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Barbados Links

For those Grenadians who have Barbadian origins, Bajan record search just got a bit easier, as the LDS church has begun computerizing its Barbados holdings. You can search what they’ve completed so far (I’m not sure how many records remain to be done) at http://www.familysearch.org

Enter the surname you are researching and select Barbados from the country dropdown to see what they’ve got for you. It’s free.

Really good photos of the interiors and exteriors of the major churches in St. George’s, Grenada. These made the location listings on marriage and baptismal certificates real for me.

St. George’s Anglican Church

St. Andrew’s Presbyterian Church (Scot’s Kirk)

Cathedral of the Immaculate Conception (Roman Catholic)

Photos of the Methodist Church were missing from this set, sadly.

 

 

I recently came across the online genealogy tool, Geni.com and I’m hooked.

Geni.com let’s you create a private online tree (you must be a member of Geni.com and have been invited – the default is that you be a family member – to view a given tree). You can manually enter your tree or start it by uploading a GEDCOM file.

Geni’s features foster family connectedness – there is a discussion forum, internal e-mail, special event reminders, an address book, and places to post photos and video. One feature I find quite interesting is Statistics which allows you to see, for example, how long your relatives have lived on average, where most were born, etc.

Geni is also interactive so there can be organic sharing of information.

Anyway, larger than the fun of its individual features is the potential that Geni.com represents for Grenadian genealogical research. Since Geni automatically shows you potential duplicate individuals in other trees, allows you to search its databases for potential matches and lets you link (with their agreement) to related trees, it presents the potential of mapping the whole island of Grenada.

As I dig further in my research, I become more and more certain that almost all Grenadians are somehow related. Geni.com could allow us to not only quickly fill in the blanks in our own trees but map Grenada.

So far, some Grenadian families are taking advantage of Geni. I’ve found trees that contain the following names so far:

BUCKMIRE

BAIN

BULLEN

CHARLES

FERGUSON

GLEAN

HOSTEN

HUGHES

NECKLES

LA GRENADE

MASON

MATHLIN

PREUDHOMME

RAPIER

RENWICK

STEELE

ST. BERNARD

WOODROFFE

Grenadian Preudhommes

I’ve decided to highlight various Grenadian genealogical information I’ve come across online.  The first of this “series” is the extensive information collected by Desmond Preudhomme of  Toronto on the following families (this is an abridged list as the full list is very long):

BANFIELD

BISHOP

BOURNE

CAMPBELL

DATE

DE FREITAS

DE GALE

DONALDSON

DUNCAN

FARMER

GIBBON

GILL

GOLTON/GOULTON

GOODING

GRANT

HUGHES

JAMES

JOAN

LOFTUS

LUSAN/LUSSAN

OTWAY

PREUDHOMME

MARSHALL

MIGNON

MINORS

PATERSON

PAYNE

PETERKIN

RENWICK

According to the page Desmond’s contact information is…

Desmond T W Preudhomme

78 Mayfield Ave

Toronto, Ontario M5S 1K8

416 760 7492

d_preudhomme@hotmail.com

I am sure he would appreciate being able to connect with more relatives and discover additional family information.

The following is taken from Personalities Caribbean (published in Jamaica in 1971). There is a section in each of these reference volumes devoted to Grenadian notables. I’ve included corrections where applicable in []s.

“WOODROFFE, Everette [correct spelling is Everett] Selwyn, business, exec; Mng. Dir. Y. De Lima (G’da) Ltd.  Born St.  George’s, G’da, April 29, 1917, son of Ian [the name was Zan Zippor] Woodroffe and Louisa nee Robertson his wife. Educated G’da Boys Sec. Sch. Married Dec. 1942, Beryl nee Gibbs; 1 son (Patrick Selwyn), 4 daus. (Denise, Tessa, Wendy, Beryl Ann). Religion: Anglican Career: T. Noble Smith and Co., 28 yrs; a Founder of present company, 1963, in present post since; Ch’man G’da C’ttee for Miss World 1970 Contest (when Miss J. Hosten, G’da won title). Affiliations: Lions G’da (Pres.); Cham of Comm (Pres., 1970-71) Club: St. George’s. Interst: Cricket. Address: (bus.) Melville St., St. George’s P.). Cox 145, (home) Grand Anse, St. George’s, Grenada.

The Anglican High School Past Pupils group has created a website on which they are displaying the history of the school in photographs and text.

The group is currently looking for photographs of the school’s former principals but would no doubt welcome any other photographs/documents you could send that would show school history.

You can contact past pupil Susan Patrice nee Griffith ’75 at 240-472-2140 or via a form on the Past Pupils website.

They are missing photos for…

Ms. Estelle Garraway
(1916-1939)

Ms. Marion A Bertrand
(1939-1954)

Sis. Frances Margaret of the Sisters of The Community of Jesus of the Good Shepherd
(1954-1963)

Ms. Dennis – 1 term 1963

Mr. E. DeVere Archer
(1963-1965) (acting)

Ms. Margaret Forder
(1965-1969)

Ms. Minnie Kemp
(1969-1971)

Mrs. Glenda Mason-Francis
(1984-2000)

The Anglican High School, St. George’s, is a prestigious secondary school for girls and has turned out many accomplished pupils.

In short, a project to preserve and digitize Grenada’s essential documents has begun.

This is EXCELLENT news as the current storage of said documents is horrific and we have already lost so much to fire, water and pest damage.  I am glad to see that the group pushing these efforts prevailed – I was worried that they would not be able to find funding. It appears that they found their partner and funding in the British Library.

The digitization is to start with the Grenada Public Library’s collection of old newspapers and culminate with the opening of a National Archives building where hard copy and digitized versions of materials will be stored.

More details on the project here.

HOORAY!!

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