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British Colonization (1648-1973)[edit | edit source]

Beginning in the mid-16th century, Spain, France, Britain, and the Netherlands all made attempts to colonize the Bahamas. However, it wasn't until the English Civil War Period that English settlement began. The Bahamas gained independence from the United Kingdom on July 10, 1973.[1]

Record collection Years covered Record type Language Who is in the records
The Prerogative Court of Canterbury (PCC), 1384-1858 at the National Archives - index 1760-1852 Wills English Until 1858, all wills had to be proved by the church and other courts. Most of the individuals in these records were relatively wealthy.
British Armed Forces and Overseas Births and Baptisms, Bahamas at FindMyPast - index and images ($) 1832-2005 Births and baptisms English Children born to those working within the armed forces, merchant navy, and consular forces, as well as, civilian ship passengers.
British Armed Forces and Overseas Banns and Marriages, Bahamas at FindMyPast - index and images ($) 1832-1960 Banns and marriages English British armed forces members and civilians who were married abroad and at sea
British Armed Forces and Overseas Deaths and Burials, Bahamas at FindMyPast - index and images ($) 1844-2004 Deaths and burials English Members of the British armed forces who died while serving their country overseas, British civilians who died while traveling or working overseas, and individuals (including seaman) who died at sea.
British Civil Service Evidence Of Age at FindMyPast - index ($) 1850-1863 Civil Service applications and paperwork English Individuals who worked for, or applied to join, the British Civil Service.
Bahamas Civil Registration, 1850-1959 at FamilySearch - index and images 1850-1959 Births, marriages, and deaths English Bahamians
Bahamas, Civil Registration, 1850-1959 at Ancestry.com ($) - images 1850-1959 Births, marriages, and deaths English Bahamians
Bahamas Births, 1850-1891 at FamilySearch - index 1850-1891 Births English Bahamians
Bahamas, Select Births, 1850-1891 at Ancestry.com ($) - index 1850-1891 Births English Bahamians
Bahamas Births, 1850-1891 at MyHeritage ($) - index 1850-1891 Births English Bahamians
Caribbean Births and Baptisms, 1590-1928 at FamilySearch - index 1590-1928 Births and baptisms English Bahamians
Caribbean Deaths and Burials, 1790-1906 at FamilySearch - index 1790-1906 Deaths and burials English Bahamians
Caribbean Marriages, 1591-1905 at FamilySearch - index 1591-1905 Marriages English Bahamians
Former British Colonial Dependencies, Slave Registers, 1813-1834 at Ancestry.com ($) - index 1822, 1825, 1828, 1831, 1834 Slave registers English To combat illicit transportation following this act many of the British Colonies began keeping registers of black slaves who had been so-called “lawfully enslaved”. In 1819 the Office for the Registry of Colonial Slaves was established in London and copies of the slave registers kept by the colonies were sent to this office
Dowers, 1791-1917 at FamilySearch - images 1791-1917 Dowers English Widows of proptery-owning Bahamians
Chancery records 1800-1859 at FamilySearch - images 1800-1859 Chancery records English Bahamians
Land and property records, 1788-1955 at FamilySearch - images 1788-1955 Land records English Property-owning Bahamians
Leases 1846-1860 at FamilySearch - images 1846-1860 Leases English Renters and landlords who lived in the Bahamas
Probate records, 1700-1944 at FamilySearch - images 1700-1944 Probate records English Property-owning Bahamians
Estate appraisals, 1828-1853 at FamilySearch - images 1828-1853 Probate records English Property-owning Bahamians

References[edit | edit source]

  1. Wikipedia contributors, "History of the Bahamas," in Wikipedia: the Free Encyclopedia, https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/History_of_the_Bahamas#Early_English_settlement, accessed 27 August 2019.