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Our original Pizarro tree traces the lineage from Manuel Joseph Seminario Saldivar (1706-1794) to Teresa Martinez Pizarro de Carbajal, who lived in the 14th century.  Recent findings have enabled the addition of two trees extending the Pizarro lineage back to the 5th century.  Tree1 runs from Teresa Martinez Pizarro to Alfonso V, King of León (994-1028).  Tree2 runs from Alfonso V to Theodemir, King of the Ostrogoths of Pannonia, who lived in the 5th century.

Most of the information in our new trees comes from the outstanding work of Peruvian historian José Antonio del Busto Duthurburu, writing in La Tierra y La Sangre de Francisco Pizarro, published by the Universidad de Lima in 1993.  José Antonio del Busto held doctoral degrees in History and Geography, and was the Principal Professor of Peruvian History at the Pontificia Universidad Católica del Perú and the Universidad de Lima.  He wrote more than 20 books, mostly about the history of Perú.

La Tierra y La Sangre de Francisco Pizarro is must-have for any serious student of Pizarro genealogy.  It contains detailed descriptions of Trujillo, Spain of the 15th century, including the homes of the Pizarros.  It has short biographies of the key members of the Pizarro family of Spain.  And it provides great detail of the links between the ancestors of Francisco Pizarro and several royal and other noble houses of Europe.

Unfortunately, the book has not been translated into English, so a reading knowledge of Spanish is needed.  It is also hard to find.  It is listed by Amazon, but the entry has shown a "currently unavailable" status for several months.  I have located two sources that show the book as currently in stock, but as I have not used either one, I cannot recommend them.  One is Libros Peru, an online bookseller in Lima, which lists a print edition for 35 soles:  The other source lists a digitized edition that can be downloaded, but I could not find a price or even the currency used:

The information provided by Doctor del Busto in his "Arbol Mayor", pages 110 to 113, are names, relationships, and some occupations and dates of occupation.  I supplemented this information by finding and adding dates and places of birth, marriage and death.  In some cases I was able to locate more detailed information about occupations and dates of positions held.  I also found and added some portraits or photos of statutes.

In the notes section of the record for each individual listed in the trees, I credited the source of the information in Dr. del Busto's book, as well as the original source he cites for the genealogical information he located.  I also cite the source for the supplemental information I located.

In two instances, I corrected Dr. del Busto's information.  In his "Arbol Mayor", page 111, item 15, he lists Urraca Teresa or Teresa Florentina as the wife of Ramiro II and mother of Ordoño III, both Kings of León.  Later research establishes that the mother of Ordoño III was another of Ramiro II's partners, Adosinda Gutierrez.  In item 16, he lists Elvira Gonzales de Asturias as the wife of Ordoño III and mother of Bermudo II.  This information is apparently a notorious falsification.  The true name of Ordoño's wife and Bermudo's mother is Urraca Fernández.

Status / How you can help

This research is listed in the category "relationship appears to exist but has not been established with certainty", not because of any fault with the Pizarros of Antiquity trees, but because of a problem in the original Pizarro tree with the identity of Juan Pizarro of Loja.  For an explanation of the problem, please see the report on the Pizarro/Yupanqui research.  We are still working to resolve the problem and to connect Juan Pizarro of Loja with the Pizarro family of Trujillo, Spain, through Francisco Pizarro or some other way.  When this issue is resolved, the descendants of Juan Pizarro of Loja can claim the full genealogy of the Spanish Pizarros, from the 5th century forward.

Baptismal records in Spain can be located as far back as 1450, while marriage certificates date from about 1500 forward, and death certificates from about 1550 forward.  None of these records are likely to be available for most of the people listed on our two Pizarros of Antiquity trees.  However, for some individuals, sufficient historical documentation exists to establish their identity, relationships, and dates of birth, marriage or death, allowing us to code their records green.  For the records coded amber, we will continue to make the effort to locate greater details, though in some instances additional information may not be available.

In four instances, the names of wives of the males listed in the tree are not known.  In one more instance, only the last name is known for the wife of Fruela de Cantábria.

If you can provide any of the missing information for individuals coded amber or red, please contact me by email with the information and the source.  We will be glad to credit you as the contributor of the information.

Bob Bordier,
Written:  February 6, 2017