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An Introduction to Documents of Early 19 th Century Danish West Indies: The NARA M1883 Microfilm Publication with a focus on St. Thomas U.S. Virgin Islands. A Brief History. Danish West Indies from 1672 - 1917 Danish Archives removed records of the Virgin Islands back to Denmark

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An introduction to documents of early 19 th century danish west indies the nara m1883

An Introduction to Documents of Early 19th Century Danish West Indies:

The NARA M1883

Microfilm Publication

with a focus on St. Thomas

U.S. Virgin Islands


A brief history

A Brief History

  • Danish West Indies from 1672 - 1917

  • Danish Archives removed records of the Virgin Islands back to Denmark

  • NARA received copies of records from Danish Archives, originals in Maryland – Record Group 55

  • http://www.archives.gov/research/guide-fed-records/groups/055.html


Nara record group 55 and archivist vernon paul rood

NARA Record Group 55 andarchivist Vernon Paul Rood


Nara record group 55

NARA Record Group 55


Nara record group 551

NARA Record Group 55


Nara record group 552

NARA Record Group 55


The m1883 selection

The M1883 Selection

  • Eleven rolls of films in the publication

  • Mixture of records were filmed for the M1883 collection related to slavery and emancipation.

  • The M1884 collection is more extensive

  • CGL has 2 copies of each film roll for both publications


The finding aid

The Finding Aid

  • NARA archivist Vernon Rood, author

  • Finding aid available online and at CGL

  • Indexed by roll number & frame number


Frame numbers

Frame numbers


Sample documents from the m1883 publication

Sample Documents from the M1883 publication

  • St. Thomas focus

  • Genealogical interest

  • Record locators identified


Roll 1

Roll 1


Roll 1 continued

Roll 1 (continued)


Manumission documents

Manumission documents

  • Primarily St. Croix documents

  • Similar wording in each document

  • Interesting family history can be found

  • Index to names available within the record


Index to documents roll 1 frame 540

Index to documents – Roll 1, Frame 540


An introduction to documents of early 19 th century danish west indies the nara m1883

St. Croix Know all men by these presents that I , Elizabeth von Beverhoudt, Free Coloured woman of this Island, for and in consideration of the Sum of Twenty Iois(?) paid to me by the Negro Man Leata (Father of my Negro Girl Kitty) belonging to William Newton Roq(?), I do hereby manumit, enfranchise and set free from all kinds of Slavery, the said Negro Girl Kitty, the daughter of My Slave Mary purchased by me from Cornelius Hendericks…as of Bill of Sale bearing date the 4th September 1786. And I the said Elizabeth Von Beverhoudt, for myself, my Executors, Administrators and Assigns, do hereby warrant and defend the Manumission and freedom of the aforesaid negro Girl Kitty, from the claims or Claims of any person or persons whomsoever. In witness whereof…my hand and Seal this nineteeth Day of May, One thousand Eighteen hundred and … Her - Elizabeth Von Beferhoudt


An introduction to documents of early 19 th century danish west indies the nara m1883

St. Croix 11 April 1822Know all men by these presents that I the underwritten, for and in consideration of the sum of three hundred pieces of right cash to me in hand … the receipt thereof. I do hereby acknowledge, as also from the many good services, and faithful attention on me from my “youth up”, have this day granted a full Manumission, and release from all slavery, whatsoever, unto my Negro woman named Betsey, and for her future … forever, warranting and defending the … from all claims for myself, my heirs, executors and assigns unto her and her heirs and offspring for ever as … my hand and seal as above.- Charles Daly


More about people mentioned in these examples

More about people mentioned in these examples:

  • http://www.sandcastlevi.com/facebook%20-%20the%20van%20beverhoudt%20family%20-%20part%201.pdf

  • http://www.sandcastlevi.com/facebook%20-%20the%20van%20beverhoudt%20family%20-%20part%201.pdf

  • http://www.candoo.com/surnames/viewtopic.php?f=2&t=2647&p=3895

  • http://www.vifamilies.org/images/Hendrichsen.doc


Roll 2 records of governor

Roll 2- Records of Governor


Roll 2 frame 120

Roll 2, Frame 120

To His Excellency the Governor General; May it Please your Excellency,

In humble compliance with your Excellency’s request I now state what happened on the 7th December at the United Brothers Station. Friedensfeld, whilst RevdGardinghad a meeting with the Teachers. Lieutenant Holstein made his appearance;, and demanded a young man whom the missionaries had employed. This young man is married to a woman named Welhelmena who was born in town… December 1848


Roll 2

Roll 2


Roll 2 frame 216 stx

Roll 2, Frame 216 - STX


Roll 21

Roll 2


Roll 2 frame 455

Roll 2, ~Frame 455


Roll 2 frame 465

Roll 2, ~Frame 465


Roll 3 continues st croix census from roll 2

Roll 3 – continues St. Croix Census from Roll 2


Roll 4 st thomas register of free blacks 1803

Roll 4 – St. ThomasRegister of Free Blacks - 1803


Crossroads of the diaspora

Crossroads of the Diaspora

David Knight, Little Nordside Press


Roll 4 frame 21 see page 41 of knight

Roll 4, ~Frame 21 (see page 41 of Knight)


Roll 4 register of free blacks

Roll 4 – Register of Free Blacks


Roll 4 frame 114

Roll 4, ~Frame 114


Roll 4 register of free blacks1

Roll 4 – Register of Free Blacks


Roll 4 frame 270

Roll 4, ~Frame 270


Roll 4 frame 270 translated

Roll 4, ~Frame 270 translated


Roll 4 register of free blacks2

Roll 4 – Register of Free Blacks


Roll 4 frame 457

Roll 4, ~Frame 457


Roll 5

Roll 5


Roll 5 frame 318 stt

Roll 5, ~Frame 318 – STT


Roll 5 frame 388 stj

Roll 5, ~Frame 388 - STJ


Roll 5 frame 388 stj1

Roll 5, ~Frame 388 - STJ


Roll 6 7

Roll 6 & 7


Roll 11

Roll 11


Roll 11 frame 877

Roll 11, Frame 877


Roll 11 frame 853

Roll 11, Frame 853


Useful links to be posted on cgl website www rootsweb com vicgl

Useful Links to be posted on CGL website:www.rootsweb.com/~vicgl


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