Friday, November 25, 2005

Jamaican Family Search genealogy research library

Jamaican Families
This Jamaica, West Indies, genealogy research site contains transcriptions from various seventeenth to twentieth century documents, including nineteenth century Jamaica Almanacs (which list property owners and civil and military officials), the complete text of "Monumental Inscriptions of the British West Indies" written in 1875 by J. H. Lawrence-Archer, Jamaica Directories for 1878, 1891 and 1910, extractions from Jamaican Church records, Civil Registration and Wills, and excerpts from newspapers, books, and other documents. It includes a Glossary, Historical Background, and other Utilities to aid in putting this information into focus. New information is added each month, thus creating a virtual genealogy library for those researching Jamaican families. 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. Facts come to light, and skeletons jangle in the closet. 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.

Almanacs that are currently available are listed below. They are available to Members only, unless identified as [F] open to all
membership prices range from one week at $4 US or to one year at $70 US


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