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[[Image:Jersey flag.png|thumb|right|200px|Jersey flag.png]] The '''State of Jersey''' is a British Crown dependency off the coast of '''Normandy''', [[France|France]].
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As well as the main island of '''Jersey''', the states includes the nearly uninhabited islands of the '''Minquiers''', '''Écréhous''', the '''Pierres de Lecq''' and other rocks and reefs.  
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Guide to '''Jersey ancestry, family history, and genealogy:''' birth records, marriage records, death records, census records, parish registers, and military records.
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{{Click|Image:Jersey ORP.png|Channel Islands (including Jersey and Guernsey) Online Genealogy Records}}
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Historically, the islands have been under the control of Brittany, Normandy and France. The government, the '''Assembly of the States of Jersey''', came into existence in the 16th century but its origins go back to much earlier times.  
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==Country Information==
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Jersey is a British Crown dependency Europe off the coast of [[France Genealogy|France]]. Together with the Bailiwick of [[Guernsey Genealogy|Guernsey]] it forms the [[Channel Islands Genealogy|Channel Islands]]. The official languages are English and French.<ref>Wikipedia contributors, "Jersey," in ''Wikipedia: the Free Encyclopedia,'' https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Jersey, accessed 27 April 2016.</ref>
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==Getting Started ==
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<h3>Getting Started with Jersey Research</h3>
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Links to articles on getting started with Jersey research.
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*[[Jersey Civil Registration]]
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*[[Jersey Census]]
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*[[Jersey Church Records]]
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* [http://www.jerseyheritage.org/family-history/get-started Jersey Archive How To Guide]
  
The capital is '''St. Helier'''. The population of Jersey at the 2011 Census was 97,857.  
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<h3>Jersey Research Tools</h3>
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Links to articles and websites that assist in Jersey research.
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*[http://jerripediabmd.net/ Jersey parish registers, births, marriages, deaths - jerripedia]
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*[http://catalogue.jerseyheritage.org/ Channel Island Family History Society online transcriptions of Baptism, Marriage and burials]
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*[http://www.jerseyfamilyhistory.org/ Channel Islands Family History Society]
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*[http://catalogue.jerseyheritage.org/ Jersey Archive] - The Archive is the Island’s national repository holding archival material from public institutions as well as private businesses and individuals.
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*Alderney, Guernsey, Jersey and Sark Resources and help pages on [http://www.rootschat.com/forum/index.php?board=141.0 RootsChat Alderney, Guernsey, Jersey and Sark Resources and help pages. (Free)].
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*[http://www.societe-jersiaise.org/ Societe Jersiaise]
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*[http://www.statesassembly.gov.je/ The States Assembly]
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== Jersey, Channel Islands Map ==
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Genealogy records are kept on the local level in Jersey.  Click on a place below to go to the corresponding Wiki article listing more information.<br>
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[[File:Jersey_Map.png|left|400px|thumb|The parishes of Jersey]]
  
Together with the Bailiwick of [[Guernsey|Guernsey]] it forms the '''[[Channel Islands|Channel Islands]]'''.
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Jersey is not part of the [[United Kingdom]]. Its membership of the&nbsp; European Union is governed by Protocol 3 of the UK’s Treaty of Accession to the European Community. In general terms, the effect of Protocol 3 is that EU rules on customs matters and quantitative restrictions apply to the Islands, but provisions relating to free movement of persons and services do not.  
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== Parishes ==
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Genealogy records are kept on the local level in Jersey. Click on a place below to go to the corresponding Wiki article listing more information.
  
== Getting Started with Jersey Research  ==
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As well as the main island of '''Jersey''', it includes the nearly uninhabited islands of the '''Minquiers''', '''Écréhous''', the '''Pierres de Lecq''' and other rocks and reefs.
  
