Jamaica, Civil Registration (FamilySearch Historical Records)

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Civil Registration for Jamaica was mandated in 1878, though actual registration began in isolated districts as much as five years later. Each parish was assigned a letter by the Registrar General; the letter J was omitted. Parishes are subdivided into registration districts, which are relevant only to vital-record registrations and have no other civil or fiscal authority. Districts continue to be added as the population grows, so the earliest registrations may have occurred much later than 1878.  
 
Civil Registration for Jamaica was mandated in 1878, though actual registration began in isolated districts as much as five years later. Each parish was assigned a letter by the Registrar General; the letter J was omitted. Parishes are subdivided into registration districts, which are relevant only to vital-record registrations and have no other civil or fiscal authority. Districts continue to be added as the population grows, so the earliest registrations may have occurred much later than 1878.  
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This collection contains digital copies of original records housed at the Registrar General's Office in Spanish Town, Jamaica, and also the Ministry of National Security, Kingston, Jamaica.
  
 
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The following citation refers to the original source of the information published in FamilySearch.org. Source citations include the author, custodian, publisher, and archive for the original records.  
 
The following citation refers to the original source of the information published in FamilySearch.org. Source citations include the author, custodian, publisher, and archive for the original records.  
 
This collection contains digital copies of original records housed at the Registrar General's Office in Spanish Town, Jamaica, and also the Ministry of National Security, Kingston, Jamaica.
 
  
 
{{Collection citation | text= "Jamaica, Civil Birth Registration ."Index and Images. <i>FamilySearch</i>. http://FamilySearch.org : accessed 2013. Citing Registrar General's Department, Spanish Town.}}  
 
{{Collection citation | text= "Jamaica, Civil Birth Registration ."Index and Images. <i>FamilySearch</i>. http://FamilySearch.org : accessed 2013. Citing Registrar General's Department, Spanish Town.}}  

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FamilySearch Record Search This article describes a collection of historical records available at FamilySearch.org.
Access the records: Jamaica, Civil Birth Registration .

Contents

Record Description

This collection contains records for the year 1871 to 1930.

These records include an index to civil records from all the parishes in Jamaica except for Claredon and Trelawney. Early records are in register (book) format; later records are certificates.

At present, this collection includes only birth records; in the future, marriage and death records will be added. The records are handwritten in English on formatted forms. These records are organized by parish and then by district.

The current collection of civil records of births includes the years 1900-1930. In the future, civil records of marriages for the years 1880-1950 and civil records of deaths for the years 1871-1995 will be added.

Compulsory registration of births, marriages, and deaths was introduced in Jamaica in 1878 and was legally implemented in 1880. The registration of births, marriages, and deaths is done at the Registrar General's Department (RGD), which was established in 1879, with the Civil Registration and Vital Statistics Unit responsible for collating this vital information. These civil records are organized by parish.

Civil Registration for Jamaica was mandated in 1878, though actual registration began in isolated districts as much as five years later. Each parish was assigned a letter by the Registrar General; the letter J was omitted. Parishes are subdivided into registration districts, which are relevant only to vital-record registrations and have no other civil or fiscal authority. Districts continue to be added as the population grows, so the earliest registrations may have occurred much later than 1878.

This collection contains digital copies of original records housed at the Registrar General's Office in Spanish Town, Jamaica, and also the Ministry of National Security, Kingston, Jamaica.

Citation for This Collection

The following citation refers to the original source of the information published in FamilySearch.org. Source citations include the author, custodian, publisher, and archive for the original records.

"Jamaica, Civil Birth Registration ."Index and Images. FamilySearch. http://FamilySearch.org : accessed 2013. Citing Registrar General's Department, Spanish Town.

Suggested citation format for a record in this collection.

Record Content

These births records generally contain the following information:

  • District and parish name
  • Date and place of birth
  • Name of the child
  • Gender
  • Complete name and dwelling place of the father
  • Complete name and maiden name of the mother
  • Rank or profession of the father
  • Signature, qualification, and residence of the informant
  • Date of registration
  • Baptismal name if added after the registration of the birth
  • Signatures of the informant and the registrar

These marriage records generally contain the following information:

  • Date of marriage
  • Given names and surnames of the groom and bride
  • Marital status of the betrothed
  • Occupation of the groom
  • Ages of the groom and bride
  • Place of residence at the time of marriage
  • Names of the parents of the groom and bride
  • Place of marriage
  • Witnesses’ names

These death records generally contain the following information:

  • Date and place of death
  • Complete name of the deceased person
  • Gender
  • Marital status
  • Age at time of death
  • Occupation at the time of death
  • Cause of death
  • Witness of the death, with relation to deceased stated (sometimes no more than "present at the death," but often a family member and not a field indexed in FamilySearch)
  • Date and place of registration

How to Use the Records

To begin your search in the birth records, it would be helpful if you knew the following information:

  • Names of parents
  • Approximate birth date and place
  • Parish

The birth, marriage or place of death needs to be matched with the correct parish.

Search This Collection

Fill in the requested information in the initial search page. This search will return a list of possible matches. Compare the information about the ancestors in the list to what you already know about your ancestors to determine if this is the correct family or person. 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

Use the information found in these records to find more records about your ancestor or his/her parents.

For example

The residence of the parents, and maiden surname of the mother are useful in searching records from that locality to find information on their marriage and the parents' births.


The registers are organized by parishes, such as Trelawny, and then by district, such as Albert Town. Each birth record is given a unique number consisting of letters and numbers to identify each child’s birth registration record. The first letter corresponds to the name of the parish, the second to the district. The numbers are the sequence of the registration of the births. It is recommended to use the indexes first, where the registration number will be included.

Known Issues with This Collection

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