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== Collection Time Period  ==
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<h2> Collection Time Period  </h2>
 
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<p>This collection of civil registration includes the years 1850 to 1959.  
This collection of civil registration includes the years 1850 to 1959.  
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</p>
 
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<h2> Record Description  </h2>
== Record Description  ==
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<p>This collection contains records of births, marriages, and deaths from civil registration in different districts of the Bahamas. Earlier records are handwritten in narrative style; later records are handwritten in formatted records. The text of the records is in English. Records are listed in chronological order.  
 
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</p><p>For a list of localities currently published in this collection, select the <a href="https://familysearch.org/search/image/index#uri=https%3A//api.familysearch.org/records/collection/1922411/waypoints">Browse</a> link from the collection landing page.
This collection contains records of births, marriages, and deaths from civil registration in different districts of the Bahamas. Earlier records are handwritten in narrative style; later records are handwritten in formatted records. The text of the records is in English. Records are listed in chronological order.  
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</p>
 
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<h3> Record Content  </h3>
=== Record Content  ===
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<p><b>Key genealogical facts found in birth records may include:</b>
 
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</p><p><img src="/learn/wiki/en/images/0/02/Bahamas%2C_Civil_Registration_DGS_4029836_301_Birth.jpg" _fck_mw_filename="Bahamas, Civil Registration DGS 4029836 301 Birth.jpg" _fck_mw_location="right" _fck_mw_type="thumb" alt="" class="fck_mw_frame fck_mw_right" />
'''Key genealogical facts found in birth records may include:'''
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</p>
 
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<ul><li>Child’s name  
[[Image:Bahamas, Civil Registration DGS 4029836 301 Birth.jpg|thumb|right]]
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</li><li>Child’s sex  
 
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</li><li>Birth date  
*Child’s name  
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</li><li>Birth place  
*Child’s sex  
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</li><li>Parents' names  
*Birth date  
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</li><li>Parents' residence  
*Birth place  
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</li><li>May list the father’s title or occupation
*Parents' names  
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</li></ul>
*Parents' residence  
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<p><b>Key genealogical facts found in marriage records may include:</b>
*May list the father’s title or occupation
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</p><p><img src="/learn/wiki/en/images/1/1f/Bahamas%2C_Civil_Registration_DGS_4934281_47_Marriage.jpg" _fck_mw_filename="Bahamas, Civil Registration DGS 4934281 47 Marriage.jpg" _fck_mw_location="right" _fck_mw_type="thumb" alt="" class="fck_mw_frame fck_mw_right" />
 
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</p>
'''Key genealogical facts found in marriage records may include:'''
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<ul><li>Full name of bride and groom  
 
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</li><li>Marriage date  
[[Image:Bahamas, Civil Registration DGS 4934281 47 Marriage.jpg|thumb|right]]
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</li><li>Marriage place  
 
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</li><li>Age of bride and groom  
*Full name of bride and groom  
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</li><li>Occupation of bride and groom  
*Marriage date  
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</li><li>Birth place of bride and groom  
*Marriage place  
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</li><li>Parents of bride and groom  
*Age of bride and groom  
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</li><li>Number of marriage for bride and groom  
*Occupation of bride and groom  
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</li><li>Officiator
*Birth place of bride and groom  
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</li></ul>
*Parents of bride and groom  
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<p><b>Key genealogical facts found in death records may include:</b> <img src="/learn/wiki/en/images/b/b4/Bahamas%2C_Civil_Registration_DGS_4934401_64_Death.jpg" _fck_mw_filename="Bahamas, Civil Registration DGS 4934401 64 Death.jpg" _fck_mw_location="right" _fck_mw_type="thumb" alt="" class="fck_mw_frame fck_mw_right" />
*Number of marriage for bride and groom  
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</p>
*Officiator
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<ul><li>Name of deceased  
 
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</li><li>Death date  
'''Key genealogical facts found in death records may include:''' [[Image:Bahamas, Civil Registration DGS 4934401 64 Death.jpg|thumb|right]]
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</li><li>Death place  
 
