5 websites for tracing your Caribbean ancestors like Noel Clarke

By Editor, 31 August 2017 - 10:11pm

Inspired by Noel Clarke’s episode? We’ve put together a brief roundup of five online resources that can help you trace your Caribbean ancestors and understand their lives


Noel Clarke discovered his Caribbean ancestry with help from historians including Judy Raymond

Researching Caribbean family has become a lot easier now that more material has come online. If, like Noel Clarke, your family hails from those islands, then here are five websites that should help you trace them.

1. Familysearch.org 

The most important website for tracing Caribbean ancestors is also, luckily, completely free. It helps to know which island your family came from as some are better represented here than others, but there is something for all the islands.

The highlight is the Jamaican civil registration collection from 1880 to 1999 covering over three and a half million records, but the site also includes some church records as well as records for other islands such as Trinidad and Granada covered in Noel’s episode.

 

2. Slave registers (1812-1834)

Although only covering a short period of time, these registers from The National Archives have been digitised and are held on subscription site Ancestry. You can search by name or browse by island and year.
 

3. Caribbean Roots 

Guy Grannum is author of Tracing Your Caribbean Ancestors: A National Archives Guide and this very handy blog post is useful for anyone starting out in Caribbean research. 

 

4. The Daily Gleaner 

This website holds digital copies of the The Daily Gleaner covering Jamaican news from 1834 right up to 2016. It is free to search but a subscription is needed to view the pages. There are options to purchase a one day pass.
 

5. Colonial Office photographic collection

It may not take your research back further, but this large collection of historic photographs taken from collections held by The National Archives, may help inspire your research.

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