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What's New?


Oct. 28, 2017: Added transcriptions of the 1867 List of Jurors of Essequebo and Berbice from the 1867 BG Directory & Diary to the Transcriptions/ Directories page. Book submitted by Bernard Abraham of the UK.

Oct. 27, 2017: Added transcriptions of the 1867 List of Jurors (Demerara only) from the 1867 BG Directory & Diary to the Transcriptions/ Directories page. Book submitted by Bernard Abraham of the UK.

Oct. 22, 2017: Added transcriptions of the 1870 Listing of Estates/plantations from the 1870 BG "Directory and Diary" as it was entitled in 1870. Scans of this book and several others were from Bernard Abraham of the UK - Thank you so much Bernard!

Oct. 21, 2017: Added transcriptions from Lisa Booth of ship manifest of travelers from British Guiana to the U.S.

Jan 27, 2017: Posted link for the new searchable database of Guyana/BG immigration records, made possible by the Dutch Goverment.


Dec 7, 2016: Posted notice about book, availability of "Children of Watooka" and new transcription of BG Masonic members on home page and Transcriptions/Miscellaneous.

March 25, 2016: Posted updated UK Census for 1851 and 1861 as transcribed by Lisa Booth.

August 11, 2016: Posted new researcher for surname COCKEN.


Oct 18, 2015: Revised the "Researcher's List" to exclude those with no email contact address provided because those listings defeat the .purpose of getting new contacts to further one's ancestor search;.

Oct 4, 2015: Thanks to Riccardo Gomes for finding and reporting the online copies of the Official Gazette of British Guiana and for letting us know so we can share in this resource. Posted to the "Research" tab.

May 6, 2015: Added some links to the General Links page,and added a note to the BG Almanaks page reporting the directories held by the Guyana National

March 9, 2015: Added two names to researchers list; fixed links for Justices of the Peace lists on "Occupations" page.

February 24, 2015: Thanks to Lisa Booth's very hard work, posted very large data files of Births, Deaths, Marriage & Misc. of Guyana affiliated persons as recorded in British Newspapers - primarily dated in the 1800s. (Found on Vital Records page, under Transcriptions). Also posted a page of links of other websites which have recognized our website and the value of these posted records (on Home Page).

August 5, 2015: Added names to Researcher's List; added link to the website of the General Register Office, Republic of Guyana

June 26, 2014: Added transcription of an 1896 Essequibo Area Census to the Transcriptions>Miscellaneous page, with photo of sample page of source; submitted by Bernard Abraham and John Henderson. Also, changed photos on home page and added a link for the ProBoard "Forum" help guide page.

June 14, 2014: Added photos of mid 1940s Georgetown Golf Club members, submitted by Nicola MacIntyre - to it's own page, "GolfClubs.htm" which is accessed through Transcriptions - Miscellaneous - Georgetown Golf Club. Added Nicola's name to list of contributors to this site on home page.

April 8, 2014: Added transcription file "Irish Probates 1858-1920" to the Miscelleanous page. Added other miscelleanous files to that page which were somehow left off when files were redone previously. Added a link on the home page to Eric Downer's account of his recent travel to Guyana to do genealogical research.

March 20, 2014: Updated internet links on most pages of the website; deleted those links which are no longer online and updated addresses for others.


Mar 23, 2013 - Revamped the "Transcriptions" main page and posted new transcription files from Lisa Booth - 1851 and 1861 UK Census; and BG-Born articles from Australian newspapers


Sept 21, 2012 - Posted British Army records of personnel stationed in British Guiana, and records of Sea Crewmen from British Guiana on British Records, transcribed by Lisa Booth. (On Transcriptions page under "Guyanese in British Records" header)


Oct 7, 2011 - Posted 1794 Berbice Colonists transcribed by Paul Koulen to the "Transcriptions" folder (this is a repost since the first file's photo of the document made the file difficult to load)
Oct 5, 2011 - (I've neglected to note everything done to the site in the last few months ---) Posted a new family name and researcher to the Researcher's List
Feb. 13, 2011 - Posted filesto the Transcriptions page (Emigration/Transport) from Lisa Booth, who transcribed the UK census showing only those who were born in British Guiana. The files include an amended 1851 UK census, the 1861 UK Census, and a listing of Registered UK Seamen. Our many thanks to Lisa!
July 5, 2011 - Posted 1920 transcription of British Guiana Dutch Tombstones submitted by Paul Koulen to the Transcriptions page. Our many thanks to Paul !
July 5, 2011 - Posted Dutch records of 1794 in Berbice with over 300 names;; submitted by Paul Koulen to the Transcriptions page. Our many thanks to Paul !


Mar. 5, 2010:   Removed pages regarding "Six Peoples" due to inactivity
Feb. 9, 2010:   Posted new transcription of Justices of the Peace from 1860 through 1904 - on Transcriptions page
Feb. 1, 2010:   Corrected broken link to "Guyana Scrapbook" for which no new URL could be found, and replaced it with "Guyana Outpost"
Jan. 24, 2010:  Corrected London Times publication dates of death notices for surnames beginning with A through C.


