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PLEASE DO NOT contact the St Helena Institute with requests for advice on specific individuals or families, as the St Helena Institute is unable to answer such queries. 

Instead, join the St Helena family discussion forum, which will allow you to share your query with other interested researchers, many of whom have considerable experience in researching St Helena family history.


    St Helena Family History
    Useful Resources


    India Office Family History Search, incl. St Helena records

    - 300,000 births, baptisms, marriages, deaths and burials in the India Office Records
    - biographical notes from a variety of sources
    - St Helena data taken from: 
    Mainly baptisms, marriages and burials 1767-1835. 
    Also baptisms and deaths, 1737, 1747-1766; 
    civil and military establishment 1780-1794; 
    wills and inventories 1820-1826.

     http://indiafamily.bl.uk/UI/



    THE  ST HELENA GOVERNMENT ARCHIVES 

    THE ST HELENA GOVERNMENT LEGAL, LANDS ETC. DEPARTMENT

    some users found that they never got a reply to their letters, so be warned

    The Archivist 
    The St Helena Archives
    The Castle 
    Jamestown 
    Island of St Helena 
    South Atlantic Ocean 

    phone:  +290 - 2470  (Castle switchboard) 
    fax:  +290 - 2598  (Castle)
    archives@sainthelena.gov.sh

    The Registrar 
    Legal, Lands & Planning Department 
    Government of St Helena 
    Essex House 
    Jamestown 
    Island of St Helena 
    South Atlantic Ocean 

    phone:  +290-2270  /  fax: +290-2454 
    hod@legalandlands.gov.sh
    www.sainthelena.gov.sh/pages/legal-lands-and-planning-department.html


    ST HELENA RECORDS

    A list of mainly East India Company records available on microfilm from the Family History Centres of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints. 

    Janisch's classic Extracts from the St Helena Records is available online.

    (N.B: although called 'Extracts', Janisch did not always quote the original, instead summarising or even commenting on the 'records').

    ARCHIVES OF THE CHURCH OF THE PROVINCE OF SOUTHERN AFRICAN (incl. ST HELENA) - University of the Witwatersrand Johannesburg 

    Includes the following:

    AB2073mfm C.P.S.A.  Diocese of St. Helena

    Parish registers and indices, 1680-1986.  7 reels microfilm (16mm) 2 sets.

    Includes the following parishes: St. James 1680-1938, St. John's 1862-1947, St. Matthew's 1862-1974, St. Paul's Cathedral 1830-1954, Garrison Chapel 1859-1905.

    Also gravestones and memorials of St. Helena 1686-1975, registers of Tristan da Cunha 1835-1857; registers of St. Mary's, Ascension Island 1839-present, index of burials and copies of letters 1839-1986.

    Index available.

    E-mail: Carol Archibald

    ST HELENA GRAVESTONE INSCRIPTIONS

    A computer data base of all surviving gravestone inscriptions on St Helena from the 18th century until 1994.  For information, contact the St Helena Archives at:  archives@sainthelena.gov.sh

    ST HELENA RECORDS AT THE LIBRARY OF THE SOCIETY OF GENEALOGISTS

    An institute list of recent additions to the Society of Genealogists' London based library and documents collection.

    there is an Ascension island genalogy website at
    http://www.rootsweb.com/~shnai/inde.htm
    but the site is rather incomplete at present



    the following site is highly recommended

    The St Helena Virtual Library and Archives

    This site provides searcheable, electronic versions of literature related to St. Helena and also maps and views. The emphasis is on the older, more scarce, St. Helena material (books published prior to 1900; maps and views published prior to 1800). Books that deal only, or mainly, with Napoleon's exile on St. Helena are not included. 

    Contents of the Virtual Library
    Books: Complete text and illustrations of pre-1900 books exclusively about St. Helena. 
    Partial Books: Complete text and illustrations of pre-1900 books that are partially about St. Helena. 
    Maps and Views: Early (mostly pre-1800) maps and views of St. Helena. 
    Miscellaneous Documents. 
    Other Islands: Ascension and Tristan da Cunha. 
     


    LIBRARIES AND ARCHIVES

    The key depositories and collections of St Helena books and manuscripts in the United Kingdom. 

    Acess to Archives
    A2A
     online access to the catalogues of dozens of UK archives 
    The British Library
    [some unique copies of St Helena
    books;  19th/ 20th century St Helena newspapers]
    The British Library - Oriental and India Office
    Oriental and India Office Library and Records
    [incl. St Helena government's records 1659-1836]
    The National Archives (UK)
    [incl. St Helena government's records since 1834]
    The National Maritime Museum
    [everything about the history of British shipping, incl. a wonderful library and archives]
    Cambridge University Library
    [incl. the collection of the Royal Commonwealth Society]
    The Bodleian Library
    [incl. the St Helena collection at the Rhodes House Library]


    An Introduction to the Honorable East India Company's Records
    by M.S.Baddeley
    Historical Researcher



    First Day Cover (detail) - 1667 settlers
    PUBLISHED ST HELENA FAMILY HISTORIES 






    Arnold Chaplin 
    A St. Helena Who’s Who or A Directory of the Island during the Captivity of Napoleon
    (London, 1919) 

    Edward Carter 
    The Dovetons of St. Helena
    (Cape Town, 1973) 

    Robert Colquhoun 
    Yamstocks, Brushmakers and Latter-Day Saints: The Isackes of St Helena and their Descendants
    (London, 1998) 

    Colin Fox
    The Bennett Letters: A 19th Century Family in St Helena, England and the Cape
    (Gloucester: Choir Press, 2006)

    Philip F. Skottowe 
    The Leaf and the Tree: The Story of an English Family
    (Chippenham, 1963) 


    OTHER PUBLISHED RESOURCES
    John Titford
    'Settlers of the Old Empire: The South Atlantic Islands - St Helena'
    Family Tree Magazine, Vol. 14, No. 9, July 1998

    Alan Day
    St. Helena, Ascension and Tristan da Cunha
    [World Bibliographical Series, Vol. 197]
    (Oxford, 1997)  ISBN 1-85109-272-2

    Brian S. Smith
    A Guide to Manuscript Sources for the History of St Helena
    (Todmorden, 1995)  ISBN 1-871132-15-0


    Old genealogists never die, they just lose their census.
    (Anon.)

    It is indeed a desirable thing to be well descended, but the glory belongs to our ancestors.
    (Plutarch)


     
     
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