Records of the Island of Grenada
A van Helsdingen said: A similar question was asked just 14 days ago here: https://getsatisfaction.com/familysea...
In brief, FS first needs to have permission from the record owners, and then needs to consider the project a high enough priority to commit resources towards it.
If these records are already online behind a paywall, then FS will need to negotiate limited access- either only Latter Day Saints can view the records, or only users at a FHC or Affiliate Library. Record owners do not want people using free websites like FS instead of the pay-to-use websites that bring them a lot of revenue.
And of course, the current pandemic has pushed back FamilySearch's digitization projects by many months.
I would suggest, in the meantime, contacting the archive that holds these records and seeing if there are other websites with these records. If there are none, you could suggest to them that they contact FS and ask about digitizing.1
Tom Huber said: This is something where the FamilySearch Wiki can help. The page with Grenada Online Genealogy Records is at https://www.familysearch.org/wiki/en/...
As you look at each reference, you may see no links to any records that Family Search has in its possession.
As A van Helsdingen mentioned, the pandemic has basically shut down any field work that may have involved Grenada records. Before things were shut down, FamilySearch maintain over 300 field crews collecting records. When things open up again, you may be able to help following A van Helsdingen's recommendation. The wiki is fairly complete, but there may be online sites of which FamilySearch is unaware.1
MaureenE said: The British Library, under its Endangered Archives Programme, has digitised some records from Grenada, which includes some Baptisms, marriages and burials. This appear to be from the late 1700s. These are linked from FamilySearch Wiki page which Tom provided in the post above the
The British Library page which describes this project is
Digitising the endangered archives of Grenada (EAP295)
This mentions damage cause by a 2004 Hurricane and bad storage conditions.
Perhaps there may not be much left to film?0
I would simply like to add weight to the request for ALL OUR FILMS TO BE INDEXED AND PUT ONLINE. I am part of a growing number of family members trying to research our past and grow our family tree but coming up against 'DEAD ENDS' in our research due to lack of records. Please Please DIGITIZE!!😀1
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@DavidBrice1 , FS needs permission from record owners to digitize records. This is often the reason why FS cannot or has not digitized a particular set of records.
If records are on subscription websites such as Ancestry.com or FindMyPast, then the record owners are usually extremely reluctant to let FS digitize and publish them, because if they did, people would use FS instead of paying fees to the other websites. A similiar thing happens if the records are at an archive that charges an entrance fee.
Many records are owned by government archives or agencies, and so decisions about whether to digitize them are political. Be sure to make your views known to the relevant politicians and vote in the primary and general elections for those offices.
What records specifically are you interested in? Someone on this forum may have specialist knowledge about those records and how you can get access to them.1
Thank you for the above response. Part of my research is associated with the surnames...Courtney(Courtenay), Lewis, Whickham, John. My research shows references to St Patricks in Grenada. I live in the UK.0