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The St Helena Institute was founded in the UK in 1997 and aims to provide a focal point for research into the Island of St Helena and its dependencies, Ascension Island and Tristan da Cunha. 

The Institute's principal services are

- the provision of information on academic research and

- the provision of detailed resources for St Helena family history.

In doing so, the Institute also aims to foster a greater public awareness of the three islands.

The Institute is maintained by Dr Alexander Schulenburg FRAI FRHistS, who is happy to receive information on new publications or research sources which can be added to the Institute's pages, but who is unable to answer individual research query.

Jamestown from the seaSt Helena & Dependencies

St Helena is a lone mid-Atlantic island, a mere 47 square miles in size, situated at Lat. 15º 55í S and Long. 5º 45í W., 1200 miles west of Angola, its nearest mainland.  The islandís capital and only town is Jamestown, with a population of 1,302, out of a total population of 5,644.  An airport is currently under construction. 

St Helena was discovered by the Portuguese in 1502 and has been a British colony since it was first settled by the East India Company in 1659.  It was home to the exiled Emperor Napoleon Bonaparte from 1815 until his death in 1821.  In 1834, the island became a Crown Colony and is still a British Overseas Territory. 

Ascension Island, 700 miles to the north west of St Helena, and Tristan da Cunha, 1200 miles to the south west, were occupied in 1815 and 1816.  Ascension Islandís capital is Georgetown and the island has a total population of 1,122.  Tristan da Cunha has a population of 284.

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