This page lists all new pages added to the site since 1 January 2017, and from time to time also contains important messages about changes to site pages.
Links to content added to the site in earlier years can be found on our 'What was new?' page, which retains the complete sequence of additions to the site back to July 2010.
You should also visit our 'What’s coming?' page from time to time to discover the additions which are planned for the site over the coming weeks and month.
- What was new – a link to a list of articles added to the site from August 2010 to the end of 2016
- What’s coming? – a foretaste of new articles and family records coming soon
1 January 2018
New family pages
- Picture of the week, a very old photograph of St Helier Harbour which is proving difficult to date accurately
- Wallis, new family page
- Registrar records of births, marriages and deaths, details of a new range of records currently being added to the site
- Picture of the week, the Royal Square in the early 1880s
- Researching census records - we can't provide census records (not yet), but here is a set of articles on what they contain, how they can be very useful for family researchers, the errors they may contain, and indexes to the St Helier districts and the streets they cover
- 14th century storms - An article from the 2009 Annual Bulletin of La Société Jersiaise looking back to storms which may have been responsible for coastal erosion in St Ouen's Bay
- Longueville Manor revisited
- Joseph Sinel - another biography of the noted Jersey naturalist, historian and archaeologist
- William Carr Beresford - Last Governor of Jersey - another biography of Jersey's last Governor
- Baking during the Occupation
- A book of Gruchy family history
- Finance and banking during the Occupation
- St Lawrence burial register - a number of Blampied records have been found listed under Bisson. This error has now been corrected
New family pages
- Descendants of Jean Briard - 2, a new family tree going back to the 17th century
- Wavell, new family page ...
- Mike Wavell ... and a biography of one of the family
- A gallery of photographs from the 1850s - or are they?
- Picture of the week, parade at St Peter's Barracks
New family pages
- Descendants of William Male, new family tree added to an updated family page
- Clarence Ahier's Great War diary - Part 2 - 1917, a Jersey soldier's account of life in the trenches
New family pages
Today we are pleased to announce the addition of a major new batch of family records to the site. They are St Helier birth registrations from 1842 to 1926, amounting to over 60,000 new records.
These registrations cover 84 years from the establishment of the Office of the Superintendent Registrar and the appointment of registrars of births, marriages and deaths in each of the 12 parishes in 1842.
Our searchable database and our A-Z Jerripedia indexes have contained the birth records of the other 11 parishes since January 2015, but we could not, at the time, justify the workload of digitising the St Helier records, which were largely duplicated by baptism records for the period from 1842 to 1909. In 2015 the baptism records available for the other parishes only covered the years up to 1842.
Because the St Helier baptism records only cover Anglican churches, we have now decided to add the birth registrations, but regrettably we do not have the resources at this time to add them individually to the database and our A-Z indexes.
What we have done is to present the scans of the Superintendent Registrar's indexes to the birth records which we made in 2014 in a chronological index. These indexes only contain the name of the child, a date range for the volume in which they appear and a page number. But even this limited information is invaluable if you want to order a birth certificate from the Superintendent Registrar, and with the St Helier volumes covering periods as short as 14 months, it is possible to locate the birth of a child who was not baptised in an Anglican church.
The page images are indexed in pairs of registration volumes to a Jerripedia page. At the same time we have brought our indexes of digitised baptism records for the other 11 parishes back into our main parish indexes, together with page views of death register indexes.
A further step in this process has been the addition of indexes of marriages in non-Anglican churches in all parishes but Trinity, which does not appear to have any, and the Registry Office in St Helier.
We now have approaching 600,000 family records in our Jerripedia Family records section, and there are many more to come this year.
- Ploeuc-sur-Lie an updated and enlarged list of over 200 immigrants to Jersey from this small Brittany town
- Picture of the week, a photograph of people on the beach at Havre des Pas in the summer after the Occupation - or was it?
- Bienvenu, more information added to family page, including ...
- Descendants of Jan Bienvenu ... family tree back to 17th century in Brittany
- Boisard, more information added to family page, including ...
