What's New?

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This page lists all new pages added to the site since 1 January 2017, and from time to time also contains important messages about changes to site pages.

Links to content added to the site in earlier years can be found on our 'What was new?' page, which retains the complete sequence of additions to the site back to July 2010.

You should also visit our 'What’s coming?' page from time to time to discover the additions which are planned for the site over the coming weeks and month.

  • What was new – a link to a list of articles added to the site from August 2010 to the end of 2016
  • What’s coming? – a foretaste of new articles and family records coming soon

1 January 2018

New family pages

  • Picture of the week, a very old photograph of St Helier Harbour which is proving difficult to date accurately

5 January

6 January

7 January

16 January

  • Researching census records - we can't provide census records (not yet), but here is a set of articles on what they contain, how they can be very useful for family researchers, the errors they may contain, and indexes to the St Helier districts and the streets they cover

17 January

18 January

New family pages

20 January

21 January

New family pages

22 January

23 January

New family pages

24 January

Today we are pleased to announce the addition of a major new batch of family records to the site. They are St Helier birth registrations from 1842 to 1926, amounting to over 60,000 new records.

These registrations cover 84 years from the establishment of the Office of the Superintendent Registrar and the appointment of registrars of births, marriages and deaths in each of the 12 parishes in 1842.

Our searchable database and our A-Z Jerripedia indexes have contained the birth records of the other 11 parishes since January 2015, but we could not, at the time, justify the workload of digitising the St Helier records, which were largely duplicated by baptism records for the period from 1842 to 1909. In 2015 the baptism records available for the other parishes only covered the years up to 1842.

Because the St Helier baptism records only cover Anglican churches, we have now decided to add the birth registrations, but regrettably we do not have the resources at this time to add them individually to the database and our A-Z indexes.

What we have done is to present the scans of the Superintendent Registrar's indexes to the birth records which we made in 2014 in a chronological index. These indexes only contain the name of the child, a date range for the volume in which they appear and a page number. But even this limited information is invaluable if you want to order a birth certificate from the Superintendent Registrar, and with the St Helier volumes covering periods as short as 14 months, it is possible to locate the birth of a child who was not baptised in an Anglican church.

The page images are indexed in pairs of registration volumes to a Jerripedia page. At the same time we have brought our indexes of digitised baptism records for the other 11 parishes back into our main parish indexes, together with page views of death register indexes.

A further step in this process has been the addition of indexes of marriages in non-Anglican churches in all parishes but Trinity, which does not appear to have any, and the Registry Office in St Helier.

We now have approaching 600,000 family records in our Jerripedia Family records section, and there are many more to come this year.

25 January

29 January

  • Ploeuc-sur-Lie an updated and enlarged list of over 200 immigrants to Jersey from this small Brittany town
  • Picture of the week, a photograph of people on the beach at Havre des Pas in the summer after the Occupation - or was it?

30 January

31 January

1 February

Use of Jerripedia as a resource for Jersey history and family history hit a new high during January. The daily average number of people accessing the site was 774, with repeat visits bringing the daily number of user sessions to 887. This compares with the average for 2017 of 646 users and 737 sessions. In January last year there were 623 users a day making a total of 723 visits.

The growth in site traffic has been remarkable. In 2013 we were pleased to get 100 daily visitors and in the early days after the site's launch in 2010, between 30 and 50 a day was the norm.

3 February

5 February

6 February

7 February

8 February

9 February

10 February

  • Brewer, completed family page

11 February

13 February

  • Bryant, family page completed

14 February

15 February

17 February

18 February

19 February

20 February

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  • What’s coming? – a foretaste of new articles and family records coming soon
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