There are many archives and libraries that have digital resources that can be used for researching Antigua and Barbuda. Here is a short list, with brief annotations. Whether you are in Antigua or overseas, they are a good place to start your research.
This annotated bibliography is the only comprehensive reference book available for locating published information on Antigua and Barbuda. It includes annotations and evaluative information for each entry. It is organized by subject areas, such as geography, geology, flora and fauna, archaeology, history, etc. It is up to date as of 1995.
This is a searchable pdf file.
These almanacs contain all kinds of information, both historical and from the year of the almanac, and also include many lists–of plantations, of office holders, including from the government, the churches, and educational and social service institutions. The original volumes, which were in poor shape, were photocopied by Desmond Nicholson many years ago. Some pages are missing while others are hard to read. They have been turned into searchable pdf files, although where the text is unclear, the search function may not work.
This huge project, a collaboration between University College London and Harvard University. At its core is a database containing the identity of all slave-owners in the British Caribbean at the time slavery ended, including their activities, affiliations, and legacies. It is an incredible resource, in part because of its insights into current figures whose families once owned slaves. When you search by name, it returns a list of those awarded compensation, whether their claims were successful or not, and how much they received.
This database, compiled by Guy Grannum (with Antigua records transcribed by Mary Gleadall), includes all claims as of 1840. It is not a sophisticated at the Legacies of British Slave-Ownership database, but it has the same type of information.
The Antigua and Barbuda National Archives has begun to digitize some of its resources. The project that is furthest along are the indices for the marriage records. Instructions on how to search are on the first tab.
DIGITAL VERSIONS OF PRINTED WORKS
Langford Oliver, The history of the island of Antigua, one of the Leeward Caribbees in the West Indies, from the first settlement in 1635 to the present time. Originally published in 1894.
This three-volume work is a starting place for researching any family with roots in England, Scotland, or Ireland because it has extensive genealogies of dozen of these families, organized by surname. In addition, Volume 1 also contains pages of history and transcription of documents, including censuses, wills, records of births, deaths, and marriages, transcriptions of gravestone, and much more. This makes it useful for any type of research. The last half of Volume 1, as well as Volumes 2 and 3, are the genealogies.
Mrs. Lanaghan, Antigua and the Antiguans: A Full Account of the Colony and Its Inhabitant. Two volumes, 1844
This is a detailed history of Antigua and Barbuda written by the wife of a resident merchant. The book is particularly useful for its descriptions of life and culture at the time the author was resident in the early 1840s.
There are several digital versions. These are two.
This is a report by two American Abolitionists about their trip to determine the condition of the emancipated slave population. They were intent of showing how well the former slaves were doing in order to argue for emancipation in the United States.