Churches and Archival Dates:
Per Blanche Emmeline Duke, in her "The History of the Anglican Church", Red Thread Women's Press, Georgetown, 2000, the earliest dates recorded in the Registers of the various churches, are:
St Georges, Georgetown, Demerara 1796
All Saints. New Amsterdam, Berbice 1818
Holy Trinity, Anna Regina, Essequibo Coast 1821
St. Paul's, East Coast Demerara 1824
St. John's, Suddie, Essequibo Coast 1825
The Church of the Immaculate Conception at Brickdam has the following records:
Records for Baptisms start at 1869
Records for Weddings start at 1873
Records for Funerals at 1913
Requesting a Record
Requesting records from Guyana is different from other countries in that the records are not computerized or microfilmed and must therefore be manually searched. Even when volunteers are available, there are no supervisors to teach them how to search the aging records. Donations for the time required to perform searches is appreciated as manufactured goods in Guyana are expensive, i.e., a small bag of potato chips cost $4.00 US Dollars, and many Guyanese face a daily struggle for survival.
Specify Your Request:
Include in your request:
- The name to be searched
- Specify the record sought; i.e., Birth, Marriage, Death, Baptism, etc.
- The month, day and year of event (at minimum, a year must be specified)
- If desired, ask for a photo copy of the record (copy service dependant on having available equipment)
- List the address to which the record or results of the search should be sent
- Indicate that you will immediately send a donation (specify amount you will donate, suggested amounts are listed below) upon receipt of the requested record
US Postage for an airmail letter to Guyana is currently (2006) 84 cents and according to the US Postal Service, delivery time is from 2 to 7 days. Canadian postage for a letter post to Guyana is from $1.49 to $2.10 depending on weight.
It is important to include in your request for records that you will send a donation immediately upon receipt of the requested item(s) and that the promised donation is promptly sent. A personal check/cheque is acceptable and perhaps the safest way to send your donation. A search for one single name with a specific date of an event, i.e., birth, marriage, death, etc. will take approximately an hour while a search for an entire year will take many hours. The following are suggested donation levels based on the type of search requested:
|$ .50 per page|
|Search for known date (Month/Day/Year)||$ 15 US Dollars|
Search of one entire year (unknown Month/Day)
|$ 25 US Dollars|
Each additional entire year search (unknown Month/Day)
|$ 15 US Dollars|
St. Andrews Presbyterian Church has many records dating back to 1816. Their records are kept by event (birth, deaths, marriages) and by year.
The Rev. Oswald A. Best
St. Andrew's Manse
81 Croal Street
Georgetown, Guyana South America
St. George's Cathedral - Archives are held here, however, the oldest records are in fragile condition and presently inaccessable until funds to preserve or digitize are available.
The Very Rev. Terry David
St. George's Cathedral, Deanery Office
79 Carmichael Street
South Cummingsburg, Georgetown, Guyana, South America
Church of the Immaculate Conception - Roman Catholic
Cathedral Parish of the Immaculate Conception
28 Brickdam Street
Stabroek, Georgetown, Guyana, South America
Religious Council (Note that this office is infrequently active and would have current rather than historic information on member churches)
Guyana Council of Churches
71 Murray Street
Georgetown, Guyana, South America
Anglican Clergy in South America: Alan Longbottom at Pudsey posted this list of Anglican Clergy on the South American mail list board in July 1998 which may be helpful for those looking for colonial ancestors.
United Society for the Propagation of the Gospel in Foreign Parts
This Anglican church missionary society was very active in the West Indies and in British Guiana (working with the Arawaks and other Amerindians) from about 1840 to the late 1880s. Many libraries throughout the world hold copies or portions of the society's archives. The original archives are now held at Cambridge University in England, at the Rhodes LIbrary. The archives contain letters from missionaries and reports from the field. A Google search will find a library near you, or a search of the Worldcat (library catalogs) will do the same.