Fonds 1B/11 - Island Record Office

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Island Record Office


  • 1661 - 1999 (Creation)

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Extent and medium

1,368 textual records

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Name of creator

(1661 - 1999)

Administrative 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.

Archival history

Immediate source of acquisition or transfer

These records formed part of the Archives Section of the Island Record Office and were transferred to the Jamaica Archives when it became an independent Department in 1982 following the passage of the Archives Act.

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Scope and content

The fonds include patents, plats, inventories, crop accounts, manumission of slaves, slave returns, parish registers, court records, letters of administration and testamentary, drogging bonds and powers of attorney.

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System of arrangement

Records arranged chronologically

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Physical characteristics and technical requirements

Many of these volumes are in poor condition and are available on microfilm

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Existence and location of originals

Originals are located at the Registrar Generals Department

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Jamaica Archives and Records Department

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