- Descendants of Julien Boizard... family tree back to 17th century in Brittany
- Boniface, more information added to family page, including ...
- Descendants of Thomas Boniface - 1
- Descendants of Thomas Boniface - 2 ... family trees for two different Thomas
Use of Jerripedia as a resource for Jersey history and family history hit a new high during January. The daily average number of people accessing the site was 774, with repeat visits bringing the daily number of user sessions to 887. This compares with the average for 2017 of 646 users and 737 sessions. In January last year there were 623 users a day making a total of 723 visits.
The growth in site traffic has been remarkable. In 2013 we were pleased to get 100 daily visitors and in the early days after the site's launch in 2010, between 30 and 50 a day was the norm.
- After the Liberation:War damage claims how islanders claimed for losses to property and possessions during the German Occupation...
- Occupation compensation claims ... and a summary list of those claims
- Postcards sent to nearby France in 1906, a set of postcards sent to the Margantin family in Saint Servan
- Boobyer, completed family page
- Descendants of John Boobyer, and family tree
- Finding servants in 19th century Jersey
- Jordan, completed family page
- Jordan family members who served in World War 1
- Descendants of James Jordan - 1
- Descendants of James Jordan - 2
- Descendants of John Jordan
- Boullier, completed family page
- Descendants of Jean Baptiste Boullier
- Descendants of Aimable Paul Boullier
- St Ouen's School, recollections of the final years of the school
- Descendants of Guillemin Le Bas, a major new tree going back to 1300 and correcting errors in an earlier Le Bas tree
- Over 100 WW2 deportees from Jersey to French and German prisons and camps - a detailed index to a new website
- Bourinot, completed family page
- Brewer, completed family page
- Bryant, family page completed
- Burridge, family page completed
- Evacuees' applications to return - a full A-Z index to 6,400 records at Jersey Archive of applications by evacuees to return to Jersey after the Occupation
- German Occupation Court hearings, an index to records of German court sentences during the Occupation
- Picture of the week, The Halt, a small hotel
- A temporary index to St John baptism records missing from existing transcriptons - over 1000 new records from 1594 to 1647
- Descendants of Philippe Bisson - 2
- Descendants of Elie Le Cras - 3, the family tree of a Le Cras, who was baptised Bisson and whose marriage certificate shows the wrong father
- Captain Charles Bisson, a Jerseyman who emigrated to Victoria, Australia, where he obtained his Master's Certificate
- Picture of the week, two shops in Central and North America run by Bissons
- Oswald Bisson, a Jerseyman who emigrated to Canada and took over his father-in-law's store in British Columbia
- Captain Charles Bisson, a seagoing Jerseyman who emigrated to Australia
- Descendants of Collas Le Brun
- Descendants of Vincent Camiot
- Descendants of Frederick Toy
- Descendants of Robert Toy
- Cardy, family page completed
- Carson, family page completed
- Carver: Family page completed
- St John baptisms temporary index now contains 2500 records from 1594 to 16915
- Jersey wills: Our index to Jersey wills from 1663 now covers the period up to 1980 and contains 33,000 records
- Picture of the week: A St Brelade's Bay beachside cafe in the 1930s
- Courtman: Family page completed
- Crosby: Family page completed
- David: Family page completed
- Driscoll: Family page completed
- Druce: Family page completed
- Eveleigh: Family page completed
- Farnham: Family page completed
- Forward: Family page completed
- Forster: Family page completed
- Gordon: Family page completed
- Hart: Family page completed
- Kitcher: Family page completed
- Lake: Family page completed
- Lakeman: Family page completed
- Lamerton: Family page completed
- Langdon: Family page completed
- Whitel: Family page completed
- Webb: Family page completed
- Wavell: Family pate completed
- Lock: Family page completed
- Langford: Family page completed
- Lawrence: Family page completed
- Lee: Family page completed
- Masters: Family page completed
- Long: Family page completed
- Watson: Family page completed
- Weeks: Family page completed
- Webber: Family page completed
- Way: Family page completed
- Le Pavoux: Family page completed
- Walmsley: Family page completed
- Manley: Family page completed
- Moitie: Family page completed
This completes the addition of all available data to the 80 new family pages added to the site in December 2017. We still have some way to go with updating and adding data sets to earlier pages and the addition of further new family pages is now under consideration. If you have any families with strong Jersey connections which you think should be included, please email us at firstname.lastname@example.org with your suggestions. Please use Jerripedia as the subject of your email
