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Jamaican Genealogy - Family History in Jamaica

Find genealogy lessons, links, databases, mailing lists, message boards, surname meanings, and more for people with an interest in Jamaican genealogy and family history.
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Family History Library Resources for Jamaica
The Family History Library in Salt Lake City has a large collection of Jamaican genealogy resources available on microfilm - available on loan at a Family History Center near you. Be sure to click on the "View Related Places" button for town and locality specific resources.

Geography and Maps for Jamaica
Geography and maps of the Caribbean island country of Jamaica from Geography Guide, Matt Rosenberg.

Important Dates in the History of Jamaica
A timeline of natural disasters and events in Jamaica from 1494 to the present day. From the Family History of Jamaica, West Indies Web site.

International Jewish Cemetery Project - Jamaica
A list of Jewish cemeteries and burial sites in Jamaica. Some listings include links to other Web sites with additional information such as burial lists or a name to contact by email or snail-mail.

Jamaica Message Board - RootsWeb
A free, fairly active message board for posting genealogical or surname queries related to Jamaica or Jamaican family history.

Jamaican Family Search
Over 130,000 individuals are included in these transcriptions from nineteenth century Jamaica almanacs (including proprietors & properties, civil & military Lists); "Monumental Inscriptions of the British West Indies" from 1875; and extractions from Jamaican vital records (registers, Church records and civil registration), wills, newspapers, and other documents.

Jamaican Genealogy Sources for Beginners
A good introduction to genealogy research for Jamaica, West Indies.

Jamaican GenForum
A free, moderately active message board for surname queries and other genealogy questions related to Jamaica.

Jamaican GenWeb
A wonderful, volunteer run site chock full of genealogy and family history resources for Jamaica, including surname queries, lookup volunteers, how-to articles, pictures, history, databases and more.

Maps of Jamaica
A collection of links to maps for Jamaica, including several from the mid-1800s, parish maps and a present-day map.

National Library of Jamaica
The National Library of Jamaica boasts an extensive collection of materials on Jamaica and the West Indies dating back to the sixteenth century. The library responds to research queries received by mail or by telephone. There is a charge for this service.

Registrar General of Jamaica
Information and forms for requesting certificates of birth, marriage and death, plus information on having the research of your Jamaican family tree conducted for you by the Registrar General’s Department. If you're from Canada, the U.S. or the U.K. then be sure to look for prices listed in your local currency!

Sources for Jamaican Genealogy & Where to Find Them
A bibliography for reseachers of Jamaican genealogy and history by Sally Jones.

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