Tracing Your Caribbean Ancestors by Guy Grannum

05 September 2012

A new edition of the essential guide to researching Caribbean family history at The National Archives and beyond has been published by Bloomsbury and is now available in our bookshop.

Tracing Your Caribbean Ancestors by The National Archives' Guy Grannum provides anyone interested in researching their family's connections to the British West Indies with everything they need to know to get started.

The book will also be of interest to anyone studying the social, economic and military history of the British West Indies over the past 300 years.

This year marks the 50th anniversary of the independence of Jamaica and Trinidad and Tobago and The National Archives has recently posted images from the Colonial Office's photographic collection of the Caribbean on Flickr.

The National Archives has records connected to many people who lived in the British West Indian colonies, including emigrants, plantation owners, slaves, soldiers, sailors and transported criminals, as well as official state correspondence and passenger lists. Tracing Your Caribbean Ancestors guides the reader through the primary sources available at Kew as well as providing a gateway to records held elsewhere, including locally-held records and online genealogy websites.

Visit our bookshop to order your copies now.

About the author

Guy Grannum has worked at The National Archives for more than 20 years and has considerable experience in providing advice and guidance to researchers. He specialises in colonial history and Caribbean genealogy and has researched his own Barbadian British ancestry.

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