TRINIDAD ROYAL GAZETTE: A GENEALOGICAL GOLDMINE
This Government newspaper was started, ca 1833, in opposition to the Port-of-Spain Gazette, which upheld the interests of
the slave owners. Useful family history information may be found in the Trinidad Royal Gazette but, in the early 19th Century
Gazettes, it was not indexed and had no contents page, so this part of your research will be very time consuming. However,
your efforts may be rewarded as the Gazettes sometimes provide important genealogical information not found elsewhere.
These discoveries will give you new incentive and provide a fresh direction to your research.
It should be noted that there are differences in the amount and type of information given by Trinidad Royal Gazette during
different time periods. Circa 1873, there was a contents page, eg in 1874, the Probate and Public Administration Notices are
indexed alphabetically by surname. However, in the same year, the ‘Returns of Cases Tried before the Magistrate’, there are
no names listed, as in earlier years. The Returns are indexed merely by District.
The Trinidad Royal Gazette can be consulted by members of the public at the National Archives of Trinidad & Tobago, which
has the most complete holding in the country. There is also a good run at the UWI West Indiana Library from 1862 to 1962 and
the Parliament Library has copies from 1874 onwards, with some years missing. At these latter two libraries, permission to visit
should be first be sought from the librarian.
The good news is that it may be possible, at times, to find the names of individuals in the following:
In Trinidad & Tobago, the Trinidad Royal Gazette is held by the National Archives of Trinidad & Tobago, the West Indiana
Library, University of the West Indies and the Parliament Library, Red House. There is also a limited 20th century collection
In the USA, the best repositories are the Center for Research Libraries, Chicago and the George A. Smathers Libraries,
University of Florida.