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Searching for Information on Caribbean Ancestors

I am looking for help to research my Caribbean ancestors. I have the name of my great grandfather but no date of birth. His name was Thomas Augustus Higgins (born in St Vincent?). I have been told he died in Costa Rica after spending some time in St Lucia and Panama (during the time the Panama canal was being built) before this. He married a lady called Emmaline Lucetta Grant (Emmaline had a brother called John). I've been told that Emmaline was of Carib Indian descent. I believe she died in Panama in 1909, but don't have any record to back this up.
Thomas and Emmaline had 6 children. I have been in touch with the St Lucian Register office and have received baptism certificates for two of their children Thomas Alexander Higgins (my grandfather) and his brother Ephraim.
I have searched extensively on Ancestry and Find My Past and also the National Archives in the UK, but have drawn a complete blank. I've checked birth, marriages and death records, as well as immigration/travel, merchant seaman records and family trees.
It would be wonderful if someone on this site has any information on this family, or could advise me on where I could look next.
Thank you in advance.
Cheryl


18 Dec 2002 :: 14 Nov 2008
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