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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

Contact us

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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.



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.

Highlights of the week

This week's Picture of the week features a set of rare pictures of Fort Regent in the 1860s, when it was the headquarters of the island's Army garrison regiments, sent by the British Government to guard the southernmost frontier of the British Isles. One of the pictures, which comes from an officer's personal album, shows a very rare glimpse inside the soldiers' barracks.

Our major addition in the last fortnight has been a list of over 500 Jersey sea captains. Many of us have ancestors with maritime connections and this list, taken from a 32-year-old book Jersey Sailing Ships by John Jean, is bound to help many researchers fill some gaps in their family history. The alphabetical list includes information about when these Jersey 'salts' lived, their families, and the ships they commanded. We are now in the process of linking the list to our many family pages. The editorial team continues to work on the backlog of family trees and we hope to be adding a number of new ones in the next week or so, some of them linked to our list of sea captains

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 records to assist family historians with their research. Over 300 Jersey families are profiled, with over 1,100 associated family trees, and now we have the only comprehensive online index to church registers of baptisms, marriages and burials from the 15th to 19th centuries.

This new 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 and has been visted over 30,000 times since then. It has now been joined by a fully searchable database of all the available records and our efforts to have even more family records released will intensify during 2014.

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 ...



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

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