BIOGRAPHY OF PATRICIA JACKSON
AUTHOR OF THIS WEB SITE
I was born in Jamaica. I spent the first twenty years of my life in St. James and Trelawny, and one year in Portland. After living for some time in the United States I later returned to Jamaica to teach and work in the Kingston/St. Andrew area.
I am keenly interested in the world that God created and in which we live. Apart from living in Jamaica and five states in the USA, I have lived in France and Chile and spent a few months on the island of Grand Cayman. I have traveled to England and six other European countries, 3 other Caribbean islands, Canada, Mexico and Japan. I have been to 27 other states in the USA including Alaska. Need I say that I love to travel?
In 1982 I started doing research on my family. Besides research in the Archives in Spanish Town, Jamaica, the Island Records Office, and the National Library of Jamaica, I have also done research at the Family History Library in Salt Lake City. At the local Family History Center I have an almost complete set of films of the vital records of Jamaica through 1880. I did research for my French ancestry while living in France, and both in France and in Jamaica spent hours looking at tombstones in various cemeteries. I have obtained copies of documents from the National Archives in England, the British Library, the U.S. Library of Congress, and elsewhere. Library books have provided a lot of information on life in Jamaica before 1900.
All of the preceding information was provided to establish my experience in genealogical research. While it tells where I have been, it omits the fact that as a Christian I know where I am going ultimately, and that when I get to heaven it will be clear to me who all my ancestors really were. In the meantime finding out about them has changed my development as a person, offered many lessons, and provided a great many enjoyable hours.
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