Caribbean family history
You can now research some of your Caribbean ancestors without leaving Solihull, thanks to the efforts of the Solihull and Birmingham Caribbean family history group and the Jamaican Family Roots Group.
Bringing Caribbean records to Solihull
As Solihull Central library is an affiliate FamilySearch Centre, you can browse millions of records.
Solihull Central library holds Caribbean records and, for a small charge, you can order any available records that we don’t yet have. See our guide to ordering FamilySearch records.
We’ve compiled an individual island register to assist you when searching for particular records.
More records are being ordered, especially for Jamaica, so do check back regularly.
Beginning your research
The basic principles of family history apply wherever your ancestors are from.
Births, marriages and deaths
Records of births, marriages and deaths are the most vital records for family history.
Before the establishment of civil registration, church records of baptism, marriage and burial are particularly useful.
Sometimes, church records will still be at the church concerned but many will be at the main library or archive centre. Records for St Mary's Anglican Church, Anguilla, are detailed within our Caribbean records at Solihull Central Library.
Ships passenger lists 1878 to 1960
For ships arriving in Britain, the National Archives holds inward passenger lists for 1878 to 1960 (catalogue reference BT26).
These records give details of people arriving in the UK aboard ships which set sail from ports outside Europe and the Mediterranean. The passenger lists have been digitised and are available on the Ancestry website (available free of charge from computers in any Solihull library).
The trading of slaves in the British Empire was abolished in 1807, although slavery itself was not abolished until 1834.
Registers were usually compiled every 3 years from approximately 1814 until 1834. These registers are available at the Ancestry website.