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Record Description

This Collection will include records from 1765 to 2010.

The collection includes birth/baptisms, marriages, and death/burials from Frederick Evangelical Lutheran Church, Reformed Dutch Church, Episcopal Church. Also included are other miscellaneous records such as communions, roll of members, license to marry, confirmations, paternity acknowledgments, refuge regulations, letters, finances, pastoral acts, pew rentals, etc.

This collection of church records includes records for several church denominations in St. Thomas, St. Croix, and St. John, and covers the years 1803 to 2010. 

The Frederick Evangelical Lutheran Church was founded by Danes in 1666 on the island of St. Thomas; this was the official church of the Danish West Indies. Since 1917, with the transfer of the Virgin Islands to the United States, Frederick Lutheran Church has been part of the Lutheran Church in America.

Church records were created to record church sacraments associated with the life events of the parishioners, such as baptism, marriage, and burial.

This collection of church books is a reliable and a good source for genealogical research. Accuracy in the records for such information as dates, ages, and places is dependent upon the accuracy of the person giving the information and the accuracy of the recording by the ecclesiastical officer.

You can browse through images in this collection by visiting the browse page for Virgin Islands US, Church Records, 1765-2010.

Record Content

The baptismal records may contain the following information:

  • Date and place of baptism
  • Name and gender of child
  • Names and ages of parents
  • Names of sponsors/witnesses

The marriage records may contain the following information:

  • Date and place of marriage
  • Names and ages of bride and groom
  • Marital status (condition) of bride and groom
  • Residences of bride and groom
  • Married by banns or license
  • Names of witnesses
  • Name of officiating minister

The burial records may contain the following information:

  • Date of death
  • Name and age of deceased person
  • Occupation, and last residence of deceased
  • Place of birth
  • Place of burial
  • Legitimate or illegitimate
  • Marital status
  • Name of officiating minister

The death records may contain the following information:

  • Name and age of deceased
  • Last residence of deceased
  • Date of death
  • Cause of death
  • Date of burial
  • Place of burial
  • Officiating priest

The death records of slaves may contain the following information:

  • Date of death
  • Where buried
  • Name and age of deceased
  • When and where baptized
  • To whom married
  • Name of slave/plantation owner
  • Disease or cause of death

How to Use the Record

To begin your search it is helpful to know:

  • The name and surname of the person
  • The approximate date of the event and place where the event occurred
  • The name of the parents or spouse

Search the Collection

To search the collection:
⇒Select the "Browse" link in the initial collection page
⇒Select the "Island" category
⇒Select the "City or Town" category
⇒Select the "Denomination or Parish" category
⇒Select the "Record Type and Year Range" which takes you to the images.

Look at each image comparing the information with what you already know about your ancestors to determine if the image relates to them. You may need to look at several images and compare the information about the individuals listed in those images to your ancestors to make this determination. Keep in mind:

  • There may be more than one person in the records with the same name.
  • You may not be sure of your own ancestor’s name.
  • Your ancestor may have used different names or variations of their name throughout their life.

Using the Information

When you have located your ancestor’s record, carefully evaluate each piece of information given. Save a copy of the image or transcribe the information. These pieces of information may give you new biographical details. Add this new information to your records of each family. You should also look for leads to other records about your ancestors. For example:

  • Use the marriage date and place as the basis for compiling a new family group or for verifying existing information.
  • Use the birth date or age along with the place of birth of each partner to find a couple's birth records and parents' names.
  • Use the birth date or age along with the place of birth to find the family in census records.
  • Use the residence and names of the parents to locate church and land records.
  • Use the parents’ birth places to find former residences and to establish a migration pattern for the family.

Tips to Keep in Mind

  • The name of the officiator is a clue to their religion or area of residence in the county. However, ministers may have reported marriages performed in other counties.
  • Compile the marriage entries for every person who has the same surname as the bride or groom; this is especially helpful in rural areas or if the surname is unusual.
  • Continue to search the marriage records to identify children, siblings, parents, and other relatives of the bride and groom who may have married in the same county or nearby. This can help you identify other generations of your family or even the second marriage of a parent. Repeat this process for each new generation you identify.
  • When looking for a person who had a common name, look at all the entries for the name before deciding which is correct.
  • The information in church records is usually reliable, but depends upon the reliability of the informant
  • Earlier records may not contain as much information as the records created after the late 1800.
  • There is also some variation in the information given from one record to another.

Unable to Find Your Ancestor?

  • Look for variant spellings of the names. You should also look for alias names, nicknames and abbreviated names.
  • Look for an index. There are often indexes at the beginning of each volume. Local genealogical and historical societies often have indexes to local records.
  • Search the indexes and records of nearby localities.

Known Issues with This Collection

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Citations for This Collection

When you copy information from a record, you should list where you found the information; that is, cite your sources. This will help people find the record again and evaluate the reliability of the source. It is also good to keep track of records where you did not find information, including the names of the people you looked for in the records. Citations are available for the collection as a whole and each record or image individually.

Collection Citation:

"Virgin Islands US, Church Records, 1765-2010." Images. FamilySearch. http://FamilySearch.org : accessed 2015. Citing Parishes, U.S. Virgin Islands.

Image citation:

The citation for an image is available on each image in this collection by clicking Show Citation at the bottom left of the image screen. You can browse through images in this collection by visiting the browse page for Virgin Islands US, Church Records, 1765-2010.

Digital copies of originals are also housed in different parish archives throughout the US Virgin Islands:

  • “US Virgin Islands, St. Thomas, Charlotte Amalie Episcopal Church Records”, index and images, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org), 2011; from the Episcopal Church of All Saints, Charlotte Amalie, St. Thomas, US Virgin Islands. Church records, 1785-1979. All Saints Episcopal Church, St. Thomas, Virgin Islands, USA. FHL digital image folders. Family History Library, Salt lake City, Utah, USA.
  • “US Virgin Islands, St. Thomas, Charlotte Amalie Reformed Dutch Church Records”, index and images FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org), 2011; from the St. Thomas Reformed Church, Charlotte Amalie, St. Thomas, US Virgin Islands. Church records, 1785-1979. St. Thomas Reformed Church, Charlotte Amalie, St. Thomas, US Virgin Islands. FHL digital images, 16 folders. Family History Library, Salt lake City, Utah, USA.

 

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