Island Record Office

Identity area

Type of entity

Corporate body

Authorized form of name

Island Record Office

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Standardized form(s) of name according to other rules

Other form(s) of name

Identifiers for corporate bodies

Description area

Dates of existence

1661 - 1999

History

The Island Record Office was established in 1879 following the passage of the Island Records Law (Law 6 of 1879), which took over the functions and records of the long established Office of the Island Secretary. Island Secretary's office was responsible for enrolling in the proper registers all deeds, conveyances, patents, wills which have been admitted to probate, laws of the island, annual accounts, produce of estates, accounts current of executors, administrators, trustees, attorneys, agents and persons acting in a fuduciary character. The Office also kept a register of the medical practitioners in the island. Additional, the Island Secretary was responsible for the registration of dissenters' marriages and baptisms, marriages and burials solemnized and performed by ministers of the Church of England.
With the establishment of the Records Office the Chief Justice became Keeper of the Records and a Deputy Keeper with functions similar to that of the Island Secretary was appointed.

Places

Legal status

Functions, occupations and activities

Enrollment of deeds, conveyances, patents, wills which have been admitted to probate, laws of the island, annual accounts, produce of estates, accounts current of executors, administrators, trustees, attorneys, agents and persons acting in a fuduciary character. Registration of all medical practitioners in the island, as well as the registration of dissenters' marriages and baptisms, marriages and burials solemnized and performed by ministers of the Church of England.

Mandates/sources of authority

Record Office Law, 1879

Internal structures/genealogy

General context

Relationships area

Control area

Authority record identifier

1B/11

Institution identifier

Jamaica Archives and Records Department

Rules and/or conventions used

ISAAR(CPF)

Status

Final

Level of detail

Full

Dates of creation, revision and deletion

Language(s)

  • English

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