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The Jersey Library

Principal Public Libraries with family history resources
Research services
Registrar General's Index
Census records
Electoral registers
Poll books
International Genealogical Index
Unpublished indexes
Parish registers
Published transcripts
Other materials
Guides to collections
Record Office address
Other information

Library Services URL: http://www.gov.je/library
Chapman County Codes (BS 6879):

2. Principal Libraries with Family History resources

Reference Librarian
Jersey Library
Halkett Place
St. Helier
Tel: 01534 759992
Fax: 01534 769444
[email protected]

Jersey Archive
Clarence Road
St Helier
Tel: +44 (0)1534 833300
Fax: +44 (0)1534 833301
E-mail: [email protected]
Internet: http://www.jerseyheritagetrust.org

Opening hours:

The Jersey Archive is open to the public
Tuesday - Thursday: 9:00 - 13:00 and 14:00 - 17:00

Other Libraries:

For family history enquiries, The Jersey Library works closely with the following organisations:

Societe Jersiaise (SocJ)
7 Pier Road
St. Helier
Tel: 01534 730538
Fax: 01534 888262

Channel Islands Family History Society (CIFHS)
(See also Other information

3. Research Service

Service available? Yes

Fee-based? �20 per hour or part thereof plus the cost of any photocopies provided. Please contact the Jersey Archives.

Provided by local Record Office? Societe Jersiaise and Channel Islands Family History Society provide fee-based research facilities

4. Births, Deaths and Marriages

Registrar General's Indexes from 1837 (microform), or Registrar General for Scotland's Computerised Index from 1855.

Locations Index to Jersey's civil registers (1842-c.1900)
(Held at Societe Jersiaise)

5. Census returns

Jersey Census 1841, 1851, 1861, 1871, 1881, 1891 (Indexes and returns on microfilm)
(Held at the Jersey Library)
Jersey Archive holds the microfilm for the Channel Island Censuses 1841-1891, including a street index to all censuses, a copy of the 1881 British Isles census and copies of the indexes and transcriptions produced by the CIFHS.
A copy of General Don's Militia Survey of 1806 & 1815 is held by the Jersey Archive and can be found by searching the OPAC. An index to General Don's Militia Survey produced by the CIFHS is also available at the Jersey Archive.

6. Directories

6(a) County and Regional Directories

Almanacks for the island of Jersey
(various titles and dates)
Earliest 1815French
Latest current 
(Held at the Jersey Library)

Almanacs, containing lists of professional, mercantile and trading classes in St Helier, lists of Jersey officials at States and Parish levels, lists of officers in the Royal Jersey Militia, vessels and details from the Royal Courts, from 1864 - 1997 are available at the Jersey Archive

6(b) City and Town Directories

6(c) Telephone Directories

Jersey telephone directories from 1957
(Held at the Jersey Library)

7. Electoral registers and polls books

7(a) Electoral Registers

1953 to date (incomplete run)
NB Later start date for some parishes

7(b) Poll Books

None held

8. International Genealogical Index (IGI)

Not held

9. Unpublished Indexes

10. Parish Registers

Parish records (c.1540-1842) Indices incomplete
(Held at Societe Jersiaise)

Church Records
The Jersey Archive holds the original baptism, marriage and burial registers for the following parish churches:
� St Brelade's from1560 to 1996
� St Helier from1596 to1988
� St Saviour's from 1540-1975
� St Mark's Church from 1875-1970
� Grouville from 1584 to 1993
� St Clement's from 1623 to 1998
� St Lawrence from 1654 to 1992
� St Mary's from 1774 to 2001
� St John's from 1715 to 1984
� St Peter's from 1626 to 1955
Also Transcriptions of the Church registers up to 1842 for all 12 parishes.
All Methodist Chapel registers and non-conformist Churches of New Church Society, Halkett Place Evangelical Church, United Reformed Church (St John's Independent Church) and All Saints Church.

All indexes of the Parish Church Registers produced by the CIFHS are available at the Jersey Archive.

The Jersey Archive has carried out surveys of the remaining Parish Churches in the Island, and also the Roman Catholic Churches. The survey lists are available at the Jersey Archive and on-line when searching the Archive catalogue and the 'Register of Jersey Sources not held by the Jersey Archive' at

11. Periodicals (excl. newspapers)

12. Published Transcripts of Archival Material

13. Other material

Cemeteries Details of Cemeteries of the following Churches are available at the Jersey Archive: St Lawrence Church, St Clement's Church, St Brelade's Church, St Helier Church, St Saviour's Church

Civil Registration Civil Registration Surname Indices for Births and Deaths are available to consult at the Jersey Archive with Marriage Indexes available to consult on microfiche.

Court Records All Royal Court Records original volumes and microfilms are held by the Jersey Archive including Land Registry, Cours de Samedi, Cours de Catel, Courd'Heritage, Cour de Billet, Decrets and Poursuites Criminelles. Ecclesiastical Court records on microfiche from 1557-1568 are available at the Jersey Archive

Maps The Jersey Archive holds the original of the 1795 Richmond map and copies of the Godfray map, ordnance survey maps and aerial photographs.

Military Records The Jersey Archive holds all Royal Jersey Militia Nominal Rolls, Royal Jersey Militia Pay Lists, Royal Jersey Militia Pay & Mess Rolls and Royal Jersey Militia Attestation Forms from 1929-1940. The original Garrison registers from1784 to 1817 are also held by the Jersey Archive

Orphans and Orphanages The Jersey Archive holds the admission registers for the Jersey Home for Girls/Jersey Female Orphans Home from 1862 - 1959 and the Jersey Home for Boys/Jersey Industrial School from 1867 - 1984 (Please note there are 100 year closures on the admission registers)

Politics and Government As the repository for all of the States of Jersey records, the Jersey Archive holds States Department records, the original Ordres du Conseil, Acts of Parliaments adopted in Jersey and States of Jersey Minutes. The Jersey Archive also holds the Lieutenant-Governors Archives and the Bailiff's Archives (specifically from the German Occupation)

Poorhouses, Poor Law, etc The Jersey Archive holds the original Minute Books of the Comit� des Pauvres, Hospital Committee Minute Books. Also the Jersey General Hospital Admission Registers 1839-1841 and1879-1948, Pensions to the Poor of St Helier, 1864-1898 and a Baptism Register at the General Hospital, 1938-1978 are held at the Jersey Archive.

Probate Records The Jersey Archive holds all wills and testaments of movable property held by the Judicial Greffe from 1660 - 1948 and they can be consulted individually. All wills and testaments have been catalogued and are indexed under name on the Jersey Archive catalogue. The Wills and Testaments 1948-1960 are held at the Jersey Archive and can be found in a volume of name indexes.

Schools The Jersey Archive holds school log books and admission registers for 30 schools and also registers of the appointment of teachers (1888 - 1927 and 1970-1975), and apprenticeship registers (1919-1950).

Taxation The Jersey Archive holds Liste du R�t 1877 to 1970.

14. Guides to Collections

Backhurst, Marie-Louise. Family history in Jersey. Channel Islands Family History Society, 1991. [A guide to Jersey sources in general]

Obtainable from Societe Jersiaise (�4.99)

15. Local Record Offices

Jersey Archive,
Clarence Road,
St Helier,
Reception: +44 (0)1534 833300
Fax: +44 (0)1534 833301 E-mail:
[email protected] Internet: www.jerseyheritagetrust.org

Other information

A member of the Channel Islands Family History Society (CIFHS) has a home page which contains a lot of good information relating to Channel Islands family history.