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</li><li>Age in days, months, and years  
*Name of deceased  
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</li><li>Residence  
*Death date  
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</li><li>Birth place  
*Death place  
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</li><li>Name of parents  
*Age in days, months, and years  
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</li><li>Parents' birth place  
*Residence  
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</li><li>Burial place  
*Birth place  
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</li><li>Burial date
*Name of parents  
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</li></ul>
*Parents' birth place  
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<h2> How to Use the Record  </h2>
*Burial place  
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<p>Begin your search by finding your ancestors in the index. Name indexes to births, marriages, and death make it possible to access a specific record quickly. Remember that these indexes may contain inaccuracies, such as altered spellings, misinterpretations, and optical character recognition errors if the information was scanned.  
*Burial date
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</p><p><b>When searching the index it is helpful to know the following:</b>
 
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</p>
== How to Use the Record  ==
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<ul><li>The place where the event occurred  
 
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</li><li>The name and surname of the person  
Begin your search by finding your ancestors in the index. Name indexes to births, marriages, and death make it possible to access a specific record quickly. Remember that these indexes may contain inaccuracies, such as altered spellings, misinterpretations, and optical character recognition errors if the information was scanned.  
+
</li><li>The approximate date of the event  
 
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</li><li>The name of the parents or spouse
'''When searching the index it is helpful to know the following:'''
+
</li></ul>
 
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<p>Use the locator information found in the index (such as page, entry, or certificate number) to locate your ancestors in the records. Compare the information in the record to what you already know about your ancestors to determine if this is the correct person. You may need to compare the information of more than one person to make this determination.  
*The place where the event occurred  
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</p><p>When you have located your ancestor’s record, carefully evaluate each piece of information given. These pieces of information may give you new biographical details that can lead you to other records about your ancestors. Add this new information to your records of each family.  
*The name and surname of the person  
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</p><p><b>For example:</b>
*The approximate date of the event  
+
</p>
*The name of the parents or spouse
+
<ul><li>Use the marriage date and place as the basis for compiling a new family group or for verifying existing information.  
 
+
</li><li>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 locator information found in the index (such as page, entry, or certificate number) to locate your ancestors in the records. Compare the information in the record to what you already know about your ancestors to determine if this is the correct person. You may need to compare the information of more than one person to make this determination.  
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</li><li>Use the birth date or age along with the place of birth to find the family in census records.  
 
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</li><li>Use the residence and names of the parents to locate church and land records.  
When you have located your ancestor’s record, carefully evaluate each piece of information given. These pieces of information may give you new biographical details that can lead you to other records about your ancestors. Add this new information to your records of each family.  
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</li><li>Occupations listed can lead you to other types of records such as employment or military records.  
 
+
</li><li>Use the parents' birth places to find former residences and to establish a migration pattern for the family.  
'''For example:'''
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</li><li>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.  
 
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</li><li>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.  
*Use the marriage date and place as the basis for compiling a new family group or for verifying existing information.  
+
</li><li>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.  
*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.  
+
</li><li>Use the marriage number to identify previous marriages.  
*Use the birth date or age along with the place of birth to find the family in census records.  
+
</li><li>When looking for a person who had a common name, look at all the entries for the name before deciding which is correct.
*Use the residence and names of the parents to locate church and land records.  
+
</li></ul>
*Occupations listed can lead you to other types of records such as employment or military records.  
+
<p><b>Keep in mind:</b>
*Use the parents' birth places to find former residences and to establish a migration pattern for the family.  
+
</p>
*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.  
+
<ul><li>The information in church records is usually reliable, but depends upon the reliability of the informant.  
*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.  
+
</li><li>Earlier records may not contain as much information as the records created after the late 1800.  
*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.  
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</li><li>There is also some variation in the information given from one record to another.
*Use the marriage number to identify previous marriages.  
+
</li></ul>
*When looking for a person who had a common name, look at all the entries for the name before deciding which is correct.
+
<p><b>If you are unable to find the ancestors you are looking for, try the following:</b>
 
+
</p>
'''Keep in mind:'''
+
<ul><li>Check for variant spellings of the surnames.  
 
