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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

  • To contact the Jerripedia administration for any reason please send an email to
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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 is an early amateur photograph of the lane at Vinchelez. It is not entirely clear why this lane has always been such a popular subject for photographers, including professionals seeking scenes for postcards: perhaps it is simply that it has always been a stretch of country road completely covered by the branches and foliage of trees.

Since this box was last updated we have completed our collection of biographies of islanders who have distinguished themselves in one way or another, adapted from George Balleine's A Biographical dictionary of Jersey. The editorial team has turned its attention to a considerable backlog of family trees and over the past month a further 36 have been added to the site, bringing the total to 1,227. There are many more to come, and we apologise to anybody who has submitted a tree to us in the past year but not yet seen it appear. Please understand that the work of processing trees is a slow and painstaking one, because we now cross-reference all trees with our collection of baptism, marriage and burial records, meaning that it can take several hours to process a single tree for a family with a large number of church records.

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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