Jamaica Cemeteries

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Laurence-Archer transcribed some old Jamaica monumental inscriptions:

  • Laurence-Archer, James. Monumental Inscriptions of the British West Indies from the Earliest Date with Genealogical and Historical Annotations, from Original, Local and Other Sources, Illustrative of the Histories and Genealogies of the Seventeenth Century ... London: Chatto & Windus, 1875. FHL Collection 283588; digital version at Internet Archive.

For Jewish cemeteries, consult:

  • Barnett, Richard David, Philip Wright and Oron Yoffe. The Jews of Jamaica Tombstone Inscriptions, 1663-1880. Jerusalem: Ben Ziv Institute, 1997. Digital version at DLOC - free.

Printed Sources[edit | edit source]

Hewson, Eileen. Moravian graveyards in India and Jamaica 1755-1791. Wem, England: Kabristan Archives, 2007 [55 pages]

Wright, Philip. Monumental Inscriptions of Jamaica. London: Society of Genealogists, 1966. [361 pages]

Mortality in Jamaica[edit | edit source]

"Reports of births and deaths in Jamaica is governed by Law 13 of 1881. In the case of death, the law provides that within five days, information must be given by the nearest relative or a person present at death or the person causing the body to be buried. Hence, the registration of a death could not as easily be overlooked as the registration of the birth. The losses to death registers are probably few." The author G.W. Roberts in his article "A Note on Mortality in Jamaica" gives some pertinent information about accuracy of registration, the mortality trend and other information re. death in Jamaica. The full article can be found here.