Could you provide the name of your grandfather and his approximate birth year, so that we could help you look for him in various records?
Full name is Santiago Villanueva Barrios grandfather
Year of Birth about 1875
Anastacia Mercado Rosa Grandmother
Year of Birth 1880
I am finding nothing for someone named Santiago Villanueva Barrios, but am finding quite a bit for a person named Santiago Villanueva y Aponte (b ~ 1873) married to a Anatascia (various spellings) Mercado y Rosa (b.~ 1881).
This is the 1920 Census for that family, which may let you know if it is the correct family or not.
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No my grandfather's full name is
Santiago Villanueva Aponte - my Dad father
Date of Birth 1875
Anastacia Mercado Rosa - my Dad Mom
Date of Birth 1880
Julián Barrios Torres - my Mom Father
Date of Birth. Aprox. 1892
Angélica Feliciano Segarra - my Mom Mother
Date of Birth aprox. 1898
Ok, now that you have given us the correct names, one or more of us will find some records for you. I will start with your dad's father's family. The family is listed in the 1920 Census that I cited in the previous reply. Go to familysearch.org and sign up for a username & password. Remember that censuses contain several families on each page, so you will have to go down the page to find your ancestors. The information was given to the census taker orally, so spelling of names if often not correct (but phonetically correct or close to the real name).
The 1930 and 1935/36 censuses for him are available on Ancestry.com (a paid research site)
This is the death certificate for Santiago, which lists his parents' names among other information
Anastacia's death certificate:
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