August 31, 2018

Grenada Civil Records 1866 - 1940

Another great island in the Caribbean, Grenada, which consists of a main island and six smaller islands is where many have never visited there but I am sure we have plenty that descends from this island.  Cousins that we were not aware of until DNA testing came along. I can honestly say that I have cousin matches from Grenada. Looking at their profiles, they are of African descent and showing Benin, Togo, Mali, Ghana, and African North DNA. While I have not posted records from this island, they do exist and there is plenty to go through without having to leave the region of your world on this planet.  The reason I have not posted this island is that I cannot go through the images and break them down for all as I do for records available for other islands.

Grenada like many of the other islands, was once inhabited by indigenous people; Arawaks and eventually the Kalinago. Many know the Kalinago as The Caribs but I believe Kalinago is the appropriate name that we should use. The island sits in the Lower Antilles, northwest of Trinidad and Tobago. Many who are researching assume that they have to visit Grenada to view records. While at some point that may be the case, that doesn't mean that that is the immediate answer in your research and your starting point.

Currently, there are many digitized records for Grenada available but it will require traveling a short distance to a local location; a Family History Center.  One great source to use for research is Civil Records and currently Familysearch has 16 films that have been digitized but are not available online on civil records covering from 1866 to 1940.

When it comes to birth, marriage, and death records, it appears that records are recorded by district and only contain parents names.  However, if you have parents names and know they got married, take a look at the marriage record and then go hunting for birth records of the couple. In addition, if you have parent's name, then look for their marriage record and then look to review the birth records for their children. You can do this repeated step and easily go backward in locating information on ancestors.

Click on the below image and it should take you to the collection. Simply scroll down when you arrive at the website to view the collection available. Wish you the best in your research. 

https://familysearch.org/search/catalog/393177?availability=Family%20History%20Library