A significant resource for Jamaican genealogy has been available online for some time but always required a paid subscription for access. The site's owner, Patricia Jackson, has now announced, "The entire site http://jamaicanfamilysearch.com is now FREE for EVERYONE. You no longer need a User Name and Password to access the pages in the Members Directory. This was my goal when I first started setting up the site over 14 years ago. Being able to achieve that goal is thanks to both subscribers and contributors."
This site now contains approximately 296,000 names of people who lived in Jamaica at some time. Quoting from the Jamaican Family Search web site:
This is a virtual genealogy library for those researching family history for Jamaica, West Indies, especially for people born before 1920. The site contains transcriptions from various documents including nineteenth century Jamaica Almanacs (which list property owners and civil and military officials), Jamaica Directories for 1878, 1891 and 1910, extractions from Jamaican Church records, Civil Registration, Wills, Jewish records, and excerpts from newspapers, books, and other documents. There is information on immigration and on slavery.
You can learn more at the Jamaican Family Search web site at http://jamaicanfamilysearch.com/.
My thanks to newsletter reader Keith Atkinson for telling me about this amazing resource.