Destination Travel Guide for Visitors to Jamaica KINGSTON
On the island’s south-eastern shore, the capital city of Kingston is home to approximately 1 million Jamaicans and is the business, governmental, cultural and industrial hub of the nation.
Protected by the large Blue Mountains range to the north, Kingston is both a city and parish, with a busy commercial seaport reflecting its status as the world’s 7th largest natural harbor, and a vital center for sports and entertainment.
The name Kingston is believed to be a shortening of what must have been “King’s Town”, and even though it is the smallest parish, Kingston is the largest city in Jamaica, with a population of over 90,000 in the metropolitan Corporate Area alone.
Kingston is often considered the business and cultural capital of the Caribbean. In the past, Kingston has had the reputation of being the place to avoid as a tourist, but the city’s visitability has greatly improved, now offering a rich cultural life complete with galleries and fine dining, theaters and playhouses, museums, craft markets and local festivals.
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Crime can be high in Kingston, mainly due to gang violence in inner city garrison communities like West Kingston, Grant’s Pen and Harbor View.
Tuff Gong Recording Studios – named for its founder, Bob “Tuff Gong” Marley, where his early mixing board is still in use today as the studio continues to turn out hit records under the studio’s current chief, Bob’s son Ziggy Marley.
Reggae fans can also visit the Trench Town Museum – stocked with Wailers memorabilia including Bob Marley’s first guitar in the neighborhood immortalized in numerous reggae songs and widely credited as the birthplace of Ska, Rocksteady and Reggae.
Kingston’s public bus system is affordable, reliable and listed on Google Maps, so you will always have a good idea of how to get where you are going.
Some of Kingston’s major points of interest include Emancipation Park, National Heroes Park and the Jamaica National Gallery.
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Jamaican Genealogical Information can be often incomplete as Official Registration of Births, Deaths, Baptismals & Marriages were originally kept & filed separately in each of Jamaica’s 14 parishes.
Additionally – Time, Nature & Acts of both God & Man have resulted in damage & loss to the Jamaican Family histories that do exist!
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Official Genealogical Search Orders can be submitted and paid for Online, or by submitting a Money Order and a Jamaican Genealogical Researcher will contact you shortly to make arrangements for a follow up interview.
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The Approximate Dates of their Birth, Death & other Publicly-recorded Events
The Names of their Spouse & other relatives, both living & deceased
Their Job, Trade or Occupation
Write down as much of the above-mentioned ancestral detail as you can – along with any other details that may be of help to Jamaican Government Researchers.
Older Relatives may have different memories or stories about your shared Jamaican Ancestor so record their versions of events, dates, schools, churches, family nicknames, alternative name spellings too – especially connections to another Jamaican Parish, Major Life Event or Property Sale / Purchase.
Military affiliations, ranks or passed-down stories can be of help too as there may be information on your ancestors contained in records on the old British West Indian Regiment or listings of Jamaican-born soldiers who fought with & for the British in both World War 1 & 2.
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Cities, Towns & Districts
in Kingston (Downtown/City)
Town or District City / Parish – Population (Approx.) – GPS Coordinates
Kingston, Kingston / St. Andrew – 587,798 – 17.9833°N 76.8000°W
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