Danish West Indies

For almost 250 years Denmark was a colonial power in the Caribbean. The Danish National Archives (DNA, the Rigsarkivet) holds a vast collection of archival records including descriptions, minutes, letters and illustrations, which give a unique understanding of the history of the colony. You can participate in the unveiling of the history of the Danish West Indies by helping to transcribe the records and make the content searchable and accessible to everyone.

The DNA has started a pilot project concerning the transcription of records from the Danish West Indies which are of particular importance to genealogists and personal history. You can contribute by indexing (tagging) the personal names, place names and dates that occur in the records. By transcribing these data you make it easier for others to find a certain document that contains the name they are looking for.

The types of records you can help transcribe is for instance censuses, tax records, registers of individuals arriving in and departing from the islands, church records of births, marriages and burials, and registers of soldiers in the West Indian armed forces.

In 2017, it is 100 years ago Denmark sold the Danish West Indies, the islands of St. Croix, St. Thomas and St. John, to the United States of America. This is why in March 2017 all the records became accessible to the public through the web site http://www.virgin-islands-history.org/en/

The image to the right is a detail of a painting showing Estate Mary’s Fancy on St. Croix. The artist is probably Fritz Melby and the painting is from around the middle of the nineteenth century. Original held at the Maritime Museum of Denmark, Elsinore.

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Record creator Record Series Klar til indtastning Documents
Chamber of Revenue, Danish Department, The Table Commission Census of 1841, Danish West Indies 221 Klar til indtastning 4629
Chamber of Revenue, Danish Department, The Table Commission Census of 1846, Danish West Indies 2646 Klar til indtastning 6790
Statistics Denmark Census of 1850, Danish West Indies 2626 Klar til indtastning 4833
Statistics Denmark Census of 1855, Danish West Indies 3919 Klar til indtastning 5217
Statistics Denmark Census of 1857, Danish West Indies 836 Klar til indtastning 5277
Statistics Denmark Census of 1860, Danish West Indies 789 Klar til indtastning 5437
Statistics Denmark Census of 1870, Danish West Indies 0 6093
Statistics Denmark Census of 1880, Danish West Indies 0 6628
Statistics Denmark Census of 1890, Danish West Indies 0 506
Statistics Denmark Census of 1901, Danish West Indies 0 6412
Statistics Denmark Census of 1911, Danish West Indies 0 5603
West Indian government Subject files: Land register forms (Slave lists) 22203 Klar til indtastning 23294
Government-General, St. Thomas and St. John Government Reports from Religious Congregations regarding Births, St. Thomas and St. John 2831 Klar til indtastning 4234
Government-General Books of letters sent to the King 0 1080
Chamber of Revenue Maps and drawings 1 Klar til indtastning 254
The West India and Guinea Company, The Bookkeeper, St. Croix Land lists for St. Croix 1703 Klar til indtastning 1719
The West India and Guinea Company, The Bookkeeper, St. Thomas og St. Jan Land lists for St. John 794 Klar til indtastning 808
The West India and Guinea Company, The Bookkeeper, St. Thomas og St. Jan Land lists for St. Thomas 6486 Klar til indtastning 6586
The West Indian Gendarmerie Corps, Main force in Christiansted Muster rolls for the Gendarmerie Corps 25 Klar til indtastning 398
The West India and Guinea Company, The Bookkeeper, St. Croix Census lists and land registers for St. Croix 818 Klar til indtastning 841
Audited Accounts Land register of St. Croix 19710 Klar til indtastning 20686
Audited Accounts Land register of St. Thomas and St. John 8715 Klar til indtastning 9906
West Indian Government Reports from Religious Congregations regarding Deaths, St. Croix 329 Klar til indtastning 2283
West Indian Government Reports from Religious Congregations regarding confirmations, St. Croix 0 110
West Indian Government Reports from Religious Congregations regarding marriages, St. Croix 1732 Klar til indtastning 3128
West Indian Government Reports from Religious Congregations regarding births, St. Croix 4124 Klar til indtastning 4190
Government-General, St. Thomas and St. John Government Reports from Religious Congregations regarding Deaths, St. Thomas and St. John 248 Klar til indtastning 1335
Government-General, St. Thomas and St. John Government Reports from Religious Congregations regarding marriages, St. Thomas og St. Jan 1570 Klar til indtastning 3924
Sheriff of St. Thomas, St. Thomas Police Office Registers of passports for departing individuals 5762 Klar til indtastning 5980
Sheriff of Christiansted Police journals 4373 Klar til indtastning 4643
St. Thomas and St. John Government etc., Sheriff of St. John Police journals 1389 Klar til indtastning 1419
Sheriff of St. Thomas, St. Thomas Police Office Police journals 3393 Klar til indtastning 3518
Sheriff of Christiansted Police records of arriving and departing individuals 1196 Klar til indtastning 1242
Sheriff of Christiansted Police Court proceedings 6555 Klar til indtastning 6704
Sheriff of St. Thomas, St. Thomas Police Office Police Court proceedings 21725 Klar til indtastning 22164
St. Thomas and St. John Government etc., Sheriff of St. John Police Court proceedings 3580 Klar til indtastning 3661
Sheriff of St. Thomas, St. Thomas Police Office Registers concerning arriving individuals 5855 Klar til indtastning 6158
West Indian Recruitment Office Register of enlisted soldiers 0 713
West Indian Gendarmerie, Main force in Christiansted Muster roll for officers 0 31
West Indian Gendarmerie, Main force in Christiansted Muster rolls for privates 0 111
Chamber of Customs, West India and Guinea Revenue Office Payrolls of the West Indian Military Forces 930 Klar til indtastning 2836

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