Jerripedia

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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

Contact and contributions

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  • To contact the Jerripedia administration for any reason please send an email to editorial@theislandwiki.org.
  • To raise any technical issues please contact webmaster@theislandwiki.org.

Help Jerripedia grow

Everybody can contribute to Jerripedia and help this Channel Island history resource keep growing. You can add new pages, edit existing pages (with the
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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.

Copyright

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.

Pictures

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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

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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

Pictures of the week: Gorey in the 1860s (above) and St Aubin (below)


400-plus family pages!


We are pleased, and not a little relieved, to announce that the major review of our family pages, which we embarked on three months ago, has been completed: Pleased because this has improved on what was already a major resource for family historians; relieved because it was a major undertaking. In the course of updating every existing family page, we have added listings of baptisms to each, standardised the presentation, added new photographs and researched the origins of many surnames which were previously unexplained, as well as trying to identify when each family first appeared in local records. The work never stops, and we are now adding many more links from family pages to articles about houses the family has owned over the centuries.
In the process we have added over 80 new family pages, bringing the total to more than 400. All these pages have links to one or more family trees and nearly all the families for which we have a family tree in our main index now have a dedicated family page. We have added new trees for many families for which we previously did not have one, resulting in a further growth in the total number of trees from the 1,500 mark achieved on 10 September to approaching 1,600. We hope to process and add a further selection of Jersey family trees submitted by site users in the coming weeks.
Many of our existing trees have been submitted by Jerripedia users, but unlike other sites which allow unchecked family trees to be posted, regardless of the number of obvious errors many contain, our trees undergo a rigorous checking process before being posted. Cross-checking with other trees and church records enables us to spot errors and correct them, and usually to add more detail. We are continuously checking old trees and replacing them as appropriate with more extensive trees with extra detail.
At the same time work has continued on our searchable database of church records and all baptism records now have links to the page images from the original transcriptions so that information about godparents and other supplementary information, where available, can be accessed online. We are not providing page images for marriages and burials because all the relevant details were transcribed into our database.

We would like to add even more families and family trees to our collection, so if you have information about a family which has been present in Jersey at some time in history which you think should be added to the site, please contact us at editorial@theislandwiki.org.

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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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