Records in Barbados

This guide was last updated in 2011

If you're setting off to Barbados to learn more about your ancestral connections, there are some important places that you should consider visiting.

The national archives at Black Rock, Bridgetown, hold plantation files as well as the ever-useful birth, marriage, and death registers, wills and deeds. The plantation files have a surname index and it is possible to trace owners/managers from 1650s.

If you have the parish name of the ancestor you are researching, local churches still hold valuable information. There are records in St. Michael parish from as early as 1648. The archive of the Barbados Museum & Historical Society, housed at the Barbados Museum in Garrison, Bridgetown, hold many useful research items especially for the period prior to 1800. They keep family files, which include histories deposited by family historians, and boast an enthusiastic and very knowledgeable staff.

Barbadian church records 1637-1850, Civil Registration records 1900-1931 (and marriages recorded between 1643 and 1800), plus census records for 1679-1680 and 1715 as well as slavery records 1780-1840 can all be viewed on microfilm at the LDS London Family History Centre at Hyde Park (or ordered to be viewed at any LDS Family History Centre – visit www.londonfhc.org to find details of your nearest one). Associate FamilySearch libraries (such as the one at Solihull Public library) may also have copies of relevant microfilm records – check before visiting.

Contact details

Barbados Department of Archives
www.gov.bb/portal/page/portal/BIG_Department_of_Archives
Black Rock
St. James BB24001
E-mail: archives@sunbeach.net
Tel.: + (246) 425-5150

Barbados Museum & Historical Society
www.barbmuse.org.bb
St. Ann’s Garrison
St. Michael
E-mail: museum@caribsurf.com
Tel.: + (246) 427-0201

Recommended local researcher in Barbados
Dr. Pat Stafford, BA, PhD, History (UWI)
patriciastafford@caribsurf.com
Tel: +(246) 243-1313

 

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