Researching in the Caribbean Islands

a beach in Antigua

While it does sound wonderful, when I say “Researching in the Caribbean Islands” I don’t mean lounging in a hammock under a palm tree on the beach with your laptop researching genealogy. Rather, I’ve started to collect websites that have some great information for those who are researching their ancestors who lived in the islands in the Caribbean Sea. The main island countries in this area are: Augilla, Aruba, Barbados, Belize, British Virgin Islands, Cayman Islands, Cuba, Dominica, Dominican Republic, Grenada, Guadeloupe, Haiti, Honduras, Jamaica, Martinique, Montserrat, Netherlands Antilles, Puerto Rico, Saint Barthelemy, Saint Kitts and Nevis, Saint Lucia, Saint Martin, Saint Vincent and the Grenadines, Trinidad and Tobago, and the United States Virgin Islands.  I’ve started with a few online websites and databases for a few of these, but so far haven’t added anything for some of the bigger countries, like Cuba, Dominican Republic, Haiti, or Puerto Rico.  I plan to continue expanding this website list, but here are a few, for starters:


Google Maps


Ancestors from the West Indies

Bahamas Civil Registration, 1850-1959

Barbados Church Records, 1637-1887

Basseterre History

Candoo Caribbean Surname Index

Candoo Genealogy Resources

Caribbean Births & Baptisms 1590-1928

Caribbean Deaths and Burials, 1790-1906

Caribbean Family History

Caribbean Genealogy Library

Caribbean Genealogy Library on Facebook

Caribbean Marriages, 1591-1905

Caribbean Newspapers, 1718-1876

Caribbean Roots

Dominican Republic Misc. Records 1921-1980

FindAGrave Index

Historic Caribbean Photographs

Jamaica Births and Baptisms, 1752-1920


Tracing Your Caribbean Ancestors: A National Archives Guide

Jamaica Genealogy

Jamaica, Church of England Parish Register Transcripts, 1664-1880

Jamaica, Civil Registration, 1880-1999

Jamaican Family Search

Library of Congress – Piracy Trials

Researching African-Caribbean Family History

UK Gov’t Foreign & Commonwealth Records Archive

West Indies Cemetery Records


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