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Territory of the United States but a territory of Denmark from the 1600s until 1917. The U.S. Virgin Islands (St. Croix, St. John, and St. Thomas) were purchased from Denmark on January 17, 1917. They are about 60 miles east of Puerto Rico, in the northeast Caribbean Sea, helping to separate the Caribbean from the North Atlantic Ocean. The U.S. Virgin Islands lie southwest of the British Virgin Islands. In Danish records they are called ''Dansk Vestindien ''or ''De Danskvestindiske Øer''. <br>
  
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The early economy centered around cane sugar plantations worked by African slaves. Slaves were emancipated in 1848. Sugar cane lost its competitive advantage by the 1800s. Now, tourism has become the major industry.
  
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Records show people from many places have settled here over the centuries including considerable interaction with other islands of the Caribbean. Many records from the Danish colonial period are held by Rigsarkivet (the Danish National Archives).<br>
  
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=== Virgin Islands Church Records  ===
  
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For records of christenings, marriages, burials and other church records created by several church denominations in the Virgin Islands see:
  
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*[https://www.familysearch.org/search/collection/list#page=1&countryId=5931733 Historical Record Collections for U.S. Virgin Islands] available on FamilySearch.org
  
 
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[http://www.rootsweb.ancestry.com/~vicgl Carribean Genealogy Library], a Family History Center, is available for US Virgin Islands and Danish West Indies genealogy research.
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Territory of the United States. The U.S. Virgin Islands (St. Croix, St. John, and St. Thomas) were purchased from Denmark on January 17, 1917. They are about 60 miles east of Puerto Rico, in the northeast Caribbean Sea, helping to separate it from the North Atlantic Ocean. The U.S. Virgin Islands are southwest of the British Virgin Islands.
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== Featured Content  ==
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*[[Danish West Indies Passenger List|Danish West Indies Passenger List Collaboration Project]]  
 
*[[Danish West Indies Passenger List|Danish West Indies Passenger List Collaboration Project]]  
 
*[http://search.ancestry.com/search/db.aspx?dbid=3024 St. Croix, U.S. Virgin Islands, Slave and Free People Records, 1733-1930] (Ancestry)&nbsp;($)
 
*[http://search.ancestry.com/search/db.aspx?dbid=3024 St. Croix, U.S. Virgin Islands, Slave and Free People Records, 1733-1930] (Ancestry)&nbsp;($)
  
== Research Tools  ==
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=== Research Tools  ===
 
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*Listing of all [https://www.familysearch.org/search/collection/list#page=1&countryId=5931733 records collections for U.S. Virgin Islands] available on FamilySearch.org
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*[http://www.rootsweb.ancestry.com/~vicgl/passengerList/FindingAid20110514.pdf Danish West Indies Passenger List Finding Aid]
 
*[http://www.rootsweb.ancestry.com/~vicgl/passengerList/FindingAid20110514.pdf Danish West Indies Passenger List Finding Aid]
  
If your ancestor traveled by passenger ship to or from St. Thomas in the 1800’s, or to or from Christiansted between the years 1794 to 1847, it is likely a record was created documenting that travel. Now, all Virgin Islanders will be able to view those archived records in digital format thanks to a remarkable gift from the Rigsarkivet (the Danish National Archives).<br>  
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If your ancestor traveled by passenger ship to or from St. Thomas in the 1800s, or to or from Christiansted between the years 1794 to 1847, it is likely a record was created documenting that travel. Now, all Virgin Islanders will be able to view those archived records in digital format thanks to a remarkable gift from Rigsarkivet (the Danish National Archives).<br>  
  
The entire 34 DVD set of Passenger Arrival Lists, along with a preliminary finding aid prepared by Susan Lugo, is available at the following repositories: the Territorial Archives and the von Scholten Collection at Enid M. Baa Public Library, the Caribbean Genealogy Library in St. Thomas, Whim Research Library and Archives in St. Croix, the Territorial Archives at Florence Williams Public Library in Christiansted, the Elaine I. Sprauve Public Library Special Collections on St. John, the Sociedad Puertorriqueña de Genealogía collection being established at the Universidad Interamericana de Hato Rey, and the Archives and Records Management Unit of the Deputy Governor's Office in Road Town, Tortola.
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The entire 34 DVD set of Passenger Arrival Lists, along with a preliminary finding aid prepared by Susan Lugo, is available at the following repositories:  
  
