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.
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. However, due to the problems associated with updating over 5,000 Jerripedia pages every time there has been a major review of our database of records, we have decided to cease mainting these indexes.
The Jerripedia team's priority throughout 2019 was 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 and that progress will continue indefinitely as we discover errors or they are pointed out to us by users.
However, we will no longer update the indexes to match and, instead, we have introduced a much-improved Family Search facility, which provides a faster and more effective way of searching the most up-to-date records. Just click on this link to discover more and try our search facility, if you have not already done so. You may find it useful before that to read our Guide to using the Family Search facility
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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 recently updated our database of nearly 500,000 records, which lies behind our improved Family Search facility. We have not deleted our old parish family records pages, which still contain links to the old index sets, which are no longer being maintained
Registrar records of births, marriages and deaths, and how to apply for certificates
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?
Main index pages
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.