Scandinavia Special Interest Group (SIG)

VIRGIN ISLANDS - DANISH WEST INDIES

St. John (St. Jan) - St. Thomas - St. Croix

The History

Information about the history of the Jews of the Danish Virgin Islands can be found on the following websites:

Inside the St. Thomas synagogue
Inside the St. Thomas synagogue

A comprehensive history of the Caribbean Jews:

"The Jewish Nation of the Caribbean. The Spanish-Portoguese Jewish Settlements in the Caribbean and the Guianas" by Mordechai Arbell. 384 pages with many illustrations. Hardcover. Gefen Publishing House, Jerusalem, 2002. ISBN 965-229-279-6. Reviewed by Schelly Talalay Dardashti in AVOTAYNU Vol. IX, No. 1, Spring 2003, p. 64-66.

Maps

Holdings in the National Archives

Censuses

The censuses from the Virgin Islands for the years: 1841, 1850, 1855, 1857, 1860, 1870, 1890, 1901 and 1911 are available at Rigsarkivet (The National Archive) in Denmark.

Vital Records

A list of other records in the Danish National Archives can be found at: Vestindiske lokalarkiver (in Danish).

Information in English can be found in: Erik Gøbel: "A guide to Manuscript Sources on the Former Danish West Indies, 1671 - 1917, in the Danish National Archives" (to be published soon).

Cemeteries

Jul. Margolinsky has made a compilation of 299 epitaphs on the Jewish cemetery in St. Thomas, 1837-1916. The information will eventually be digitized for the JewishGen Online Worldwide Burial Registry.


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