- Picture of the week Easter at St Ouen's Bay in 1951
- Burial records, a new page bringing together old and new indexes of burial registers
- Burial records, update of our index to burial registers and other records which now includes our own gravestone image collection sorted by surname for each cemetery covered, an index to Find A Grave Jersey records and links to our Church of England burial records
St Matthew's School, a thriving private school in the last decade of the 19th century
- Descendants of Edouard Godfray - 2
- Descendants of Mathieu Renouf
- Descendants of Francois Benest, a corrected and expanded tree
- Le Cygne, the story of a paddle steamer which operated between Jersey and Carteret from about 1894 to 1912
- E J Gallichan, Jersey's longest established jewellery business
- Descendants of Jean Gallichan, associated family tree
- Picture of the week: Anne Port Farm, 1905
Two substantial linked family trees, bringing together some existing trees and correcting errors
A temporary index covering some missing St John records
- Mont Orgueil Castle garrison soldiers in the 14th century, a long list of names of islanders, many of them still present today
- Hocquard captains in Nova Scotia a history of two brothers in the early 19th century
- Fanny Breslauer, the story of a famous Jersey sailing vessel
- Roy Bisson and Scouting in Jersey the long career of one of Jersey's stalwarts of Scouting
- King's Own Royal Lancaster Regiment the 1903 garrison regiment
- Origins of the Jersey cow
The site is currently undergoing a much-needed 'spring-clean'. All pages are being reviewed, and amended, where necessary, or noted for further attention when time permits. Part of this process involves the deletion of old material which is not linked to any other pages. This mostly involves pages of baptisms in St Helier and Trinity which were created in 2012 and have now been superseded by the full parish indexes of family records. These old pages are rarely, if ever, visited, and have not been included within the site's menu structure for several years. If anyone has had them bookmarked we apologise for their removal, while referring these site users to the far more comprehensive information now available in the family research section of the site. It is important, in order to maximise the speed of access to the site's pages, to remove some of this 'clutter' from time to time
This work is being undertaken by a small editorial team who are taking a fresh look at the structure and content of the site and making improvements wherever possible. We will continue to add new content when time permits, including our Picture of the week, but the flow of new material to the site will inevitably slow while editor Mike Bisson is taking a much-needed break for the next few weeks
- Picture of the week, two remarkable Victorian lantern slides of Gorey in the 1880s
- The founder of Le Brun's Bakery, a history of an important branch of the Le Brun family
- Sir Sam Falle, the story of a Jerseyman rescued after a sea battle in the Pacific
- Surnames in church records: Our database surname list updated
- Ted Ray: One of Jersey, and Britain's, best golfers
- Picture of the week - Methodist Ministers in 1867
- Descendants of Philippe Vibert - 2:A new 10-generation family tree ...
- Vibert ... and accompanying photographs added to the family page
- Four trees linked to an expanded Descendants of Philippe Vibert - 2
- Descendants of Samuel de Carteret
- Descendants of Jean Le Feuvre - 2
- Descendants of Elie Mauger
- Descendants of Jean Surcouf - 2
- Descendants of Pierre Tocque: Corrections and substantial additions to this family tree
- Descendants of Noel Francois Gorvel, another seven generations added to the top of this tree with its origins in Henon and Ploeuc-sur-Lie in Brittany
- Descendants of John Alexandre, a new branch added to this tree
- John Henry Ball/Bull - a story of deceit and desertion: The story of a farm worker who abandoned his wife and six children in Jersey and married again in Canada
- The schoolmaster and publisher Valpys: A Jersey family famous in education circles
- Descendants of Charles de la Haye
- Descendants of Alexis de la Haye - 3: Substantial branch added to this existing tree
- Descendants of Raulin Falla - a 13-generation tree back to Guernsey in the 15th century
- Important note
Although these two trees which have been added today overlap existing trees, each contains sufficient new content to justify the creation of new trees. However, although our policy in the past has been to create new trees, even when submitted trees are more or less a mirror copy of existing trees, we have decided to change this approach. We are now more likely to add any information which is new to expand an existing tree. Only when there is a substantial amount of new information will we create a new tree.
