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Researching the West Indies

The West Indies comprises 20 or so different nations, territories and dependencies, each of which has its own registration system and records office. Here’s a guide to the ones we couldn’t squeeze into our feature on the subject in YFT80.

Antigua Registrar General
High Court, High Street, St John’s, Antigua
t. (268) 462 3929 or (268) 462 0609

Bahamas Registrar General
PO Box N532, Nassau, Bahamas

Bermuda Registry of the Supreme
Court (Court 3), Old Town Hall, 113 Front Street, Hamilton HM 11, Bermuda

The British Library
The Manuscript Collections, Great Russell Street, London WC1B 3DG

Barbados Museum and Historical Society
St Ann’s Garrison, St Michael, Barbados, West Indies
w. www.barbmuse.org.bb
e. museum@caribsurf.com
t. (246) 427 0201 or (246) 436 1956

Registration Department
Supreme Court of Barbados, Law Courts, Coleridge Street, Bridgetown, Barbados, West Indies
t. (246) 427 5537

Jamaica Registrar General Department
Twickenham Park, St Catherine, Jamaica
w. www.rgd.gov.jm

The National Archives
Kew, Richmond, Surrey, TW9 4DU
w. www.nationalarchives.gov.uk
t. 020 8876 3444

National Archives of St Kitts
Government Headquarters, P.O. Box 186, Basseterre, St Kitts
t. 869-465-2521

National Archives of Guyana,
26 Main Street, Georgetown, Guyana
e. narchivesguyana@yahoo.com
t. (592) 227 7687

The National Archives of Trinidad and Tobago
105 Vincent Street, PO Box 763, Port-of-Spain, Trinidad and Tobago
e. natt@tstt.net.tt
t. (868) 625-2689

Grenada Registrar General
Church Street, St George’s, Grenada
t. (473) 440 2030

Guyana GPO (General Register Office)
GPO Building, Robb Street, Georgetown, Guyana
t. (592) 225 7561

Nevis Island Government
Court House, Charlestown, Nevis

St Christopher Heritage Society
Corner of Bank and West Square Street, Basseterre, St Kitts
e. schs@islandimage.com
t. (869) 465 5584

St Kitts Registrar General
PO Box 236, Basseterre, St Kitts
t. (869) 465 5251

St Vincent and the Grenadines Registrar’s Chambers
Upstairs Coreas Building, Kingstown, Court House,
Kingstown, St Vincent
w. www.gov.vc/govt/index.asp
e. svgregistry@caribsurf.com
t. (784) 456 1111

Trinidad and Tobago High Court of Justice
Probate Section, Knox Street, Port-of-Spain, Trinidad and Tobago
w. www.ttlawcourts.org
e. ttlaw@wow.net
t. 623 2416/7

Trinidad and Tobago Registrar General
Registration House, Huggins Building, South Quay, Port-of-Spain, Trinidad and Tobago
w. www.gov.tt
t. (868) 623 7163

Trinidad and Tobago Registrar General’s Department
Red House, 25-27 Abercromby Street, Port-of-Spain, Trinidad, West Indies

Websites

Ancestry
w. www.ancestry.co.uk

Caribbean Genealogy Research: Details of Country Resources
w. www.candoo.com/genresources/index.html
A quick reference guide to the records available in each country

Cyndi’s List
w. www.cyndislist.com
A categorised and cross-referenced index to genealogical resources on the internet

Familysearch
w. www.familysearch.org

Jamaica Family Search
w. www.jamaicanfamilysearch.com

Moving Here
w. www.movinghere.org.uk
Covering 200 years of migration to England

SVGAncestry
w. http://svgancestry.com
St Vincent and the Grenadines genealogy research

National Library of Bermuda
w. www.bnl.bm/admin/uploads/Bermuda%20History%204%20Genealogy.pdf
A useful guide to researching in Bermuda

Guyana Genealogical Society
w. www.rootsweb.ancestry.com/~nyggbs/Research.htm

Further reading

Ancestors in Barbados: A Practical Guide
Geraldine Lane, Baltimore

The Bermuda Index, 1784-1914: An Index of Births, Marriages, Deaths, as Recorded in Bermuda Newspapers
CFE Hollis Hallett

Early Bermuda Wills, 1629-1835 Summarized and Indexed: A Genealogical Reference Book
Hollis Hallett, 1993

Forty Years of Convict Labour: Bermuda 1823-1863
CFE Hollis Hallett

A Guide to Records in Barbados
JM Chandler, 1964, Oxford, Basil Blackwell, for the University of the West Indies

Jamaican Records: A Research Manual
Stephen D Porter, 1997
A two-part guide to genealogical and historical research using repositories in Jamaica and England

Nineteenth-Century Bermuda Wills, 1835-1913 Summarized and Indexed: A Genealogical Reference Book
Hollis Hallett, 2000

Nineteenth-Century Church Registers of Bermuda
AC Hollis Hallett, Juniperhill Press, Bermuda, 1996

Nineteenth-Century Church Registers of Bermuda
AC Hollis Hallett, Juniperhill Press, Bermuda, 1996

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