Danish & U.S. Archivists visit the VI Archives
 
Poul Olsen, Susan Lugo & Svend Holsoe    S.Lugo, P. Olsen, S.Holsoe & Director Bough
 
Poul Olsen, archivist at the Danish National Archives, along with Svend E. Holsoe, Ph.D, professor emeritus and archivist visited the Caribbean Collection & archives at the Florence Williams Public Library.  Territorial Coordinator for the Archives Susan Lugo and the Territorial Director of the division were on hand to greet the distinguished visitors.

Territorial Archives
 
The Territorial Archives are housed at the Enid M. Baa Library on St. Thomas and the Florence Williams Library on St. Croix under the government of the U.S. Virgin Islands, Department of Planning and Natural Resources, Division of Libraries, Archives & Museums.
 
The collections contain early records written in Danish, funeral booklets, yearbooks, local government documents, former Delegate Ron deLugo's congressional papers, and much more.
 
In 1967, the Legislature authorized the establishment of the Territorial Archives, but it wasn't until 20 years later that it provided funding. The National Archives loaned the territory an archivist in 1988, but Hurricane Hugo came along in 1989 and laid waste to the cataloguing already done at Florence Williams. The archives program languished after the loaner archivist left in 1992.
 
In January of 2008, Mrs. Susan Laura Lugo was appointed by Governor John P. deJongh, Jr. as the Territorial Coordinator for the Archives. Lugo has a Master in Library and Information Science from the University of Illinois.
 
On behalf of the division, Lugo finalized  work on a grant application that will give the Territorial Archives $40,000 to plan how it will deal with all the territorial government's documents. If the grant happens, Territorial Archives will then be eligible for a $500,000 grant to implement the program.
 
During the month of October, Archives Month, Lugo in conjunction with Archives Month, a national event celebrated for the first time this year in the Virgin Islands, conducted a series of speaking events and workshops. Lugo also unveiled a poster featuring the 17 women who served in the Legislature. The poster, which will be used as an educational tool, doesn't have names included with the pictures.


                                        
The St. Croix African Roots Project (SCARP) launched its new ST. CROIX POPULATION DATABASE 1734-1917.  It's a searchable, virtual archive, currently consisting of 1.83 million biographical entries. (ENTER HERE)

VIRGIN ISLANDS FAMILIES SEARCHABLE DATABASE
This searchable site is a work in progress created by renowned historian/archivsit and professor emeritus at the University of Delaware. 
 
The site has a comprehensive collection of the history of those individuals and their families, who lived in the Virgin Islands.  A document follows the patrilineal (father's) line of the family..... carrying the surname (family name).
 
              Virgin Islands Families  [ Searchable SURNAMES ]


ACCESS TO HISTORY:  HERE, THERE AND EVERYWHERE

 

Archives of the Danish West Indies

By Susan Laura Lugo, C.A.

Territorial Coordinator for Archives ... READ ARTICLE

 

 


Virgin Islands History/Archives
 
The Von Scholten Collection at the Enid Baa Public Library & Archives

The Caribbean Collection at the Florence Williams Public Library

The National Archives and Records Administration

The St. Croix Landmark Society Library & Archives

The Danish National Archives

The Virgin Islands Department of Education

The Virgin Islands Digital Collection

The United Nations Library

The National Park Service Virgin Islands

The University of the Virgin Islands Libraries

The Caribbean Museum Center For the Arts--St. Croix

Caribbean Genealogy
Caribbean GenWeb Project - The CaribbeanGenWeb Project is an on-line data repository for queries, family histories, and source records as well as being a resource center to identify other on-line databases and resources to assist researchers. It is the regional branch of the WorldGenWeb Project.
Caribbean Genealogy Library - St. Thomas, Virgin Islands - The Caribbean Genealogy Library (CGL) was founded in Charlotte Amalie, St. Thomas, U. S. Virgin Islands, in 2000 as a nonprofit corporation for the purpose of researching, documenting and providing public access to the histories of families of Caribbean origin

Danish West Indies - U.S. Virgin Islands GenWeb Project - U.S. Virgin Islands (Danish West Indies) GenWeb Project for genealogical research

Historical Danish Cemeteries of the United States Virgin Islands - Historical Danish Cemeteries of the United States Virgin Islands (Former Danish West Indies)

Library of Congress Genealogy : Virgin Islands (U S) - A listing of web sites that provide links to resources relating to the U.S. Virgin Islands. The most important source for bibliography of books and articles concerning the Virgin Islands (U.S.) is the annual Handbook of Latin American Studies (http://lcweb2.loc.gov/hlas/) produced by over 130 contributing editors under the editorship of the Hispanic Division of the Library of Congress.

Additional coverage of journal articles can be found through a subscription to the Hispanic American Periodical Index (http://hapi.gseis.ucla.edu/). Both the Handbook and HAPI are available in selected libraries in book form. One of the major aggregators for links to a wide variety of the Virgin Islands (U.S.) subjects is the University of Texas' LANIC (http://www.lanic.utexas.edu/la/cb/other/vi/).

St. Croix Virgin Islands Ancestry Discovery Group - This site provides information about the Virgin Islands Ancestry Discovery Group, a research group based in St. Croix, US Virgin Islands. This site also provides guidance about resources for researching the history and genealogy of settlers and immigrants in the Danish West Indies -- particularly St. Croix.

St. Croix Danish West Indies Census records - The data on this site is the result of a project carried out in order to transcribe the census records from St. Croix. This is done by Danish volunteers. On St. Croix sources from ship registers, plantations etc. are being transcribed as well. The project is financed by the Carlsberg Foundation.

Virgin Islands Genealogy Forum - Genealogy.com - http://genforum.genealogy.com/virginislands/