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 2 February 2019
More family pages
In July 2017 we finished updating all our existing 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. We subsequently added over 200 new pages and on 22 March 2018 we completed the addition of all available records to these pages.
If you are looking for an ancestor who might not have been baptised, or was baptised in a non-Church of England church, you will find birth records for all parishes except St Helier in our associated database. St Helier births are now included in the parish page under Family records.
New data sets
Lists of applications for compulsory identity cards during the German Occupation, which are included in all the new pages, are progressively being added to earlier family pages, as well as expanded lists of wills, Alien registration cards, undertakers' burial records and General Hospital baptisms. If the family page you are interested in does not yet include these records, look for them in these main indexes. This is particularly important for wills, because earlier listings up to 1949 on many family pages have been deleted to make way for expanded lists up to 1980, some of which have still to be created.
Entries from the record books of Croad's, the main funeral directors business from the 1860s to 1960s, have been added to most of these pages. More undertakers' records and registers for individual cemeteries are becoming available and, until lists can be added to these family pages, links to the indexes will be found on a new, comprehensive Burial records page.
- Jersey wills
- Occupation identity cards
- Alien registration cards
- Burial records
- General Hospital baptisms
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. We receive such messages daily and they are always given a high priority for action.
We recognise that the existing list of family names is not exhaustive and will continue to add more. 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 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
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')