Records of the Danish West Indies

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Records of the Danish West Indies

Postby bimjim » Tue Aug 16, 2011 1:44 pm

There are some good records available on

Specifically there is a group of records from NARA available at the site;

Selected records of the Danish West Indies, 1672–1917 : essential records concerning slavery and emancipation. Microfilm publication M1883

In this group of records are records of a Danish Free Black Census in 1832 for St. Thomas. These are important registers as they fill a gap in the historical record. Unfortunately, none of the records are indexed making it a tedious search. These records are separated into registers for the Free Black Children, Free Black Women and Free Black Men, so it is not arranged by household as you might find with other censuses. The records are in Danish (but surprisingly readable) and contain the name, age, religion, place of birth, how they obtained freedom (by birth, purchase, manumission, etc), marital status.

I did an index of the records for the women and children, but only was able to do a partial index on the men. These records are posted . on the Caribbean Genealogy Library website;

Large collections of old newspapers, images, etc from Roskilde in Denmark have been digitised and added to the European cultural database Europeana, which already includes 15 million searchable records.

I have only had time to do one simple search, on "danish west indies", which threw up only 10 assorted items, but these included a portrait, two coins and, most valuable of all, a downloadable copy of "A bibliography of the Virgin Islands of the United States. Formerly the Danish West Indies" (1922). ... E9D00.html

1815 (1793) History, Civil and Commercial, of the British Colonies in the West Indies" by Bryan Edwards as well as an . exhibition, "Caribbean Views" which include aquatints from 1823 by William Clark. Find the latter at ... index.html
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