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Jamaica is an independent island nation in the Greater Antilles Islands of the West Indies. Jamaica lies south of Cuba in the Caribbean Sea.&nbsp;[[Image:2257529300571548093 600px-Flag of Jamaica.png|thumb|right]] [[Image:7milesbeach2.JPG|frame|right|400x180px]]
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== Getting started with Jamaican research&nbsp;  ==
  
Jamaica is an independent island nation in the Greater Antilles Islands of the West Indies. Jamaica lies south of Cuba in the Caribbean Sea. See the [https://www.cia.gov/library/publications/the-world-factbook/geos/jm.html CIA ''World Factbook''] about Jamaica.&nbsp;  
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To begin, collect the reminiscences of family members. They may not know exact dates and places, but the stories they tell will offer important clues for you follow. Next, learn a little about Jamaica's history, because that will direct your research. An excellent resource is the CIA World Factbook: https://www.cia.gov/library/publications/the-world-factbook/geos/jm.html CIA ''World Factbook'']&nbsp;  
  
== Getting started with Jamaican research  ==
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There are several excellent websites that offer guidance as well as searchable records.&nbsp;
  
''Wecome''
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*[http://jamaicagenealogy.org/ jamaicagenealogy.org/]
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*[https://familysearch.org/search/collection/list?page=1&countryId=1927006 jamaicanfamilysearch.com/]
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*[http://genforum.genealogy.com/jamaica/ genforum.genealogy.com/jamaica/]
  
 
== Jurisdictions  ==
 
== Jurisdictions  ==
  
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Parishes were established as administrative districts at the English conquest of 1655. They were not based on earlier Spanish entities established after European settlement in 1510. Though the boundaries have changed over the succeeding centuries, parishes remain Jamaica’s fundamental civil administrative unit. The three counties of Cornwall, Middlesex, and Surrey have judicial but not administrative relevance. The present parishes were consolidated in 1866 with the re-division of eight now-extinct entities, none of which will have civil records. A good historical look at Jamaica's parishes as they changed over time may be found on the privately compiled&nbsp;[http://archive.is/i8MOR Jamaican Parish Reference].
  
Parishes were established as administrative districts at the English conquest of 1655. Though the boundaries have changed over the succeeding centuries, parishes remain Jamaica’s fundamental civil administrative unit. The three counties of Cornwall, Middlesex, and Surrey have no administrative relevance. The present parishes were consolidated in 1866 with the re-division of eight now-extinct entities, none of which will have civil records. A good historical look at the parishes as they changed over time may be found on the privately compiled “Jamaican Parish Reference,” http://prestwidge.com/river/jamaicanparishes.html (cited 2010 Jul 1).&nbsp;
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'''Cornwall County'''
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*[[Hanover Parish, Jamaica|Hanover Parish]]
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*[[Saint Elizabeth Parish, Jamaica|Saint Elizabeth Parish]]
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*[[Saint James Parish, Jamaica|Saint James Parish]]
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*[[Trelawney Parish, Jamaica|Trelawney Parish]]
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*[[Westmoreland Parish, Jamaica|Westmoreland Parish]]
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<br>'''Middlesex County'''
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*[[Clarendon Parish, Jamaica|Clarendon Parish]]
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*[[Manchester Parish, Jamaica|Manchester Parish]]
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*[[Saint Ann Parish, Jamaica|Saint Ann Parish]]
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*[[Saint Catherine Parish, Jamaica|Saint Catherine Parish]]
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*[[Saint Mary Parish, Jamaica|Saint Mary Parish]]
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<br>'''Surrey County'''
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*[[Kingston Parish, Jamaica|Kingston Parish]]
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*[[Portland Parish, Jamaica|Portland Parish]]
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*[[Saint Andrew Parish, Jamaica|Saint Andrew Parish]]
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*[[Saint Thomas Parish, Jamaica|Saint Thomas Parish]]
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<br>'''Additional Parishes'''
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*[[Metcalfe Parish, Jamaica|Metcalfe Parish]]
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*[[Port Royal Parish, Jamaica|Port Royal Parish]]
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*[[Saint David Parish, Jamaica|Saint David Parish]]
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*[[Saint Dorothy Parish, Jamaica|Saint Dorothy Parish]]
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*[[Saint George Parish, Jamaica|Saint George Parish]]
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*[[Saint John Parish, Jamaica|Saint John Parish]]
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*[[Saint Thomas ye Vale Parish, Jamaica|Saint Thomas ye Vale Parish]]
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*[[Vere Parish, Jamaica|Vere Parish]]
  
 
== Research Tools  ==
 
== Research Tools  ==
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*[http://users.pullman.com/mitchelm/jamaica.htm Family History of Jamaica, West Indies]  
 
