AfriGeneas Caribbean Research Forum
[CARIB] Caribbean Genealogy
I want to share some information with you all. I just return from vacation in Miami and the Caribbean. When I was in St. Thomas, Virgin Island, I found a Caribbean Genealogy Library. I could not believe my eyes. I stop at the restaurant nearby and headed back to the Caribbean Genealogy Library. I met with the Librarian who is a volunteer for the genealogy library. We had a long conversation. The library is small and their budget depends on donations and membership fees. They have out grown their space and they are in the process of negotiating space in a nearby area.
For me this Library was a goal mine, because several years ago, I found out that one of my ancestors’ slave owners was a descendant of a Barbados family. When I told the Librarian at the Caribbean Genealogy Library she brought me several books to review. They were:
Barbados Records on Wills & Administrations Volume 1 – 1639 – 1690
In those books, I found information on the slave owners’ parents and grandparents. Also the Librarian told me that they have information on other Caribbean Islands. I found the Librarian very helpful because she was able to tell me what Islands was rich in genealogical records and what Island had little or no genealogical records.
The Librarian has been living in St. Thomas for over twenty-years. She and her husband are of mix heritage.
The Caribbean Genealogy Library has a staff of all volunteers and they are trying to recruit more volunteers, they are unable to do research for others. But if you are interested in contacting them, their contact information is:
Caribbean Genealogy Library
Al Cohen’s Mall
9718 Estate Thomas Ste. 18
St. Thomas, VI 00802-2672
Any questions e-mail them at: CaribGenLibrary@attglobal.net
Well, I thought I was in genie heaven when I came across this Library, but when I got to Nassau, Bahamas, I found a museum called, “The Pompey Museum of Slavery & Emancipation.” The museum exhibit was “A Slave Ship Speaks: The Wreck of The Henrietta Marie.” This is a traveling exhibit and at one time it was in Norfolk, Virginia. I was luck to see the exhibit in the Bahamas because it was the last day of this exhibit before it was being shipped to Savannah, Georgia. Also if you know me, I never let an opportunity escape, if I can help it. I was able to make many contacts in my short stay in the Islands. If you are ever down in Nassau, Bahamas, please check out this museum. The fee was $5 for visitors.
The Prompey Museum of Slavery & Emancipation
Bay and George Street
P.O. Box EE 15082
Last thing, one of my new contacts was able to share this information with me. St. Croix Landmarks Society Estate Whim Museum is a Library and Archives.
This Library and Archives of St. Croix was established since 1948. The Library and Archives collects, preserves, and catalogues a host of materials on St. Croix, the Virgin Islands, and the Caribbean. These materials include rare books and manuscripts, current histories and biographies, microfilms of census records and newspapers, head tax and property tax lists, church records, files on surnames and estates, provide papers of individuals and companies. The Library and Archives also has a map collection with maps and drawings pertaining to the Virgin Islands and the Caribbean. A photograph collection has 5,000 images for research use and reproduction.
They can be contacted at:
St. Croix Landmarks Society Estate Whim Museum
Library and Archives
52 Estate Whim
Frederiksted, St. Croix, VI 00840
Char McCargo Bah, genealogist