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One of the main objectives of Jerripedia is to provide an on-line resource for those researching their ancestry in Jersey. Crucial to this research are the church records of baptisms, marriages and burials. Records up to 1842 have been available for researchers to access free of any charge in Jerripedia and in our associated database since 2012. Now we have added a further 100,000 records, taking baptism listings for most parishes to 1915, and records of marriages and burials to 1940.

The family records section of Jersey Archive

This section of the site contains a completely revised comprehensive index to the records for all 12 parishes, plus seven other Church of England churches. We have translated all records from the original French and present them in full A-Z indexes of individual records listed by parish and in date order.

The availability of these new records has overtaken our ongoing project to add central registrations of births, marriages and deaths from 1842, and we have now halted that project, because the church records contain much more information than the indexes to the Registry Office registers. But we have not discarded any previously available information, and the new parish pages accessible from the links on this page have further links to their predecessors.

Links to page images of the original transcription folders of pre-1842 records, often with extra details, can also be found in the baptism section of the database, and we have retained our separate index of St Helier baptisms from 1842-1909 with details of godparents.

The creation of new indexes has allowed us to synchronise information in the database with those indexes at March 2017, but please note that any future additions or corrections will be made first in the database, so this is usually more up-to-date than the indexes. Since the Jersey records became available on Ancestry we have received a number of suggestions for corrections to early records, for which we are most grateful. A number of minor corrections have been made in the database which will only be incorporated in the indexes at the next full update.



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Church registers

Jerripedia had the first online index to Jersey parish church baptism, marriage and burial records and it remains, not only the most comprehensive, but the only index which can be accessed free of charge. We have now updated all the parish pages, which contain completely new and updated indexes, drawing on nearly 500,000 records in our associated database, over 110,000 of them added in 2017. We have not deleted our old family pages, and the new pages contain links to those old index sets.

The St Helier page includes links to records for six other Church of England churches in addition to the parish church, and the St Martin page includes a link to Gouray Church records.

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Why are some church records missing?

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Free look-up service

The release of baptism registers for Jersey's Church of England churches by Jersey Heritage to Ancestry in 2016 means that vital historical documents which were previously locked away from public view in the vaults of Jersey Archive are now in the public domain. But these registers, containing records of the important events in the lives of our ancestors are still inaccessible to those without an Ancestry subscription.

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To coincide with the addition of the new records to Jerripedia's already extensive online collection, we are introducing a free service to look up register entries on behalf of our users.



The service is limited to one request per email address at a time and covers two types of search

  • An attempt to find an elusive record which researchers believe should be in our index, but is not there, possibly because it was incorrectly transcribed
  • A search for extra information which may be contained in the original register entry but has not been copied to our index

We want to make this a two-way exchange of information. to help us improve on the accuracy of our index, so, as our article explaining this service in detail indicates, priority will be given to requests accompanied by information drawing attention to errors located in other records.




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