The release of baptism registers for Jersey's Church of England churches by Jersey Heritage in 2016, and their subsequent inclusion in Jerripedia and Ancestry means that vital historical documents which were previously locked away from public view in the vaults of Jersey Archive are now in the public domain.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 although Jerripedia has a comprehensive index, the registers, containing thousands of pages recording the important events in the lives of our ancestors are still inaccessible to those without an Ancestry subscription.
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 this to be a two-way exchange of information. to help us improve on the accuracy of our index, and attract further family information from researchers, so, as our article explaining this service in detail indicates, priority is given to requests accompanied by information drawing attention to errors located in other records or offering to provide photographs, family histories and family trees to supplement what is already available about their ancestors.
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 1,100 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. Increasing this facility is being put to good use.
You have to be a registered user and logged in if you want to contribute in this way. We monitor these Discussion pages and often post a link on our What's New? page as new content is added in this way.