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== Getting started with Channel Islands research  ==
 
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The '''Channel Islands''' (Norman: ''Îles d'la Manche'') are a group of islands off the coast of Normandy, France. They comprise two separate countries: the '''[[Guernsey|Bailiwick of Guernsey]]''' and the '''[[Jersey|States of Jersey]]'''.&nbsp;  
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[[Image:Location of the Channel Islands.png|thumb|right|172x301px|Location of the Channel Islands.png]]The '''Channel Islands''' (Norman: ''Îles d'la Manche'') are a group of islands off the coast of Normandy, France. They comprise two separate countries: the '''[[Guernsey|Bailiwick of Guernsey]]''' and the '''[[Jersey|States of Jersey]]'''.&nbsp;  
  
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 betwseen the two countries. They are partly in the European Union, but do not bow the knee to Her Majesty's Government in Breat Britain, but loyally toast the Queen of England, as "Our Duke of Normandy".<br>Channel Islands consists of Jersey, Guernsey, Alderney, Sark, and Herm, Jethou, Brechou, and Lihou. All these except Jersey are in the Bailiwick of Guernsey, but the Minquiers, Ecrehous, Les Dirouilles and Les Pierres de Lecq, uninhabited group of islets are part of the Bailiwick of Jersey.&nbsp;  
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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".<br>Channel Islands consists of Jersey, Guernsey, Alderney, Sark, and Herm, Jethou, Brechou, and Lihou. All these except Jersey are in the Bailiwick of Guernsey, but the Minquiers, Ecrehous, Les Dirouilles and Les Pierres de Lecq, uninhabited group of islets are part of the Bailiwick of Jersey.&nbsp;  
  
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.  
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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.  
  
 
At the time of the Norman Conquest the islands, in return for staying loyal to the English Crown when King John lost his French possessions, were granted in 1215, rights and privileges that amounted to self-government, subject only to Royal assent through the Privy Council.  
 
At the time of the Norman Conquest the islands, in return for staying loyal to the English Crown when King John lost his French possessions, were granted in 1215, rights and privileges that amounted to self-government, subject only to Royal assent through the Privy Council.  
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The parishes continued to be represented, and the jurats were replaced by 12 senior statesmen, known as senators in Jersey and conseillers in Guernsey, whose purpose was to bring political maturity and continuity to the more democratic island parliaments.  
 
The parishes continued to be represented, and the jurats were replaced by 12 senior statesmen, known as senators in Jersey and conseillers in Guernsey, whose purpose was to bring political maturity and continuity to the more democratic island parliaments.  
  
Jersy's States Assembly now consists of the bailiff or deputy bailiff, 12 senators, 12 parish constables, 28 deputies, the dean of Jersey, attorney-general and solicitor general.  
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Jersy's States Assembly now consists of the bailiff or deputy bailiff, 10 senators, 12 parish constables, 29 deputies, the dean of Jersey, attorney-general and solicitor general.  
  
Guernsey's States of Deliberation comprises the bailiff or deputy bailiff, 12 conseillers, 10 douzaine (parish council) representatives, 33 people's deputies, two Alderney representatives (since that island comes partly under Guernsey's administration), HM Procureur (attorney-general) and RM Comptroller (solicitor-general).<br>  
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Guernsey's States of Deliberation comprises the bailiff or deputy bailiff, 12 conseillers, 10 douzaine (parish council) representatives, 33 people's deputies, two Alderney representatives (since that island comes partly under Guernsey's administration), HM Procureur (attorney-general) and RM Comptroller (solicitor-general).<br>
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== Jurisdictions, Channel Islands Places  ==
 
== Jurisdictions, Channel Islands Places  ==
  
'''Jersey Parishes<br>'''&nbsp;St. Helier, (the capital) - St Brelade (includes the market town and harbour of St Aubin) - St Saviour - St Clement - St Martin - Grouville (includes Gorey Village and harbour) - &nbsp;St John - St Peter - St Ouen - St Lawrence - Trinity - St Mary<br>'''Bailiwick of Guernsey Parishes''' (and Islands)<br>'''Guernsey''' St Peter Port, the capital,&nbsp; - St Sampson - St Saviour - St Peter in the Wood (or St Pierre du Bois) - St Martin - Forest - Castel (or Catel) - Vale - Torteval - St Andrew<br>'''Alderney St Anne<br>'''Sark, St Peter &nbsp;Herm<br>Jethou,<br>Brechou<br>Lihou<br>  
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'''Jersey Parishes<br>'''&nbsp;St. Helier, (the capital) - St Brelade (includes the market town and harbour of St Aubin) - St Saviour - St Clement - St Martin - Grouville (includes Gorey Village and harbour) - &nbsp;St John - St Peter - St Ouen - St Lawrence - Trinity - St Mary<br>'''Bailiwick of Guernsey Parishes''' (and Islands)<br>'''Guernsey''' St Peter Port, the capital,&nbsp; - St Sampson - St Saviour - St Peter in the Wood (or St Pierre du Bois) - St Martin - Forest - Castel (or Catel) - Vale - Torteval - St Andrew<br>'''Alderney St Anne<br>'''Sark, St Peter &nbsp;Herm<br>Jethou,<br>Brechou<br>Lihou<br>
  
