Welcome to my Hobby Page. My hobby is FAMILY HISTORY of Jamaica, West Indies (sorry not Jamaica, New York). Maps, sources of genealogy, emblems, my tiny tafel and some fun places to visit are included. I hope this page will be of interest to those who are just getting started on their Jamaican ancestry, as well as those who have pursued this pastime for a while. Madeleine Mitchell's Hobby HomePage
Lignum Vitae or Wood of Life Lignum Vitae Tree
National Flower of Jamaica
Jamaican Genealogy: Source of the Month
Maps of Jamaica
Important Dates in Jamaican History
Emblems and Things of Jamaica
Join the Caribbean List and Jamaica List to contact other researchers
Send your surnames to the West Indian Surname List
My TinyTafel and About me
Links to other Jamaican Genealogy on the Web
Useful Genealogy Sources on the Web
Some Fun Places to Visit on the Web about Jamaica
My Sister Nora Crook's Work Page
Records Researcher in Jamaica
Codes for Jamaican Civil Registration Districts
This page was created with HOTDOG PRO and edited with the Coffee Cup, The HTML Editor
Compiled 21 September,1988 by Madeleine E. Mitchell. Amended August 2, 2006
For a more complete history of the Hurricanes which have hit Jamaica, see Joy Lumsden's site
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Through the hard work of Sally Jones, Kent, England, Vaughn Royal of Alexandria, VA and others, there is a newsgroup for the West Indies: soc.genealogy.west-indies which includes Jamaica and 30+ West Indian islands and countries. If your internet provider carries "newsgroups" you will be able to access this group. If not, it doesn't do any harm to ask the provider to add the newsgroup.
Added in January 1997 The Newsgroup soc.genealogy.west-indies has been archived and is available for searching on the Web. click here.
This newsgroup is now linked with the Caribbean-List, an e-mail list which comes in Digest form or single message form. To subscribe to the Caribbean List, e-mail to CARIBBEAN-Lfirstname.lastname@example.org. Put nothing in the subject line and turn off your signature and other automatic additions, write only 'subscribe', (without quotes), in the body or text area of your message. Currently messages are running 0-4 messages per day, so if you want to receive the output as a digest (ONE long message), address your request to CARIBBEAN-Demail@example.com
Added in 2003
Jamaica now has a list of its own. To subscribe to the JAMAICA List, e-mail to JAMAICA-Lfirstname.lastname@example.org. Put nothing in the subject line and turn off your signature and other automatic additions, write only 'subscribe' (no Quotes) in the body or text area of your message. Currently messages are running 0-2 messages per day, so if you want to receive the output as a digest (ONE long message), address your request to JAMAICA-Demail@example.com
The Caribbean List and Jamaica List are also archived at Rootsweb
When the vote was taken, the following was included as the description of the newsgroup:
There is an established precedence and interest in the study of West Indian ancestored genealogy on the Internet, as well-evidenced by the discussions and queries concerning this topic that regularly appear in cluster groups on commercial online networks, bulletin boards, and in limited discussions in various newsgroups in the "soc." and "alt." hierarchy. However, the discussions and queries tend to be scattered among numerous electronic forums, and researchers are unsure where to post questions and comments concerning the West Indies to reach others who share their interest, often posting in several different places as a result. Presently, there is no place of concentration where such people can register their queries and remarks, and be assured that they will be read by the many who are interested world-wide, rather than by the few who may by chance encounter West Indian genealogical postings in electronic forums which are focused on other parts of the world. The number of nations whose sons and daughters added to the population of the West Indies is extremely numerous: former colonial powers including England, France, Spain and The Netherlands; as well as dozens of countries in Europe, Africa, the Americas and Asia. Soc.genealogy.west-indies has the potential to serve as the gathering point for researchers interested in the approximately 30 countries which today comprise the West Indies, and to provide a forum for people to share queries and insights regarding the genealogy of the West Indies.
A FAQ on this topic is planned and a Surname Interest List has been set up. Sally Jones has posted to the newsgroups several pages of source information. They can be retrieved in the archived newsgroup click here.
The focus of soc.genealogy.west-indies is on exchanging information on the genealogy and family history of West Indian ancestored people world-wide. This group is designed to focus on West Indian genealogy, but since the colonisation of many of the West Indian islands had a social and financial impact on the colonising nations, discussion may widen to reflect this aspect.
Discussion is open to anyone with an interest in West Indian genealogy including, but not limited to: people who do live, did live, or may have lived in any of the West Indian Islands; colonists; voluntary immigrants; involuntary immigrants (such as slaves); emigrants and their descendants. Researchers wishing to trace their slave ancestors prior to their arrival in the West Indies will find that soc.genealogy.african is more suited to their postings.
The scope of the group reflects the varied ancestral backgrounds of the inhabitants of the West Indies - often referred to as a "melting pot". The cultural and language differences of the islands, often reflecting their heritage can prove a problem to researchers. The difficulties of researching public records in a part of the world where earthquakes, fire, hurricanes and pests have destroyed many records can be very daunting, but genealogical archives around the world do contain records which will help to build up vivid accounts of the lives of West Indian ancestors. The disseminated nature of the historical and genealogical information requires a high level of mutual co-operation from researchers around the world.
Posts may be in any language, but those seeking replies from a wide spectrum of readers would be well-advised to also post in English.
Postings on offensive or defamatory themes, and any other topics unrelated to genealogy are not welcome.
The additional gateways for this newsgroup have yet to be created. In this instance, the newsgroup will precede the Fidonet and traditional mailserver avenues.
Used with permission of Sally Jones, 1996.
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can make contact with other researchers who are interested in your surname families
through the West Indian Surname Lists. This list was started and was maintained by
Vaughn Royal up to 1998. Because Vaughn Royal
unfortunately was not able to continue with the West Indian Surname list, a new
list was started by Jim Lynch in 1999. It is:
Jim Lynch's Caribbean Surname Index
In addition you can put a query about your surnames on the Query page of the WorldGenWeb Jamaica page:Queries. Queries are also archived on Rootsweb.
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My Tiny Tafel was generated on Roots IV and shows my maternal and paternal lines in 1995
I was born in Brown's Town, St Ann, Jamaica to K. and C.(nee Levy) Mitchell in 1941. We lived in Reading, St James, Grove Place, Manchester as well as Brown's Town before moving to Half-Way-Tree, Kingston 10 in 1952. My father worked for the Ministry of Agriculture and the first two residences were Agricultural Experiment Stations where he was assigned. I attended St Hilda's Diocesan High School in Brown's Town and St Andrew High School for Girls at Half-Way Tree.
After Cambridge School certificate I went to MacDonald College of McGill University, Montreal, Quebec. This is where my interest in family history started when I had to write a paper on the family in a Sociology class. I went on to do my graduate work in Nutrition at Cornell University in Ithaca, New York. And then I went to Pullman, Washington where I was located from 1969 to 2004, except for two sabbatical leaves, one spent in Washington, DC and the other in Boston, MA.
I have an older sister and a younger sister and 4 nephews and 1 niece. My mother lived in Cambridge, England near my eldest sister, the author, Nora Crook, and my younger sister, the nurse, Janet Watson lives in the Boston area. Thank goodness for e-mail, telephones and faxes! My father passed away in England in 1993. My mother came to live with me in Dunnellon, Florida in 2004 and passed away at my home in 2006. Enough of that!
My major family lines come from England, Scotland, Africa and Jewish (London). As well I have some extensions into France (via Haiti) and Ireland. At one time I thought there was a German line, but now I am not so sure. So out of many, one people.
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