Jamaica, Trelawny Civil Registration of Birth (FamilySearch Historical Records)

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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.

Record History

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 This Record Was Created

Births and deaths were recorded for vital statistics and to better serve public health needs.

Record Reliability

The information in birth records is generally reliable.

Record Description

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.

Record Content

These are some of the important genealogical data found in the birth records:
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1. Date and place of birth
2. Name of child
3. Gender
4. Name of parents, including mother’s maiden name
5. Parent’s dwelling place
6. Rank or profession of father
7. Signature, qualification and residence of informant
8. Date of registration
9. Baptismal name, if added after registration

How to Use the Record

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 parent’s births.

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Jamaica: Civil Registration


Sources of This Collection

"Jamaica, Trelawny Parish Civil Registration Birth, 1878-1930", database, 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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