Jamaican Ancestry: How To Find Out More, Revised Edition


If you think there's not much you can do without traveling to Jamaica, you're wrong! Many records are available if you know how to access the various sources through libraries and other repositories. Here you'll find hints and details on what's available and where, covering vital and church records, land patents and deeds, censuses, immigration and emigration, military records, handbooks and directories, court records, newspapers, occupations and more. The last few chapters provide a bibliography of additional references and genealogies, and a listing of useful addresses to jump-start your Jamaican research.

This updated edition guides the reader to new resources, particularly on the internet, where there are numerous sources of family history, as well as books and other materials not referred to previously. Jamaican records may contain references to American or European ancestors. Some marriages of men who served in the regiments sent from England to Jamaica are recorded in Jamaica, and first and second born children may be christened in Jamaica. English and American ships' captains, mates and ordinary seamen may be buried in Jamaica, although they never actually lived there. American Loyalists who fled to Jamaica after the American Revolution may have filtered back to the United States or joined others in Canada. Germans who first immigrated to Jamaica later settled after the 1850s in the American Midwest. English Quakers who settled in the island in the late seventeenth century removed to Pennsylvania in the eighteenth century; Pennsylvania Quaker families and those in England might consider the possibility that their families made a home in Jamaica before removing to the United States. This handy guide is intended for researchers in the United States, Canada, the United Kingdom, and Jamaica. It shows you what to look for, and how to make family connections. The appendix contains a timeline of important dates in Jamaican history; and the book closes with a subject index.

Madeleine E. Mitchell

2008, 5½x8½, paper, index, 246 pp.

ISBN: 9780788442827