The following announcement was written by Findmypast:
This week’s Findmypast Friday update sees the release of valuable Caribbean records that have been preserved thanks to a special British Library project along with millions of historical British newspaper pages.
Exclusive to Findmypast, discover thousands of family records from The Turks & Caicos islands spanning 1792 to 1947. This includes
Over 16,900 Turks & Caicos births & baptisms, 1792-1934
Over 4,800 Turks & Caicos marriages, 1799-1940
Over 6,400 Turks & Caicos deaths & burials, 1804-1947
These new indexes have been created in partnership with the British Library’s Endangered Archives Project which imaged the archipelago’s surviving registers held at the Turks & Caicos National Museum. Many of these precious documents, as the name of the project indicates, were in poor condition and at risk of being lost having been damaged by damp and flooding.
Now indexed and available to search online for the first time, each of the three collections forms a valuable resource for anyone exploring the history of the islands and their people. As well as essential names, dates and locations, each transcript also links through to the original source image on the Endangered Archives Project website.
Turks and Caicos Islands, 1763.
A British Overseas Territory in the West Indies, the first British settlers on the Turks & Caicos were thought to have been Bermudian salt collectors who arrived in the second half of the 17th century. Following the American War of Independence, many loyalists fled to the Caribbean and from the 1780s, brought large numbers of African Slaves to Turks & Caicos to work as forced labour in newly established cotton plantations as well as the islands salt industry. The surnames of some of those Loyalists, such as James Misick, John McIntosh and Wade Stubbs, are now frequent among descendants of their slaves.
These new records also shed light on the history and legacy of slavery on the islands. Many records, such as the 1826 baptism of two-year-old Kate Wynns, include stark notes such as “slave belonging to Mr Thos Wynns”.
A variety of new additions from London are hot of the press this week. The latest new titles added to Findmypast’s growing newspaper archive include:
Chelsea & Pimlico Advertiser covering 1860-1863 and 1865-1866
East London Advertiser covering 1862-1866
Kingsland Times and General Advertiser covering 1860 and 1862-1863
West London Times covering 1860-1861, 1863-1864, and 1866-1867
Westminster Times covering 1863
While additional pages have been added to the following ten publications:
Albion from 1852
Birkenhead News from 1914
British Banner from 1850-1851, 1854 and 1856
Croydon Times from 1934-1947, 1950 and 1952-1961
Daily Director and Entr’acte from 1860
Daily News (London) from 1922-1923, 1925 and 1927
Limerick Reporter from 1849
Liverpool Daily Post from 1858-1859
Morning Herald (London) from 1808
Sheffield Independent from 1929