Barbados Church Records
Barbados Church Records
Church of England
|1637 Christ Church Parish||1728 St. Thomas Parish|
|1648 St. Michael's Parish||1747 St. Lucy Parish|
|1657 St. John Parish||1780 St. Peter Parish|
|1693 St. James Parish||1830 St. George Parish|
|1698 St. Philip Parish||? St. Andrew Parish|
|1718 St. Joseph Parish|
Bishop's transcripts covering the 1640s and 1650s were found in the Public Record Office in England (now The National Archives). They were published 100 years ago and are now available online (see Marriages).
- 1648-1652 - "Marriages at the Cathedral, Bridgetown, Barbados," Caribbeana, Vol. 1 (1910):33-34. Digital version at dLOC - free.
Burials registered in some of Barbados's early Church of England parishes (more than 170,126 burial entries) are available on the website Tombstones.bb.
The records have been microfilmed and are widely available through the Family History Library's satellite Family History Center system. Some are also online:
Church of England vestry minutes survive from the 1650s for select Barbados parishes. Pre-1700 records have been published:
- St. Michael Parish, see The Journal of the Barbados Museum & Historical Society, Vols. 14-17.
- St. John Parish, see The Journal of the Barbados Museum & Historical Society, Vols. 31 (pages 32-49), 33.
- Fothergill, Gerald. A List of Emigrant Ministers to America, 1690-1811. London: E. Stock, 1904. Digital versions at Ancestry ($); Google Books; Internet Archive, 1965 reprint: FHL Book 973 W2f 1965. Addendum published in Caribbeana, Vol. 3 (1914):312-313. Digital version at dLOC - free.
- Cadbury, Henry J. "Clergymen Licensed to Barbados, 1694-1811," The Journal of the Barbados Museum and Historical Society, Vol. 15, No. 2 (Feb. 1948):62-69. FHL LAT AM 972.981 B2j v. 15 1947-48
- Anglican servants in the Caribbean, c.1610-c.1740. Identifies Anglican clergymen and career information.
- List and Index Society. Calendar of Letters from Canada, Newfoundland, Pennsylvania, Barbados and the Bahamas 1721-1793: Preserved at the United Society for the Propagation of the Gospel. London: Swift (P & D), 1972. FHL Collection BRITISH Large Q Book 942 B4pro spec. ser. v. 5
A wiki article describing this collection is found at:
By the 1650s early Quaker colonists arrived in Barbados from the British Isles, and soon spread their religion from Barbados to the east coast of America. An article that describes Quaker records about Barabados is:
- Dwight A. Radford, and Arden C. White, "The Irish in Barbados," The Irish at Home and Abroad: A Newsletter of Irish Genealogy and Heritage, Vol. 2, No. 3 (1994/1995):92-97. (FHL Book 941.5 D25ih v. 2 (1994/1995)) WorldCat entry.
- N. Darnell Davis, 'Parish Registers in Barbados,' Caribbeana, Vol. 2 (1912):235. Digital version at dLOC - free.
- The editor of these records stated additional bishop's transcripts for the Leeward Islands were at Fulham Palace, in the custody of the Bishop of London in 1910, but he did not have permission to publish them.
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- P.F. Campbell, "The Barbados Vestries 1627-1700 - Part I," The Journal of the Barbados Museum and Historical Society, Vol. 37, No. 1 (1983):35-56.