*[http://users.pullman.com/mitchelm/jamaica.htm Family History of Jamaica, West Indies]  
 
*[http://www.rootsweb.ancestry.com/~jamwgw/index.htm Genealogy of Jamaica]  
 
*[http://www.rootsweb.ancestry.com/~jamwgw/index.htm Genealogy of Jamaica]  
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*[http://www.candoo.com/genresources/ Jamaica Genealogical Resources]
 
*[http://jamaicagenealogy.org Jamaica Genealogy]  
 
*[http://jamaicagenealogy.org Jamaica Genealogy]  
*<span id="fck_dom_range_temp_1338238793657_388" />Antique Jamaica Maps&nbsp;[http://prestwidge.com/index.php?/project/introduction/ http://prestwidge.com/index.php?/project/introduction/]
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*<span id="fck_dom_range_temp_1338238793657_388" />[http://prestwidge.com/index.php?/project/introduction/ Antique Jamaica Maps]&nbsp;[http://prestwidge.com/index.php?/project/introduction/]  
*Jamaica's parishes and civil registration districts&nbsp; [http://scholarship.utm.edu/522 http://scholarship.utm.edu/522] (cited 2010 Jul 31).
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*[http://scholarship.utm.edu/522/ Jamaica's parishes and civil registration districts]&nbsp;[http://scholarship.utm.edu/522] (cited 2010 Jul 31).
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*Listing of all [https://www.familysearch.org/search/collection/list#page=1&countryId=1927006 records collections for Jamaica] available from FamilySearch.org.
  
'''Wiki articles describing online collections are found at:'''  
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<br>'''Wiki articles describing online collections are found at:'''  
  
 
*[[Jamaica Births and Baptisms (FamilySearch Historical Records)|Jamaica Births and Baptisms (FamilySearch Historical Records)]]  
 
*[[Jamaica Births and Baptisms (FamilySearch Historical Records)|Jamaica Births and Baptisms (FamilySearch Historical Records)]]  
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*[[Jamaica Archives and Libraries|Archives and Libraries]]
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*[[Jamaica Biography|Biography]]
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*[[Jamaica Cemeteries|Cemeteries]]
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*[[Jamaica Census|Census]]
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*[[Jamaica Church Records|Church Records]]
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*[[Jamaica Civil Registration|Civil Registration]]
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*[[Jamaica Emigration and Immigration|Emigration and Immigration]]
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*[[Jamaica Gazetteers|Gazetteers]]
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*[[Jamaica Genealogy|Genealogy]]
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*[[Jamaica Naturalization and Citizenship|Naturalization and Citizenship]]
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*[[Jamaica Occupations|Occupations]]
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*[[Jamaica Probate Records|Probate Records]]
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*[[Jamaica Public Records|Public Records]]
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*[[Jamaica Societies|Societies]]
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*[[Jamaica Taxation|Taxation]]
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*[[Jamaica Vital Records|Vital Records]]
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*'''[[Jamaica Further Reading|For Further Reading]]'''
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Jamaica is an independent island nation in the Greater Antilles Islands of the West Indies. Jamaica lies south of Cuba in the Caribbean Sea. 
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Getting started with Jamaican research 

To begin, collect the reminiscences of family members. They may not know exact dates and places, but the stories they tell will offer important clues for you follow. Next, learn a little about Jamaica's history, because that will direct your research. An excellent resource is the CIA World Factbook: https://www.cia.gov/library/publications/the-world-factbook/geos/jm.html CIA World Factbook

There are several excellent websites that offer guidance as well as searchable records. 

Jurisdictions

Parishes were established as administrative districts at the English conquest of 1655. They were not based on earlier Spanish entities established after European settlement in 1510. Though the boundaries have changed over the succeeding centuries, parishes remain Jamaica’s fundamental civil administrative unit. The three counties of Cornwall, Middlesex, and Surrey have judicial but not administrative relevance. The present parishes were consolidated in 1866 with the re-division of eight now-extinct entities, none of which will have civil records. A good historical look at Jamaica's parishes as they changed over time may be found on the privately compiled Jamaican Parish Reference.

Cornwall County


Middlesex County


Surrey County


Additional Parishes

Research Tools


Wiki articles describing online collections are found at:


Newspapers

The Jamaican Gleaner More than 1 million historical newspaper pages from The Gleaner dating back to 1834.

Websites

Jamaican Family Search This is a virtual genealogy library for those researching family history for Jamaica, West Indies, especially for people born before 1920.

Jamaican Genealogy This blog is a resource for those researching their Jamaican (West Indies) Family History.

Jamaican sugar cane (history)

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