Barbados Church Records

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Barbados RTENOTITLE  Church Records

The oldest standing church on the Island of Barbados is St. James Church (picture on right). Joanne McRee Sanders published indexes and abstracts of many Barbados church records (see below). Recently, FamilySearch has started an initiative to make free online indexes to many of the same records, and has broadened the scope to include nineteenth century records derived from both church and civil collections.

Church of England

Original Barbados christenings and burials (1679-1680) are kept at the Barbados Department of Archives. The collection has been microfilmed: FHL Collection 1162149 Item 1


A wiki article describing this collection is found at:
Barbados Baptisms (FamilySearch Historical Records)


Barbados Marriages (FamilySearch Historical Records)


Burials registered in some of Barbados's early Church of England parishes (more than 170,126 burial entries) are available on the website

The records have been microfilmed and are widely available through the Family History Library's satellite Family History Center system. Some are also online:

A wiki article describing this collection is found at:

Barbados Burials (FamilySearch Historical Records)

Vestry Minutes

Barbados Church of England vestry minutes survive from the 1650s for some parishes. See Court Records.


  • Cadbury, Henry J. "Clergymen Licensed to Barbados, 1694-1811," The Journal of the Barbados Museum and Historical Society, Vol. 15, No. 2 (Feb. 1948):62-69. FHL LAT AM 972.981 B2j v. 15 1947-48

Miscellaneous Records

  • List and Index Society. Calendar of Letters from Canada, Newfoundland, Pennsylvania, Barbados and the Bahamas 1721-1793: Preserved at the United Society for the Propagation of the Gospel. London: Swift (P & D), 1972. FHL Collection BRITISH Large Q Book 942 B4pro spec. ser. v. 5

A wiki article describing this collection is found at:

Barbados Church Records (FamilySearch Historical Records)


By the 1650s early Quaker colonists arrived in Barbados from the British Isles, and soon spread their religion from Barbados to the east coast of America. An article that describes Quaker records about Barabados is:


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