Burial records

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Death and burial records



Records of deaths and burials are often thought of as the third level of research for family historians, providing supplementary information for births/baptisms and marriages. Certainly they rank third in chronological sequence, but that does not diminish their value. Because online birth and marriage records are often restricted to dates up to 100 years ago in order to avoid including anyone who is still alive - a somewhat strange policy when records concerning living individuals in Jersey are available from many sources, such as electoral registers, rate books, Occupation identity cards, etc - death and burial records, which by their very nature exclude anybody still alive, can be a very valuable source of family history data.

Jerripedia records include funerals at Anglican churches up to 1940 (much earlier for some parishes), and official death registrations in the 12 parishes into the 21st century ( again, dates vary from one parish to another). We have now added further records which provide additional detail and links to official records held by Jersey Archive.

This page contains a set of links to burial records for individual cemeteries, and records of funerals across the island from the archives of seven major undertakers from the 1820s to the 1970s. We have included an A-Z index combining some 66,000 records from 1820 to 1978 from the seven undertakers, enabling an easy search to be carried out if, as is likely for the majority of researchers, you have no idea who organised your ancestors' funerals and where they were held.

Also included on this page are records on the public specialist site Find A Grave, and Jerripedia's own collection of gravestone images. Although most of the cemeteries which are covered by our gravestone images have been painstakingly photographed, row by row, it is possible that some graves have been overlooked, so our pages are entitled 'A selection of images ....'.

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Chris Le Mottee taking photographs of graves for the Jerripedia collection

As with many of Jerripedia's records, more detailed information is often available to subscribers to the Jersey Archive online catalogue and other public websites. Our indexes contain Archive catalogue index numbers for the original documents and references for other sites where appropriate


Jersey cemeteries: A summary

Cemeteries in Jersey: More details

St Helier burial grounds


Westmount New Cemetery
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Cemetery records


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Funeral directors' record books for 50,000 burials

As indicated below, the combined index for all funeral directors' records is complete, as are single-page indexes for the smaller businesses. We are working on the completion of the separate A-Z indexes for the records of Sinatt, Conery and Le Quesne



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Find a Grave index


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Jerripedia gravestone photographs collection


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Church of England burial records 1540-1940


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St Helier registrars' death registers

When the compulsory registration of births, marriages and deaths was introduced in Jersey, the responsibility for recording these events was given to the parishes, with each of the 12 required to appoint a registrar. The records were then co-ordinated centrally by the Office of the Superintendent Registrar. This system is still in place today.

The Superintendent Registrar's records are all retained in an office in the Royal Square, and some, but not all, of the individual parish records are now in the keeping of Jersey Archive. They have begun work on digitising the St Helier registers, starting with deaths.

Although the majority of deaths from 1842 onwards would have occurred in St Helier and been recorded there, a substantial number happened in other parishes. The St Helier records, therefore, only represent a proportion of the total.

The Archive website provides access to the registers for subscribers to their service. The volumes are indexed, giving the name of the deceased and the date of death, but this has to be known before an individual record can be located. We have combined all the records which have been digitised so far into a single A - Z index. There are currently 17,000 records in our index, covering the years from 1850 to 1878. This index will be expanded as more registers are made available online.

The handwritten registers give the date of death, name, sex, age, address and profession of the deceased, cause of death, doctor and funeral director's names, and any further observations. Later registers add time and place of death, the identity of the person providing the information, cause of death and the date of registration.

This can be extremely valuable information for family historians researching ancestors in Jersey.

Please note that the entries in the registers are not in order of date of death, but are listed in order of the date on which the registrar recorded the death. This means that some records are slightly out of sequence in the registers.

Further information on many of those whose death registrations appear in this index will also be found in funeral and burial records further up this page, but the death registrations will include those whose funerals were conducted at non-Anglican churches and those whose families used undertakers other than those whose records are listed above.

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