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Getting started with Channel Islands researchBailiwick of Guernsey and the States of Jersey.
The Channel Islands lie scattered along the Gulf of St. Malo, their closest point to France being just 8 miles from the Cherbourg Peninsula. They are British, but do not belong to the United Kingdom. Yet in the past they were ruled by France for only 200 out of the 900 years during which they were at the centre of a tug-of-war between the two countries. They are partly in the European Union, but do not bow the knee to Her Majesty's Government in Great Britain, but loyally toast the Queen of England, as "Our Duke of Normandy".
They have their own language, a Norman-French patois is still spoken, but everyone speaks English. They have their own banknotes, but deal in familiar pounds and pence sterling.
Tracing your Channel Islands Ancestors is a wonderful guide for Genealogy Research helps and Family History. This Author of this book is: Marie Louise Backhurst
Jurisdictions, Channel Islands Places
Sark St Peter
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The Society of Genealogists Library in London has the microfilm of the Guernsey Civil Registration Indices from 1842-1969.
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