About the CaribbeanGenWeb Project


The WorldGenWeb Project was created in 1996 by Dale Schneider in an effort to answer the ever growing needs of genealogists world-wide who were trying to research their ancestors. The goal of the WorldGenWeb Project is to have every country in the world represented by an online website and hosted by researchers who either live in their own country or who are familiar with their country’s resources. The WorldGenWeb Project is a not-for-profit volunteer genealogical organization dedicated to the free access of genealogical information by anyone in the world.

The CaribbeanGenWeb Project was started in early 1997 by Carol Haagensen.  Carol was searching for information regarding the U.S. Virgin Islands and happened across the WorldGenWeb Project.  She contacted the WGW host about starting a website for the U.S. Virgin Islands and the host asked her to create a website for the entire Caribbean region.  Carol worked hard to organize the project and to get on-line the resources necessary to assist researchers.  The Caribbean-L mailing list followed in 1998 and has turned into a valuable resource for researchers in the Caribbean.  In February 2000, Carol decided to step down as the coordinator to dedicate time to other research endeavors.   Since 2000 the following have served as the Regional Coordinator:

  • Denise Wells
  • Nathan Zipfel
  • Dean de Freitas
  • Monifa Marrero

The CaribbeanGenWeb Project is now managed by Nathan Zipfel.

Our dedicated group of volunteers (some local and some throughout the world) are active in Caribbean research – each hosting an Island that they have a research interest in. We pride ourselves on being “available” and being “friendly” — offering helpful advice to new researchers.

We are a non-commercial entity and work hard to form collaborative relationships with many Caribbean resources on the internet. We do not provide research for a fee nor do we recommend professional genealogists for hire. We do not engage in research for others — although some of our volunteers do offer to do lookups, at their convenience. Our goal is to provide the “essential elements” that new researchers need. Among those are quality informational pages, pertinent addresses, maps, query and surname resources, and mailing lists.

We hope you enjoy your visit to our pages.  You can contact me by Clicking Here.

CaribbeanGenWeb Regional Coordinator


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