Family tree index
This page links via an A-Z index to the many family trees on Jerripedia. You can also access these trees and discover more family information on the Family pages.
Previously all the family trees were accessed from a single page of links, but with nearly 1,000 trees that page was starting to become too large and cumbersome. You can still go to that page, or use the A-Z index below to go to a page of trees for families whose name begins with the chosen letter.
- Index of all family trees
- A - B - C - D - E - F - G - H - J - K - L - M - N - O - P - Q - R - S - T - V - W
Origins of names
The derivation of many of the surnames is explained in an article by George Balleine, Derivation of Jersey Surnames and further articles have been added on Old family names of the Channel Islands and Jersey names of French origin. However, just because a Jersey's ancestor's name sounds French, does not mean that it is necessarily a long-established island surname, or even originates in France. Read The perils of French sounding names.
Jersey was a French-speaking island (both true French and the Jerriais patois) until well into the 19th century. Some country families did not have English as their main language until the late 20th century and the business of the States and publication of its laws were in French until early in that century. Consequently, the vast majority of children born in the island were given French personal names to go with their, largely, French surnames. This only began to change in the 19th century. Wherever possible the members of the family trees in this section of Jerripedia are shown with the names they were baptised with, but where these trees have been copied in their entirety from trees published elsewhere, or downloaded from family tree software packages, it is possible that anglicised versions of the correct French names will have been used.
Dates given in the family trees are for birth and death, where known, but might be for baptism and burial. All dates, particularly pre-1600, should be treated as approximate. Beware of dates which look too evenly spaced to be true - they probably are not. Children in a large family were rarely born every second year; nor did son follow father, and grandfather and great-grandfather at exact intervals of 20, 25 or 30 years. When you encounter such regular gaps it is likely that this is an attempt by a researcher to show approximate dates within a known timespan. And do not assume that two or more children in a family who are shown as having the same birth year are necessarily twins, triplets, etc. Again, this may be because the author of the tree does not know exactly when they were born.
Every effort has been made to ensure the accuracy of the family trees but they should be treated with the same degree of healthy scepticism as any other genealogical information on the Web. Where trees, or sections of a tree, are believed to be particularly suspect, a note has been added to the tree. If Jerripedia editors had to guarantee the accuracy of every tree presented, there would be no trees on the site. They are presented as a guide to family historians, who should always attempt to find as many alternative sources as possible and to get back to primary records where they exist. When errors are identified in trees our policy is not to delete them but to add a clear note warning of the probable inaccuracy. Sometimes such notes are in turn challenged and some of the trees on the site contain an ongoing debate about their content, with the content reflecting the editor's view of the most likely relationships.
For this reason, if you believe that you have identified any errors in these trees, please do not make changes yourself but click on the 'Discussion' tab at the top of the page and leave the information you have (or send it to firstname.lastname@example.org). This will be picked up by site editors and either the changes you suggest will be made to the relevant pages, or you will be contacted by email for further discussion. This does not prevent anyone registered as a contributor adding new trees by creating a link under the appropriate family page. You can add trees in any format you wish, but we do not have a facility for importing Gedcoms, so trees must be in a format which can be imported from a text editor. See Adding your family tree for guidance.
Jerripedia editors have embarked on the lengthy process of creating links between the 800-plus trees currently on the site. Where the spouse of a member of one tree can be identified in their own family's tree, a link is created in each direction. Some of these links have already been made over the past two years, but now each tree is being analysed in turn to identify which further links can be established.
At the same time each family page is being updated, making sure that there are links to all baptism listings for the family and any articles about individual members of the family or the Jersey houses they owned at some time in the past. Further family trees will be added as they become available.
This is a very time-consuming process, and is likely to take many months to complete. Site visitors will be able to watch the editors' note (see Bichard) moving down this page as more trees are processed.
It is important to note that when the name of an individual shown as a spouse in one tree is also found in their own family tree, it cannot always be certain that they are one and the same person. If both trees show the same names and dates in the marriage, it can be reasonably assumed that they are the same people. Where full correspondence of names and dates is not available the link will be qualified as either possible or probable, depending on the amount of information available. Any researchers who come across a link they believe to be inaccurate are asked to please draw the attention of the editor to the problem by leaving a message under the appropriate page's 'discussion' tab.
Trees marked NEW in the index have been entered since 1 January 2013. There are 1,029 trees at 1 May 2013