Findmypast Friday: Discover Caribbean Connections

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Uncover Caribbean connections this Findmypast Friday

This week’s Findmypast Friday replace sees the discharge of useful Caribbean data which have been preserved due to a particular British Library venture together with thousands and thousands of historic British newspaper pages.

Turks & Caicos Life Events

Unique to Findmypast, uncover hundreds of household data from The Turks & Caicos islands spanning 1792 to 1947. This consists of

These new indexes have been created in partnership with the British Library’s Endangered Archives Venture which imaged the archipelago’s surviving registers held on the Turks & Caicos Nationwide Museum. Many of those valuable paperwork, because the title of the venture signifies, had been in poor situation and susceptible to being misplaced having been broken by damp and flooding.

Now listed and out there to go looking on-line for the primary time, every of the three collections kinds a useful useful resource for anybody exploring the historical past of the islands and their folks. In addition to important names, dates and places, every transcript additionally hyperlinks via to the unique supply picture on the Endangered Archives Venture web site.

Turks and Caicos Islands, 1763.

A British Abroad Territory within the West Indies, the primary British settlers on the Turks & Caicos had been thought to have been Bermudian salt collectors who arrived within the second half of the seventeenth century. Following the American Warfare of Independence, many loyalists fled to the Caribbean and from the 1780s, introduced giant numbers of African Slaves to Turks & Caicos to work as pressured labour in newly established cotton plantations in addition to the islands salt business. The surnames of a few of these Loyalists, corresponding to James Misick, John McIntosh and Wade Stubbs, at the moment are frequent amongst descendants of their slaves.

These new data additionally make clear the historical past and legacy of slavery on the islands. Many data, such because the 1826 baptism of two-year-old Kate Wynns, embrace stark notes corresponding to “slave belonging to Mr Thos Wynns”.


Quite a lot of new additions from London are sizzling of the press this week. The newest new titles added to Findmypast’s rising newspaper archive embrace:

Whereas further pages have been added to the next ten publications:


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