Do you have any "Geni.com" in Spain? I came from the Philippines, which was under the Spanish rul;e for 300 years. It is a possibility that my ancestors, "Banuelos" from my father's mother side of the family; "Salustiano" from my father's father side; "Espinosa" from my mother's mother; "Lumibao" from my mother's father side of the family originated from Spain.
Is there a way we can trace them back? Thanks.
Any people there who are using geni.com to trace their roots or who knew about the family names "Banuelos" (pronounced as Banwelos); "Salustiano",
Lumibao and Espinosa. Pls. respond to email@example.com.
Hi Ester. Geni.com covers the globe so there is no separate site. You are in the right place!
It is indeed very possible that you have Spanish lineage; but it is best to work back one generation at a time. I have personally traced my Filipino ancestry to 1760; because records from my ancestors town are in tact. This varies between locations; but still, it is possible. :)
Majority of Filipinos have Spanish names because of the Claveria Decree of 1849: http://angkangpilipino.com/2005/12/05/the-claveria-decree-of-1849/. The law compelled Filipinos to take a new surname (regardless of ancestry) and many chose Spanish names. My father has a Spanish surname; but when I did a DNA test that can determine ancestry up to 35 generations back, I learned that my distant ancestors are from China. :D
Lumibao/Lumibaw is indigenous Filipino; but I do not know it's origins yet. :D
I wish you all the best in your research!
Here's a list of Filipino surnames http://angkangpilipino.com/2011/03/25/traditional-filipino-surnames-2/