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Every government has a location where official records are kept. The condition, organization, and accessibility of those records can vary widely from country to country. Unfortunately, the National Archives of Trinidad & Tobago have a poor reputation on all counts. The records are apparently poorly preserved, badly organized and difficult to access. The Archives have just recently moved to a new location, however, so maybe there will be improvement in the future.

On the other end of the spectrum, the British Government has a fantastic reputation for the preservation of their historical records. Their main archive is the Public Record Office (PRO) in London. If you are fortunate enough to live where access to the PRO is easy, you will find that your research will be far simpler than researchers in the US. For information on the holdings of the PRO, goto this page.

It is important to note that, for the most part, a country's national archives is not where birth, death, or other civil registration records are kept. Instead, you will find documents relating to the daily functioning of the government in general. For example you may find military records, census data, and immigration records.

This section will provide general information about any National Archive which may be of interest to researchers of Trinidad and Tobago genealogy. This includes immigrants' countries of origin, as well as those countries that people eventually emigrated to from Trinidad and Tobago.

Links

Repository of Primary Sources Index at the Univ. of Idaho provides links to web sites describing holdings of archives worldwide.

AUSTRALIA

National Archives of Australia
PO Box 7425
Canberra Mail Centre ACT 2610

General inquiries
Tel: (02) 6212 3600
Fax: (02) 6212 3699
Email:
archives@naa.gov.au

Reference inquiries
Tel: (02) 6212 3900
Fax: (02) 6212 3999
Email:
refact@naa.gov.au

Web Site: http://www.naa.gov.au/

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CANADA

National Archives of Canada
395 Wellington Street
Ottawa, Ontario
K1A 0N3

General information: 613-995-5138
TTD: 613-947-0391
Reference Services: 613-992-3884
Genealogy Reference: 613-996-7458
FAX: 613-995-6274
E-mail:
see this page
Web Site:
http://www.archives.ca/

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IRELAND

National Archives of Ireland
Bishop Street
Dublin 8
Ireland

Phone:+ 353 (1) 407-2300
Fax: + 353 (1) 407-2333
Email:
mail@nationalarchives.ie
Web Site:
http://www.nationalarchives.ie/

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TRINIDAD & TOBAGO

The National Archives (NA)
105 Vincent Street
PO Box 763
Port-of-Spain
Trinidad & Tobago

Tel.: (868) 625-2689 (Admin)
Tel.: (868) 623-2874 (Reception/Research Room)
Fax: (868) 625-2689
email: natt@tstt.net.tt

Archivist: Mrs. Helena Leonce

The National Archives are open to the public:
Mon - Thursday: 8.15am - 4pm; Friday: 8.15am - 3.45pm

The National Archives Collections contain thousands of documents dating from the the 18th century. Most of the records below are original documents; in some cases the format is unknown and further information is required; in addition, there are holdings only on microfilm. TriniGenWeb has no information on the detail of these holdings and would welcome this.

OFFICIAL RECORDS:

Blue Books 1876-1944
Colonial Secretary, Trinidad
Council Papers
Hansard Reports
Laws of Trinidad & Tobago - 19th Century Ordinances
Records of the Colonial Administration CO 295 & CO 300 - large collection (Microfilm) (Donated by the Public Record Office, Kew)
East Indian Immigration Records 1845 - 1917:
- East Indian Indentureds - large collection
- Ship Registers (Some original documents - majority are on microfilm)
Chinese Registers - a few
Estate Registers Indentured Immigrants
Estate, General and Registers of Returning Immigrants
Land Assessment Rolls ca 1850 - 1930
- Carenage
- Chaguanas
- Chaguaramas
- Couva
- Cunupia
- Diego Martin
- Laventille
- Maraval
- New Grant
- Princes Town
- Savonetta
- St. Ann
Letterbooks (These may include items from Immigration Department)
Ship Records of Arrivals 1945-1950's (Will not include everyone)
Trinidad Royal Gazette 1838 - 1905
Trinidad Royal Gazette 1837 - 1962 (Some are supposedly on microfilm, but this has not been confirmed)
Trinidad and Tobago Gazette 1962 - present

NEWSPAPER COLLECTION

- The Catholic News 1892 - present
- Trinidad Chronicle 1907 - 1911
- The Sunday and Sporting Chronicle 1922-1938
- Evening News 1935-1987
- The People 1933 - 1940
- Port-of-Spain Gazette 1835 - 1956
- Port-of-Spain Gazette - 1907 (Microfilm)
- San Fernando Gazette 1850 - 1896 (Original hard copies; also microfilm)
- Tobago News 1940's - 1992
- Trinidad Guardian 1917 - present
- Trinidad Guardian 1917 - 1950 (Microfilm)

PRIVATE RECORDS

Some records from the Anglican Church dating from 1850's -1960, including Baptisms, Marriages, Confirmations, Minutes. There are also a few records from St. John the Baptist.

