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The family records section of Jersey Archive

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 1940 (depending on parish and type of record) are free to view in Jerripedia and in our associated database.

This section of the site contains a 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.

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.

Jerripedia indexes were updated from the database in March 2017. 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.

The Jerripedia team's priority throughout 2019 is to check all the data in the website and our database and correct any errors identified. Since September 2018 we have been correcting errors in the database as we work on family trees and we have now completed a review of all records of baptisms and marriages. Our review of family names in burial registers is also complete, and we are now in the final stages of our project, identifying maiden names of wives and widows and ensuring that they are correctly indexed.

Once this work is complete, the links from this page will be rebuilt. From then on we will do our best to keep the records in the indexes and the database fully synchronised, but although we understand that many Jerripedia users prefer to use the indexes, we still recommend that they think of searching the database, too, because it contains additional information not included in the indexes. Certainly at present the database contains a much more accurate set of records than this site's indexes, and is the best available source of Jersey family history information

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Church registers and Registrar records

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. From January 2018 we are including parish registrar records of births, marriages and deaths in our main parish indexes. We have not deleted our old family pages, and the new pages contain links to those old index sets.

Registrar records of births, marriages and deaths, and how to apply for certificates

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.

Dates: Until the adoption of the Gregorian calendar in 1752, the New Year started on March 26 each year, so all dates in January and February, and up to 25 March, had the same year number as the previous year. In the transcriptions of church registers, dates during this period are shown in the style '1645/6', but to conform with the style adopted throughout Jerripedia all dates in our indexes are shown as if the New Year started on 1 January.

Why are some church records missing?

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Roman Catholic parishes

Free look-up service

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


To coincide with the addition of the new records to Jerripedia's already extensive online collection, we started a free service to look up register entries on behalf of our users. This has been used extensively and very successfully in the months since it was introduced.

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 have encouraged 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 is given to requests accompanied by information drawing attention to errors located in other records, or providing extra details.

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