Tuesday Tip: Tracing Danish West Indies Ancestors

As I become more involved in doing research, I have found that looking for variant spellings of names has proven instrumental in finding the genesis of a family.  A surname could have many variations, but originate from one source.

If you can trace your roots back to the Danish West Indies, there is a website created by Svend Holsoe http://www.vifamilies.org that compiled names into a few pertinent surnames that existed or currently exist in the Virgin Islands.  Once you have identified the variations of the surname(s) you are interested in, then you can go to the Danish Consulate website http://www.dkconsulateusvi.com.

You will find an e-book entitled “A List of Names of Inhabitants in the Danish West Indian Islands from 1650 through 1825”.  You will be amazed to see how many different spellings that were used.  There you will find information on name, place, and date of birth, marriage, emigration, church affiliation, occupation and death.

Both sites contain a wealth of information that can help you to connect the variance in names with the family narrative.  I often use these sites as I continue to trace my family back to the Danish West Indies.  Great sources.

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