Jamaica Births - What else you can try

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How to find birth records, marriage records and death records, Why Can't I Find the Record - Jamaica Births


This page will give you additional guidance and resources to find birth information for your ancestor. Use this page after first completing the birth section of the Jamaica Guided Research page.

Additional Online Resources

Additional Databases and Online Resources




Online Images (Browsable Only)

Some collections have not been indexed, but are available to browse image by image.

State Time Period Record Type Collection Name Repository
Jamaica 1878-1919 Civil registration (indexes) Indexes of birth, 1878-1919 FS green-question-mark.jpg Click the question mark for instructions for how to search Historical Records browsable images when there is no index. FamilySearch Catalog
Jamaica 1844-1854 Dissenter births Jamaica: index to dissenter births FS green-question-mark.jpg Click the question mark for instructions for how to search Historical Records browsable images when there is no index. FamilySearch Catalog
Jamaica 1800s-1950 Births (Jewish) St. Thomas, Virgin Islands : record of Jews from various sources FS green-question-mark.jpg Click the question mark for instructions for how to search Historical Records browsable images when there is no index. FamilySearch Catalog
Jamaica 1942-1945 Parish register
(in German)
Kirchenbuch, 1942-1945 (registers of Internment Camp at Kingston, Jamaica FS green-question-mark.jpg Click the question mark for instructions for how to search Historical Records browsable images when there is no index. FamilySearch Catalog
Kingston, Jamaica 1800s Jewish birth register
(partly in Hebrew)
Jewish birth register of Kingston, Jamaica FS green-question-mark.jpg Click the question mark for instructions for how to search Historical Records browsable images when there is no index. FamilySearch Catalog
Kingston, Jamaica 1785-1853 Jewish births Register books of births and marriages, abt. 1785-1853 FS green-question-mark.jpg Click the question mark for instructions for how to search Historical Records browsable images when there is no index. FamilySearch Catalog




Substitute Records

Additional Records with Birth Information

Substitute records may contain information about more than one event and are used when records for an event are not available. Records that are used to substitute for birth events may not have been created at the time of the birth . The accuracy of the record is contingent upon when the information was recorded. Search for information in multiple substitute records to confirm the accuracy of these records.

Use these additional records to locate birth information about your ancestor:
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FamilySearch(FS) Collections
Why to search the records
Marriage Records
See Guided Research page
Marriage records may occasionally provide the age of the individuals getting married, giving an estimated birth year.
Death Records
See Guided Research page
Death and burial records may provide an age at the time of death, giving an estimated birth year.
Cemeteries
See Wiki page
Gravestone inscriptions and cemetery records may include a birthdate.
Church Records
See Wiki page
Baptism records occasionally provide a birthdate. In addition, a death or burial record may include an age that can approximate a birthdate. To access church records, first determine the denomination.



Finding Town of Origin

Knowing an ancestor’s hometown can be important to locate more records. If a person immigrated to the United States, try Finding Town of Origin to find the ancestor’s hometown.




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Tips for finding births

Successfully finding birth records in online databases depends on a few key points. Try the following search suggestions:

  • Spelling variations. Your ancestor's name may be misspelled. Search with spelling variations for the first and last name of your ancestor.
  • Search parents. Search for the parents, if known, as the child's first name may not be on the birth record.
  • Search given name. Search by given name (leave out the last name) with the approximate date of birth.
  • Add information. For common names, add more information to narrow the search such as approximate birth date or parent's names if known.
  • Date range. Expand the date range of the search by 5 years.



Why the Record may not Exist

Known Record Gaps

Records Start
Civil Registration started in 1878 though in isolated districts, it started as much as five years later. Church records (particularly of the Church of England) are available as early as the 1600s in some locations.

Records Published by FamilySearch
Collection coverage tables show the places and time periods of original records published by FamilySearch. For any FamilySearch collections you did not find your ancestor in, check the coverage table for gaps in the online collection. If the time period or location your ancestor lived in is missing from the collection, it may require searches in records found at original repository or finding substitute records for the event.


Records Destroyed
Some church records may have been lost, destroyed, or damaged. More specific information is not known. Civil registration records are considered generally complete.








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