Family History Research
One of the most common requests for help in genealogical research comes from family historians.
Unfortunately, the Museum is currently unable to conduct this research for families. Below you find links to the British Library Endangered Archives Programme. Grants were provided by them that allowed us to digitize some of the records held in our collections. These include church records that include births, marriages, and deaths. Other records from government offices including dispatches, Legislative & Executive Council records, Registars office and other entities are also included. The majority of these records are very old dating back to the late 1700’s,1800’s, and into the early 1900’s. Note that only what was in the museums collections were included. There could be years missing and incomplete records.
- Endangered Archives Programme – British Library https://eap.bl.uk/project/EAP408/search
These are some of the links that may be helpful but you may want to review additional digitized records that are part of the program.
Record of Probate of Wills, TCI – 1912-1930 https://eap.bl.uk/archive-file/EAP914-1-1-6-5
Births Register, TCI – 1864-1897 https://eap.bl.uk/archive-file/EAP914-1-1-6-1
Births Register, TCI – 1897-1934 https://eap.bl.uk/search?query=turks+and+caicos
Burials Register, TCI – 1964-1937 https://eap.bl.uk/archive-file/EAP914-1-1-6-3
Burials Register, TCI – 1822-1835 https://eap.bl.uk/archive-file/EAP914-1-1-6-4
Anglican Church Records 1799-1922 https://eap.bl.uk/collection/EAP914-1-2-2
Methodist Church Records 1839-1940 https://eap.bl.uk/collection/EAP914-1-2-1
Some of the records are hard to read and you will need to be patient as you look through the pages of information. They are hand written and some of the pages are torn. Information may spread across 2 pages as if the book was open and you need to look at the left and right side. Knowing at least a general year and month is helpful. Keep in mind that a baptism may be recorded instead of the actual birth and it may be several months after the birth.
Please be aware that because of the fragile nature of other microfilms and archival documents in our collections, they can only be accessed under the direction of an accredited curator and are not available for public viewing. We hope to obtain further grant or funding support in the future to digitize additional records and make them more widely accessible. We apologize for the inconvenience. Note that we do not hold any birth certificates or other official documents.