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Welcome to Jerripedia, a website sharing knowledge about Jersey's people, places and heritage.
Jersey is the largest of the Channel Islands in the English Channel. It has a fascinating history for a place so small
and islanders have spread their influence throughout the world over the centuries.
This site enables those with connections to Jersey to trace their family histories and discover what the island
was like in days gone by. Jerripedia is growing all the time and anyone is welcome to make a
contribution - see the box below to find out how to go about editing and adding articles of your own.
The success of Jerripedia was recognised by Your Family History magazine with the award of its
inaugural 'Volunteer of the Year Award' for 2013 to Jerripedia founder and editor Mike Bisson

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Everybody can contribute to Jerripedia and help this Channel Island history resource keep growing. You can add new pages, edit existing pages (with the
exception of a few which are protected) and leave comments about content. Go to the Community Portal for general advice on how to become involved with Jerripedia and also look at information on how to go about adding your family tree to those already on the site. You might also find it useful to read about our Site policies before becoming a valued contributor.


All material added must be copyright free. If anyone has any concerns about the copyright of material on the site, please read our copyright notice to find out how to draw these concerns to an administrator's attention.



Jerripedia is full of words - millions of them - but it also has thousands of images to paint a picture of the island of today and yesterday. This is by far the largest, easy to access, on-line collection of images of Jersey, and it is growing daily. Collectors around the world have given Jerripedia editors access to their images and they are steadily being processed for inclusion in the site.

Our menu page giving access to all the site's best pictures

The editors' weekly choice of an iconic picture of Jersey

Family research


Jerripedia is dedicated to helping those whose ancestors lived in Jersey to trace their family's history. The Family research section contains the biggest collection of on-line Jersey records to assist family historians with their research. Over 450 Jersey families are profiled, with over 1,500 associated family trees, and we have the only comprehensive online index to church registers of baptisms, marriages and burials from the 15th to 19th centuries.

This service - a major step forward for those researching their ancestry in Jersey - is in addition to the index of over 30,000 Victorian baptisms in St Helier which first appeared in 2010. There have now been over 100,000 visits to our family record indexes which are associated with a fully searchable database of all the available records.

You will find a guide to researching your family trees in Jersey (essential reading for newcomers to family history reseach), links to other genealogy sites, a guide to the derivation of Jersey surnames dating back to the Middle Ages, plus several other articles on surname usage, articles on common baptismal names, some fascinating ancestries of island families tracing island lineages back to famous figures of the past, and much, much more ...

Highlights of the week

Picture of the week: Soldiers at a Militia camp

We have a special addition to the site this week. For some time we have had a link in our Bibliography to a guide to the Channel Islands published in 18c34, without realising that the link was only to the second volume, which covers Guernsey, Alderney and Sark. While reviewing the list of publications relating to Jersey which can be accessed online we added a link to the first volume, which covers Jersey.
Further investigation revealed this publication, by Scottish journalist Henry John Inglis, to be a fascinating portrait of the island just before the dawn of the Victorian era. Unlike the majority of guides published in the early decades of the 19th century, this work does not concentrate on the scenic beauty of the island and its history, but devotes the majority of its chapters to the inhabitants of the island, both native country dwellers, the so-called 'upper classes' and the large numbers of English residents who flooded into the island between 1820 and 1851 after the end of the war with France.
This work, sections of which we have transcribed and published in full arguably paints a more detailed picture of the life of the island and its inhabitants than any guide published before or since. Because of the influx of English residents and the dramatic rise in the island's population, the book covers one of the most important periods in the island's history.
Read all about what Inglis thought of the islanders (not particularly complimentary), their farming industry, education system, politics and much more.



Visit our sister site, Donkipedia dedicated to the history of the islands of Guernsey, Alderney and Sark. You will find similar information to that contained in Jerripedia and many of the pages are common to both sites to make life simpler for those researching their families in both islands.

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