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Searching for Relatives in Barbados

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Searching for Relatives in Barbados

Roy Ifill (View posts)
Posted: 9 Sep 2002 12:21PM GMT
Classification: Query
Surnames: IFILL
In preparing for a trip to Barbados about 20 years ago, I decided I would make enquiries about my relatives. However, when I got there and looked in the phone directory, I discovered that the name "Ifill" was as popular as "Williams" or "Johnson" is elsewhere. That was the end of my search. Today, I happened to idly search for keyword "Ifill" and here I am. This is too cool!

I was born in Guyana (British Guiana, at the time). My paternal grandfather's name was William Christopher Ifill (WCI) who had already died by the time I could remember. According to what my late father had told me, WCI emigrated from Barbados (probably St James parish) with his brother. Upon arrival in British Guiana, the two young men stayed with an uncle, who was a tailor, and worked for him. As time passed, however, they realized that the uncle was cheating them of their earnings. So, they left the uncle's home and struck out on their own. One of them settled on the East Coast Demerara, while the other ended up on the Essequibo Coast and became my grandfather.

I would dearly like to hear from anyone who has information about the Barbados-Guyana connection. You can e-mail me at
SubjectAuthorDate Posted
Roy Ifill 9 Sep 2002 6:21PM GMT 
lolzmurray 2 Apr 2004 12:59PM GMT 
Hil 12 Jul 2005 4:15PM GMT 
1_siphill01 10 Aug 2011 3:36PM GMT 
mc3newton 12 Aug 2011 9:13PM GMT 
siphill01 12 Aug 2011 11:11PM GMT 
mc3newton 16 Aug 2011 9:10PM GMT 
siphill01 16 Aug 2011 10:20PM GMT 
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