+
</li><li>Check for a different index. There are often indexes at the beginning of each volume.  
*The information in church records is usually reliable, but depends upon the reliability of the informant.  
+
</li><li>Search the indexes and records of nearby localities.
*Earlier records may not contain as much information as the records created after the late 1800.  
+
</li></ul>
*There is also some variation in the information given from one record to another.
+
<h2> Record History  </h2>
 
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<p>The earliest reference to public registration of records in the Bahamas was in 1764. By 1862, a separate office named the Registry of Records was created to record the civil events; later, the name was changed to Registrar General’s Department in 1914. At that time, there were a few registrars legally appointed to record the events of birth and death, or marriages, or other life event. Before 1914, each registration form was to be filled as accurate as possible and subsequently returned to the Registry of Records, now the Registrar General’s Department, where all the records are properly archived.  
'''If you are unable to find the ancestors you are looking for, try the following:'''
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</p>
 
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<h3> Why the Record Was Created  </h3>
*Check for variant spellings of the surnames.  
+
<p>These records were created to keep track of the vital events happening in the lives of the citizens and to safeguard their legal interests.  
*Check for a different index. There are often indexes at the beginning of each volume.  
+
</p>
*Search the indexes and records of nearby localities.
+
<h3> Record Reliability  </h3>
 
+
<p>Civil records of birth, marriage, and death are the best records for family history research after 1862.  
== Record History  ==
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</p>
 
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<h2> Related Websites  </h2>
The earliest reference to public registration of records in the Bahamas was in 1764. By 1862, a separate office named the Registry of Records was created to record the civil events; later, the name was changed to Registrar General’s Department in 1914. At that time, there were a few registrars legally appointed to record the events of birth and death, or marriages, or other life event. Before 1914, each registration form was to be filled as accurate as possible and subsequently returned to the Registry of Records, now the Registrar General’s Department, where all the records are properly archived.  
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<ul><li><a href="http://www.bahamas.gov.bs/bahamasweb2/home.nsf/vContentW/A6F841AC982CCC9485256FEB007077A5">The Government of the Bahamas – Registrar General’s Department</a>
 
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</li><li><a href="http://www.rootsweb.ancestry.com/~bhswgw/records.htm">Bahamas Gen Web</a>
=== Why the Record Was Created  ===
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</li></ul>
 
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<h2> Related Wiki Articles  </h2>
These records were created to keep track of the vital events happening in the lives of the citizens and to safeguard their legal interests.  
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<ul><li><a _fcknotitle="true" href="Bahamas">Bahamas</a>
 
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</li><li><a href="Bahamas: Ethnic Groups">Bahamas: Ethnic Groups</a>
=== Record Reliability  ===
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</li></ul>
 
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<h2> Contributions to This Article  </h2>
Civil records of birth, marriage, and death are the best records for family history research after 1862.  
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<p><span class="fck_mw_template">{{Contributor_invite}}</span>
 
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</p>
== Related Websites  ==
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<h2> Citation for This Collection  </h2>
 
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<p>The following citation refers to the original source of the data and images published on FamilySearch.org Historical Records. It may include the author, custodian, publisher, and archive for the original records.  
*[http://www.bahamas.gov.bs/bahamasweb2/home.nsf/vContentW/A6F841AC982CCC9485256FEB007077A5 The Government of the Bahamas – Registrar General’s Department]
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</p><p><span class="fck_mw_template">{{Collection citationfckLR| text = <!--bibdescbegin-->The Bahamas. Civil Registries. Civil registration, 1850-1959. Bahamas Registrar General’s Department, Nassau, The Bahamas.<!--bibdescend--> }}</span>
*[http://www.rootsweb.ancestry.com/~bhswgw/records.htm Bahamas Gen Web]
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</p><p>Information about creating source citations for FamilySearch Historical Collections is listed in the wiki article <a _fcknotitle="true" href="Help:How to Create Source Citations For FamilySearch Historical Records Collections">Help:How to Create Source Citations For FamilySearch Historical Records Collections</a>.  
 
