|How You Can Help
Thank you for your interest in the genealogy of
the Seminarios and related families.
There are two ways to help: (1)
participate in a research project already
underway, such as the Pizarros or the Four
Italian Families, and help finish what remains
to be done, or (2) start a new research
project. You don't have to ask permission
to join a research project, just do it.
If you are interested in the first approach, I
recommend reviewing, under the Trees option, the
tree of the family that interests you. At
the bottom of the page, there is a brief summary
of the state of the research. Using the
links in the tree, you can access the pages of
each person in the lineage to see what we know
and the documents we have. Finally, under
the Articles option, a
"status of the research" article provides a
detailed description of the known facts and the
questions or issues that need to be resolved.
If you are interested in the second approach,
you can research anyone in the database.
There are more people who might be of noble
descent - for example, Gaspar de Valladolid
Angulo. He came with the conquerors,
helped found Tangarará, the first Spanish
settlement in Peru, and held a royal land grant
in Piura. Or there is the De Los Rios
lineage, starting with Isabel Jaime De Los
Rios. Is it possible to connect her to
Pedro De Los Rios, the Royal Governor of Panama?
Your research doesn't even need to be limited
to a person in our database, just to a Seminario
relative born between 1400 and 1800.
Manuel Joseph Seminario had 10 children. I
have two of them in the database and have
researched the lineages of only one of
them. Cipriano Seminario Calderón had 11
children, and I have researched only one.
The relatives of the other children have an
equal chance of being of noble descent.
What I've learned from studying the matter is
that, in the two centuries after the Conquest,
Peru's high society was a small and closed
group. It included the captains and other
officers among the conquerors, the top officials
of the viceregal civil administration, and the
land grant holders and estate owners. The
Seminarios moved and married within this
group. Some of the group were from the
nobility, as these families were given
preference by the king and royal court. So
there are multiple possibilities for finding
connections to the nobility.
If you are concerned that you need to know
Spanish to do research, that is an issue, since
most of the historical information and almost
all of the documents are in that language.
You will need a reading knowledge of
Spanish. But it doesn't have to be
perfect. I've done a lot of research and
am actually pretty much
Spanish-challenged. You may not think so
from my translations on the site, but I did them
with the Spanish-English dictionary in hand and
lots of help from native speakers.
Whatever information, documents or graphics you
find can be submitted via email. I will
incorporate your information into the database,
so that it appears on an individual's page when
you do a search, and also into the research
We will credit you by name on our Recognition
page. If you send us a document that
someone else found, e.g., your grandfather, we
will credit grandpa for finding the document and
you for sending it in. If you prefer to
submit something anonymously, we'll respect your
preference, but please let me know.
If you have any questions or concerns, please
contact me by email. Thanks for your help!
Bob Bordier, firstname.lastname@example.org
Written: May 20, 2016 - Last
update: December 21, 2016