Whether you are researching early colonial families involved in the West Indies, enslaved Africans or more recent arrivals to America, this workshop will start you on an exciting journey into your past. We will look at documentary evidence, records and resources specific to the “English speaking” islands in the Caribbean. The most accessible and useful of these is a collection of Anglican Church registers spanning hundreds of years. For most of the British colonial era, the church created these vital records for the state.
This online workshop will explore these important records and resources as well as the vital role of oral history and tradition in tracing Caribbean ancestors. Sandra Taitt-Eaddy, through lecture and demo sessions, will investigate various time periods, and identify the data the church chose to collect and provide tips and techniques for interpreting these records and how to make use of what you find. With Caribbean Ancestors and Anglican Church Registers, participants make discoveries about the Caribbean’s complicated history as they learn about their own ancestry and heritage.
WHERE: This program takes place online via Zoom. When you register, you’ll recieve the Zoom link.
COST: $80 for non-CHS members; $68 for CHS members.
1:00 PM – Lecture: Oral Tradition & Q&A
2:00 PM – Break
2:15 PM – Demo and Q&A: Researching Caribbean Ancestors on FamilySearch
3:15 PM – Break
3:30 PM – Continued Demo and Q&A: FamilySearch and Slave Registers
4:30 PM – Conclude
About our Speaker
Sandra Taitt-Eaddy, a native Barbadian, has been a dedicated genealogist and family historian for more than twenty years. She specializes in the colonial era, including the slavery period. She is a full-time professional researcher and educator known for solving complex genealogical challenges.