Your wife's father was born in the West Indies (former British Colony), where his birth record will be, but, as you know, without knowing which island he was born on, you can't locate the certificate.
To save a journey to the West Indies, a copy of the records of Birth/Marriage/Deaths of the West Indies are kept at The National Archives, Kew, Richmond, Surrey, TW9 4DU: http://www.nationalarchives.gov.uk/help-with-your-research/research-guides/birth-marriage-death-sea-or-abroad/
Some of these records can be searched Online (they charge) - you cannot search these records online by name, only by year and place, so if you have your father-in-law's date of birth, that will narrow it down greatly.
Ray, you might be preparing to visit Kew, but in the meantime, if you'd like me to look into the puzzle of which island your father-in-law was born on, by doing some Online research with a fresh pair of eyes, I will be glad to do so if you can please to send me a copy of the certificates you have, and any other relevant research you've covered and have at hand.
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