WHAT'S IN OUR FAMILY PAGES?
The links below provide access to the heart of Jerripedia's family history information
families are now included, as of 20 August 2017
In July 2017 we completed the major task of updating all our family pages, redesigning and revising each page, adding up-to-date lists of baptisms, to include those records released at the beginning of the year, and more pictures and other content.
War records and wills
- We are working through the family pages adding Great War service records, and lists of family wills held by Jersey Archive. We have completed families starting A-P and continue to work our way down the alphabet.
The addition of service records is requiring a considerable amount of research: as well as expanding and correcting, where necessary, the records in the official Rolls of Honour and Service, we are creating links to Jerripedia family trees and relevant articles on the site. It is anticipated that this work will continue for several weeks, because several thousand records are involved.
We believe that the inclusion of these war records in Jerripedia is of vital importance, because, spanning a period of five years in the wake of the last available census (1911), they can provide a valuable bridge across a generation for family researchers.
Our lists of those who served in the forces during the Great War and those who lost their lives in the conflict are based on the Rolls of Honour and Service on the website of the Channel Islands Great War Study Group, with additions to both rolls uncovered by our own research.
Information on service records of those whose family pages have not yet been updated can be found by following these links:
- 1919 official Roll of Honour
- Jerripedia index of the updated Roll of Honour.
- 1919 official Roll of Service
- 1919 official Roll of Service by Frenchmen living in Jersey in 1914
- 1919 official Roll of Service in the Mercantile Marine
The lists of baptisms for each family have been updated to include the new records released in 2017 and, because these now duplicate the majority of records of central registrations of births from 1842 onwards, only baptisms are included in the updated family page lists. If baptisms and births for a family were previously shown on separate pages, the link to the birth records page has been retained. If you are looking for an ancestor who might not have been baptised, you will find birth records for all parishes except St Helier in our associated database.
Where details are lacking we are always pleased to hear from those of you who are researching these families for your own trees and whose knowledge is more extensive than ours. To discuss new material, or to suggest any corrections that may be needed on existing pages, please send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org, using Jerripedia as the subject of your email.
While researching war records we have already added another 13 families, and a handful of NEW pages remain to be completed. We recognise that the existing list of family names is not exhaustive and will soon be adding more. But if you think a particular family is missing and should be added to the list, please let us know. The basic criterion for inclusion is that the family page should link to at least one family tree of three generations or more, with strong Jersey connections.
We are interested in families which arrived in Jersey in the second half of the 20th century and are now into their third generation. This particularly includes families originating in France and Portugal. We are conscious that the latter, many of which have now been present in Jersey for three or more generations, are under-represented in our pages and would welcome any assistance which can be given to put this right.
If researchers have information which can take trees for these families back several generations in the places they originated, that will prove of enormous value to family historians today and in the future, and help build up a new chapter of Jersey's immigrant families.
The derivation of many of these surnames is explained in an article by George Balleine, Derivation of Jersey Surnames, and we have added further articles on Old family names of the Channel Islands and Jersey names of French origin. We have also included a comprehensive list of Jersey surnames which has remained unpublished for many years since it was drawn up. It gives avaluable guide to the antiquity of surnames and the many variations in spelling.
And beware that just because a Jersey's ancestor's name sounds French, does not mean that it is necessarily a long-established island surname, or even originates in France. Read The perils of French sounding names.
Jersey was an island where the majority of the population spoke Jèrriais and/or French until well into the 19th century. Some country families did not have English as their main language until the late 20th century and the business of the States and publication of its laws were in French until early in that century. Consequently, the vast majority of children born in the island were given French personal names to go with their, largely, French surnames. This only began to change in the 19th century. Wherever possible the members of the family trees in this section of Jerripedia are shown with the names they were baptised with, but where these trees have been copied in their entirety from trees published elsewhere, or downloaded from family tree software packages, it is possible that anglicised versions of the correct French names will have been used.
Included in the family pages are links to all Jerripedia's family trees for that family. We try to keep these links up-to-date but if trees have been added recently by contributors to the site it is possible that some indexes will not be fully updated. You can also check our Index of all family trees, which is always the first index we update, to see if there are any recently added trees not yet linked from a particular family page.
The family pages contain images of each family's gravestones in a number of Jersey cemeteries. The project to photograph these stones is not yet complete and about two-thirds of cemeteries are covered at present.
- Miscellaneous gravestone images, an indexed collection of gravestone images for families not yet included on this page
Wills from 1666 to 1948 are available on the Jersey Heritage website. By visiting the archive site it is possible to view a copy of each will. You will have to subscribe to the Archive's online service to do this. We are progressively adding an index of wills to all our 1,000-plus family pages. We also have a full A-Z index for nearly 15,000 wills in the Archive collection. To find out more about this collection and how to search for your family's wills there, visit our Jersey wills page.
Although some spelling variants are included in this index, the majority of entries are the most common spelling of the family name.
If you do not find the family you are researching, look for a close alternative spelling (perhaps with or without a prefix such as 'de' or 'Le')