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  • TERRITORIAL ARCHIVES OF

    THE UNITED STATES VIRGIN ISLANDS

    FINDING AID

    FOR

    PASSENGER RECORDS West Indian Passport and Citizenry Registers

    A GUIDE TO IMAGES FROM

    THE RIGSARKIVET [Danish National Archives]

    Prepared by

    Susan Laura Lugo, C.A.

    Territorial Coordinator for Archives

    Published in cooperation with

    CARIBBEAN GENEALOGY LIBRARY

    St. Thomas, VI

    2011

  • © 2011 Government of the Virgin Islands

    Territorial Archives

    Department of Planning and Natural Resources

    Division of Libraries, Archives and Museums

    St. Thomas, U.S. Virgin Islands

  • ACKNOWLEDGMENTS PAGE i

    ACKNOWLEDGMENTS The passenger records, West Indian passports, citizenry registers and vendor pass registrations described in this finding aid were created as part of the administrative and governmental colonial records maintained by Denmark during its colonization period of the Danish West Indies (1672- 1917 for St. Thomas, 1718-1917 for St. John, and 1733-1917 for St. Croix). The original records are in the custody of the Rigsarkivet (Danish National Archives). They were preserved at an unknown date prior to 1980 on 25 reels of 35 mm microfilm. A service copy of the 25-reel microfilm set was held by the von Scholten Collection of Enid M. Baa Public Library in St. Thomas, Virgin Islands and was actively used by researchers for many years. During a prolonged period when air conditioning was unavailable for the microfilm collection post-Hurricane Hugo (September 1989), the entire collection was irreparably damaged. In response to a 2009 request from the Caribbean Genealogy Library and the Territorial Archives to purchase replacements for the microfilm service copies, the Rigsarkivet digitized the images in TIFF format from its master copy of the earlier microfilm and produced at its own expense a collection of 34 DVD-R discs as “a gift from the Danish National Archives to the USVI.” The DVD collection was received by the Territorial Archives via mail by on October 14, 2010. From October 25-29, 2010, service copies of the DVD collection were prepared to promote increased access to the intellectual content. The master DVD collection copy was retained by the Territorial Archives and a service copy was distributed on DVD+R to each of the following repositories on or about February 24, 2011:

     Von Scholten Collection at Enid M. Baa Public Library, St. Thomas, USVI  Caribbean Genealogy Library, Al Cohen’s Plaza, Raphune Hill, St. Thomas, USVI  Territorial Archives at Florence Williams Public Library, Christiansted, St. Croix, USVI  Whim Research Library and Archives, St. Croix Landmarks Society, St. Croix, USVI  Special Collections at Elaine Ione Sprauve Public Library, St. John, USVI  Sociedad Puertorriqueña de Genealogía, Universidad Interamericana de Hato Rey, Puerto Rico  Archives and Records Management Unit of the Deputy Governor's Office, Road Town, Tortola, BVI

  • PAGE ii ACKNOWLEDGMENTS

    Over the next several months a Finding Aid was prepared by Territorial Coordinator for Archives Susan Laura Lugo and the first edition was produced in February 2011. Each repository received one service copy set of the DVD collection and two print-outs of the finding aid. It is expected that the finding aid will also be made accessible electronically to the public through the Territorial Archives website. The Territorial Archives gratefully acknowledges the generosity of the Rigsarkivet (Danish National Archives), and is especially grateful to Danish National Archivist Asbjørn Hellum for his support to improve accessibility to these records by a wider audience of researchers. Particular thanks are expressed to Rigsarkivet Senior Researcher Erik Gøbel for his work in carrying out the digitization project and assisting in providing replacement images of these critically important passenger records for Caribbean researchers. Others whose efforts and unfailing support of the Territorial Archives of the United States Virgin Islands have resulted in this remarkable collaborative project include the St. Thomas-based nonprofit membership research institution, Caribbean Genealogy Library; Beverly Smith, Librarian for the von Scholten Collection at the Enid M. Baa Public Library; researchers Dolores Jowers, John Jowers and Aimery Caron; Christian Douté, Systems Manager for the Division of Libraries, Archives and Museums; and the Government of the Virgin Islands. In conclusion, it should be noted that by its very nature this finding aid is intended to remain a work in progress. As researchers resume using the records, descriptions of the collection will be improved, corrected and expanded to reflect discoveries of new or missing information, greater understanding of the records and more nuanced interpretations of movement and travel throughout the Caribbean during the years recorded herein. Please submit suggestions for improvement, corrections or additions to this finding aid via email to the Territorial Archives at susan.lugo@dpnr.gov.vi .