The majority of records for family history research in Jersey are not online: critically the registrations of births, marriages and deaths after 1842 are only available in paper form from the Office of the Superintendent Registrar in St Helier - which means that any serious attempt at research will require either a visit or the services of locally-based researchers.
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Jersey is divided into twelve parishes. All have access to the sea and most are named after saints to whom their ancient parish churches are dedicated:
  
However, this does not mean that there is no data at all out there...
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First and foremost there is census data: both Ancestry and Findmypast have copies of censuses from 1841 to 1911 online. Having said that, the OCR systems that they used to index the censuses do not cope terribly well with the rather unique challenges of Jersey personal and place names, so be prepared to think quite laterally about how you approach name searches.
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*[[Grouville, Jersey Genealogy|Grouville]]
A rather different (and later) form of census exists in Jersey Archive’s online public access catalogue (hereafter the [http://search.jerseyheritage.org/ Jersey OPAC]). The largest document set in it is the 30000-plus identity cards issues by the German occupation forces in 1941 – these have addresses, names and dates of birth.
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*[[Saint Brélade, Jersey Genealogy|Saint Brélade]]
 
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*[[Saint Clement, Jersey Genealogy|Saint Clement]]
Searching for a name in the Jersey OPAC is a lucky dip exercise – you can’t be sure what you will find. You might find records of a will – and that will have a date when it was enacted, which is a helpful guideline to where to start looking for a death. You might find property transactions, or names entered in school logbooks, or possibly baptisms. Definitely worth a try.
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*[[Saint Helier, Jersey Genealogy|Saint Helier]]
There are military records. If you’re looking at Channel Island relatives who served in the First World War, it’s well worth investigating the website of the [http://www.greatwarci.net/ Channel Island Great War Study Group]. Their list is rather more complete than transcripts of what’s in the National Archives simply because Jersey residents served not only with the British armed forces but also with the Canadians and Australians. There were also at least a couple of thousand French nationals who joined up with the French military, but records for them are rather scanty. But it could be worth taking a look at the French government's [http://www.memoiredeshommes.sga.defense.gouv.fr/spip.php?page=sommaire&lang=en Memoire des Hommes] website.
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*[[Saint John, Jersey Genealogy|Saint John]]
 
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*[[Saint Lawrence, Jersey Genealogy|Saint Lawrence]]
If you are looking at other periods (and bear in mind Jersey had a garrison to protect it from the French right up until the 1930s), you may find references to service in Jersey on the military records of Chelsea Pensioners kept on FindMyPast, or on the GRO Regimental Indexes of birth marriage and death.
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*[[Saint Martin, Jersey Genealogy|Saint Martin]]
There are scanned copies of Channel Island postal directories that may help to link a name to an address.
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*[[Saint Mary, Jersey Genealogy|Saint Mary]]
 
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*[[Saint Ouen, Jersey Genealogy|Saint Ouen]]
You may also be fortunate enough to find online family trees. Ancestry host them, as do Genesreunited, and there are also numerous independently-produced web sites. The general rule of thumb is to treat these as a guideline: they may be inaccurate, or they may tell the truth as far the researcher knows it – but not the whole story.
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*[[Saint Peter, Jersey Genealogy|Saint Peter]]
== Jurisdictions  ==
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*[[Saint Saviour, Jersey Genealogy|Saint Saviour]]
 
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*[[Trinity, Jersey Genealogy|Trinity]]
Jersey is divided into twelve parishes. All have access to the sea and are named after the saints to whom their ancient parish churches are dedicated:
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*Grouville
 
*Saint Brélade
 
*Saint Clement
 
*Saint Helier
 
*Saint John  
 
*Saint Lawrence  
 
*Saint Martin  
 
*Saint Mary  
 
*Saint Ouen  
 
*Saint Peter
 
*Saint Saviour
 
*Trinity
 
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These parishes are further divided into ''vingtaines'' (or, in the case of St. Ouen, ''cueillettes'').
 
 
 
== Research Tools  ==
 
 
 
*(helpful tools and resources, gazetteers)
 
*(language dictionary, handwriting guide or tutorial, etc.)
 
