Barbados Church Records

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The oldest standing church on the Island of Barbados is St. James Church (picture on right). Joanne McRee Sanders published indexes and abstracts of many Barbados church records (see below). Recently, FamilySearch has started an initiative to make free online indexes to many of the same records, and has broadened the scope to include nineteenth century records derived from both church and civil collections.

Church of England

Earliest registers by parish[1]
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

Original Barbados christenings and burials (1679-1680) are kept at the Barbados Department of Archives. The collection has been microfilmed: FHL Collection 1162149 Item 1

Bishop's transcripts covering the 1640s and 1650s were found in the Public Record Office in England (now The National Archives).[2] 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

The records have been microfilmed and are widely available through the Family History Library's satellite Family History Center system. Some are also online:

Vestry Minutes

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.[4]


  • 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

Miscellaneous Records

  • 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:

Barbados Church Records (FamilySearch Historical Records)


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:


  1. N. Darnell Davis, 'Parish Registers in Barbados,' Caribbeana, Vol. 2 (1912):235. Digital version at dLOC - free.
  2. 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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  4. 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.