AfriGeneas Caribbean Research Forum
[CARIB] Catholic Church Records in the Caribbean
If your Carib ancestors were Catholic, you may be in luck for some good records. The Catholic Church has always kept good records, but a problem for Caribbean researchers might be in knowing where the churches were/are. A good resource to check is the Local Catholic Church and Family History Genealogical Research Guide website at home.att.net/~Local_Catholic/ (no www in front) where you can get such information as what types of records you may find, where you might get translation help if you don't speak the language, the history of Catholicism in that country, and the locations of the dioceses, parish jurisdictions, actual churches and where the records may be found. This site is good for much of the world, not just for the Caribbean! and should be helpful in particular for the Spanish and French speaking islands. The Island countries it lists are: Anguilla, Antigua & Barbuda, Aruba, Bahamas, Barbados, Bermuda, Cayman Islands, Cuba, the Dominican Republic, Grenada, Guyana, Haiti, Jamaica, Martinique, Monserrat, St. Lucia, Puerto Rico, Trinidad & Tobago, and both the American and British Virgin Islands. In addition, the Central American section lists Belize, Costa Rica, Guatemala, Honduras, Nicaragua, Panama and Salvador.