Who were my mys­te­ri­ous Ja­maican grand­par­ents?

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QMy fa­ther, Melford Ed­ward Lat­tibeaudiere (born on 18 July 1939 in Claren­don, Ja­maica), passed away five years ago leav­ing very lim­ited in­for­ma­tion on his fam­ily. He once told me his fa­ther’s name was Felix and his mother was Lousette An­der­son. He may also have had some broth­ers. I’ve had a look at the Ja­maica col­lec­tion on Fam­il­y­Search and found sev­eral Lat­tibeaudieres, but none of them looks like my fam­ily. Mau­rice Lat­tibeaudiere, by email

AFam­i­lySearch is the first place to look for im­ages of the orig­i­nal civil regis­tra­tion cer­tifi­cates of births, mar­riages and deaths for Ja­maica. You won’t find the birth of your fa­ther in 1939 be­cause they stop at 1935 for births, 1950 for mar­riages while death cer­tifi­cates are avail­able up to the 1980s. Ear­lier this year the Ja­maican Govern­ment blocked ac­cess to these im­ages, due to the greater like­li­hood of these in­di­vid­u­als still be­ing alive but thanks to pub­lic in­ter­est, they re­lented shortly af­ter.

It will be nec­es­sary to ob­tain your fa­ther’s birth cer­tifi­cate be­fore any fur­ther re­search can be done. It will pro­vide par­ents’ names, res­i­dence, oc­cu­pa­tion of fa­ther (if given), in­for­mant, date and place of birth, regis­tra­tion district, and so on. Cru­cially, it will show if the par­ents were mar­ried and the mother’s maiden name.

I looked on Fam­il­y­Search and found no men­tion of Felix or Lousette hav­ing been mar­ried, or be­ing par­ents of other chil­dren prior to 1935 – though not all records have been up­loaded. So it’s pos­si­ble your grand­par­ents’ names may dif­fer from those you were told. What names were they given on Melford’s mar­riage cer­tifi­cate?

You could ap­ply for his birth cer­tifi­cate on the Regis­trar Gen­eral’s De­part­ment, Ja­maica, web­site: rgd.gov.jm un­der the on­line ap­pli­ca­tion form op­tion – birth sec­tion. The doc­u­ment BIRREQ shows the manda­tory fields, in­clud­ing the place of birth – ie , where in Claren­don par­ish. There’s a Ge­nealog­i­cal Search sec­tion, where they of­fer to pro­vide re­search for a fee, but try look­ing your­self first.

Other on­line re­sources I’ve searched for you with­out luck are Ja­maican Fam­ily Search ( ja­maican­fam­il­y­search.com), An­ces­try and the Gleaner News­pa­per Ar­chives ( gleaner. news­pa­per­ar­chive.com), while an­other use­ful re­source not on the web in­cludes Ge­neal­ogy of Ja­maica (CD by Don­ald Lindo – deal@ cw­ja­maica.com). Stephen D Porter

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