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