January 3, 2017

Where to Search for Jamaican Ancestors?

One of the genres of music I have enjoyed since a kid is reggae music. Although I know that my ancestry is embedded in the Caribbean, the last thing I expected was discovering that I actually have many DNA cousins who show 100% Jamaican ancestry.  Since this island shares Taino and African ancestry with the two islands that my parents come from, I wasn't expecting to discover that I have genetic Jamaican DNA cousin.

So where can you search your ancestry where it doesn't cost you a trip back to the island?  Or even if you are on the island, you don't have to visit some archive to get data?

Well Familysearch is the option available to you.  Currently they have quite a few libraries available to you.  First let's start with searchable databases.



For the following databases, you can either search or scroll down to the bottom and click on the image number which will lead you to the digitized images.

You can even review their catalog to determine if there a a microfilm in their possession that will assist you in your research.  I'm providing the link below, click on the the side triangles next to each subtitle to expand and click through to view what is actually available.  The catalog is very extensive. Notice at the time there is a clickable link, "Places within Jamaica", make sure you visit all the towns in the catalog to ensure you didn't miss anything.  In addition, at the top you should also see a link for the Cayman Islands, I recommend that you follow that link as well. 

 
Another good resource that I came across is JamaicanFamilySearch.

Happy to see that Jamaica has many resources available.  As I continue to research and eventually find my Jamaican connection, all of these links will hopefully lead me to more answers.  Good luck in your research!


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