The Best Online Genealogy Forum for Bahamians

If your family tree is rooted in Bahamian soil and you’re interested in tracing your ancestry, check out the Bahamas Genealogy Group (BGG).

The Best Online Genealogy Forum for Bahamians - The Bahamas Genealogy Group

(May 2, 1938) The wedding of Clarence Pedican to Lillian Saunders, Green Turtle Cay, Abaco, Bahamas. (Photo courtesy of the Albert Lowe Museum.)

It’s a Yahoo group of 600+ members, all Bahamian or of Bahamian descent, and its purpose is to promote and preserve quality Bahamian genealogical and historical information.

Having been a member for several years, what I love most about the BGG is that it’s 100% Bahamian. Unlike many other online genealogy sites, ALL the discussions on the BGG forum are related to Bahamian history and ancestry. And unlike many of those ancestry resources, it’s free!

There’s a main BGG forum, where you can post your ancestry questions and reply to those posted by others, as well as databases of historic Bahamian photos and documents uploaded by members. Virtually every Bahamian island and surname is represented.

To help integrate new members, the BGG appoints a welcome moderator. For some time, this post has been filled by Hal Burgert — in fact, it was Hal who welcomed me with warmth and enthusiasm when I joined.

A few months back, when Hal decided to hand over the reins, I volunteered to take on the welcome moderator role. Both in my personal ancestral journey as well as my research for Those Who Stayed, BGG members have always been supportive and helpful. This seemed like a terrific way to say thank you and to pay it forward.

The Best Online Genealogical Research Forum for Bahamians - The Bahamas Genealogy Group

My grandparents, Lionel Albury and Lurey (Curry) Albury with their firstborn, Jeffrey, circa 1946. (Photo from the collection of Mrs. Lurey Albury)

As welcome moderator, my job is to review and approve all new BGG member requests and introduce new members to the group.

Submitting a member request is easy – just click HERE and select “Join.” Where it asks for “comments for the group owner,” just note briefly what interests you about Bahamian genealogy – what your connection is to the Bahamas or what surnames or islands are of particular interest.

I’ll receive an email notification with this information and get in touch with you. Once I’ve approved your membership, I’ll post a note to all BGG members, introducing you and giving them an idea of where your interests lie — you’ll be surprised at how quickly the BGG members chime in with tips, advice and information!

If you have questions about joining the BGG, feel free to contact me directly. Otherwise, I look forward to welcoming you to the group soon!

The Bahamas Genealogy Group offers targeted information for Bahamians and those of Bahamian descent, including a member forum, and databases of historic photos and records.

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4 thoughts on “The Best Online Genealogy Forum for Bahamians

  1. Well said, Amanda. Our Bahamas Genealogy Group has the best helpers. Thanks for the photos with Bahamas surnames: Pedican (one I’d like to see researched) and Saunders, then your Albury, Curry grandparents who we’ve traced to Eleuthera before the move to Abaco, and the knots tied to like most of us together.

  2. Thank you for this. Clinton Deveaux was my grandfather. He was from Crooked Island. My Grandmother Bloneva Deveaux was born in Florida but raised in Nassau by Edward Fawkes and Mildred Fawkes (McKinney). We will have a family reunion in July of this year in Nassau.

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