Finding a Ghost
Dear Family Research Community
i am reaching out to you for your wisdom. I can’t find where my Great Grandfather was born. I am looking for a birth certificate. Could you give me any tips as to what else to do to research?
his name was Ceferino Montufar; but other récords place him as Severino Montufar and Seferino Montufar as well as Berino Montufar
I have placed a search with Montuphar and Montufar and yielded no results. I have no other last name I have checked emigration records, church records in Mexico (Veracruz) and no results
we have a death certificate from 1901 from Guatemala which states he died at 53
i have found all of his children, the various women he loved, and where he lived and did business
part of my family says he left Biscay around 1845 with a former wife and child. Part of the family also say he was born in Guatemala: I have research all 2,450 birth records of Montufares born in Guatemala and none bear his name.
I have found records of the mother and child crossing the Atlantic with whom he was married; but none that mention him in the same ship manifesto. I have also found a record of the baptism for the child, but typical Granpa, left his name out, as he did with all the various other children he left
we have a lovely picture of him made in Spain in his tree. There are various other family members who left Spain around the same time (thanks to Napoleon and the First Charlist War); all from Biscay but nothing else to account for. My only possibility is that this man changed his last name