 
== Useful Websites  ==
 
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*[http://www.channelislandshistory.com/ The Channel Islands Family History Society]  
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*[http://www.jerripedia.org Jerripedia] This site is dedicated to the study of Jersey's history and family history
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*[http://www.jerseyfamilyhistory.org/ The Channel Islands Family History Society]  
 
*[http://jerseyheritagetrust.jeron.je/ Jersey Heritage Trust]  
 
*[http://jerseyheritagetrust.jeron.je/ Jersey Heritage Trust]  
 
*[http://www.societe-jersiaise.org/en Société Jersiaise]  
 
*[http://www.societe-jersiaise.org/en Société Jersiaise]  
*[http://www.roll-of-honour.com/Jersey www.roll-of-honour.com/Jersey]&nbsp; This site has Jersey Boer War Roll - it is an on going project.  
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*[http://www.roll-of-honour.com/Jersey Jersey Boer War Roll of Honor] - it is an on going project.  
*[http://www.parish.gov.je/ www.parish.gov.je/] This site has a map of the island and shows the parishes,&nbsp; One clicks on the parish name and it contains all sorts of information.  
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*[http://www.parish.gov.je/ Island Map]:This site has a map of the island and shows the parishes,&nbsp; One clicks on the parish name and it contains all sorts of information.  
*[http://members.shaw.ca/jerseymaid/index.html http://members.shaw.ca/jerseymaid/index.html] Transcript of 1841 census for the Channel Islands  
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*[http://members.shaw.ca/jerseymaid/index.html Transcript of 1841 census for the Channel Islands]
*[http://www.rootsweb.ancestry.com/~jfuller/ci.html http://www.rootsweb.ancestry.com/~jfuller/ci.html] Page dedicated to Channel Island research - Surname interests, Mailing list, Look-ups and other internet resources
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*Page dedicated to [http://www.rootsweb.ancestry.com/~ukchanis/ Channel Island research ]- Surname interests, Mailing list, Look-ups and other internet resources
  
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*[http://chi.genuki.weald.org.uk/historical_descriptions_of_the_channel_islands Historical Descriptions of the Channel Island] (helpful tools and resources, gazetteers)  
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Getting started with Channel Islands research

Location of the Channel Islands.png
The Channel Islands (Norman: Îles d'la Manche) are a group of islands off the coast of Normandy, France. They comprise two separate countries: the Bailiwick 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".
Channel Islands consists of Jersey, Guernsey, Alderney, Sark, and Herm, Jethou, Brechou, and Lihou. All these except Jersey are in the Bailiwick of Guernsey, but the Minquiers, Ecrehous, Les Dirouilles and Les Pierres de Lecq, uninhabited group of islets are part of the Bailiwick of Jersey. 

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.

At the time of the Norman Conquest the islands, in return for staying loyal to the English Crown when King John lost his French possessions, were granted in 1215, rights and privileges that amounted to self-government, subject only to Royal assent through the Privy Council.

The islands' parliaments evolved gradually from the Royal Courts by the constitutions of King John. The bailliff, who presided over a court of 12 jurats, began to consult other leading members of the community -Les Etats, or the States as they came to be called - about the running of the island. It was not until the mid-18th century that the separate functions of the Royal Court and the legislative body, the States, were cleary defined, and not until the 19th Century that elected representatives began to sit in the States. Under a postwar reform that followed the German Occupation in W.W.11, the number of elected deputies was increased, and the jurats and rectors who had previously sat by right in the States were dropped.

The parishes continued to be represented, and the jurats were replaced by 12 senior statesmen, known as senators in Jersey and conseillers in Guernsey, whose purpose was to bring political maturity and continuity to the more democratic island parliaments.

Jersy's States Assembly now consists of the bailiff or deputy bailiff, 10 senators, 12 parish constables, 29 deputies, the dean of Jersey, attorney-general and solicitor general.

Guernsey's States of Deliberation comprises the bailiff or deputy bailiff, 12 conseillers, 10 douzaine (parish council) representatives, 33 people's deputies, two Alderney representatives (since that island comes partly under Guernsey's administration), HM Procureur (attorney-general) and RM Comptroller (solicitor-general).

Genealogy Helps

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

Jersey Parishes
 St. Helier, (the capital) - St Brelade (includes the market town and harbour of St Aubin) - St Saviour - St Clement - St Martin - Grouville (includes Gorey Village and harbour) -  St John - St Peter - St Ouen - St Lawrence - Trinity - St Mary
Bailiwick of Guernsey Parishes (and Islands)
Guernsey St Peter Port, the capital,  - St Sampson - St Saviour - St Peter in the Wood (or St Pierre du Bois) - St Martin - Forest - Castel (or Catel) - Vale - Torteval - St Andrew
Alderney St Anne
Sark, St Peter  Herm
Jethou,
Brechou
Lihou

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Channel Island Births and Baptisms (FamilySearch Historical Records)

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