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*the Territorial Archives and the von Scholten Collection at Enid M. Baa Public Library, St. Thomas
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*the Caribbean Genealogy Library in St. Thomas,
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*Whim Research Library and Archives in St. Croix,
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*the Territorial Archives at Florence Williams Public Library in Christiansted, St. Croix
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*the Elaine I. Sprauve Public Library Special Collections on St. John,
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*the Sociedad Puertorriqueña de Genealogía collection being established at the Universidad Interamericana de Hato Rey,
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*the Archives and Records Management Unit of the Deputy Governor's Office in Road Town, Tortola, British Virgin Islands.
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=== Major Repositories  ===
  
*[[National Archives Northeast Region (New York City)]]
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*[[National Archives at New York City]]  
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*[[Danish National Archives]] (Copenhagen, Denmark) ''Rigsarkivet''
  
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*[http://www.rootsweb.ancestry.com/~usvi/ U.S. Virgin Islands GenWeb]  
 
*[http://www.rootsweb.ancestry.com/~usvi/ U.S. Virgin Islands GenWeb]  
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*[http://www.zum.de/whkmla/region/caribbean/danvi16251815.html General History]  
 
*[http://www.zum.de/whkmla/region/caribbean/danvi16251815.html General History]  
 
*[http://www.loc.gov/rr/international/hispanic/vi/resources/vi-libraries.html Libraries of the Virgin Islands]  
 
*[http://www.loc.gov/rr/international/hispanic/vi/resources/vi-libraries.html Libraries of the Virgin Islands]  
*[http://library.uvi.edu/index.html University of the Virgin Islands]
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*[http://library.uvi.edu/index.html University of the Virgin Islands]
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*[http://www.sa.dk/content/dk/ao-forside Arkivalieronline (on line Danish archives)]
  
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Latest revision as of 14:52, 31 March 2014

This article is about genealogical resources for the U.S. (formerly Danish) Virgin Islands. For other uses, see Virgin Islands

United States Gotoarrow.png U.S._Virgin_Islands

Welcome to U.S. Virgin Islands
United States Virgin Islands.png

Territory of the United States but a territory of Denmark from the 1600s until 1917. The U.S. Virgin Islands (St. Croix, St. John, and St. Thomas) were purchased from Denmark on January 17, 1917. They are about 60 miles east of Puerto Rico, in the northeast Caribbean Sea, helping to separate the Caribbean from the North Atlantic Ocean. The U.S. Virgin Islands lie southwest of the British Virgin Islands. In Danish records they are called Dansk Vestindien or De Danskvestindiske Øer.

The early economy centered around cane sugar plantations worked by African slaves. Slaves were emancipated in 1848. Sugar cane lost its competitive advantage by the 1800s. Now, tourism has become the major industry.

Records show people from many places have settled here over the centuries including considerable interaction with other islands of the Caribbean. Many records from the Danish colonial period are held by Rigsarkivet (the Danish National Archives).

Virgin Islands Church Records

For records of christenings, marriages, burials and other church records created by several church denominations in the Virgin Islands see:

Featured Content

Research Tools

If your ancestor traveled by passenger ship to or from St. Thomas in the 1800s, or to or from Christiansted between the years 1794 to 1847, it is likely a record was created documenting that travel. Now, all Virgin Islanders will be able to view those archived records in digital format thanks to a remarkable gift from Rigsarkivet (the Danish National Archives).

The entire 34 DVD set of Passenger Arrival Lists, along with a preliminary finding aid prepared by Susan Lugo, is available at the following repositories:

  • the Territorial Archives and the von Scholten Collection at Enid M. Baa Public Library, St. Thomas
  • the Caribbean Genealogy Library in St. Thomas,
  • Whim Research Library and Archives in St. Croix,
  • the Territorial Archives at Florence Williams Public Library in Christiansted, St. Croix
  • the Elaine I. Sprauve Public Library Special Collections on St. John,
  • the Sociedad Puertorriqueña de Genealogía collection being established at the Universidad Interamericana de Hato Rey,
  • the Archives and Records Management Unit of the Deputy Governor's Office in Road Town, Tortola, British Virgin Islands.

Jurisdictions

  • St. Croix
  • St. John
  • St. Thomas

Major Repositories

Websites

Things you can do

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