Family Tree and Researching Caribbean Family History on Carry On Friends the Caribbean American Podcast

Researching Caribbean Family History

Updated: 10 October, 2023.

Have you been ever curious about your Caribbean Family History? Perhaps you’d want to do research about your family tree but not sure where to start?

In this episode I share why I started my family history and also shared how you can go about doing your own research.

Things to Consider

Before you embark on this search – get as much information as possible. 

  • Date of birth, 
  • Place or Birth or Parish of Birth, 
  • Date of Marriage if applicable or place of marriage. 
  • Or in some instances the date of death. 

Nick or pet names – be careful of these. We in the Caribbean tend to know a person their whole life by one name and never really know their real name. Try to get as much information to confirm real names.

Research Jamaican Family History

Registrar General’s Department – Outtamany Search (Formerly Genealogical Search)

Application Form- New Genealogical Search Form

Manage your expectations with timeline. When I ordered my report, it was during the peak of the pandemic so it took some time. By now, wait times should have improved.

Other Caribbean Countries

For other Caribbean countries you can determine whether the country’s registrar office or whichever department handles marriage licenses and death certificates provide genealogy search services. 

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Kerry-Ann Reid-Brown is Founder & host of Carry On Friends one of the first podcasts dedicated to the Caribbean American Experience. She is leading the way for Caribbean Podcast as the founder of Breadfruit Media, the first Caribbean podcast production company; and founder of the Caribbean Podcast Directory a place to discover podcasts by people of Caribbean Heritage.