Tracing Your Caribbean Ancestors : A National Archives Guide
This book is ideal for anyone who reaserching their Caribbean family history in The National Archives and beyond. The National Archives holds records for many people who lived in British West Indian colonies such as emigrants, plantation owners, slaves, soldiers, sailors and transported criminals. The Archives also hold the colonial office records for the British West Indies. This includes state correspondence to and from the colonies and passenger lists.
Fully updated and revised, this new edition covers recent developments in Caribbean archives, including details of newly released information and archives that are now available online. This book outlines the primary research sources for those tracing their Caribbean ancestry and describes details of access to archives, further reading, useful websites and how to find and accurately search family history sources.
As Britain does not hold locally created records of its dependencies such as church records, this book doubles as a gateway to the local history sources throughout the Caribbean that remain in each country's archives and register office. This book will be of use to anyone researching family history in British Caribbean countries of Anguilla, Antigua, Bahamas, Barbados, British Virgin Islands, Cayman Islands, Dominica, Grenada, Jamaica, Montserrat, St Kitts and Nevis, St Lucia, St Vincent, Trinidad and Tobago and the Turks and Caicos Islands as well as Guyana, Belize and Bermuda.
This book is a must for anyone about to embark on tracing their Caribbean ancestors. Guy Grannum takes the reader on a voyage of discovery. He uses his expertise gleaned from tracing his own Barbadian and British ancestors coupled with his experience from working at The National Archives for over 20 years to produce a book packed full of information. No wonder he specialises in Colonial and Caribbean genealogy.
Right from the beginning the author sets out to guide the researcher on their journey. He lists terms used in records that may be unfamiliar to the reader and sets the course towards the ‘first Steps’ of research with suggestions that enable the researcher to chart a logical action plan for their initial venture into family history.
Tracing Caribbean ancestors has been an uncharted area, but now it is plain sailing and we are guided around the Caribbean learning a brief history of migration along with descriptions of sources of information available whether it be from local Caribbean or national archives, register offices, internet, libraries, DNA testing and analysis.
In no time at all the researcher will know where to find birth, marriage and death registers and certificates, information on slave and slave holders, land records and maps, migration records including passenger lists and naturalisation records, and service records including air force, army, navy, and merchant navy. There are also illustrations of original records.
If the researcher wishes to delve into any section more deeply there is an extensive further reading list and comprehensive bibliography. By the end of this book, the researcher should be well on the way to tracing their Caribbean ancestor, be far more knowledgeable about why our Caribbean ancestors migrated around the world and have a greater understanding of the history behind their voyages and the ensuing life they lived.
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