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</p>
== Related Wiki Articles  ==
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<h2> Citing FamilySearch Historical Collections  </h2>
 
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<p>When you copy information from a record, you should list where you found the information. This will help you or others to find the record again. 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.  
*[[Bahamas]]
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</p><p>A suggested format for keeping track of records that you have searched is found in the wiki article <a _fcknotitle="true" href="Help:How to Cite FamilySearch Collections">Help:How to Cite FamilySearch Collections</a>.  
*[[Bahamas: Ethnic Groups|Bahamas: Ethnic Groups]]
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</p>
 
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<h4> Citation Example for Records Found&#160;in This Collection  </h4>
== Contributions to This Article  ==
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<p>"Bahamas, Civil Registration, 1850-1959" digital images, <i>FamilySearch</i> (https://familysearch.org: accessed 27 January 2012), Births 1947 &gt; image 3 of 260, Laird Skibbs, born January 9, 1947; citing Civil Records, Birth Records, Bahamas Registrar General's Department Nasasau, Bahamas.
 
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</p>
{{Contributor_invite}}  
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== Citation for This Collection  ==
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The following citation refers to the original source of the data and images published on FamilySearch.org Historical Records. It may include the author, custodian, publisher, and archive for the original records.  
+
 
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{{Collection citation
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| text = <!--bibdescbegin-->The Bahamas. Civil Registries. Civil registration, 1850-1959. Bahamas Registrar General’s Department, Nassau, The Bahamas.<!--bibdescend--> }}  
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Information about creating source citations for FamilySearch Historical Collections is listed in the wiki article [[Help:How to Create Source Citations For FamilySearch Historical Records Collections]].  
+
 
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== Citing FamilySearch Historical Collections  ==
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When you copy information from a record, you should list where you found the information. This will help you or others to find the record again. 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.  
+
 
+
A suggested format for keeping track of records that you have searched is found in the wiki article [[Help:How to Cite FamilySearch Collections]].  
+
 
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==== Citation Example for Records Found&nbsp;in This Collection  ====
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"Bahamas, Civil Registration, 1850-1959" digital images, ''FamilySearch'' (https://familysearch.org: accessed 27 January 2012), Births 1947 &gt; image 3 of 260, Laird Skibbs, born January 9, 1947; citing Civil Records, Birth Records, Bahamas Registrar General's Department Nasasau, Bahamas.
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Revision as of 21:11, 4 April 2012

FamilySearch Record Search This article describes a collection of historical records available at FamilySearch.org.

Contents

Collection Time Period

This collection of civil registration includes the years 1850 to 1959.

Record Description

This collection contains records of births, marriages, and deaths from civil registration in different districts of the Bahamas. Earlier records are handwritten in narrative style; later records are handwritten in formatted records. The text of the records is in English. Records are listed in chronological order.

For a list of localities currently published in this collection, select the <a href="https://familysearch.org/search/image/index#uri=https%3A//api.familysearch.org/records/collection/1922411/waypoints">Browse</a> link from the collection landing page.

Record Content

Key genealogical facts found in birth records may include:

<img src="/learn/wiki/en/images/0/02/Bahamas%2C_Civil_Registration_DGS_4029836_301_Birth.jpg" _fck_mw_filename="Bahamas, Civil Registration DGS 4029836 301 Birth.jpg" _fck_mw_location="right" _fck_mw_type="thumb" alt="" class="fck_mw_frame fck_mw_right" />

  • Child’s name
  • Child’s sex
  • Birth date
  • Birth place
  • Parents' names
  • Parents' residence
  • May list the father’s title or occupation

Key genealogical facts found in marriage records may include:

<img src="/learn/wiki/en/images/1/1f/Bahamas%2C_Civil_Registration_DGS_4934281_47_Marriage.jpg" _fck_mw_filename="Bahamas, Civil Registration DGS 4934281 47 Marriage.jpg" _fck_mw_location="right" _fck_mw_type="thumb" alt="" class="fck_mw_frame fck_mw_right" />

  • Full name of bride and groom
  • Marriage date
  • Marriage place
  • Age of bride and groom
  • Occupation of bride and groom
  • Birth place of bride and groom
  • Parents of bride and groom
  • Number of marriage for bride and groom
  • Officiator