Not only will this reduce the workload of our editorial team, but it will help to reduce the number of trees researchers need to study to obtain all the available information for a family lineage. We will not delete any existing trees which overlap, but the policy change will affect all new trees submitted to us.
That does not mean that new trees are any less welcome, and if submitters are anxious that they should be included in full rather than new information being added to existing trees, their wishes will be respected.
- Descendants of Thomas Gallichan: large new branch added
- Descendants of Jean Gallie - 2: New 15-generation tree back to the mid-16th century
- Life as settlers in New Zealand's remote South Island
- John Le Breton, emigrant to Canada
- Philippe Gavey, founder of the Gavet family of New England
- Jersey in 1910, a gallery of photographs
- Jersey International Road Race, some amateur photographs of the 1950 race added to the gallery
- Descendants of Jean Renouf of St Mary (1480), a major new 15-generation tree for this important Jersey family, starting in the 15th century, overlapping some existing trees but containing new descendant lines into the 20th century
- Descendants of Louis Gorin
- Walter John Lake's court appearances: Former soldier who beat his wife, who was accused of witchcraft
- Julia Mary Marquand, a Jersey girl who was taken to Australia by her mother after the death of her father, and became the third wife of a 'man' who turned out to be a woman.
- Elizabeth Nicolle emigrant to Australia
- Picture of the week, an amateur snapshot of a band at Fort Regent in 1907
We have today completed the latest batch of updates to the Jerripedia database based on suggestions submitted by users. Many of these have also involved adjustments to entries in the Family records indexes, and more of these will be updated in due course. Our thanks to everyone who has submitted suggestions for corrections or additional information. The database does not allow all the additional information to be incorporated, but much of what has been submitted has been added to notes. It is encouraging to note that the majority of changes are additions rather than corrections of errors, and most of the latter involve records before 1842, which can now be checked against original registers, which were not available when the records were transcribed six years ago. Please keep notifying us of any mistakes you find in Jerripedia and the database
- Descendants of Nicoll Picot, a St Saviour family, our first new Picot tree since 2016
- Descendants of Josue Picot, and another
- Descendants of Josue Picot (1690): A new branch added to this tree
- John and Jeanne Picot, emigrants to the USA
- Descendants of Edouard Queree - 3, a further attempt to unravel the complexities of this St John family
- The Sorsoleils of Jersey Cove, the strange story of a Jersey family who abruptly left their Gaspe home to head to the USA
- Isaac and Elizabeth Vincent, a successful New South Wales businesswoman from Jersey
- Picture of the week: Mont Les Vaux and the railway line
A substantial number of our Family pages have been checked, updated, and more records and family photographs added over the last week. It's not possible to list all pages which have been updated, nor the new content added, so check pages for families in your trees. You can click on the History tab on a page to see whether it has been recently edited
Further updating of several hundred Family pages with the addition of photographs of the graves in war cemeteries, across the world, of Jerseymen who were casualties of the Great War. Once again, these additions are too numerous to be listed individually
- Picture of the week: Militia parade on the beach at Bel Royal
- A major update to Queree family trees: two expanded, plus two new ones
- Descendants of Edouard Queree - 3: expanded
- Descendants of William Queree: expanded
- Descendants of Jean Queree: new
- Descendants of Nicolas Queree: new
- Pictures of Jersey from an 1896 French album
- A selection of pictures of Jersey held in a major French collection
- Victor Hugo, more photographs taken by the French author and his sons during their stay in Jersey, added to this page
- St John burials temporary index, the first 1,000 missing St John burial records have been added for the period 1581-1652
- Taunton_Inn, Gorey, the story of one of Gorey Pier's inns
- Picture of the week, cheap booze in 1850
- Burial records a new menu page bringing together all information about Jersey cemeteries, burial records and an index to our Jersey gravestone image collection, including ...
