St. Maarten Civil Registry completes database update for people born on Curacao and Aruba

POSTED: 06/26/11 9:20 PM

St. Maarten – The Civil Registry Department has completed its compilation of information regarding St. Maarten residents born on Curacao and Aruba. Collecting the data is part of a wider ongoing update of the registry. The island is required to update the registry as part of the Plans of Apprach.

The project started two months ago with a request for people from Curacao and Aruba residing on the island, to complete their profiles by submitting their birth certificate. Four staff members travelled to Aruba and Curacao where they were able to retrieve the missing data of the majority of those people. Leona Romeo-Marlin, Head of the St. Maarten Civil Registry Department, was very pleased with the cooperation she and her staff had received from the Census Departments of Aruba and Curacao.

Having the necessary birth certificates makes the parental information complete and helps people who are researching their family tree. The information is also valuable in the case of death, because the parent’s information should be placed on the death certificate.

“The work in both Aruba and Curacao was very tedious and tiresome, but we prevailed and were able to retrieve the majority of birth certificates. Those that were not found we will send a letter to those specific individuals asking them to take the responsibility to bring it in to the office. The next group of persons will be minors without parental information. We have already published the names and will now run another query to see who complied and then send out letters to the parents,” Marlin said.

She added, “The last group are those born outside the former Netherlands Antilles and whose parent’s information are missing. To prevent this from reoccurring, legal advice is being sought to make it mandatory for all persons registering with the Office of Civil Registry to bring a birth certificate,” Head of the Civil Registry Office Leona Romeo-Marlin told the Department of Communication on Thursday.


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