*Initially a tobacco and indigo trading colony.
*Barbados had one of the largest white populations of the English Caribbean colonies.
*It was a jumping-off point for migration to other islands and to America.
*A huge sugar industry eventually brought as many as 400,000 slaves.
Book Review - Tracing Ancestors in Barbados, a Practical Guide - by Geraldine Lane.
“CGS News” Vol. XXXVII, No. 3, May 2006 p 8
Tracing Ancestors in Barbados, a Practical Guide - by Geraldine Lane.
Pages: 171 pp., Published: 2006, Price: $18.95, ISBN: 0806317655
Book is part of the Pomona City Library genealogical collection
Review by Genealogical.com the home page of Genealogical Publishing Company, Clearfield Company, and Gateway Press.
Family records held in Barbados (a British colony from 1637 to 1966) are excellent but are not always easy to locate or understand. But no matter the level of difficulty, Tracing Ancestors in Barbados will guide both novice and experienced researchers through the many types of records and published sources that document the lives of the people of Barbados.
The book covers all sections of Barbadian society, from English planter families to indentured servants and the tens of thousands of Africans brought in as slaves. Many of these people subsequently moved on to the United States and other destinations to seek their fortune beyond Barbados.
Records of baptism, marriage, and burial for Anglican and other denominations-as well as those of birth and death-are described here in detail. Other subjects covered include wills, deeds, censuses, military records, immigration and emigration, cemetery records, and records of slaves and plantation ownership. Developments in DNA testing are also examined as well as Internet sources and numerous published sources.
1638 List of Inhabitants of Barbados - http://www.candoo.com/genresources/1638barbadoslist.txt
Barbados Department of Archives - Lazaretto Building, Black Rock, St. James
(246) 425-1380 or (246) 425-1381
Barbados Museum & Historical Society/Shilstone Library - St. Ann’s Gate, Garrison, St. Michael, Barbados
(246) 427-0201 www.barbados.org/barbmus.htm
National Library Service - Coleridge St., Bridgetown, St. Michael, Barbados (246) 426-3981
Registration Department - Supreme Court of Barbados, Law Courts, Coleridge St., Bridgetown, St. Michael, Barbados, (246) 426-3461
Tracing Ancestors in Barbados - http://www.barbadosancestors.com/
Web site - rootsweb.com/~brbwgw
See also West Indies