Sonia Murray’s popular series of vital records from Belize (former British Honduras) continues with this third installment. Following a very helpful Introduction that explains some peculiarities of Belize records (e.g., the importance of Scottish patronymics, by which women kept their maiden names throughout their lives), Mrs. Murray arranges her findings by record group. The baptismal and burial registers for St. Johns Church specify newborns by date of birth and names of parents, and decedents by age at and date of death. Next follow cemetery inscriptions for St. George’s Cave Cemetery, Church Street Cemetery, Yarborough Cemetery, and St. John’s Cathedral. By far the longest collection of records in this volume is Mrs. Murray’s transcriptions of the Belize censuses for 1832, 1835, and 1839.
Murray, Sonia Bennett
vi + 416 pp.
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