Presently Jamaica is made up of fourteen parishes of which each is assigned a code that identifies the administration of registration records that pertains to births, marriages and burials. Original parishes created between 1655 – 1675 were:
Presently parish registration codes assigned:
|Kingston: A||Clarendon: H|
|St Andrew: B||Manchester: I|
|St Thomas: C||St Elizabeth: K|
|Portland: D||Westmoreland: L|
|St Catherine: E||Hanover: M|
|St Mary: F||St James: N|
|St Ann: G||Trelawny: O|
An example of a birth registration
Birth certificates were introduced 1878. Please note that the following refers to a fictional case, however it represents the example of the administrative details found on a birth certificate.
Birth of Mary Brown was registered as HT114 on 12th March 1897 to parents Albert and May Brown.
- H refers to parish of Clarendon
- T refers to the local district of Spalding in Clarendon – a local district register office.
- 114 usually refers to the 114th person who registered the birth after the creation of the local district register office.
See below for a link to the map illustrating codes assigned