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Civil Registration

See A guide to Civil and Parish Registers and Census records at the Priaulx Library.

Definition

Civil registration is the government recording of births, marriages, and deaths.

Information Recorded in Civil Registers

Births

A birth certificate usually gives:

  • birth date and birthplace
  • child’s name and sex
  • father's name and occupation
  • mother's full name including her maiden name
  • informant’s name, relationship to the baby, and residence
  • when registered and the name of the registrar

Marriages

A marriage certificate gives:

  • marriage data and place
  • names of the bride and groom, their ages, their marital "condition" (single or widowed), their professions, and their residences at the time of the marriage
  • names and occupations of their fathers (and often whether they were deceased)
  • signatures or marks of the bride, groom, and witnesses
  • also notes whether the bride and groom were married in a church (with the denomination given) and, if so, whether they were married by banns or by license.

The law required all marriages to be recorded in a civil register immediately after the ceremony. Marriages were often performed at the bride’s parish

Deaths

A death certificate usually gives:

  • death date and place
  • full name of the decedent, their sex and age, their occupation (or for a child, usually the name of a parent)
  • cause of death
  • name, residence and relationship of the informant to the decedent
  • date registered and the name of the registrar.

On certificates for adults, the names of parents are never given. In considering whether to order a death certificate, remember that the information on the certificate may be limited or inaccurate because it is based on the informant’s knowledge.

Locating the Records

Jersey

The Superintendent Registrar
Address:
10 Royal Square
St Helier
Jersey JE2 4WA

Tel: +44 (0) 1534 441335

The official records of Births, Marriages and Deaths of all twelve parishes in Jersey commenced in August 1842. The Superintendent Registrar holds copies of these. The registers are available for inspection from Monday to Friday between 09.00 a.m. and 12.30 p.m. subject to marriages taking place. Register Office staff can assist with personal research. Indexes of these registers are also available at the Société Jersiaise and the Jersey Archive.

If you can supply the names and index reference numbers the fee for supplying an extract from the records is £20 per certificate. Please include postage and handling fee: U.K. 50p, Europe £1, elsewhere £2.

If you do not have the reference number and research is required, this is charged as follows: Searching for a Birth or Death covering a five-year period is £10, searching for a Marriage covering a five-year period is £20. Fees for extracts and research are payable by sterling cheque drawn on a British Bank in favour of the ‘Treasurer of the States’, or by British Postal Order. Source: Channel Islands Family History Society

Guernsey

HM Greffier, The Royal Court House, St Peter Port, Guernsey GY1 2PB. Office Hours 9a.m.-5p.m. aulx

They charge 5 pounds for a full certificate or 3 pound for a short certificate.  A search fee of 5 pound is additional.
If you are in Guernsey, this charge can be alleviated as there is public access to the Strong Room between 2p.m. and 4p.m. for a nominal 1 pound charge and details can be copied from their records.

The Priaulx Library also have the indexes on microfilm. www.priaulxlibrary.co.uk/
Note: Guernsey Marriages were not subject to Civil Registration until 1919 - so the coverage is incomplete prior to that date.  Go to the Parish Registers. Gap 1875-1907. instead.

FHL 942.D27gih "Marriage and Census Indexes for Family History Historians."  Contains entries of where to find marriage registers in Channel Islands and all United Kingdom. Available only at Salt Lake Family History Library

Vital Records Index British Isles including Channel Islands from 1538-1888 on CD.  Available at most Family History Libraries and Genealogy Societies. The Civil registration death records for Guernsey give parents names including mother's maiden name.  They ahve been filmed and availabe at the Family History Libraries.  There are two ways to searchm by the indexes or by the actual entries which means crolling through them all.

Alderney

Births, Deaths from 1850, Marriages from 1886
The Greffier, Registry for Births, Deaths, Companies, Land and Marriages, St Anne, Alderney GY9 3AA is custodian.
Births from 1850 - missing May 1871-Dec. 1874.
There is a hand-ruled book of declarations, from August 1850 to December 1874, that can be used to fill this gap.
Deaths from August 1850-1855, 1907 onwards.  Hand-ruled book of declarations from October 1855 to December 1874.
Gap 1875-1907.
Marriages from 1886 (from St Anne's Church).  1891 onwards from elsewhere on the Island.
In Guernsey 
Births, Deaths and Marriages from 1925 to date only.


The Priaulx Library  Candie, St Peter Port, Guernsey GY1 1UG have incomplete microfilmed sets of Civil Registration records. See A guide to Civil and Parish Registers and Census records at the Priaulx Library

Alderney Greffe Records


Births July 1850-July1857, July 1857-July1860, July 1860-August 1885.
Deaths 1850-1866, 1907-1925.

Sark

Birth, Death and Marraiges records from 1925 can be found at The Greffe, Las Chasse Marette, Sark GY9 0SF. The Greffe's office hours are 2-4p.m. Tuesday.Wednesday & Friday and at H.M. Greffier, The Royal Court House, St Peter Port, Guernsey GY1 2PB.  Office Hours 9a.m.-5p.m.