Family research

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Family research

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Jerripedia's unique comprehensive online index to church registers of baptisms, marriages and burials in the island's 12 parish churches from the 16th century to 1842 was launched in October 2012, and then incorporated over 30,000 St Helier baptism registrations from 1842 to 1909 which had been on the site since 2010.

In 2017 a further 100,000 records were added to our associated Jerripediabmd.net searchable database and all the Jerripedia family record parish indexes are being updated to include these extra records.

This section of the site is the heart of Jerripedia for those interested in researching their family history. Use the menu on the left below to navigate to the various sections. The family pages provide information on over 1,000 Jersey families, including all the major ones, such as de Carteret, Dumaresq, Payn, Bisson. The pages give the origins of the family names, when known, the earliest occurrences in Jersey, links to family trees and also to lists of births and baptisms.

There is also a separate link to an alphabetical index of over 2,300 family trees, and another to a selection of the more important trees for those seeking to trace their ancestry back through prominent Jersey families with records pre-dating the Parish Church registers.



Donkipedia

Jerripedia's sister site Donkipedia also contains much valuable information for those researching their families in the Channel Islands. Surnames which are common in both islands have a single page providing information about the family in both Guernsey and Jersey (and Alderney and Sark when relevant) and also links to family trees and other information for all the islands. In addition to the family names currently available in Jerripedia, there are additional family pages accessible from the Donkipedia index which may help your research.

Contribute to Jerripedia family pages

Anyone can contribute to Jerripedia's family pages. You can add a new family to the list, add to and amend information on existing family pages, and post your own family tree. It is a simple process, and you can find more information and instructions in the section on adding your family tree

Seeking information

The release of baptism registers for Jersey's Church of England churches by Jersey Heritage to Ancestry in 2016 means that vital historical documents which were previously locked away from public view in the vaults of Jersey Archive are now in the public domain. But these registers, containing records of the important events in the lives of our ancestors are still inaccessible to those without an Ancestry subscription.

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To coincide with the addition of the new records to Jerripedia's already extensive online collection, we are introducing a free service to look up register entries on behalf of our users.



The service is limited to one request per email address at a time and covers two types of search

  • An attempt to find an elusive record which researchers believe should be in our index, but is not there, possibly because it was incorrectly transcribed
  • A search for extra information which may be contained in the original register entry but has not been copied to our index

We want to make this a two-way exchange of information. to help us improve on the accuracy of our index, so, as our article explaining this service in detail indicates, priority will be given to requests accompanied by information drawing attention to errors located in other records.

Individual queries

We are frequently asked if we can provide a forum for researchers' queries, but have tended to direct such queries towards other sites which are more interactive by nature than Jerripedia.

However, the requests keep coming in, and clearly our visitors have not realised that this site provides a very simple means of posting questions about families they are researching. You simply need to go to the appropriate family page - over 1,000 Jersey families are already covered in this way - and click on the Discussion tab at the top of the page. You can then post any question relating to the family or add information which you believe is missing from Jerripedia.

You have to be a registered user and logged in if you want to contribute in this way. We will monitor these Discussion pages and post a link on our What's New? page as new content is added in this way.



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