, Volume 4 – Religious Conquest, 1638-1670. Levesque Publications: Quebec, Canada

Augusto V. de Viana. 2004b. In the Far Islands: the Role of Natives from the Philippines in the Conquest, Colonization and Repopulation of the Mariana Islands. University of Santo Tomas: Manila, Philippines.

Last Updated on Tuesday, 01 July 2014 08:34

Governor Carlos Garcia Camacho[1]


Governor Carlos Garcia Camacho


One of the many things Governor Camacho did during his term as the first elected Governor of Guam visited our Chamorro people serving the military. He was well known for his Vietnam visits.

This particular photo was from the San Diego Union newspaper as he visited the "Guam Platoon" Marine recruits prior to their graduation from basic training.

Governor Camacho in 1969 with Marine Recruits (San Diego Union)

Although he was supportive of the military and national interests, he was also concerned of Guam's past history of being a major battleground of World War II and a key staging area for the Vietnam War. He made efforts to try and get Guam to not depend on the military supporting the economy.

During that time, Guam was also experiencing a boost in the economy resulting from investments from Taiwan, Japan and Australia.

In addition to his desire for economic expansion, Camacho had hoped to see a political evolution for Guam that might lead to statehood.

Below is a copy of the 1972 article from the Dallas Morning News of Camacho searching for potential industries for Guam.

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