Jamaica, Civil Registration (FamilySearch Historical Records)

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{{FamilySearch_Collection
 
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|title=Jamaica, Civil Registration, 1880-1999
 
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== Record Description  ==
 
== Record Description  ==
  
The records in this collection for births, range from the year 1871 to 1930.  
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This collection contains records for the year 1871 to 1930.  
  
The records in this collection for marriages and deaths, range from the year 1871 to 1955.  
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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.  
 
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.  
 
This collection contains 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.
 
  
 
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.  
 
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.  
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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.  
  
Civil records were filmed and cataloged in by the Family History Library in 1995 by parishes. From the Family History Library catalog, choose Civil Registration Indexes to get started in civil record research. The menu shows dates up to 1830. However, the actual filmed records in some parishes may exceed 1950. Checking the index and then the actual record should provide the information sought. The actual record can be found in the catalog under Jamaica/Civil Registration, listed by parish.  
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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.  
  
=== Citation for This Collection ===
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== Coverage Table ==
  
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.<br>
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The Coverage Table shows the places and time periods covered in the indexed records in this collection. Most of the records in the collection are from the time periods listed in the table; however, the collection may have a few records from before or after the time period.  
  
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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! width="110" | '''Parish'''
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! width="230" | '''Birth'''
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! width="230" | '''Marriage'''
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! width="230" | '''Death'''
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| Clarendon
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| 1840-1959
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| 1878-1910
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| Hanover
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| 1878-1930
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| Kingston  
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| 1878-1930
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| 1880-1917
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| 1877-1920
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| Manchester
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| 1877-1930
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|-
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| Portland
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| 1880-1920
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| 1880-1920
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| 1879-1920
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| Saint Andrew
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| 1879-1929
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| 1880-1920
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| 1878-1920
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| Saint Ann
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| 1887-1930
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| 1880-1920
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| 1878-1921
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| Saint Catherine
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| 1880-1920
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| 1880-1909
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| 1878-1921
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| Saint Elizabeth
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| 1818-1932
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| Saint James
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| 1878-1930
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| Saint Mary
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| 1877-1930
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| 1878-1918
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| Saint Thomas
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| 1878-1930
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| 1880-1920
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| 1878-1920
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| Trelawny
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| 1878-1930
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| Westmoreland
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| 1879-1930
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{{Collection citation
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<br> <br>  
|text=<!--bibdescbegin-->Civil Births. Registrar General's Department, Kingston, Jamaica.<!--bibdescend-->}}
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[[Jamaica Civil Registration (FamilySearch Historical Records)#Citation_Example_for_a_Record_Found_in_This_Collection|Suggested citation format for a record in this collection.]]
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== Record Content  ==
 
== Record Content  ==
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'''The key genealogical facts found in this collection usually includes the following:'''
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'''Births records generally contain the following information:'''  
 
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'''Births'''  
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*District and parish name  
 
*District and parish name  
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*Signatures of the informant and the registrar
 
*Signatures of the informant and the registrar
  
'''Marriages'''  
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'''Marriage records generally contain the following information:'''  
  
 
*Date of marriage  
 
*Date of marriage  
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*Witnesses’ names
 
*Witnesses’ names
  
'''Deaths'''  
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'''Death records generally contain the following information:'''  
  
 
*Date and place of death  
 
*Date and place of death  
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*Occupation at the time of death  
 
*Occupation at the time of death  
 
*Cause 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)
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*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
 
*Date and place of registration
  
 
== How to Use the Records  ==
 
== How to Use the Records  ==
  
==== Beginning your search ====
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To begin your search in the birth records, it would be helpful if you knew the following information:
  
To begin your search, it is helpful to know the following:
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*Names of parents
 
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*Ancestors name
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*Approximate birth date and place  
 
*Approximate birth date and place  
*Names of parents
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*Parish
  
==== Searching the index  ====
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The birth, marriage or place of death needs to be matched with the correct parish.
  
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 compare the information about more than one person to find your ancestor.
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=== Search This Collection  ===
  
==== Searching the images ====
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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:
  
To search the collection you will need to follow this series of links:<br> ⇒Select the "Browse" link in the initial search page<br> ⇒Select the "Record" category<br> ⇒Select the "County" category<br> ⇒Select the "Volume and Year" category which will take you to the images.  
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*There may be more than one person in the records with the same name.  
 
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*You may not be sure of your own ancestor’s name.
Look at each image comparing the information with what you already know about your ancestors to determine which one is your ancestor. You may need to compare the information about more than one person to make this determination.  
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*Your ancestor may have used different names or variations of their name throughout their life.
  
