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 Documents
Chamber of Revenue, Danish Department, The Table Commission Census of 1841, Danish West Indies 4629
Chamber of Revenue, Danish Department, The Table Commission Census of 1846, Danish West Indies 6790
Statistics Denmark Census of 1850, Danish West Indies 4833
Statistics Denmark Census of 1855, Danish West Indies 5217
Statistics Denmark Census of 1857, Danish West Indies 5277
Statistics Denmark Census of 1860, Danish West Indies 5437
Statistics Denmark Census of 1870, Danish West Indies 6093
Statistics Denmark Census of 1880, Danish West Indies 6628
Statistics Denmark Census of 1890, Danish West Indies 506
Statistics Denmark Census of 1901, Danish West Indies 6412
Statistics Denmark Census of 1911, Danish West Indies 5603
West Indian government Subject files: Land register forms (Slave lists) 23294
Government-General, St. Thomas and St. John Government Reports from Religious Congregations regarding Births, St. Thomas and St. John 4234
Government-General Books of letters sent to the King 1080
Chamber of Revenue Maps and drawings 254
The West India and Guinea Company, The Bookkeeper, St. Croix Land lists for St. Croix 1719
The West India and Guinea Company, The Bookkeeper, St. Thomas og St. Jan Land lists for St. John 808
The West India and Guinea Company, The Bookkeeper, St. Thomas og St. Jan Land lists for St. Thomas 6586
The West Indian Gendarmerie Corps, Main force in Christiansted Muster rolls for the Gendarmerie Corps 398
The West India and Guinea Company, The Bookkeeper, St. Croix Census lists and land registers for St. Croix 841
Audited Accounts Land register of St. Croix 20686
Audited Accounts Land register of St. Thomas and St. John 9906
West Indian Government Reports from Religious Congregations regarding Deaths, St. Croix 2283
West Indian Government Reports from Religious Congregations regarding confirmations, St. Croix 110
West Indian Government Reports from Religious Congregations regarding marriages, St. Croix 3128
West Indian Government Reports from Religious Congregations regarding births, St. Croix 4190
Government-General, St. Thomas and St. John Government Reports from Religious Congregations regarding Deaths, St. Thomas and St. John 1335
Government-General, St. Thomas and St. John Government Reports from Religious Congregations regarding marriages, St. Thomas og St. Jan 3924
Sheriff of St. Thomas, St. Thomas Police Office Registers of passports for departing individuals 5980
Sheriff of Christiansted Police journals 4643
St. Thomas and St. John Government etc., Sheriff of St. John Police journals 1419
Sheriff of St. Thomas, St. Thomas Police Office Police journals 3518
Sheriff of Christiansted Police records of arriving and departing individuals 1242
Sheriff of Christiansted Police Court proceedings 6704
Sheriff of St. Thomas, St. Thomas Police Office Police Court proceedings 22164
St. Thomas and St. John Government etc., Sheriff of St. John Police Court proceedings 3661
Sheriff of St. Thomas, St. Thomas Police Office Registers concerning arriving individuals 6158
West Indian Recruitment Office Register of enlisted soldiers 713
West Indian Gendarmerie, Main force in Christiansted Muster roll for officers 31
West Indian Gendarmerie, Main force in Christiansted Muster rolls for privates 111
Chamber of Customs, West India and Guinea Revenue Office Payrolls of the West Indian Military Forces 2836

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