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Introduction[edit | edit source]

Civil registration is the government record of births, marriages, and deaths. These records are an excellent source of names, dates, relationships, and places of births, marriages, and deaths. Since they are indexed and cover most of the population, these records are important resources for genealogical research.

Civil registration in Guernsey (and the islands of Herm and Jethou) began in 1840. Universal compliance for birth and death registration did not occur until the 1860s. The islands of Sark and Alderney (also part of the Bailiwick of Guernsey) began civil registration in 1925. Guernsey marriages solemnized by the Church of England were not registered until 1919 - so the coverage is incomplete prior to that date. Before 1919, use parish registers if marriage certificate not found. See www.priaulxlibrary.co.uk for more information about civil registration.

To learn more about how to find and access civil registration records for Guernsey, see:

  • Backhurst, Marie-Louise. Tracing Your Channel Islands Ancestors: A Guide for Family Historians. Barnsley, South Yorkshire: Pen & Sword Family History, 2011.
  • www.priaulxlibrary.co.uk

Understanding the Records[edit | edit source]

Births[edit | edit source]

Birth registers usually include: (recorded in French)

  • Parish
  • Birth date
  • Child's name
  • Sex
  • Child's parents (including mother's maiden name)
  • Birth place
  • Rank or profession of father
  • Date of registration
  • Baptismal name (if given after birth registration)

Marriages[edit | edit source]

Marriage certificates usually include: (recorded in English)

  • 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.

Deaths[edit | edit source]

Death registers usually include: (recorded in French)

  • Date of death
  • Name of deceased
  • Names of parents
  • Age
  • Place of death
  • Profession
  • Cause of death
  • Date of registration

Accessing the Records[edit | edit source]

Online[edit | edit source]

Many civil registration indexes and registers are available as digital images on the FamilySearch Catalog. Some of these records are only available on microfilm at the Family History Library.

Record Type Indexes Registers/Certificates
Birth Registers 1840-1966 1840-1907
Marriage Certificates 1841-1966 1841-1901
Death Registers 1840-1963 1840-1907

Original Records[edit | edit source]

The Royal Court House[edit | edit source]

Guernsey's original civil registration records are housed at Guernsey's Registry Office which is located at The Royal Court House:

Registrar General
The Royal Court House
St Peter Port
GY1 2NZ
Telephone: +44 (0) 1481 725277
Email: registrar@guernseyroyalcourt.gg

Certificates can either be ordered by phone or in person at The Royal Court House. Certificates cost £20.00. See Registration of Births, Registration of Marriages, and Registration of Deaths to learn more about how to order certificates. To learn more about the archive and research facilities, see Contact Us. The Priaulx Library also have the indexes on microfilm.

Priaulx Library[edit | edit source]

The Priaulx Library has civil registers and indexes on microfilm. It is located at:

Priaulx Library
Candie Road
St Peter Port
Guernsey
GY1 1UG
Telephone: 01481 721998
Email: info@priaulxlibrary.gg

Civil registers and indexes can be viewed on microfilm at the Library. For births, it has indexes from 1840-2004 and registers from 1840 to 1998. For marriages, it has indexes and records from 1841 to 1998. For deaths, it has indexes from 1840 to 2004. See www.priaulxlibrary.co.uk to learn more.