“When did my Caribbean ancestors travel?”
The Caribbean disapora is made up of many types that essentially represents groups of people connected by common cause and or dwelling usually reflective outside the Caribbean. The Caribbean diaspora commenced before the time of early migration of Jews and Africans to the Caribbean. Migration to and from the Caribbean commenced before the beginning of African diaspora with the movements of Arakwak and Taino people believed to have been between 2000 BC and 300 BC when groups of nomadic Incas and Aztecs left the tropical forests and rivers of Yucatan Peninsula, Guyana and Venezuela (Sherlock and Bennett, 1998).
Locating passenger records of individuals of Caribbean ancestors dating before the 16th century is challenging as such records tend to reflect mostly passengers of European ancestry that either engaged in work on board ship, operating as pirates or under military command.
How do I locate my Caribbean ancestor?
Online passenger records are available from websites with databases containing information pertinent to Caribbean migration some requires paid subscription and others free to access. See below for a list of some suggested websites to visit.
Find My Past
Title: Passenger lists leaving UK 1890-1960 – lists courtesy of records for Board of Trade Series 27 of the National Archives, UK (subscription based)
Web link: http://www.findmypast.co.uk/home.jsp
Title: UK Incoming Passenger Lists, 1878-1960 – lists courtesy of records for Board of Trade series 26 of the National Archives, UK (subscription based)
Others: range of others that holds information on worldwide travel to and from the Caribbean
Web link: www.ancestry.com
Title: UK Incoming Passenger Lists, 1878-1960 – lists courtesy of records for Board of Trade series 26 of the National Archives, UK (Free to access)
Web link: http://www.movinghere.org.uk/