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History of the Knights Hospitaller

During my recent research on the Order of Malta, I came across the fascinating history of the Knights Hospitaller, a humanitarian order of religious warriors during the Crusades. The original purpose of the knights was to provide aid and medical … Continue reading

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Ancestry Results Can Now Identify DNA From The Indigenous People of Puerto Rico (The Taino)

The recent update to AncestryDNA results now lists a percentage for the indigenous people of Puerto Rico, historically also known as the Taino. This is truly incredible news. I, as well as many of my fellow Puerto Ricans, have always … Continue reading

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My UPDATED Puerto Rican DNA Results

My blog post from earlier in 2018 revealing my Puerto Rican DNA results, is now outdated thanks to new data from AncestryDNA. My DNA is the same, however, the interpretation has changed. The juggernaut genealogy company updated its algorithms a … Continue reading

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My Puerto Rican DNA Results

As a Puerto Rican, I have known for decades that my ethnic makeup consisted of a mix of Spanish, Taino, and African ancestry. However, I did not know the actual makeup of my Puerto Rican blood until now. In December … Continue reading

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“We’re suffering” – My Mom’s Scream For Help in Cabo Rojo, Puerto Rico

This morning I finally spoke with my mom, Lydia, in the Boqueron section of Cabo Rojo, Puerto Rico. The last time I heard my mom’s voice was before Hurricane Maria ravaged Puerto Rico. Almost two weeks after the hurricane, food … Continue reading

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