Last week’s meeting

Thank you for attending our meeting last week. It is great to see new people and hear their family history story. We welcomed attendees researching the islands of Cuba, Jamaica, Grenada, Trinidad, St Kitts & Nevis, St Vincent, Antigua, Barbados and Panama

We learnt how to use the census, inspired by the launch of the 1921 census in the UK in January and the 1956 census in April in the USA. Many thanks to Yvette Hewitt for an informative talk on the US census. Carlston prepared a video tracking a family through the US census and explaining how to find family members. There is a lack of census information for the Caribbean, however, we were given details of the Jamaica Directory of 1878 that details family names, and occupations. You will find some useful links below that were mentioned during the meeting.

This was our last meeting of 2021, the next will be on Saturday 29th January

Researching records – Family Search

Jamaica Directory 1878 – Jamaicanfamilysearch

Details of plantations in the Caribbean and slave ownership – Legacies of British Slavery UCL

Castle Garden , America’s first immigration centre – Castle Garden

Ellis Island, immigration centre – Ellis Island

How to trace family on US census – video by Carlston

Researching Jewish ancestors – from Portugal to the Caribbean

Pedigree charts/templates for completion – Family Search templates

Pedigree charts/census templates for US – Midwest Genealogy Center

Wishing all our members, visitors and researchers all good wishes for the festive season. We hope to see you in 2022!