The release of baptism registers for Jersey's Church of England churches by Jersey Heritage in 2016, and their subsequent inclusion in Jerripedia and Ancestry meant that vital historical documents which were previously locked away from public view in the vaults of Jersey Archive were in the public domain. But although Jerripedia has a comprehensive index, the registers, containing thousands of pages recording the important events in the lives of our ancestors are still inaccessible to those without an Ancestry subscription.
To coincide with the addition of the new records to Jerripedia's already extensive online collection, we started a free service to look up register entries on behalf of our users, and the hundreds of requests received since have proved the value of this service. Now Jerripedia's new Facebook presence makes it even easier to seek more information to help your family history research from some of the top experts on the subject
You can still contact us by email, but that method of seeking help is limited to one request per email address at a time. And it only covers two types of search
- An attempt to find an elusive record which researchers believe should be in our index, but is not there, possibly because it was incorrectly transcribed
- A search for extra information which may be contained in the original register entry but has not been copied to our index
At its best, this is a two-way exchange of information, to help us improve on the accuracy of our index, and attract further family information from researchers. As our article explaining this service in detail indicates, priority is given to requests accompanied by information drawing attention to errors located in other records or offering to provide photographs, family histories and family trees to supplement what is already available about their ancestors.
Jerripedia provides another useful means of posting questions about families being researched. Registered users can go to the appropriate family page - over 1,200 Jersey families are already covered in this way - and click on the Discussion tab at the top of the page. You can then post any question relating to the family or add information which you believe is missing from Jerripedia.
But, for a rapid response to any questions about the history of Jersey families, or the island they lived in, a post to our Facebook page is likely to provide the fastest results, and a full range of opinions from various fellow researchers.
Please go to your Facebook account (or create one, if you do not already have one), search for Jerripedia, ask to join the group and after a very short time you should receive notification that your request has been approved and you are ready to post to the group.