January 20, 2018

Finding Passengers in the US Virgin Islands 1906 to 1947

I always enjoy speaking to people about Caribbean culture, it's history, and the information I come across along the way just speaking to people.  Once such event was speaking to an individual who was giving me a ride back to my place after returning a rental after coming back from a business trip.

As we were talking, he mentioned he was from the Caribbean island of Nevis.  The nerdy genealogist in me immediately sprang into action.  So I asked him about one name, Horsford.  As soon as I mentioned the last name, he said yes, that name is well known on the island. I wasn't surprised as I've traced this line and knew that Horsford existed on the island.  Before I could say anything, he states, another popular name because the family also has businesses on the island;  the Skerritt line.

My mouth hung open as both the Horsford and Skerritt families connect on my family tree. So I knew he wasn't saying things just to appease me. During the drive to my home, I was happy to get another person interested in our Caribbean and African history. We went into deep discussions on history and how different we view things in the Caribbean and how differently history is taught in the Caribbean versus the United States. It was truly an interesting ride. 

He started discussing the other family names known on the island. I also advised him how these same family lines can be found on other islands such as Antigua, Montserrat, Anguilla, Dominican Republic, and of course, St. Thomas and St. Croix.

So in looking at the searchable database that Familysearch just made available for the US Virgin Islands, sure enough I found Horsford and Skerritt in the database.  The database is of Passenger Lists arriving in the US Virgin Islands.

As promised, I will continue to update the blog and my first post goes to those who have ancestors that may have traveled to the US Virgin Islands from 1906 to 1947.  Once you search a name, you should see the index information to the right and next to it a camera.

If you do not have a User ID and password for the website, you will need to create one before you can use the link below or any of the other links I have provided on this website. This is a new requirement from FamilySearch

US Virgin Islands Passenger Arrivals 1906 - 1947 records


Best of luck in finding your ancestors on the islands!



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December 18, 2017

Website Announcement



Updated on 1-20-2018:

After hearing from so many wonderful people who use this website. I have decided that I will continue to update the website. 


There has been some negative behavior that led to my previous decision of no longer updating the website.  However, I will not allow these individuals from impacting the many that are benefiting from the many resources provided. 

A warning for the individuals with the rude behavior.  

Your messages will be blocked and you will be automatically added to spam.  
This means that your messages never to be seen and will never receive assistance. 

A PERMANENT BAN!




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December 9, 2017

Antigua, Nevis, Monseratt, St. Christopher and Falmouth Records for the 1700's

Genealogy is so important to many of us. Finding records of our ancestors that are from the Caribbean is always a great feeling. While many feel that they must travel to the Caribbean in search of their ancestors, it is not necessarily always the case.  Such is the case for the island of Antigua and some of the other islands such a Falmouth, Nevis, St. Christopher and Monseratt.

With this collections, it requires a visit to a local Family History Center. Check your the below post to find one near you.

http://www.genealogianuestra.com/2017/07/finding-family-history-center-for-free.html
 
The collection for Antigua and the Leeward Islands includes church records , passenger and cargo lists, court records including taxation and military records. There is also written correspondences covering the islands. There are two films and they are as follows:

Correspondence Volume S, 1727 - 1729 Correspondence Volume T, 1730  #51-91 
Correspondence Volume V, 1734 - 1735  #52-109

 
As I come across more records, I'll make sure to post them on the website. Hopefully many will locate ancestors. Pull up this post to find these films from their computers.

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December 3, 2017

Puerto Rico: Naranjito Church Records 1831 - 1936

I nearly missed the Naranjito church records as I didn't have them listed on my remaining list of churches in Puerto Rico.  I want to thank Olga Figueroa for asking about them.  A quick search of the website and I found that I never broke the films out for everyone.

Naranjito is a municipality that sits north of Barranquitas and Comerio but south of Toa Alta. Just west of Naranjito sits Corozal. The church records for this region includes baptisms, marriages, and death records. While some are in bad shape, they are still a treasure for many researching their ancestry for this region.  The breakdown of the records are as follow.

NOTE:  Book 4 of Baptism has records from 1901 - 1905 and 1925 - 1926 at the end.

Baptism


Marriages



NOTE: In Book 6 of  Deaths records, there are some 1906 deaths listed at the end.

Deaths



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November 26, 2017

Puerto Rico: Barranquitas Church Records 1860 to 1952

One of the interesting things I have discovered between Puerto Rico and Dominican Republic is the constant repetition of town names. It is not a few but plenty of towns.While pulling up the map of Barranquitas, Puerto Rico, I discovered the town of La Vega which is a province and town in Dominican Republic's Cibao region. There are other such towns like Moca, San Juan, and Santo Domingo.

Barranquitas is a municipality that sits in a mountainous regions of the island. Just southeast of this regions sits Coamo. The municipality was founded in 1803.

There are limited church records available so I recommend that while researching, you may have to also look for ancestors in other sources if they are available.

Barranquitas is known for it's Taino history with the Cacique or Chief known as Orocobix during the 16th century.  He was later to wind up as enslaved and working the mines for the Spaniards that invaded the island.

If you'd like to read up on many of the Caciques for not just Puerto Rico but many of the other islands, click here. You'll discover that Tainos existed in Dominican Republic, Haiti, Jamaica, Bahamas, and Cuba.

The following are the church records currently available online. Note that there are no death books and that the baptism books start with 1860.

Baptisms


Marriages


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October 26, 2017

Comerio Church Records 1832 - 1940

While Puerto Rico is only 100 miles long by 35 miles wide, it contains many municipalities.  Comerio is surrounded by 6 municipalities and sits on the eastern side and centered.  While many of us think of our families that are dealing with the effects of Hurricane Mary, I cannot stop thinking of what our ancestors faced in 1899 and 1928 when two other devastating hurricanes hit the island.  So many deaths and illnesses. I am hoping that with today's technology that we do not lose so many again. In 1899 we lost well over 3,000 loved ones and then we watched as people died from cholera from 1898 to 1910.  A very tragic history to the island.

For those who descend from family that live in this region, there are many church records available.  Once you reach where you can go no further, I recommend that you look to other big regions such as Caguas to locate records.  The church records for Comerio starts in 1832.

Baptisms


Confirmations


Marriages


Deaths


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