Jerripedia service to trace ancestors in Jersey

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Jerripedia service to trace ancestors in Jersey


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This article explains how our service offering free look-ups in parish registers works


Are you having trouble finding a church record for an ancestor in Jersey, despite the addition of a large number of new records to our family record indexes and our associated database, so that our collection now covers the period from 1540 to 1940.

Why some records may be missing

The start and end dates for parishes vary and a full list of the dates between which records of births, marriages and deaths are available for the 12 parish churches, and seven other Church of England churches, can be found on our page which explains why some records may still be missing. If it is our fault that a record has been missed, we want to find out about it and add it to the collection, and a new service we are offering will help us to do this, and may also help you to find an elusive ancestor and break down a brick wall in researching your family tree.

It’s simple: Send us an email with the name of an ancestor you have failed to find, and we will search our database using advanced search facilities not yet available to users, and use our extensive knowledge of Jersey names, and how they are sometimes wrongly transcribed, to search the church registers themselves. If we find your ancestor, we will let you know everything which is included in the entry in the church register.

If you have found an ancestor in our database or the Jerripedia A-Z family record indexes, you may be wondering if there is any more information in the register entry, but you are unable to look for yourself because you do not have an Ancestry subscription or access to a library with a community subscription. We are also offering to look in the registers for Jerripedia users as and when time permits, but these requests will not be given the same priority as searches for records not found where they might be expected to be in our database and indexes.

This is how it works

Send an email to editcontact@theislandwiki.org and use ‘Jerripedia ancestor search’ as the subject of your email. If you do not use this as a subject, your email may get lost in our spam filter and we can only act upon emails correctly addressed with this subject. In your email tell as as much as you can about the ancestor you are looking for – full names; approximate years of baptism, marriage and/or burial; parish, if known; names and dates of any known relatives. The more information you provide, the greater the chance of our finding that elusive record. Use the spellings you believe to be correct, and provide alternatives if the family name or personal name might have been spelt differently. Also include your own name in the email.

If you know the name, date and parish for a record and simply want us to look up more information for you, tell us this. We will look for the record the next time we access the particular register.

Searches for records which appear to be missing will be given a higher priority, but as an incentive to jump nearer the top of the queue for both types of search, if you are able when submitting your request to point out any errors you think you have found in other records while searching for your ancestors, let us have the details and we will, in return, give your request greater priority.

If you can help us correct errors and find missing records, we will be delighted to help you.

Please be aware, however, that we are not here to do all your research for you. This service is limited to one request from a particular email address at any time.

When we have carried out a search we will send you an email, either with the information you are seeking, or to let you know that despite searching, we have not found anything helpful. We will then remove your request from our pending tray and you will be welcome to send another, if there is a different ancestor you require help with.
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