Re: [St.H.Fam.Hist.] Where are BMDs between 1835 and 1852?
- Did you look on the Family History Catalogue (www.familysearch.org under Library Catalogue) for St. Helena?Click on the required Info, and see where the records are kept/ were filmed.It might be in the Cape Archives project.I know there are some in Ct., but cannot say for sure what dates.IsebelleIsebelle E Krauss *Lloyd.011 954 6666082 851 5648
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Films of the Marriage, Birth and Burial Registers of the Anglican Church, St. James Parish, St. Helena for the "gap" years are held at the following repository. They hold records for the LDS filmed years as well.
Historical Papers, William Cullen Library, Archives of the Church of the Province of South Africa, University of the Witwatersrand, Johannesburg, S.A.
According to a researcher who spent many hours reviewing the records in Witwatersrand, the parish records filmed by LDS for the East India Company years were the copies made under the aegis of the EIC, and sent back to London. The original records of those "copies" [are you still with me?] are at the British Library.
It is possible to find variations between the LDS filmed records, and the original parish records. It's not something I would want to undertake on a broad scale, but if I had uncovered data about a person of interest from the EIC years, and the LDS film data either omits someone you KNOW should have been there, or the data doesn't agree with another source, I might contact the office in Witwatersrand, and request a transcription of their record. I'm quite sure there is a charge, but I've never used them, and can't say what it is, or how long a response might take.
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Many thanks for taking the time to reply to my query, especially as
you supplied such detailed information. Yes, I just about followed
the sequence of events! So the LDS only filmed the EIC London copies
and not the original records now held at Witwatersrand. I assume that
the British Library resources also have a 'copied' record for the gap
years? Either way, at least I know now where I should be looking. I
can only go on the information I have at present, which is that
Isabella Mealey (Mealy) was born c1838 in 'St Helena, Africa', which
is what the census returns for England 1871, 1881 and 1901 state.
Since there is no record of a marriage in England, I had assumed that
she married in St Helena as her husband, a soldier called Charles
Heaven, was based at Chatham Barracks, where the first known child,
Eliza Mary Heaven was born in 1857. As I said in my previous message,
I've now used the LDS to check the St Helena parish register film
from 1852 until 1860, and there's no sign of a relevant marriage.
I'll contact Witwatersrand and look at the British Library holdings
to see if I can get any further.