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Barbados National Archive to partnership with UWI

In celebration of International Archives Awareness Month, a public lecture was held by the West Indies Federal Archives in conjunction with our Barbados Department of Archives. At this, a call was made for our Government to allow the University of

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Caribbean Research: Library Resources

Caribbean Library Associations LIAJA – Library and Information Association of Jamaica: The initiative to establish a library association was led by Mr. A. S. Bryant, the first Director of the Jamaica Library Service, as such a body was regarded as

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Barbados Heritage: Clerical Directory 1865

From a listing of the Diocese of Barbados for the 1865 (extracted from Page 777 of Crockford’s Clerical Directory):

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Barbados Heritage: Cumberbatch – What’s in a name?

  Cumberbatch is the most frequently found variant spelling of the surname Comberbach and the Comberbach surname originated from the village of the same name in Cheshire; Comberbach is an Old English description of the place meaning valley with a

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Barbados Heritage: Slave Emancipation

When did plantation workers in Barbados truly become free? Slavery in Barbados was abolished in 1834.  However, this by no means solved the problems of the former enslaved. The Abolition Act was ‘hastily written and contained many ill-defined clauses’ making

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Barbados Ancestry: Gwyneth Paltrow

Gwyneth Paltrow – Who Do You Think You Are? On episode seven during the second series of the US version of Who Do You Think You Are? (aired on 01 April 2011) Gwyneth Paltrow was advertised as the Jewish research

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Genealogy research in Barbados is difficult

Example from “Caribbean, Births and Baptisms, 1590-1928,” index on FamilySearch.org Recently we received the following letter from an American who is having a bad experience trying to research his family roots on our island. We don’t know the people involved

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Statistical abstract of migration between Trinidad and neighbouring countries – Barbados 1873

  Transcript: Enclosure No. 2. Abstract of Arrivals of Deckers in Trinidad from the Neighbouring Countries, and from Trinidad to the Neighbouring Countries in 1873. Arrivals Departures Remarks M F Chil Total M F Chil Total Anguilla 9 2 6

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From the Barbados Archives: Deeds RB3/1

Barbados was the richest of England’s seventeenth-century Caribbean holdings, and is also the richest in terms of the legacy of its documentation. Relatively complete baptism, marriage and burial registers exist and were microfilmed during the 1970s by the Church of

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Barbados Heritage: English Settlers in Barbados

Barbados is a Caribbean island that was once part of the British colonial network. It was a colony from 1625 to 1966. It is now a self-governing constitutional monarchy with Queen Elizabeth II as the titular head of state. It

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