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Jamaican Geneology

Postby askkevt » Sun Dec 28, 2008 2:51 am

As an offspring of a fellow Jamaican born and raised in St Andrew. My mother has been searching for associations that may specialise in people searching for their descendants, no joy. My mother is trying to find her mother as in those days decorum was never to ask parents about their family it's rude.

Times have changed and resources are far and few due to the failure of previous governors to denote Jamaican civillians censorship,making tracing your familoy tree a difficult and arduos task because normaility in finding data is an arduous task. If there are any methods to find details of past parishers from the 1800's onwards can someone help me.

My problem about Jamaica and record holders is how this was done,even during Paul Bogle times, this was done by landowners who held all records of ownership property and equipment.

Slavery was about so how were peoples existence documented and later serialised in the present day record system of each parish. I believe my grandmother was born mid 19th century.

It seems like Barbados is better resourced with information, is this because the colonist resided here during the slavery days?
When you think that occupancy of the British was prominent at one stage, i find it increasingly annoying that information about slaves via inventory manuscripts or population census, was not more better organised and tese documents made more public even after emancipation


Tis information available is not that useful at all, seems like a matter of cause to be publicly available?
The following list of Jamaican slave manumissions between 1820 and 1825 are found in the British Public Record Office at Kew (Ruskin Ave Richmond, TW9 4DU, 0181-876-3444). This document is filed at CO137/162. The CO stands for Colonial Office papers.
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Postby bimjim » Sun Jan 18, 2009 4:01 pm

Try the IGI on-line.

http://www.familysearch.org/eng/Search/ ... ch_IGI.asp

Make sure you try all the relevant regions, and you CAN select the Region and insert only a surname - the database will return up to 5,000 valid records.

IGI info should be verified from another source, unless you rent/view the microfilm (the number is in the IGI record) and verify the original image there.

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Jamaica Geneology

Postby askkevt » Mon Jan 19, 2009 8:59 pm

bimjim wrote:Try the IGI on-line.

http://www.familysearch.org/eng/Search/ ... ch_IGI.asp

Make sure you try all the relevant regions, and you CAN select the Region and insert only a surname - the database will return up to 5,000 valid records.

IGI info should be verified from another source, unless you rent/view the microfilm (the number is in the IGI record) and verify the original image there.

Jim



That site is great, the only problem is that the database is Barbados only, there are very little databases in this class as yet.
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Jamaica Geneology

Postby askkevt » Mon Jan 19, 2009 9:07 pm

barrett wrote:The information is out there. And even within the Caribbean inc Jamaica it is open to the public. There are Parish Registers; Slave Returns; Plantation Sales. Post Slavery you have census returns and even more parish registers.

The problem is so little of it as been transcribed, it is often scattered, sometimes across continents Then there is the big gaps due to fire, flood enviromental damage-In terms of these conditions Barbados as been the least affected, whilst also being the ones that were choosed to be transcribed and put on the internet.

What we need is for people within the locality of these archives to create a collection and start scanning them. If only to perserve the information.

If all those who are out there doing their own personal searches would copy the details of all the names listed on the pages they are interested, it would be a start...maybe one of those names will be of interest to someone eles doing research.

So what Parish are you interested in and what names?

Have you tried posting request for info in local newspaper letter pages...You can do this on-line with the major papers...I once left a request on a Trinidadian Catholic newspaper or website and actually got a response from a distant cousin(well still to be verified) But this person was able to fill in a few blanks....It is worth trying


The parish in question is St Andrew, the church that is eluding my searches is Mount James Church of England. What information there is all over Jamaica is so badly fragmented it almost reminds me of information left from a bombing, scattered cryptic and miscommunicated. Even though the information that i am using is not enough, the resources i have used thus far is so painful to understand. Almanacs church records, where i can't find any church of england back in 1900 onwards. It's fine that i have to search but i am going round in circles.
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Re: Jamaica Geneology

Postby bimjim » Tue Jan 20, 2009 6:07 pm

askkevt wrote:That site is great, the only problem is that the database is Barbados only, there are very little databases in this class as yet.


Not true...

The IGI shows all of the Caribbean islands as a Region, and there are millions of records. There may be many of your researched surname in barbados, but if you keep on paging you will probably find some in other islands.

Guyana may be seen in either "Caribbean Islands" or "South America", depending on the government of the time, but at the time of Federation (and since) it was/is seen as a Caribbean country.
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Re: Jamaican Geneology

Postby jojo » Wed Jul 14, 2010 5:04 am

I obtained the immigration manifest of my grand-uncle who hails from Somerst/ Llandewy St Andrew Jamaica WI he travel to the UK & from there out of
Liverpool UK on a ship .disembarked in NY 1920 His Name was Felix Henry brother of Hilda Henry, He married Doris Johnson from Hanover (I think) He went on to become a dentist in Detriot & they had one daughter Joyce Henry who died
The first people to document people worldwide were the mormons and they keep good records they were privy to,,,Felix sister Hilda went on to marry
Nathanail Johnson from the same district and she had about 5 kids..anyone knows this family or Hilda ...she died after having her last baby who never knew her
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