July 15, 2017

Bahamas Chancery, Dower, and Court Records 1791 to 1917

Chancery records are actually extremely important in researching your ancestry.  Whether your ancestors are European, African or African descent, or Native American.  These types of records help you in figuring out if the ancestor you seek will be listed.

When it comes to slavery, Africans and their descendants were treated like assets. While they are hard to stomach that ancestors were in this situation, it is part of our history and I personally would like to understand what they faced.  Chancery records tend to contain information about divorces, business disputes, settlements in estates, and dispute over land. These records are also available for the Bahamas.  The following are Chancery records for the period of 1800 to 1859.  They are digitized and available to be view from your home.

Dowers are another good recourse in finding family information as it involves what a widow will or will not attain upon her husband's death or vice versa.  These records start in 1791 and end in 1917.  This is 126 years worth of records.  They are as follows:

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