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Access the records: Jamaica, Trelawny Parish Civil Registration Births, 1878-1930 .
Collection Time Period
Compulsory registration of births and deaths began April 1, 1878. Marriages began to be recorded later in 1880. This collection covers birth records for the years 1878-1930.
Birth notices are collected into annual registers and arranged by district, number, and registration date. Some records are listed in books similar to a ledger and others on slips of papers with the same ledger format.
These are some of the important genealogical data found in the birth records:
- Date and place of birth
- Name of child
- Name of parents, including mother’s maiden name
- Parent’s dwelling place
- Rank or profession of father
- Signature, qualification and residence of informant
- Date of registration
- Baptismal name, if added after registration
How to Use the Records
Information regarding 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
In 1878 the Registrar General began keeping the births records, these were organized by parishes. The original records are held in the Registrar General’s Office in Spanish Town, Jamaica. Because the registration of birth was compulsory since 1878, the collection covers 90-100% of the population.
Why the Record Was Created
Births and deaths were recorded for vital statistics and to better serve public health needs.
The information in birth records is generally reliable.
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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.
"Jamaica, Trelawny Parish Civil Registration Birth, 1878-1930", index and images, FamilySearch, 2009; from Jamaica Ministry of National Security. Jamaica civil registration, 1871-1995. Registrar General Department, Spanish Town, Jamaica. FHL microfilm. Family History Library, Salt lake City, Utah, USA.
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Example of a Source Citation of a Record Found in This Collection
"Jamaica, Civil Birth Registration." index and images, Family Search (https://www.familysearch,org: accessed March 11, 2011).entry for Ethel Ruth Maypother, born 14 April 1878; citing Civil Records , FHL 538,842; Registrar General Department, Spanish Town, Jamaica.