Dec. 15, 2009:   Posted census transcriptions of BG-born persons living in the UK in 1851; and BG-born persons living the the USA in 1850 and 1860; contributed by Lisa Booth. (On Transcriptions page, under heading, "Emigration Data")
Dec. 12, 2009:   Posted new link on "General Links" page - a silent video of British Guiana taken in 1948, on the Univ. of Pennsylvania Museum website
Dec. 12, 2009:   Posted the transcription by Romaine Locke of the 1881 UK census of ONLY those persons born in British Guiana - on Transcriptions page.
Nov. 21, 2009:   Thanks to a reader for alerting us to a broken link on the History page, the link was removed. A new link was added to the page for Remininisces written by a Hindu man raised in Buxton which provides a look back at the history of the Colony.
Nov. 4, 2009:   Added information submitted by Lisa Booth to the Transcriptions page under "Miscellaneous" and "BG/Australian Connections" - this material is about persons born in British Guiana who lived in Australia as well as persons with connections to BG who served on Sandbach ships between Liverpool and Demerara.
Sept. 5, 2009:   Checked all links from the LINKS page (General, Genealogy and Biographical links); removed all broken links.
Sept. 2, 2009:   Added listing of Immigrant document holdings at the Guyana National Archives in Georgetown, to the "Sources" page which is accessed on the "Research" header.
August 27, 2009:   Added a blog site link for a photo of the new National Archives building in D'urban Park, Homestretch Avenue
August 13, 2009:   Added a transcribed page from the "Register of Births Amongst the Immigrants Residing in the County of Demerara", Page 162, for the year 1878; link placed in the right hand menu under "Births" on the Transcriptions page
August 12, 2009:   Added a link to the digitized book, "British Guiana 1924" to History page; added link to "British Guiana Colonists" website on Transcriptions     page; and added a link on General Links page to the beautiful article on Guyana from the April/May 2009 issue of Wanderlust
July 12, 2009:   Added Debbie Sober's transcription of the British Guiana portion of the 1892 Directory of Latin America to the Transcriptions page
Apr 23, 2009:   Added a 1902 Local Events for British Guiana transcription which had been transcribed in early 2007 but had been overlooked previously when adding      pages to the website.
Apr 10, 2009:   Changed the Navigation bar item "Vital Records" and incorporated into a new heading of "Transcriptions"; Added a new submitted file regarding       the life of C.K. Jardine (Publisher of the Colonist and Chronicle)
Feb 17, 2009:   All BMDs from Royal Gazette transcribed and posted; 1781 List of Burghers of St. Eustatius posted on Transcriptions page
Jan 13, 2009:    Ongoing updates of batches of transcriptions to Royal Gazette Births, Marriages and Obituaries - broke up the long files into alphabetized shorter       lists. Note that further updates to this data will not be noted here. However, a notice will be placed here when the transcription work is completed.
Jan 8, 2009:   Added additional Royal Gazette transcriptions to Obituaries and Grooms and Brides lists - from years 1833 to 1835 - Royal Gazette
Jan 4, 2009:   Added additional Royal Gazette transcriptions to Obituaries list; Royal Gazette marriages - Grooms and Brides; and Port of Demerary lists - Royal Gazette
Jan 3, 2009:    Added 3 names to Royal Gazette Obituaries list; Added to Royal Gazette marriage list, Grooms and Brides for 1816; - Royal Gazette
Jan 1, 2009:    New format for this "What's New?" page
Jan 1, 2009:   Added more transcriptions to the Royal Gazette's "Transports and Mortgages" (Real Estate) listings for both Plantation sales/purchases and for land sales/purchases/mortgages - Royal Gazette


