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CALL FOR PAPERS: 3rd Marianas History Conference (2015)[0]

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CALL FOR PAPERS3rd Marianas History Conference

One Archipelago, Many Stories: Milestones in Marianas History

Dates: September 4-6, 2015
Location: Saipan, Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands Venue TBA

The Northern Marianas Humanities Council, University of Guam, Guam Preservation Trust, and Guampedia are pleased to announce a call for papers for the 3rd Marianas History Conference. It will be held on Saipan from September 4-6, 2015 with a welcoming reception on the evening of September 4th.

The conference will cover a full range of topics associated with the Archipelago’s history with a particular focus on the conference’s subtheme “Milestones in Marianas History.” Papers may be submitted under the following general categories: Ancient History; Early Colonial (17th – 18th centuries); Late Colonial (19th – early 20th centuries); World War II; Recent (post-war); and Oral History and Genealogical Research. The organizers also encourage student presentations.

Paper abstracts with a maximum of 150 words and the presenter’s bio may be submitted via this link. The deadline for abstracts is 30 April 2015. Conference presenters will be allotted 20 minutes to present with an additional 10 minutes for questions and discussion.

There will be a $20 fee for early registration which will begin on 1 July 2015. Those who register at the event will be charged $30.00. Students will be admitted free of charge. You will be able to pay online through Guampedia or at the Northern Marianas Humanities Council Office, Springs Plaza, Gualo Rai. You will be notified once the online payment option is set up and we will be in touch with more information about the conference soon. Please direct conference questions to the Northern Marianas Humanities Council.

3rd Marianas History Conference Planning Committee

Last Updated on Friday, 24 October 2014 00:21

Top 30 Common Surnames [0]


Top 30 Common Surnames: Chamorro Roots Genealogy Project

Out of 327,683 names in the database below is a list of the top 30 Surnames.

Cruz hands down taking the #1 spot. Last year I wrote a little on some of the Cruz family clan names, “Håle’ Cruz.”


1 Cruz 17281 11 Duenas 4360 21 ? 2500
2 Santos 7626 12 Flores 4327 22 Manibusan 2478
3 Perez 5876 13 Salas 4314 23 Quinata 2279
4 Camacho 5539 14 Pangelinan 4169 24 Meno 2229
5 San Nicolas 5501 15 Borja 4127 25 Crisostomo 2182
6 Aguon 4908 16 Blas 3832 26 Mesa 2165
7 Leon Guerrero 4792 17 Reyes 3339 27 Lujan 2139
8 Sablan 4788 18 Guerrero 3067 28 Chargualaf 2124
9 Castro 4751 19 Taitano 2995 29 Babauta 2113
10 Mendiola 4619 20 Torres 2511 30 Toves 2059

Last Updated on Thursday, 23 October 2014 10:32

No New User Registrations till November 1, 2014[0]


Effective immediately I have temporarily suspended accepting new user registrations.I hope to resume new registrations beginning November 1, 2014. 

I am currently redeveloping and performing some major upgrades to this website.

This measure does not affect current registered users.

Thank you for your understanding and patience!


Last Updated on Tuesday, 21 October 2014 13:31

Top 10 Common First Names in 1727[1]


In studying Chamorro genealogy, I take great interest in noting the popularity of first names and surnames. However, for this census, I did not attempt to compile popular surnames because the majority of surnames had less than 20 common surnames. In addition, Chamorros only had first names until baptized. Once baptized with a Christian name, their Chamorro name became their surname, leaving many immediate families with different surnames. This is a genealogy challenge to reconstruct family trees and bridge the generation gaps between the 18th and the 19th Century.

Top 10 Common First Names in 1727

Above, is a sample entry of what can be expected in a book I am working on and hope to have it published in about two or three years from now. Still working on transcribing the 1940 Census….sigh….

However in 2012, I published the “Surname Index: 1727 General Census of the Mariana Islands,” which is available as an E-Book App for the Mac or Windows PC and downloadable for $20.


1727 Surname Index e-Book

Last Updated on Thursday, 16 October 2014 01:47

Database Update 13 October 2014[0]


The database has been updated and has grown from 320,164 to 327,683 names.

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