- Funeral directors' records 1820-1978 a new index to over 66,000 burial records over more than a century and a half. If your ancestors are not in this collection, they probably did not die in Jersey
- We believe that this is likely to be one of the most popular and valuable indexes on the whole site. A single index gives access to all the records of funerals and burials organised by the main Jersey funeral directors from 1820 to 1978.
- These records are part of the Jersey Archive collection, but whereas their indexes cover individual sets of records for each undertaker, we have brought all the records together into a single index. So you don't need to know when an ancestor died or which undertaker handled the funeral to locate a record.
- The importance of these records is that not only do they cover a much longer period than the church burial records which were given to Ancestry by the Archive – some of those only go up to 1867, and none are later than 1940 – but they cover funerals in churches of all denominations and burials in Anglican and non-Anglican cemeteries.
- Not only do these funeral directors' records include people of all denominations over a period of nearly 160 years – there will be few people who died in Jersey during that time who are not included – but they contain much valuable information which cannot be found in any other records, including next of kin, home address of the deceased, who paid for the funeral and the details of what it cost, official positions held by the deceased, and more often than not, the location of the grave, sometimes including a hand-drawn plan of the cemetery.
- 19th century Jersey business adverts, a page with a selection of over 750 advertisements from 19th century almanacs ...
- 20th century Jersey business adverts ... and a selection from the 20th century
- Reflections on a great uncle: The story of a family hero from the Great War
- St James Collegiate, the story of one of Jersey's foremost schools of the 19th century
- Picture of the week, the changing face of St Helier ...
- One hundred views of St Helier ... and the full set of images introduced by our feature picture
- Rose a paddle steamer built in Jersey in 1851 for service on routes to France...
- Venus ... and her sister vessel on this service
- The commercial life of the Royal Square, a history of businesses in St Helier's main square
- Picture of the week: Newly discovered photographs of the 1921 Royal Visit by King George V and Queen Mary
- L'Amy - please note that we have spotted that some references to L'Amy or Lamy in our Family records section were wrongly entered under the heading LAMPAMPAMY. This will sound very strange to most site users, but it is an error which crept into our database - ampamp being computer code for the apostrophe in our database program. We corrected the errors in the database some time ago, and have now corrected some which crept over to our Jerripedia family record indexes and were not spotted. If you have been searching for a L'Amy record and not found it, it may now be there. Check headers for L'Amy and Lamy. The problem also applied to a much smaller number of records for other surnames beginning L' and these have also hopefully all now been corrected.
- Picture of the week: A Bisson family in Canada in the 1890s
- A history of Robin, Jones and Whitman a Canadian company with extensive interests in Quebec and Nova Scotia, which was founded by Jersey brothers and traded in four centuries ...
- Picture of the week ... and a Jerseyman outside one of the company's stores
- Brief notes on Jersey families:An 1862 article by J Bertrand Payne
- Life in Jersey during the Great War: A set of 11 articles on island life from 1914 to 1918
- Picture of the week: Drag hunt meetings in the 20th century
- William and Henry Dumaresq, Army officer brothers who settled in New South Wales
- Picture of the week: Old Battle of Flowers photographs
- Prints from an 1875 book
- A collection of 1890s photographs
- 1680 map of Jersey
- First Tower, a history of one of St Helier's busy suburbs
- Mont Les Vaux, a history of this road out of St Aubin
- A history of St Lawrence village
- A history of Bonne Nuit
- Descendants of Philippe Le Feuvre - 2
- Descendants of Charles Ramie
- David and George Baker: Father and son, soldiers
- Picture of the week: Gorey coastal tower and shipyard
- D'Auvergne family history, a major history of this illustrious Jersey family, first published in 1906
- Jutize and de Carteret family history, another family history, from 1908
- Picture of the week:A photograph of St Lawrence Parish Church - or is it?
