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    St Helena Family History

    microfilmed by the
    Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints

    (These films may be ordered at any of their worldwide Family History Centers for a modest rental fee. However, they may only be read at the Family History Centers and not taken off site.  For more general information on LDS Family History Centers, follow this link.

    (contributed by Christine Adams)

    Council Consultations of the East India Company Office on St. Helena

    45 reels. Films # 1259066-1259098; 1259102, 1259103, and 1259113-1259121.

    Microfilm of the originals at the Government Archives, Jamestown. The Council, under the direction of the East India Company, functioned as the executive and judicial authority on the Island until 1834, when it became a crown colony. The records continue until 1836, the year of the arrival of the first crown appointed governor. Early consultations include minutes of court sessions, passenger lists, and census lists. Later consultations include muster rolls, court martials, account statements, tax lists, leases, correspondence, wills, proclamations, etc. After 1824 the consultations are divided by subject. Some volumes are individually "indexed." Film #1259112 is described as a calendar of volumes and inclusive dates.

    East India Company Correspondence Copybooks, 1671-1817

    Films # 1259099 (items 6-10) -1259100.

    Microfilms of the originals at the Government Archives, Jamestown. Letters received by the council from England, and responses to the letters for the years 1800-1811. Letters received from India, China, and the Cape of Good Hope.

    St. Helena Muster and Pension Rolls, 1789-1859

    Films #2029841-2029846 &2029863. India Office Military Department collection no.: L/MIL/13/1-15.

    Microfilm of original records in possession of the British Library, London. St. Helena was occupied by troops of the East India Company between 1659 and 1836. In 1836, company troops were replaced by regular British troops. Includes the name, rank, company, regiment, date of arrival, date of discharge and other information for soldiers serving on St. Helena. Includes some partial indexes.

    St. Helena - Church Records. Baptisms, Marriages and Burial, 1767-1835

    The index is film # 0498603 item 2, and the records are film # 0498605.

    Microfilm of parish register transcripts of these sacraments, from European churches on the Island. Original records are at the India Office in London. There are some photocopy restrictions on these films.

    Civil Registrations, 1852-1936

    Films # 1259104-1259106.

    Microfilms of the original records at Government Archives, Jamestown. Includes separate indexes for marriages and deaths.

    Registers of Wills, 1682-1839

    Film #1259107, item 4-6: Will registers 1682-1745, 1746-1793, 1788-1815.
    Film #1259108, item 1-2: Will registers 1815-1821, 1821-1839.

    Microfilms of the originals at the Government Archives, Jamestown. Vols. individually indexed.

    Inventories of Estates of Deceased Persons, 1744-1760

    Film # 1259112, item 3.

    Microfilm of the originals at the Government Archives, Jamestown. Includes index.

    Gravestones and Memorials on St. Helena, 1686-1975

    Film # 1259107, item 1-2 on the reel.

    This was a project by the 5th and 6th years pupils of the Secondary Selective School. It includes a separate index. Remember that it can of course only include those tombstones which survived and could still be read.

    List of Ships Arriving, 1793-1818

    Film # 1259099. The lists are items 4-5 on the reel.

    Actually there is a gap, so the years covered are 1793-1803, and then 1815-1818.

    Emigration and Immigration: List of Passengers Proceeding from St. Helena to England, 1807-1812

    Film # 1259112, item 2.

    Microfilm of the originals at the Government Archives, Jamestown. Includes passengers passing through St. Helena from India and China to England.

    Register of Leases, 1682-1855

    Film #1259108, item 3-6, through 1259110, items 1-5.

    Microfilm of the originals at the Government Archives, Jamestown. Includes leases, free grants, a survey of farmlands, and an index to the register of leases for 1809.

    Land and Property Records. Deed Books, 1729-1849

    Films # 1259110 item 6-7, 1259111 and 1259112, item 1. Volumes individually indexed.

    Microfilms of the originals at the Government Archives, Jamestown. The island became a colony under the control of HM government in 1834. Includes deeds, bills of sale, mortgage bonds, leases, indentures, permission to marry, powers of attorney, letters of emancipation, affidavits, guardianships, etc.

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