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This is a virtual genealogy library for those researching family history for Jamaica, West Indies, especially for people born before The site contains transcriptions from various documents including nineteenth century Jamaica Almanacs which list property owners and civil and military officials , Jamaica Directories for , and , extractions from Jamaican Church records, Civil Registration, Wills, Jewish records, and excerpts from newspapers, books, and other documents.

There is information on immigration and on slavery. Jamaica was a British colony from the time of its conquest by the English from the Spaniards, until it gained its independence in and became a part of the British Commonwealth. The indigenous Indians had been killed by the Spaniards. The population over the past years has been comprised of: British: within its first years as a British colony thousands of British immigrants arrived in the island, and made up the white population along with Portuguese Jews who had been left behind by the Spanish.

The British remained the dominant majority until African slaves grew in with the slave trade from until their emancipation in Diversity increased with the addition of other people groups: French refugees from St. Domingue arrived in the late 18th century. German settlers were brought to the island in the mid s. Indian laborers were brought in accordance with Acts of the Assembly in through Chinese laborers were brought in Indian, Syrian, Lebanese merchants and businessmen came in the late 19th to 20th centuries.

Individuals from China, Europe, and countries around the world have added to the variety in the population. Their mingling is reflected in our island motto, "Out of Many, One People. In the decade of the s many landowners returned to Great Britain, or dispersed to other parts of the British Empire. In the decade of the s there was another dispersion to North America and the UK in particular.

In the 17th through 19th centuries Britain required that the colony should take a census or a count of the population in various years in order to provide statistics concerning the makeup of the population. The which have been preserved as census records do not contain any names of individuals, but merely s of persons in various , which generally included: white, black, free colored, certain countries of origin, and occupation.

One exception is the Census information for Hanover for which has been found in some Colonial Office correspondence and is on this site. Because of this lack of what most genealogists would consider census information, the best substitutes are the Jamaica Almanacs, lists of landowners, Directories, Church Registers, and tombstones. This site offers information from these substitutes, as well as excerpts from old newspapers and other sources.

This site now contains approximately , names of people who lived in Jamaica at some time. Please note, therefore, that the site does not include the names of everyone who ever lived in Jamaica, from the arrival of the English in , as the would then be in the millions. This website was created by an individual, and not by a corporation. The Almanac is the earliest one that contained the names of people. In through the Almanacs contained a list of the proprietors and properties.

Almanacs also listed official and other persons on the island in the Civil and Military Lists. These Almanacs are an excellent place in which to kick off your research, especially if you do not know the parish in which your family lived. A search for the surname will lead to a parish in which their property was located. Viewing the details will give you their first names, property name, size of property or of slaves and livestock. The civil and military lists may provide information on people who were not listed as property owners. There are other excerpts from various Almanacs which provide statistics or explanations of what was current at the time.

This book is an invaluable research tool, and the entire Directory, containing over s, has been transcribed here. The first section of this Directory lists name, full address, occupation, and place of employment, for people from all walks of life in Jamaica. There is a general Directory for all parishes. Kingston and Spanish Town also have Business Directories. The second major portion of this book contains the "Directory of Estates Pens and Properties.

The final section contains General Information on those in Administration, the military, constabulary, medical, ecclesiastical, and educational fields, lodges and societies. This Directory listed business people in Kingston by Street, and those in other areas by Post Office.

It also included penkeepers, ministers in various churches, foreign consuls, Members of the Parochial Boards, and other government officials. It lists approximately 3, names of individuals. The contained in the Directory have also been transcribed.

Although the title is "Commercial Directory," this also contains residential listings. There are several lists: a list of property owners and pens, sugar estates and plantations, arranged by parishes; a business directory listed by trades; a list of persons living in Kingston and St. Andrew; a list of persons living outside that area; and a list of Ministers arranged by denomination. The name and address of each individual or business is listed. There is a list of the towns referred to in postal addresses, with a brief description.

The book also includes the History, description and leadership of Associations, Clubs, Lodges and Schools, a List of Police officers, and a List of Civil Servants across the island, showing their positions, departments, and Post Office addresses. Lists of White Families introduced into Jamaica from to under several Acts that were passed in England to encourage settlers to move to the island.

List One consisted of families, for a total of individuals,described as "white families and artificers. See link to List One below in "Immigration. For most of them the list shows when and where they settled, and how many acres of land they received. See link to List Two below in "Immigration. These Returns provide the details of each grant: date, name, of acres, legal description of the location, boundaries, and owners of ading properties. There are grants altogether including one to Nanny, a famous leader of the Maroons.

See link to the lists in "Immigration. Refugees from St. Domingue began to arrive in Jamaica in Domingue was a French colony on the western part of the island of Hispaniola, an area which has since become Haiti. When more refugees arrived in , a Roman Catholic Chapel was opened in Kingston, for the first time in about years. The refugees became the main core of that church, which also included Spaniards, Irish and English congregants. In through more French refugees arrived in Jamaica in considerable s. Many of them fled St. Domingue with very little but their lives.

Evidence of this is seen in two lists found in Colonial Office Correspondence, viz. Names of French taken into Jamaica in , whether as Prisoners or Emigrants, Ships on which captured, or place from which sailed, Military or personal status, Weekly subsistence and financial aid. See also the Letter to the Earl of Balcarres from Marquis Caduch concerning the situation of the French in Jamaica in , and a proclamation from the governor's office.

A Return of the of Patents for Land granted in Jamaica from January to December with the names of persons to whom granted, the quantity of land, and the parish where situated. Return of Immigrants who arrived in the island of Jamaica from the 30th September to the 30th September under the immigration Act 4th Victoria Chapter There were 1, immigrants listed in the report, and they were grouped by families.

The official report gave the name of the Ship or Vessel, and the Port from whence it came. It listed the date and place of arrival in Jamaica. The name and age of each immigrant was listed, and sometimes the trade or calling was included. Newspaper reports provided additional information on some of the immigrants, including their nationalities.

For the passenger lists for the 13 ships on which they arrived, please use the link to "Immigration" below. In Sir Thomas Modyford, who was then Governor of Jamaica, sent back to England a Survey listing the landowners in the island, and the of acres that they had patented. The data for the Survey had been compiled by the Receiver General from land patents and the annual rents due to the Crown.

It has been reproduced here. There is also a map of the island. This is a hand-drawn version of a map showing patents etc. Dickson has ed and transcribed the names and information written on each parcel on the map, and placed the s on the map, so that the information can be easily read and tied together.

This list has been prepared from the names listed on a map of Kingston for See link below. It provides the name of the landowners, noting whether they were deceased , the name of the property where available , details on the of acres planted in sugar, coffee, cotton, food crops, etc. Please see link below.

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