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!