Historical Database Surinam
|Historical Database Surinam|
|Other name||Historische Database Suriname|
|Type of Project||Public awareness & Presentations|
|Migration, Genealogy, Database, Suriname, Atlantic World and the Dutch (AWAD), Atlantic World and the Dutch (AWAD project)|
For participants to the Historical Database Suriname Project, the Hindustani database constitutes an initial step in a process of digitalization of the archive files concerning the immigration to and settlement in Suriname of the various communities that currently populate the area. Based on observations in research concerning the input of the Hindustani data, plans were set up for the digitalization of the Immigration Registers for Chinese and Javanese and of the slave registers. Their information structure makes these sources exceptionally suitable to enter the personal data concerned in the databases. Furthermore, using the current database it is possible to set up the preparation of distribution maps for Suriname, showing the residential concentrations of contract workers. Even more important are the maps of India, indicating the locations or origin of the immigrants, while at the same time clarifying the current status of the original villages - taking into account name changes, urban expansion and the relocation of settlements. This should help descendants of immigrants to retrace the tracks of their ancestors as far back as India.
Secondly, the database can be expanded to include data from other historical sources. We already mentioned the Immigration Registers for Chinese and Javanese immigrants and the slave registers. In principle, however, other historical sources consisting of structured personal data (lists, registers) can be entered and made available digitally as well.
The historical database is important for those who wish to perform genealogy studies. In addition, for scientists who wish to study the history of immigration (concerning Suriname), this database forms a source of information that will enable them to perform new studies. Statistical analyses may provide a wealth of information on the era concerned. This analysis will be the third phase in the process that came into being at the start of this project.
|Organisations referring to this project|
|Institute for Society Scientific Research|