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Jamaican Family Search web site

PostPosted: Fri Aug 27, 2010 1:43 pm
by bimjim

Jamaican Family Search

This is a virtual genealogy library for those researching family history for Jamaica, West Indies, especially for people born before 1920. The site contains transcriptions from various documents including nineteenth century Jamaica Almanacs (which list property owners and civil and military officials), Jamaica Directories for 1878, 1891 and 1910, extractions from Jamaican Church records, Civil Registration, Wills, Jewish records, and excerpts from newspapers, books, and other documents. There is information on immigration and on slavery. Here you will come across people from all walks of life: large landowners and paupers, slave and free, knights, gentlemen, laborers, seamen, soldiers, lawmakers and lawbreakers. They all left their imprint in the Jamaican records. The colors of people mentioned in the Registers, and the variety of people found here, reflect our island motto, "Out of Many, One People."

Jamaica was a British colony until it gained its independence in 1962. In the 17th through 19th centuries Britain required that the colony should take a census or a count of the population in various years in order to provide statistics concerning the makeup of the population. The results which have been preserved as census records do not contain any names of individuals, but merely numbers of persons in various categories, which generally included: white, black, free colored, certain countries of origin, and occupation. One exception is the Census information for Hanover for 1823 which has been found in some Colonial Office correspondence and is on this site. Because of this lack of what most genealogists would consider census information, the best substitutes are the Jamaica Almanacs, lists of landowners, Directories, Church Registers, and tombstones. This site offers information from these substitutes, as well as excerpts from old newspapers and other sources.

This site now contains over 292,200 names of people who lived in Jamaica at some time.

Access to about 85% of the pages is limited to Members who have paid a subscription. There is free access to the rest of the pages, which are identified here with an [F]. The Lead Pages, to which there is free access, contain links to the pages which are limited to Members only, and provide an indication as to their contents. For an explanation of Terms of Use, or how to obtain a Free Subscription, please see below.

This website is authored by an individual, and not by a corporation.