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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.

Contact and contributions

  • To contact the Jerripedia administration for any reason please send an email to
  • To raise any technical issues please contact

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
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

Quick access to all the main picture galleries and albums

Family portraits
We have been given a substantial collection of family portraits taken in Jerey in the 19th century by photographers Henry Mullins and Ernest Baudoux. These are progressively being added to the appropriate family pages

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 650 Jersey families are now profiled, with over 2,000 associated family trees, a big jump in both over the past month. We have the only comprehensive online index to Jersey 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 ...

A major new addition to our family pages is a collection of over 5,000 images of gravestones in Jersey cemeteries. Some 3,000 of these have already been added to family pages and we continue to work on the others. The number will grow over the next year as gravestones in more cemeteries are photographed for us.


Site indexes

To make it easier to find what you are looking for, we have now added an A-Z index to the articles in the site, as well as a further index for the many picture galleries, along with a restructuring of some of these galleries to make it easier for site visitors to enjoy our extensive collection of images of Jersey, now numbering nearly 29,000.
Article index
Picture index

Social histories of Jersey

Histories of Jersey which cover the social life of islanders are few and far between, but two which really do fall into this category are The Town of St Helier, written by Edmund Toulmin Nicolle, a long-serving honorary secretary of La Société Jersiaise, and found among his papers in draft form after his death, and Jersey: Not quite British, by farmer, turned journalist, David Le Feuvre
Nicolle's history was published by La Société in 1931 as a tribute to one of their most popular members and officers. It is much more than a history of the town, because in covering the life of the residents of the island's capital, the controls imposed on them by the Church and the Royal Court, it reflects these influences throughout the island.
We consider this work to be of such importance that we have added it in full to Jerripedia's pages as part of our policy to make available to our users important historical articles and out-of-print books which would otherwise be inaccessible except to those who can visit the Jersey libraries which hold copies.
Jersey: Not quite British is still in print, and we have included limited extracts from various chapters in Jerripedia
The Town of St Helier by Edmund Nicolle
Jersey: Not quite British by David Le Feuvre

King Street histories

We have now completed our set of histories of King street properties from the early 19th century up to the present day. Did your ancestors live or work in St Helier's main shopping street. We may have valuable information about them in our histories of which businesses traded from the 80-plus premises and which families lived there.


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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