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From: Madeleine E Mitchell <>
Subject: Re: [JAMAICA] Ennis
Date: Tue, 17 Aug 2010 12:21:18 -0400
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*Hi Cath,
If you have access to a Mormon Family History Center,you can probably
find the birth of your grandmother by ordering the following films of
Civil Registration in Jamaica: Kingston. or St Andrew Parish
[ Port Royal - original parish, portion absorbed by Kingston and the
rest by St. Andrew, 1866 ] Because of this merger in 1866 you may have
to search both Kingston and St Andrew Parishes The general Index to
Civil Registration Births in Jamaica is given as:*
Indexes of birth, 1878-1919
Authors Jamaica. Registrar General
<http://www.familysearch.org/eng/library/fhlcatalog/supermainframeset.asp?display=authordetails&authorno=337987&name=Jamaica%2E++Registrar++General%2C+null>;
(Main Author)

Notes Microreproduction of original records in the Registrar General's
Department, Spanish Town, Jamaica.
------------------------------------------------------------------------
These indexes to the civil registers of Jamaica are arranged by parish
(by letter assigned), and by first letter of surname. The actual
registers are filed under the name of each parish or locality. The
child's name and sex is given, the parent's first name, the registration
number which may or may not lead to the actual record. Ideally, the
district/parish letter should precede the registration number, but it
appears that volumes have been assigned letters also. It is suggested
that if the name of the person being researched is found in the index,
that all the births for that parish and time period be searched for the
specific entry. It is possible however that the lettering of the volumes
follows this pattern: Letter for the parish (e.g. Trelawny is "O",)
followed by the letter of the volume (e.g. "D"), followed by the
registration number, therefore according to the index, the birth record
for Isaac N. the son of Alexander Mendez, born 1878-1879, is found in
Od114.
------------------------------------------------------------------------
High reduction microfilm (42X). Use high magnification reader.
------------------------------------------------------------------------
The Registrar has assigned each parish a specific letter code as
follows: A, Kingston; B, St. Andrew; C, St. Thomas; D, Portland; E, St.
Catherine; F, St. Mary; G, St. Ann; H, Clarendon; I, Manchester; K, St.
Elizabeth; L, Westmoreland; M, Hanover; N, St. James; O, Trelawny.

Index for births from 1 Oct. 1878 to 30 Sep 1879: Kingston (including a
separate listing for the town of Port Royal at the end), p. 1-32; St.
Andrew, p. 33-70; St. Thomas, p. 71-100; Portland, p. 101-132; St.
Catherine, p. 132- 182d, 182a, 182b, 182c; St. Mary, p. 183-212; St.
Ann, p. 213-258; Clarendon, p. 259-306; Manchester, p. 307-356; St.
Elizabeth, p. 357- 414; Westmoreland, p. 415-460; Hanover, p. 461- 484,
483a, 483b; St. James, p. 485-514; Trelawny, 515-539. NOTE: The index
for 1880 for all parishes is missing. FHL INTL Film
1506936 Item 1


*Therefore you may have to search the indexes for the parishes individually
First Kingston. The index is recommended because it gives the number
of the individual registrations. *
Index of births 1878-1879 FHL INTL Film
821448 Item 2
Index 1881-1899 FHL INTL Film
821444


*The Actual Certificates* are in:

Begin Registers of births 1878-1881 FHL INTL Film
821448 Items 3-4
1881-1883 FHL INTL Film
821449

*
or St Andrew*

NotesMicrofilm of original records in the Registrar General's
Department, Spanish Town, Jamaica.
------------------------------------------------------------------------
Include indexes.
------------------------------------------------------------------------
High reduction microfilm (42x). Use high magnification reader for films
numbered 1667---.
------------------------------------------------------------------------
The Registrar has organized St. Andrew Parish into districts and
assigned them codes as follows: Half Way Tree (BA), Gordon Town (BB),
Content Gap (BC), Mount Charles (BD), Temple Hall, formerly Golden
Spring (BE), Cold Spring (BF), Dallas Castle, formerly Constitution Hill
(BG), Bull Bay (BH), Stony Hill (BI), Lawrence Tavern (BK), Woodford
(BL), Crossroads (BM), St. James (BN), Brandon Hill (BO), Galloway (BP),
Cavaliers (BQ), August Town (BR), Salisbury Plain (BS), Red Hills (BT),
Mannings Hill (BV), Mary Brown's Corner (BW), and Whitfield Town (BX).
------------------------------------------------------------------------
The birth notices are collected into annual registers and arranged by
district, number, and registration date.
Title St. Andrew Parish birth registers, 1878-1930
Authors Jamaica. Registrar General
<http://www.familysearch.org/eng/library/fhlcatalog/supermainframeset.asp?display=authordetails&authorno=337987&name=Jamaica%2E++Registrar++General%2C+null>;
(Main Author)


Note Location
Film
Indexes to births 1878-1930 (arranged by year, district, and number;
parts of 1879-1881 indexes are missing, as are the indexes for 1885,
1895, 1902, 1910-1911, 1917, 1921, 1925, and 1929) FHL INTL Film
538813 Items 4-37

