Série organique 8 - Parish Registers

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JM JARD 1B/11-8


Parish Registers


  • 1664 - 1935 (Production)

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Étendue matérielle et support

435 bound volumes

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(1661 - 1999)

Histoire administrative

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.

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Island Record Office

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These volumes are registers of baptisms, marriages and burials, mainly of the Church of England in Jamaica. The other registers are Presbyterian (6) and Baptist (4) and are of marriages only.

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The volumes are listed according to parishes in chronological order.

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Island Record Office

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Jamaica Archives and Records Department

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Compulsory registration of births, marriages and deaths was introduced in Jamaica in 1878. However from the early 1660s when civil government was established, Ministers of the Church of England were instructed to keep records of baptisms and burials and to transmit Returns to the Island Secretary's Office. In 1824, the Diocese of Jamaica was established and provisions made for the recording of baptisms, marriages and burials.

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