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How can I research my family history?

Researchers can consult a number of sources for genealogical information, including original church, civil, military, and immigration records. 

Local church registers prove integral to family research, providing information on births, marriages, and deaths.  Most of our church records pertain to the Anglican Church (records date from 1619) but holdings also include records for St. Paul A.M.E. Church and both Presbyterian churches.

Regimental and immigration records can also provide biographical information.  Service records include personnel files for the Bermuda Volunteer Rifle Corps (BVRC), Bermuda Militia Infantry (BMI), and the Bermuda Volunteer Engineers (BVE), and Bermuda Militia Artillery (BMA).

 Wills and probate records are also useful: these records cover 1720 – 1969.  And, researchers may also find the Slave Registers of 1821, 1827, 1830 and 1834 helpful in filling in genealogical gaps.  Transcribed copies of the registers are available for viewing in the search room, or if you prefer, electronic versions of the registers can be reviewed on the computer provided in the search room.

In addition to primary source materials, researchers can review compiled indexes and transcriptions of primary source records and genealogical research on a specific families compiled by previous researchers.  Of note:  A.C. Hollis Hallett’s transcriptions of early civil, Bermuda, and church records and Patricia Mudd’s historical research on Portuguese Bermudians. Indexes and research files are available in the search and reading rooms. 

Please note that researchers may have to continue their research by visiting and/or consulting the Registry General, the Registrar of the Supreme Court, and Caribbean and European archives. 

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