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British Empire Colonization (1620s-1966)[edit | edit source]

Barbados was claimed from 1625 in the name of King James I of England, being established as a proprietary colony of Britain. Between 1958-1962, Barbados belonged to the West Indies Federation, a group of British colonies. In 1962, Barbados became a self-governing colony and then became an independent state in 1966. At that time, they joined the Commonwealth of Nations, with Queen Elizabeth II as their Monarch.[1]


Record collection Years covered Record type Language Who is in the records
The Prerogative Court of Canterbury (PCC), 1384-1858 1628-1857 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, Barbados at FindMyPast - index and images ($) 1832-2005 Births and baptisms English Children born to those working within the armed forces, merchant navy, and consular forces, as well as, civilian ship passengers.
British Armed Forces and Overseas Banns and Marriages, Barbados at FindMyPast - index and images ($) 1831-1945 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, Barbados at FindMyPast - index and images ($) 1860-1974 Deaths and burials English Members of the British armed forces who died while serving their country overseas, British civilians who died while traveling or working overseas, and individuals (including seaman) who died at sea.
British Civil Service Evidence Of Age at FindMyPast - index ($) 1830-1914 Civil Service applications and paperwork English Individuals who worked for, or applied to join, the British Civil Service.
Barbados Baptisms, 1739-1891 at FamilySearch - index 1739-1891 Baptisms English Barbadians
Barbados Church Records, 1637-1887 at FamilySearch - index and images 1637-1887 Baptisms, marriages and deaths English Barbadians
Barbados Burials, 1854-1885 at FamilySearch - index 1854-1885 Burials English Barbadians
Barbados Marriages, 1854-1879 at FamilySearch - index 1854-1879 Marriages English Barbadians
Former British Colonial Dependencies, Slave Registers, 1813-1834 at Ancestry.com ($) - index and images 1813-1834 Slave registers English Enslaved Barbadians
Barbados, Church Records, 1637-1849 at Ancestry.com ($) - index and images 1637-1849 Church Records English Barbadians
Barbados, Select Baptisms, 1739-1891 at Ancestry.com ($) - index 1739-1891 Baptisms English Barbadians
Caribbean, English Settlers in Barbados, 1637-1800 at Ancestry.com ($) - index and images 1637-1800 Church and probate records English Anglo-Barbadians
Barbados, Select Burials, 1854-1885 at Ancestry.com ($) - index 1854-1885 Burials English Barbadians
Barbados, Select Marriages, 1854-1879 at Ancestry.com ($) - index 1854-1879 Marriages English Barbadians

References[edit | edit source]

  1. Wikipedia contributors, "History of Barbados," in Wikipedia: the Free Encyclopedia, https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/History_of_Barbados, accessed 27 Aug 2019.