Key genealogical facts found in death records may include: <img src="/learn/wiki/en/images/b/b4/Bahamas%2C_Civil_Registration_DGS_4934401_64_Death.jpg" _fck_mw_filename="Bahamas, Civil Registration DGS 4934401 64 Death.jpg" _fck_mw_location="right" _fck_mw_type="thumb" alt="" class="fck_mw_frame fck_mw_right" />

  • Name of deceased
  • Death date
  • Death place
  • Age in days, months, and years
  • Residence
  • Birth place
  • Name of parents
  • Parents' birth place
  • Burial place
  • Burial date

How to Use the Record

Begin your search by finding your ancestors in the index. Name indexes to births, marriages, and death make it possible to access a specific record quickly. Remember that these indexes may contain inaccuracies, such as altered spellings, misinterpretations, and optical character recognition errors if the information was scanned.

When searching the index it is helpful to know the following:

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

Use the locator information found in the index (such as page, entry, or certificate number) to locate your ancestors in the records. Compare the information in the record to what you already know about your ancestors to determine if this is the correct person. You may need to compare the information of more than one person to make this determination.

When you have located your ancestor’s record, carefully evaluate each piece of information given. These pieces of information may give you new biographical details that can lead you to other records about your ancestors. Add this new information to your records of each family.

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.
  • Occupations listed can lead you to other types of records such as employment or military records.
  • Use the parents' birth places to find former residences and to establish a migration pattern for the family.
  • 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.
  • Use the marriage number to identify previous marriages.
  • When looking for a person who had a common name, look at all the entries for the name before deciding which is correct.

Keep in mind:

  • 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.

If you are unable to find the ancestors you are looking for, try the following:

  • Check for variant spellings of the surnames.
  • Check for a different index. There are often indexes at the beginning of each volume.
  • Search the indexes and records of nearby localities.

Record History

The earliest reference to public registration of records in the Bahamas was in 1764. By 1862, a separate office named the Registry of Records was created to record the civil events; later, the name was changed to Registrar General’s Department in 1914. At that time, there were a few registrars legally appointed to record the events of birth and death, or marriages, or other life event. Before 1914, each registration form was to be filled as accurate as possible and subsequently returned to the Registry of Records, now the Registrar General’s Department, where all the records are properly archived.

Why the Record Was Created

These records were created to keep track of the vital events happening in the lives of the citizens and to safeguard their legal interests.

Record Reliability

Civil records of birth, marriage, and death are the best records for family history research after 1862.

Related Websites

Related Wiki Articles

  • <a _fcknotitle="true" href="Bahamas">Bahamas</a>
  • <a href="Bahamas: Ethnic Groups">Bahamas: Ethnic Groups</a>

Contributions to This Article

We welcome user additions to FamilySearch Historical Records wiki articles. We are looking for additional information that will help readers understand the topic and better use the available records. We also need translations for collection titles and images in articles about records written in languages other than English. For specific needs, please visit WikiProject FamilySearch Records.

Please follow these guidelines as you make changes. Thank you for any contributions you may provide.

Citation for This Collection

The following citation refers to the original source of the data and images published on FamilySearch.org Historical Records. It may include the author, custodian, publisher, and archive for the original records.

Template:Collection citationfckLR

Information about creating source citations for FamilySearch Historical Collections is listed in the wiki article <a _fcknotitle="true" href="Help:How to Create Source Citations For FamilySearch Historical Records Collections">Help:How to Create Source Citations For FamilySearch Historical Records Collections</a>.

Citing FamilySearch Historical Collections

When you copy information from a record, you should list where you found the information. This will help you or others to find the record again. 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.

A suggested format for keeping track of records that you have searched is found in the wiki article <a _fcknotitle="true" href="Help:How to Cite FamilySearch Collections">Help:How to Cite FamilySearch Collections</a>.

Citation Example for Records Found in This Collection

"Bahamas, Civil Registration, 1850-1959" digital images, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org: accessed 27 January 2012), Births 1947 > image 3 of 260, Laird Skibbs, born January 9, 1947; citing Civil Records, Birth Records, Bahamas Registrar General's Department Nasasau, Bahamas.