*For the actual Certificates in St Andrew:*
St. Andrew Parish, 1878-1879 -- St. Andrew Parish, 1879-1881 -- St.
Andrew Parish, 1880-1881 -- Half Way Tree (BA 6-320), 1881 1882 FHL
INTL Film
538756
St. Andrew Parish 1878-1881 (another filming of same records found on GS
538756) FHL INTL Film
538813 Items 1-3
Half Way Tree (BA 1-5) 1881 Gordon Town (BB 1-135) 1883-1884 Content Gap
(BC 1-78) 1882-1883 Golden Spring (BE 1-37) 1881 Cold Spring (BF 1-64)
1881-1882 Dallas Castle (BG 1-83) 1881-1882 Bull Bay (BH 1-64) 1881-1882
Woodford (BL 1-62) 1881-1882 Bull Bay (BH 1-71) 1882-1883 Mount Charles
(BD 1-103) 1882-1883 Stony Hill (BI 2-64) 1881-1882 Cross Roads (BM
1-43) 1881-1882 FHL INTL Film
538757
St. James (BJ 1-47) 1881-1882 Lawrence Tavern (BK 1-168) 1881-1882
Dallas Castle (BG 4-124) 1882-1883 Brandon Hill (BO 1-12) 1882 Mount
Charles (BD 1-93) 1881-1882 Half Way Tree (BA 1-314) 1883 Gordon Town
(BB 1-136) 1882-1883 Gordon Town (BB 2-99) 1883-1884 Content Gap (BC
1-61) 1882 Content Gap (BC 1-69) 1883 Mount Charles (BD 1-97) 1883-1884
Golden Spring (BE 38-156) 1882-1883 FHL INTL Film
538757


*For her marriage:*
Notes Microfilm of original records in the Registrar General's
Department, Spanish Town, Jamaica.
------------------------------------------------------------------------
High reduction (42x) microfilm. Use high magnification reader.
------------------------------------------------------------------------
Surname indexes to marriages performed in the parishes of Jamaica. The
actual records are filed under the name of each parish or locality. The
Registrar has assigned each parish a discrete letter code as follows: A,
Kingston; B, St. Andrew; C, St. Thomas; D, Portland; E, St. Catherine;
F, St. Mary; G, St. Ann; H, Clarendon; I, Manchester; K, St. Elizabeth;
L, Westmoreland; M, Hanover; N, St. James; O, Trelawny; P, Cayman
Islands, which were under Jamaican jurisdiction until 1962.
Index Brides 1901, v. 1 (Kingston to St. Ann, A-G) -- v. 2 (Clarendon
to Cayman Islands, H-P) FHL INTL Film
1563463 Item 10

Index Bridegrooms 1895-1902 (Parishes A-P) FHL INTL Film
1563456


Then the actual certificate:
*Kingston*
1896-1911 Kingston Civil Registration Marriages FHL INTL Film
821447

or

1899-1904 Kingston FHL INTL Film
1389502


*or St Andrew*
1899 (B230-259) 1900 (B4-225) 1901 (B4-234) 1902 (B7-272) 1903 (B1-232)
1904 (B3-198) 1905 (B2-273) 1906 (B2-316) 1907 (B1-400) VAULT INTL Film
1389509


If you want to check this out for yourself please go to the Family
History Library site in Salt Lake City at: FHL Catalog
<http://www.familysearch.org/eng/Library/FHLC/frameset_fhlc.asp>;
I sounds more complicated than it is, but not knowing where in Port
Royal they lived means that if you do not find her references in
Kingston, you should also search St Andrew. Also the all Island birth
index for 1880 (the crucial year) for _all parishes_ is missing
luckily each Parish also has a birth index which covers this period.
But parts of the 1879-1881 birth indexes for St Andrew are also
missing, so if the birth was registered in St Andrew, you may have to
go through the St Andrew film of actual certificates one by one . I
hope it will not come to that. You might want to do her marriage first,
which might give you information on the place she married. It does
sound from what you say that the town of Port Royal was the site, not
the upper part of the former parish of Port Royal which was merged with
St Andrew. For a map which shows the parish of Port Royal in 1844 and
today, see the Maps in the World Gen Web Jamaica page ( the URLs are in
my signature below your message)
Good Luck with your research.
Madeleine

On 8/17/2010 6:34 AM, wrote:
>> Hi
>>
> Can anyone possibly help me find my grandmother's birth certificate?
> On the 1911 census it says she was born Kin Port Royal Jamaica and her
> name was Catherine Lavinia Ennis born approx 1880 and her father was
> William She married my grandfather John Thomas Sheen in Port Royal in Jan
> 1901 and came to England in 1902 She died in 1918
> If anybody can suggest where I can obtain the certificate I would be
> most grateful It is the stumbling block on the Ennis family research
>
> Cath
>
> -----------------------------------------
>
>
>
Madeleine E Mitchell,

Dunnellon, FL 34432-2795,
Home URLhttp://users.pullman.com/mitchelm/jamaica.htm
World Gen Web Jamaica URLhttp://www.rootsweb.com/~jamwgw/index.htm


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