Swimming through Caribbean genealogy

To be successful in researching Caribbean genealogy, you have to be aware of the history of the particular island that you are researching. Some islands will have a variety of record sets that may differ significantly depending upon what country was in control of the island.

A place to start your research is the CaribbeanGenWeb Project page at www. rootsweb.com/~caribgw/. The project is an umbrella site for each of the individual islands that have their own project pages. The site contains a list of the transcribed data sets held within the CaribbeanGenWeb Archives portion of the project, along with a global search engine for searching those data sets; descriptions of the mailing lists available for each island; links to surname resources; and some research tips. The individual island pages include t Anguilla: www.britishislesgenweb.org/~anguilla/ t Antigua and Barbuda: www.rootsweb.com/~atgwgw/ t Bahamas: www.rootsweb.com/~bhswgw/ t Bermuda: www.rootsweb.com/~bmuwgw/bermuda.htm t Cuba: www.cubagenweb.org

t Dominica: www.britishislesgenweb.org/~dominica/ t Grenada: www.britishislesgenweb.org/~grenada/ t Haiti: www.rootsweb.com/~htiwgw/ t Jamaica: www.rootsweb.com/~jamwgw/index.htm t St. Kitts and Nevis: www.tc.umn.edu/~terre011/genhome.html t St. Vincent & the Grenadines: www.rootsweb.com/~vctwgw/ t Trinidad and Tobago: www.rootsweb.com/~ttowgw/ t U.S. Virgin Islands: www.rootsweb.com/~usvi/

You can also find information on some islands on the GenWeb Project page of the mother country. For example, Guadeloupe and Martinique genealogical data can be found on the FranceGenWeb Project page at www.francegen web.org/~sitesdgw/outremer/. Another resource for the French islands is the Genealogie et Histoire de la Caraibe (www.ghcaraibe.org). The site contains some transcribed records and articles on the history of the area.

If you have a question about a specific individual, you can post a query on the Caribbean Surname Index (CARSURDEX) at www.candoo.com/surnames/ index.php. The site has message boards based upon the first letter of the surname and has research specialty boards for the French West Indies, Dutch West Indies, and Spanish West Indies.

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