Who were my mysterious Jamaican grandparents?
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