Dec 27, 2008: Added transcriptions of land sales - both plantations and other real property sales - see Royal Gazette transcriptions page - Royal Gazette
Dec 15, 2008: Added a link on the African page (Land of 6 peoples) to the Trans-Atlantic Slave Trade Database
Nov. 12, 2008:   Added marriages for 1815 from Royal Gazette - Royal Gazette
October 31, 2008: Uploaded more content to Royal Gazette transcriptions (Quit Colony, Obituaries, Port of Demerary, Marriage Banns)
October 22, 2008: Added first batch of transcriptions from Royal Gazette newspapers - added to Research/Transcriptions/Royal Gazette - Royal Gazette
August 20, 2008: Posted the "S" Surnames of 1882 BG Directory
August 16, 2008: Posted 1882 BG Directory Surnames "N through R"
July 22, 2008 Posted 1882 surnames E through M
July 21, 2008: Posted remainder of 1889 Directory; Posted "A to D" surnames for 1882 Directory
July 6, 2008: Added Surnames beginning w/ "S" and "T" to 1889 BG Directory (Research>Transcriptions>Directories Main Page)
June 28, 2008: Added info to Land Grants page (Research / Transcriptions /
June 22, 2008: Posted 1889 Directory (N through R Surnames)
May 15, 2008: Posted "C" Surnames from 1889 BG Directory
May 12, 2008: Posted Transcription of 1889 Directory for surnames beginning with "A or B"
May 7, 2008: Posted early London Times transcriptions of Births, Anniversaries, Engagements, Marriages and Deaths
May 5, 2008: Posted transcription of Demerara Railway Co.'s original shareholders on Laws page
May 4, 2008: Transcription of British Guiana Marriage Law enacted 1838 (posted on the Marriage page and the Laws page
Apr. 29, 2008: Transcribed and posted "Records of British Guiana", actually early Dutch colony records from the Timehri of 1888. On the History page
Apr. 26, 2008: Added Death Notices from the London Times by Thomas Kidman - Death Page, under Vital Records.
Mar. 19, 2008: Added new page - SteamShips which lists steam ship lines serving Demerara plus era Hotel advertisements - Images of advertisements from the late 1800s and early 1900s. (Linked from Transcription page)
Mar. 13, 2008: Added more records to the Emigration Data Records (emigration from BG) - Linked from Emigration Data page
Mar. 6, 2008: Added transcription of 1882 listings of British Guiana Clubs and their office holders and when listed, members; PDF file linked from Transcriptions page only
Mar. 5, 2008: Added transcription of 1882, Salaries of Public Officers List (to Transcriptions Page)
Feb 21, 2008: Added H to Z surnames for 1880 BG Directory - access from Transcriptions Page
Feb 19, 2008: Posted new 5 pg chart of Emigrants from Demerara to the US from 1853-1938 (partial) - linked from "Transcriptions" page
Feb 16, 2008: Posted transcription of 1834 appointments for Justices of the Peace (Research > Transcriptions )
Feb 14, 2008: Posted Transcription of 1879 Colonial Office List for BG (link to PDF document on Research > Transcriptions page
5 Feb 2008 -   Added links to a new online Forum hosted by ProBoard
Feb 3, 2008: Posted BMDs from The Colonist, 1864-1880 by Inge Veecock (by permission) along with index
Jan 30, 2008: Posted "BMDs of The Argosy, 1880-1896" and index, by Inge Veecock (with permission); also, added Info page on the new book "Glimpses....." by Inge Veecock w/ordering info
Jan 20, 2008: 1880 BG Directory (PARTIAL) added (A to C)
Jan 15, 2008:  1898 BG Directory Transcription completed and posted


Dec 26, 2007: List of marriages (PDF); linked from Marriage page
Dec 14, 2007: Added links to Transcription of 1860 Plantations; 1) sorted by Pln Name; 2) sorted by area of BG - to Transcription page. Added List of Births to Birth Page
Dec 13, 2007: Moved BG Directory Transcriptions to new page and added a directory for 1860; Added a listing of 1860 School Teachers and Non-Sugar Estate owners (changes to Transcription page)
Dec 8, 2007: Added transcription for 1898 BG Directory - Pages for surnames beg. with D., E, F, and G
Dec 1, 2007: Transcription of Land Grants by Dutch in Colony of Essequibo 1720 to 1772
Oct 21, 2007: Added new transcriptions to Transcription page - Licences of Occupancy for Essequibo County only
Oct 21, 2007: Added new transcriptions to Transcription page - 1883 land grants and 1857 Woodcutting licenses
Aug 29, 2007: Added Historical Government Officials linked from History page with links to 3 PDF transcription pages
Aug 18, 2007: Added PDF file: Listing of 1881 Local Events in British Guiana (transcription)
Aug 17, 2007: Added PDF file: Listing of 1860 Sugar Estates at all BG Locations (transcription)
Feb. 16, 2007: Added "Transcriptions" page from "Research heading" and linked to that, an 1879 Event list transcribed
February 9, 2007: Added "Tim's Gallery" with almost 300 photos, both historical & current and all fantastically interesting.


Oct 25 , 2006 - Added Earliest dates of records at Churches and address for St. Andrews Presbyterian Church on Sources page
Oct 6 , 2006 - Added death notices to death page (Vital records section); Added link to Amerindian page
1 to 15 Oct 2006 - Added three galleries of photos to "Photo Gallery" page - Cemetery, Churches & Georgetown galleries
Sept 28, 2006 - Added "Cemeteries" page, linked from Vital Records main page
Sept 22, 2006 - Added "News in History" page, linked from History page - contains transcriptions of interesting aricles re British Guiana from US newspapers
Apr 5 , 2006: Added "Berbice Slave Records" to Library page
Feb 16, 2006: Links to historical sites added to History Page- "Other History Sites"


Nov 25, 2005: Added more content to the Marriages, Obituaries, Births and Deaths pages
Nov , 2005: Added Vital Records Main page with sub-pages for Births, Marriages, and Death Record transcriptions with transcriptions added
Nov 19, 2005: Added "Newsletters" to the top menu item named "About Us " to make finding the newsletters easier
Sept 1, 2005 - Lands of Six People's Chinese page completed
July 6, 2005: Added map of Catholic diocese of Guyana, portion of map by Catholic Church. Link
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