 
==== Using the information  ====
 
==== Using the information  ====
  
Use the information found in these records to find more records about your ancestor or his/her parents. The residence of the parents and maiden surname of the mother, for example, are useful in searching records from that locality to find information on their marriage and the parents' births.
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Use the information found in these records to find more records about your ancestor or his/her parents.  
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'''For example'''
  
In order to search for church and vital records, it is necessary to know the exact place of an event in the life of an ancestor. The birth, marriage or place of death needs to be matched with the correct parish.  
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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.
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<br> 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.
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== Known Issues with This Collection  ==
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{{HR Known Issues}}For a full list of all known issues associated with this collection see the attached [[Jamaica, Civil Registration (FamilySearch Historical Records)/Known Issues|Wiki article]]. If you encounter additional problems, please email them to [mailto:support@familysearch.org support@familysearch.org]. Please include the full path to the link and a description of the problem in your e-mail. Your assistance will help ensure that future reworks will be considered.  
  
 
== Related Websites  ==
 
== Related Websites  ==
  
 
*[http://www.rootsweb.ancestry.com/~jamwgw/civilreg.htm Jamaica Civil Registration]  
 
*[http://www.rootsweb.ancestry.com/~jamwgw/civilreg.htm Jamaica Civil Registration]  
*[http://www.rgd.gov.jm/?q=genealogical_research Registrar General's Department]
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*[http://www.rgd.gov.jm/?q=genealogical_research Registrar General's Department]
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*[http://familyhistoryjamaica.com/registrationparishesand-districts/ Registration parishes and districts in Jamaica]
  
 
== Related Wiki Articles  ==
 
== Related Wiki Articles  ==
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== Citing FamilySearch Historical Collections  ==
 
== Citing FamilySearch Historical Collections  ==
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Citations for individual image records are available for this collection. Browse through images in this collection and click on the "Show Citation" box: [https://familysearch.org/search/image/index#uri=https://familysearch.org/records/collection/1538386/waypoints Jamaica, Civil Registration, 1880-1999]
  
 
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.  
 
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.  
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A suggested format for keeping track of records that you have searched is found in the wiki article [[Help:How to Cite FamilySearch Collections]].  
 
A suggested format for keeping track of records that you have searched is found in the wiki article [[Help:How to Cite FamilySearch Collections]].  
  
=== Citation Example for a Record Found in This Collection  ===
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=== Citation for This Collection  ===
  
“Jamaica, Civil Birth Registration” index and images, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org: accessed 14 June 2012), James P Essoa born 21 Aug 1892; citing Jamaica, Civil Birth Registration, FHL film number 1523389, Registrar General's Department, 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.  
  
[[Category:Jamaica|Civil]]
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{{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.}}

Revision as of 23:14, 25 December 2013

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

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.

Coverage Table

The Coverage Table shows the places and time periods covered in the indexed records in this collection. Most of the records in the collection are from the time periods listed in the table; however, the collection may have a few records from before or after the time period.

Parish Birth Marriage Death
Clarendon 1840-1959 1878-1910
Hanover 1878-1930
Kingston 1878-1930 1880-1917 1877-1920
Manchester 1877-1930
Portland 1880-1920 1880-1920 1879-1920
Saint Andrew 1879-1929 1880-1920 1878-1920
Saint Ann 1887-1930 1880-1920 1878-1921
Saint Catherine 1880-1920 1880-1909 1878-1921
Saint Elizabeth 1818-1932
Saint James 1878-1930
Saint Mary 1877-1930 1878-1918
Saint Thomas 1878-1930 1880-1920 1878-1920
Trelawny 1878-1930
Westmoreland 1879-1930



Record Content

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

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

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

Important.png Problems with this collection?
See a list of known issues, workarounds, tips, restrictions, future fixes, news and other helpful information.

For a full list of all known issues associated with this collection see the attached Wiki article. If you encounter additional problems, please email them to support@familysearch.org. Please include the full path to the link and a description of the problem in your e-mail. Your assistance will help ensure that future reworks will be considered.

Related Websites

Related Wiki Articles

Contributions to This Article

We welcome user additions to FamilySearch Historical Records wiki articles. Guidelines are available to help you make changes. Thank you for any contributions you may provide. If you would like to get more involved join the WikiProject FamilySearch Records.

Citing FamilySearch Historical Collections

Citations for individual image records are available for this collection. Browse through images in this collection and click on the "Show Citation" box: Jamaica, Civil Registration, 1880-1999

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.

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.