There are numerous Facebook (FB) groups and pages dedicated to Jamaican genealogy. Two key groups are Jamaica Reunited & Jamaican Genealogy Resources.
Jamaica Reunited is a Facebook group that assists members with genealogy research for free. The objective of the group is to assist with research towards connecting Jamaicans worldwide. The primary focus is to connect living family members however, the group often does ancestral research as well. Group members submit requests to the group leader with details for a "project". The project once accepted is added to a list and the group leader conducts research for the project along with any members that volunteer.
Jamaican Genealogy Resources is a resource for anyone researching Jamaican genealogy on Facebook. The site is a "library" of resources and references for Jamaican genealogy researches at all levels. It is a space for researchers to learn from each other and obtain various perspectives. Group members are encouraged to share their tips, experience & resources.
JOINING A GROUP
PHOTOS & FILES
- Start a new post for a new topic/query.
- Be clear when making queries. If you are looking for information provide as much information as possible i.e. Name of individual, dates of birth/death/marriage or approximate if possible. Provide the names of siblings, children or parents if possible. Identify the parish if the group you are posting in is not a ''Parish'' group.
- Indicate what sources you have previously checked to avoid duplicating efforts.
- Tag people when responding within a post with multiple participants. i.e Mary, Sue and Jane make comments and you want to respond to Sue's comment use Sue's name when responding to her.
- Help others in their search - it's a great way to learn!
- Piggyback on existing posts when addressing a different topic. It makes the thread hard to follow. Consider that the post may be read several months later and it may be out of context.
- Don't go off on tangents. Remember that Facebook is a public forum. Review your post before hitting enter.
- Don't just sit back and wait for results. If you can, participate in your own search project. Ask group members lots of questions so you can learn as the research progresses.
- Don't "Like" every post. Every "Like" created a notification to the group Administrators. It can be annoying to receive 12 notifications in a row for post "Likes" especially if someone manages multiple groups. Be selective about what you "Like".
To create a new post click on "Discussion" and then enter your text where it says "Write Post".
NOTIFICATIONS & MESSAGES
Facebook appears to have become sporadic in notifying group members of new posts to groups and pages of which we are members. The globe at the top of your Facebook page lets you know when new posts have been added to groups/pages that you are a member of.
When you receive a new message you will get a message notification as shown below.
When you click on the notification you will see how many messages are in you ''Inbox'' and ''Other'' messages. the ''Inbox'' message indicator is black and the ''Other'' indicator'' will be greyed out.
Don't expect miracles, be patient. For the most part group members are not professionals and although many are very experienced, in general genealogy research can be a lifelong exercise. If they choose to assist you, they are volunteering their time so don't abuse their generosity. The evolution of your family tree could be a very long process and will often take more time than group members who do not have a direct connection can give.
Researchers can only get results based on the information provided and information available. Remember, those assisting you do not have the full picture of your family, only you do. The best researcher is YOU. When doing your own research you may identify leads that someone else might dismiss because of the limited information they have such as related surnames etc. connected to your family.
FACEBOOK JAMAICAN GENEALOGY GROUPS
African Jamaica Genealogy
British Jamaica Genealogy
British West Indies-Jamaican Planters and Plantations
Chinese Jamaica Genealogy
German Jamaica Genealogy
Indian Jamaica Genealogy
Jamaica DNA Connections
Jamaica Headstone Hunters
Jewish Jamaica Genealogy
Lebanese & Syrian Jamaica Genealogy
Portuguese Jamaica Genealogy
Spanish Jamaica Genealogy
Taino Jamaica Genealogy
Anderson Genealogy - Jamaica
Ballard's Valley People
Batchelor Family And Genealogy (Jamaica)
Beckford Family of Jamaica
Blair Genealogy (Jamaica)
Blake Genealogy (Jamaica)
Brooks Family of Jamaica
Buchanan Genealogy (Panama, Jamaica, Scotland)
Campbell Clan of Jamaica West Indies
Channer family reunion
Connor/O'connor Family And Genealogy (Jamaica)
Cover Family Genealogy
Ebanks, Nembhard, Simpson, and All Related Families
Ellington Family of Jamaica
Elliott family Genealoy of Jamaica, England, USA and Elsewhere
Fagan Family of Jamaica
Forrest Family of Jamaica
Foster Family of Jamaica
Genealogy Research: Gordon Family - St. Elizabeth & Jamaica
Genus, Orr, Parchment, Ebanks of Caribbean Heritage
Golding/goulding family and genealogy (Jamaica)
Gordon Family of Jamaica
Hancel/Hancle/Hansel Family And Genealogy (Jamaica)
HARRIOTT LINK UP
Hewitt Family From Jamaica
Hey Codner..Are we related?
It's a family affair (bringing Simpsons, Elliotts, Roaches, Gordons, etc together)
JAMAICAN HANSON GENEALOGY PROJECT
Johnson Family - Seaton
Lawrence/Thompson/Nickle Genealogy (Jamaica)
Levien family from Dt. Catherine, Jamaica
Levy From Jamaica
Manning Family from Jamaica
Millar/ Miller Genealogy (Jamaica, Panama)
Moore Genealogy (Jamaica, Panama, USA)
Nelson / Jennings / Reid / Scott descendants Portland
Nickle, Lawrence, and Thompson Genealogy (Jamaica)
Parchment Family Worldwide
Plummer of Jamaican origin
Powells of Jamaican Descent, Ancestry, or Nationality
Ricketts and Related family of Jamaica
Rochester Family & off springs
Rodgers/Rogers Family Descent, Ancestry and/or Nationality
Saunders, Stewart & Thompson - Blackwoods, Elgin, & Beckford Kraal, Jamaica
Smith From Jamaica
Stewart/STUART Genealogy Of Jamaica
Surname GAYLE, thats G-A-Y-L-E!
Tate Family Descendant
The Falconers, Bents and Johnsons of St. Elizabeth, Jamaica
The Gayle Family Of Jamaica
The Gordon Clan Empire
The Grand Children Of Mann O Rowe
The Holness Clan
The Jamaica Maroons: The "Rowe" Lineage
The MARRIOTT Family of Above Rocks, JAMAICA - Descendants of George & Mary
The Official Mccalla Family Group
The Rowe (Maroons)
The wellingtons family link up
Thomas Genealogy (Jamaica)
Thornley Family of Jamaica - Kingston & Portland Cottage, Clarendon (Vere)
Tomlinson Genealogy (Jamaica)
Tracey Family Roots
Vidal Genealogy (Jamaica)
Webster Family Genealogy in Saint Elizabeth Jamaica
Weir Family And Genealogy (Jamaica)
Welsh and Related Families Foundation
Welsh Family of Jamaica
Williams and Connected Surname Family of Jamaica
Williamson/Mingoes/Balfour/Walters/Campbell (St. Ann, Jamaica)
Witter Family Jamaica
Wynter/Winter Genealogy (Jamaica & Global)
Jamaica Colonial Heritage Society
Jamaica Headstone Hunters
Jamaican Geneaology and Diaspora
The Caribbean Indigenous Connection
A current list of other FB Jamaican Genealogy Groups can be found in the Facebook Jamaican Genealogy Resources group.