Records of various organisations and notable citizens.

PHOTOGRAPH COLLECTION

This includes a few prints on historical buildings and politicians.

RARE BOOK COLLECTION

Includes books from 1797 to present eg
- A Guide to Trinidad A Handbook for the Use of Tourists and Visitors by James Henry Collens
- Elliot Stock, 62 Paternoster Row, London, EC 1888

MAP COLLECTION

There are maps from 1797.

CENSUS

The 1851 Census is the only Nominal Census still surviving and providing names of inhabitants. The Census Returns of 1861, 1871, 1881, 1891, and 190l have not survived. The remaining Census returns for 1911, 1931, 1946, etc only provide statistical data. However, it may be possible to find useful information in the Trinidad Royal Gazette and the Trinidad almanacks, under various titles.

ELECTORAL DATA

Information for the period 1853 to 1898 and from 1st November, 1914 onwards may be available in The Trinidad Royal Gazette and in Port-of-Spain newspapers, which sometimes published lists of burgesses of Port-of-Spain. The Port-of-Spain Borough elections were held on 1st November during this period. There were no elections from 1899 to 1913 inclusive.

All electoral data, apart from the last 20 years, appears to have been lost.

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Port of Spain City Hall Archives (CHA)
City Hall
2-4 Knox Street
Port-of-Spain
Trinidad & Tobago

City Clerk: Miss Alexander
Tel.: (868) 623-8159

Miss Sandra Timothy (Administrative Officer - includes responsibility for archives)
Tel.: (868) 623-1121 ext. 267

Email: citycorp@tstt.net.tt

It is believed there are important Port-of-Spain documents still within the archives of City Hall. Their current condition is unknown and they are not readily available to researchers. Information on the City Hall archive holdings are also unknown to the National Archives.

Until recent years the City Hall Archive held the following:
- Minutes of the Cabildo, the Town Council 1813 - present
- Rate books, ie ratepayer information
- Records, plans, and maps of the city, dating from early 19th century, though most date from 20th century.

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UNITED KINGDOM

England
Public Record Office (PRO)
Ruskin Avenue
Kew
Surrey
TW9 4DU

Telephone Enquiries: 0181 392 5200
Fax Enquiries: 0181 878 8905
E-mail Enquiries:
enquiry@pro.gov.uk
Web Site:
http://www.pro.gov.uk/

Open Monday, Wednesday, Friday, Saturday: 9. 30am. - 5pm; Tuesday: 10am - 7pm.; Thursday 9. 30am - 7pm.

Last orders: M,W,F,: 4pm.; T,Th: 4. 30pm.; S: 2 .30pm. Documents cannot be collected between 12pm to 1:30pm on Saturdays.

For information on their holdings related to Trinidad & Tobago, go to the Public Record Office page.

For the issue of a Readers Ticket, documentary proof of identity will be required, e.g. driving licence or cheque guarantee card. You may order up to three pieces in advance of your visit by telephoning the day before.

Northern Ireland
Public Record Office of Northern Ireland (PRONI)
66 Balmoral Avenue
Belfast BT9 6NY
Northern Ireland

Phone: (+44) 028 90 251318 (public enquiries)
Phone: (+44) 028 90 255905 (public search room)
Fax: (+44) 028 90 255999
Email:
proni@doeni.gov.uk
Web Site:
http://proni.nics.gov.uk/

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UNITED STATES

National Archives and Records Administration (NARA)
National Archives Building
700 Pennsylvania Avenue, NW
Washington, DC
20408

Telephone: 301-713-7000
E-mail:
inquire@nara.gov
Web Site:
http://www.nara.gov/

NARA has regional sites in several states, see the web site for a complete listing.

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