Of course we should get a National Genealogical Research Library in Trinidad. I remember when I was little having to do research on my family tree so I know that the topic does come up from time to time. There are people from long-established families that have written books on their ancestry such as the Deverteuils and DeLimas. I've also known of folks doing research on their roots here and up-the-islands so hence my first statement to the affirmative.
This is what I know of Trinidad's long-established families thus far:
Spanish surnames from when we were a Spanish colony
Herrera, Diaz, Basanta, Farfan, Hernandez, Hospedales, Estrada, Salvary, Portel, Gonzales, Sorzano, Lezama.
The Farfans are people who moved here in 1644 from the South American continent and are our oldest family of European origin.
Herrera are perhaps Sephardic jewish decendandescendantslitary officer who served during the Chacon administration.
Salvary and Estradas owned land in Matelot.
Basanta, Sorzano and Portel had official positions at some point in time.
French Creoles from the Cedula
D'abadie, De Gannes, De Gazon, De Lapeyrouse, De Gourville, Rostant, Pouchet, Leotaud, De La Forest, Dere etc.
O'Meara, Carey, (related to Santiago Marino) Devenish?
On the British Army that captured Trinidad
De Verteuil, DeBoehmler, De Montalambert
Spaniards and Spanish-Venezuelans Post British Conquest
Navarro, Garcia, Llanos, Gomez
Note that the Cadiz family came around this time but are descended from a Spanish-Irish family.
De Meillac, De Pompignan, Blanchard, Mouttet. Some are Martiniquan in origin. The Ganteaumes are post-cedula in origin.
Other Spanish, Venezuelans, Italians Post- British Capture
Carracciolo, De Montbrun (Venezuelans of French origin) Majani, DeLima, Bermudez, Aristeguieta, Nunez, Pazos, Pacheco, Millan. The last two before Millan fled the revolution of Guzman Blanco in 1860-70.
Also Enrique Prada (first mayor of Port-of-Spain) His descendants emigrated to Canada.
Lots of descendants of cocoa planters or cocoa panyoles such as Lara, Matamoro, Salsiedo, Sanchez, Salina, Castillo, Subero, Villafana?, Villaruel?, Lopez and many who live up in Arima, Lopinot, Santa Cruz, Maraval. These are the people who promoted parang.
British and Irish
Langton (Cedula) O'Halloran, O'Connor, Tuckers (slave-owners from Bermuda), Littlepage, Knox, Knowles, Stone (tennis players) McEnearny, Broadbridge (from Cambridge, UK) Shepherd, Costelloe, Henry, Laughlin, MacFarlane, Ames, Scott. Some were attracted to the oil industry here.
German-speaking and German -Venezuelans
Boos, Dieffenthaller, Stollmeyer
Schneider, Urich, Bauberg, Siegert
Ferreira, De Castro, De Souza, D'abreau, D'olliveira, Gomes, S.a. Gomes and many others
Koury, Sabga, Aboud, Chamely, Moses
Stecher, Yufe, Hart and some others with German surnames
Too many to list
Comments: Hi, I am searching for my ancestors. My dad is convinced that I will never find anything. He is Trinidadian with Indian descents. Can you help me?
Title: date and place of birth of my grandmother
Comments: I search the date and place of birth of my grandmother Clementina Elysa (Or Elisa) Ferreira, girl, born somewhere in Trinidad, between 16 January 1864 and 15 January 1865, the daughter of Vitorino Ferreira and Maria Rosa Ferreira, both Portuguese from Madeira. Any assistance highly appreciated.
Title: Family search
Comments: Shalom! I am searching for my relatives. The Schneider family. Can you help me please.
Schneider, I believe is German, from how far back are you looking? Is this a name among some locals that you are trying to trace?