    RESTRICTIONS ON USE OF IMAGES

    Paper and electronic copies of images are allowed. Formats and fees for copying images, if any, may be established by each repository.

    RESTRICTIONS ON USE OF FINDING AID

    This publication was produced by the Territorial Archives in cooperation with the Caribbean Genealogy Library. All rights reserved.

    mailto:susan.lugo@dpnr.gov.vi

  • TABLE OF CONTENTS PAGE iii

    TABLE OF CONTENTS

    ACKNOWLEDGMENTS .............................................................................................. i INDEX BY DVD CHRISTIANSTED POLICE STATION REGISTERS OF PERSONS ARRIVING AND LEAVING 1794-1847

    DVD 01 – DVD 03 ............................................................................... SECTION I

    ST. THOMAS POLICE STATION REGISTERS OF PERSONS ARRIVING 1805-1899

    DVD 04 – DVD 17 ............................................................................. SECTION II

    REGISTERS OF PASSPORTS 1810-1895

    DVD 18 – DVD 33 ............................................................................ SECTION III

    REGISTERS FOR VISAING OF FOREIGN PASSPORTS 1856-1873

    DVD 34 ............................................................................................. SECTION IV

    INDEX BY RECORD TYPE ....................................................................... APPENDIX A INDEX BY YEAR ..................................................................................... APPENDIX B MISSING RECORDS ................................................................................ APPENDIX C

    GLOSSARY ............................................................................................. APPENDIX D

    ADDITIONAL RESOURCES ...................................................................... APPENDIX E

  • PAGE iv TABLE OF CONTENTS

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  • CHRISTIANSTED POLICE STATION | REGISTERS OF PERSONS ARRIVING AND LEAVING | 1794 – 1847 SECTION I, PAGE 1

    SECTION I

    DVD 01 – DVD 03

    Rigsarkivet Film Nos. 14.550 – 14.552 Books 1 – 9

    CHRISTIANSTED POLICE STATION

    REGISTERS OF PERSONS ARRIVING AND LEAVING PROTOKOLLER OVER ANKOMNE OG BORTSEJSTE PERSONER, CHRISTIANSTED 1794-1847

    1794 – 1847

    Arrivals: Departures:

    Vendor Pass Registrations:

    July 31, 1794 – April 30, 1846 July 31, 1794 – December 31, 1847 January 2, 1824 – January 6, 1833

    Section I Contents

    DVD 01, Book 1 .......................................................................................................... Page 3 DVD 01, Book 2 .......................................................................................................... Page 3 DVD 02, Book 3 .......................................................................................................... Page 5 DVD 02, Book 4 .......................................................................................................... Page 6 DVD 02, Book 5 .......................................................................................................... Page 7 DVD 02, Book 6 .......................................................................................................... Page 8 DVD 03, Book 7 .......................................................................................................... Page 8 DVD 03, Book 8 .......................................................................................................... Page 9 DVD 03, Book 9 .......................................................................................................... Page 9

    See also: Index by Record Type .......................................................................................... Appendix A Index by Year ....................................................................................................... Appendix B Missing Records .................................................................................................. Appendix C Glossary .............................................................................................................. Appendix D Additional Resources