 
 
== Featured Content  ==
 
 
 
*[[Jersey Parish Registers|Parish Registers]]  
 
*[[Jersey Civil Registration|Civil Registration]]
 
 
 
== Did you know?  ==
 
 
 
*Until the nineteenth century '''Jèrriais''', a variety of Norman French, was the language of the island, although French was used for official business. Although today Jersey is predominantly English-speaking, Jèrriais survives and there have been efforts to revive the language in schools.
 
*The French writer '''Victor Hugo''' moved to Jersey in 1852 to escape the French government. He and his family lived near '''Le Dicq''' until he was expelled from the island in 1855 and sailed to Guernsey, before eventually returning to France.
 
*The famous actress and socialite '''Lillie Langtry''' (1853-1929) was born at '''St Saviour''' where her father was the Dean. She is buried in St Saviour's churchyard.
 
 
 
=== Useful Websites  ===
 
 
 
*[http://www.jerseyfamilyhistory.org/ Channel Islands Family History Society]
 
*[http://www.jerseyheritagetrust.jeron.je/archive.html Jersey Heritage Trust]  
 
*[http://www.societe-jersiaise.org/ Societe Jersiaise]  
 
*[http://www.statesassembly.gov.je/ The States Assembly]
 
 
 
== Help Wanted  ==
 
 
 
In order to make this wiki a better research tool, we need your help! Many tasks need to be done. You can help by:
 
  
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==FamilySearch Resources==
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*[[Genealogy Help on Facebook|Facebook Communities]] - Facebook groups discussing genealogy research
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*[https://familysearch.org/learningcenter/home.html Learning Center] - Online genealogy courses
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*[[Jersey Archives and Libraries|Archives and Libraries]]
 
*[[Jersey Cemeteries|Cemeteries]]
 
*[[Jersey Census|Census]]
 
*[[Jersey Church Records|Church Records]]
 
*[[Jersey Civil Registration|Civil Registration]]
 
*[[Jersey Directories|Directories]]
 
*[[Jersey Emigration and Immigration|Emigration and Immigration]]
 
*[[Jersey History|History]]
 
*[[Jersey Languages|Languages]]
 
*[[Jersey Maps|Maps]]
 
*[[Jersey Merchant Marine|Merchant Marine]]
 
*[[Jersey Names, Personal|Names Personal]]
 
*[[Jersey Newspapers|Newspapers]]
 
*[[Jersey Occupations|Occupations]]
 
*[[Jersey Parish Registers|Parish Registers]]
 
*[[Jersey Place Names|Place Names]]
 
*[[Jersey Probate Records|Probate Records]]
 
*[[Jersey Societies|Societies]]
 
*[[Jersey Taxation|Taxation]]
 
  
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Jersey

Guide to Jersey ancestry, family history, and genealogy: birth records, marriage records, death records, census records, parish registers, and military records.

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Country Information

Jersey is a British Crown dependency Europe off the coast of France. Together with the Bailiwick of Guernsey it forms the Channel Islands. The official languages are English and French.[1]

Getting Started

Getting Started with Jersey Research

Links to articles on getting started with Jersey research.

Jersey Research Tools

Links to articles and websites that assist in Jersey research.

Jersey, Channel Islands Map

Genealogy records are kept on the local level in Jersey. Click on a place below to go to the corresponding Wiki article listing more information.

The parishes of Jersey

Parishes

Genealogy records are kept on the local level in Jersey. Click on a place below to go to the corresponding Wiki article listing more information.

As well as the main island of Jersey, it includes the nearly uninhabited islands of the Minquiers, Écréhous, the Pierres de Lecq and other rocks and reefs.

Jersey is divided into twelve parishes. All have access to the sea and most are named after saints to whom their ancient parish churches are dedicated:

These parishes are further divided into vingtaines (or, in the case of St. Ouen, cueillettes).

FamilySearch Resources

Below are FamilySearch resources that can assist you in resourcing your family.


References

  1. Wikipedia contributors, "Jersey," in Wikipedia: the Free Encyclopedia, https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Jersey, accessed 27 April 2016.