- Notes on the origins of placenames: A combination of two articles from 1907 and 1908 explaining the history behind some of Jersey's unusual names
- Descendants of Claude Hamon
- Hamon or Hammond: a history of the branch of an old Jersey family, which changed the spelling of its name
- The Du Pre family: another history of an important Jersey family
- Payn family of St Lawrence: a family which built a manor house with dovecot
- Descendants of Clement de la Haye: an alternative version of an existing tree
- Picture of the week: a selection of new pictures
We are in the process of updating and adding to the articles in our section on old Jersey houses. We have completed this round of work on properties in Grouville, and St Brelade. We will not be adding here each property whose page is edited or added, but we will add a note as work on each parish section is completed. We are taking the opportunity to add pictures of the houses as they are today for those properties for which they are available. We are also linking as many properties as we can to the family pages and family trees of people who owned them and lived in them.
La Société Jersiaise has announced the completion of the updating of its library catalogue. It now offers more options for searching for books, periodicals and archives in the library. There are also new records for hundreds of family trees, and the first batch of maps from the Société map collection. Follow this link to search the catalogue. Of course, it is only the catalogue which is available online - the documents and other listed items themselves have not been digitised. But we have discovered some important listings of collections of family documents, which in themselves provide valuable information for family historians on property ownership, family relationships and other details. Here are some examples, and we will be adding more to our family pages in due course:
- Hemery family records from a USA descendant
- Messervy family records: A substantial collection covering the 17th and 18th centuries
- Dumaresq family records: Relating to an acrimonious 17th century dispute betweeen Philipe Dumaresq and Sir Philip De Carteret, which lasted 24 years
- Bertram family records from an English descendant: These include references to many other Jersey families and a link has been added to their Family pages
- Records of the Robin family and their business in Canada
- Records relating to Thomas Lempriere and members of his family from 1509 to 1789
- Langton collection of family trees: A list of family trees produced by Charles Langton in 1938 and held by the library
- Militia commission documents: List of commission documents for the RMIJ from 1675 to 1901
- Research notes of the Rev J A Messervy
- Picture of the week: Harbour views from the 1870s
- Descendants of Leonard Alexandre
- Alexandre of Grouville, St Saviour and St Helier
- Siouville, new family page
- Descendants of Jean Siouville
- Descendants of Guillaume Siouville
- St Aubin picture gallery, a new page with an enlarged and improved gallery of over 350 pictures of Jersey's second town
- C Le Masurier and Co, one of Jersey's oldest companies and family businesses
- Picture of the week, an unidentified farmhouse in about 1890
- Descendants of Thomas Anquetil - 2 Added 2018
- Family tree index: We have embarked on a major project to check, update and enlarge our collection of family trees - there are currently 3,203 of them. As far as we know Jerripedia is the only family history website of any size which checks its submitted trees against primary records. This is an ongoing process, and every new tree received for some years has been subject to this scrutiny. However, new records have become available since this process started and we have decided to review all our trees over the coming months, working through the index from A to Z. As well as allowing us to correct and expand existing trees, this process has already identified significant numbers of members of various families who were not currently attached to trees on the site, and we have been able to create a number of new trees. Throughout the process, links to new trees will be added to this page as they are created.
- Descendants of Henry Bartlett
- Descendants of John Bartlett
- Descendants of Samuel Bartlett
- Descendants of James Bartlett
- Philip Francis Vigot, Jersey seaman, survivor of the Titanic sinking
- Cleveland Garages: Pictures of a major 20th century garage group in Jersey
- A special album of Great War photographs
- Stories of heroism during the war: Another Great War tribute
- The unveiling of the Cenotaph in 1923: Jersey's permanent war memorial was ready five years after the end of the Great War
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