Channel Islands Births and Baptisms (FamilySearch Historical Records)

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Channel Islands Births and Baptisms, 1820-1907
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Record Description
Record Type Births and Baptisms
Collection years 1820-1907
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What is in This Collection?

This collection is an index to birth records from the Channel Islands for the years 1820 through 1907.

This index is not complete for any particular place, region or time period. This collection may include information previously published in the International Genealogical Index or Vital Records Index collections.

What Can These Records Tell Me?

The records may include the following:

  • Name
  • Date and place of birth
  • Date and place of christening
  • Gender
  • Names of parents

Collection Content

Coverage Table

The Coverage Table shows the places and time periods of the original records in this collection. The table indicates how many records the collection has from each place. Most of the records in the collection are from the time periods listed in the table; however, the collection may have a few records from before or after the time period.

Locality Births and Baptisms, 1820-1907
Channel Islands 235
Guernsey 41,412
Totals 41,647

How Do I Search This Collection?

Before searching this collection, it is helpful to know:

  • Name of the child
  • Approximate year of birth

Search the Index

Search by name by visiting the Collection Page.
  1. Fill in the search boxes on the Collection Page with the information you have
  2. Click Search to show possible matches

How Do I Analyze the Results?

Compare each result from your search with what you know to determine if there is a match. This may require viewing multiple records or images. Keep track of your research in a research log.

What Do I Do Next?

I Found the Person I Was Looking For, What Now?

  • Use the names of parents to look for the family in census records
  • Use the birth or christening date to estimate a marriage age and look for marriage records
  • Collect entries for every person who has the same surname. This list can help you identify possible relatives that can be verified by records

I Can’t Find the Person I’m Looking For, What Now?

  • Try viewing the original record to see if there were errors in the transcription of the name, age, residence, etc. Remember that there may be more than one person in the records with the same name
  • It was not uncommon for an individual to be listed under a nickname, middle name, or abbreviation of their given name
  • If you cannot locate your ancestor in the locality in which you believe they lived, then try searching records of a nearby locality
  • Standard spelling of names typically did not exist during the periods our ancestors lived in. Try variations of your ancestor’s name while searching the index
  • Consult the Channel Islands Record Finder to find other records

Citing This Collection

Citations help you keep track of places you have searched and sources you have found. Identifying your sources helps others find the records you used.

Collection Citation

"Channel Islands, Births and Baptisms, 1820-1907" Database. FamilySearch. http://FamilySearch.org : accessed 2017. Index based upon data collected by the Genealogical Society of Utah, Salt Lake City.

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