West Indies

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Information on migration between East and West Indies.

There are many surnames common to both India and the West Indies, particularly Jamaica. "I wondered if anybody thought to look westwards when they hit a brick wall in India".[1]

A number of families who were active in India, had in previous generations also taken part in the development of the West Indies. Some of the most effective officers in India during the 1780's and 1790's had previously served in the West Indies. The reverse also applied. Planters from India moved to the West Indies to run plantations there.[2]

Online records

Also see

Information about the database Caribbean Newspapers 1718 - 1876, part of Readex World Newspapers Archive.

External links

FamilySearch microfilms include Wills, 1756-1930 Jamaica. Supreme Court and records using keywords Jamaica. Registrar General. There may be additional microfilms. See the Fibiwiki page FamilySearch Centres for information about microfilms and digitised microfilms.
FamilySearch Genealogy Research Groups, also called Family Search Community FamilySearch Wiki. Includes links to 'closed' Facebook groups (where you must be accepted by an Administrator) for the Caribbean and Jamaica. Note, to sign up to these groups you must be a Facebook member, and then may need to be signed in to FamilySearch, and then may need to agree to conditions set by FamilySearch Community, including access to your data.
Really Useful Weblinks from London FamilySearch Centre website includes a category Caribbean.
All Rootsweb Mailing Lists includes Barbados, Jamaica etc. Search the Archives.
from University of Florida Digital Collections

Maps

Historical books online

More monumental inscriptions : tombstones of the British West Indies by Vere Langford Oliver. Reprint of The Monumental Inscriptions of the British West Indies. Collected and edited by V. L. Oliver. 1927. Catalogue entry with link to a FamilySearch Digital Book. Direct link. May take a few minutes to load. Catalogue entry says "Inscriptions copied from cemeteries on the West Indian islands of Antigua, Dominica, Montserrat, Nevis, St. Kitts, Grenada, St. Lucia, and Trinidad; on the Bahamas; and in the former Dutch colony of Demerara, now a county of Guyana. With an Index of Names at the back of the book.

References

  1. Harding, Simon. Private Merchants & Photo's from India Rootsweb India Mailing List 19 December 2009. Scroll down. Retrieved 5 August 2018.
  2. Balmer, Nick. Private Merchants & Photo's from India Rootsweb India Mailing List 19 December 2009. Retrieved 5 August 2018.