• Melville

    From markeithjj59@gmail.com@21:1/5 to Ash Emery on Wed Apr 15 11:27:14 2020
    On Friday, July 4, 1997 at 12:00:00 AM UTC-7, Ash Emery wrote:
    I am attempting to trace the Melville family who lived in British Guiana
    (now Guyana) in the period about 1860 to about 1880. John Melville was
    an English merchant and lived in Berbice. (Does anyone know if this a
    town at the coast or upcountry?) John was married to Sarah and they both
    were about 30 years old in 1870. They had several children whilst in
    British Guiana including (John born about 1863), Ann de Berenger (born
    about 1869), Marguerite Matilda (born about 1871) and Walter (born about 1876). John Melville Snr died about 1878/79 and the rest of the family
    were shipped home to England with the younger ones packed off to
    separate orphanages.

    My queries:

    1. Is there any focal point for me to look for the death recotrd of John Melville Snr and the cause of death?

    2. Where would I look for the baptism records of the children/are there church records held for Berbice?

    3. Was there anything similar to the English Civil Registration system operating in the British West Indies in the 1860s/1870s and where should
    I look for records of births and deaths.

    Thanks in advance for any suggestions or advice.


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