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 400 Jersey families are profiled, with over 1,400 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: A staff outing for the bosses and staff of d'Authreau Brothers


1,500 family trees!
The addition of three trees for the Le Veslet family on 10 September has brought the total number of trees in Jerripedia to 1,500. We believe that this is a remarkable achievement: 500 trees have been added since February 2013. The family tree collection is an unrivalled resource for researchers, covering over 450 different family names. Links to these trees can be found in our index of all family trees and also in an A-Z index on our family tree index page. They are also recorded on the individual family pages.
Many of these 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.


The family pages in our Family research section have been at the heart of Jerripedia since it launched. In the early days there were just a handful of family pages, but these soon grew to over 200 and a new index was created. Gradually we have added to the index and there are now some 350 completed family profiles. Over the past couple of weeks we have embarked on a major effort to create new pages for those families which are featured elsewhere on the site in family trees and histories, but have not so far had their own dedicated page. We are in the process of adding another 60 new pages, with details of the derivation of the family name, when it is believed to have arrived in Jersey, alternate spellings, and links to family trees, histories, family records and other information.
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We are also taking the opportunity to work through all the family pages, adding information on derivation of surnames and providing each page with a link to a complete listing of baptisms, across all parishes, enabling a quick search to be undertaken before turning to our full parish indexes or our searchable database. We believe this will be particularly useful for those researching their ancestors in Jersey. These listings are being added as quickly as possible but the update to existing pages and completion of new family pages, together with the addition of more family trees, is likely to take some weeks.

We would like to add even more families, 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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