Channel Islands Genealogy

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Channel Islands Wiki Topics
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Channel Islands Background
Local Research Resources

Guide to Channel Islands ancestry, family history, and genealogy: birth records, marriage records, death records, census records, parish registers, and military records.

Country Information

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. They are British, but do not belong to the United Kingdom. They have their own language, a Norman-French patois is still spoken, but everyone speaks English.[1]

Getting Started

Getting Started with Channel Islands Research

Links to articles on getting started with Channel Islands research.

Channel Islands Research Tools

Links to articles and websites that assist in Channel Islands research.

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Channel Islands Map

Genealogy records are kept on the local level in the Channel Islands.



Genealogy records are kept on the local level in the Channel Islands. Click on a place below to go to the corresponding Wiki article listing more information.

Jersey Parishes

Jersey is divided into twelve parishes. All have access to the sea and most are named after saints to whom their ancient parish churches are dedicated:

These parishes are further divided into vingtaines (or, in the case of St. Ouen, cueillettes).

Bailiwick of Guernsey Parishes (and Islands)

As well as the island of Guernsey itself, the Bailiwick includes the islands of Alderney, Sark, Herm, Jethou, Brecqhou, Burhou, Lihou and other islets.

The ten parishes of Guernsey are:

FamilySearch Resources

Below are FamilySearch resources that can assist you in resourcing your family.


  1. Wikipedia contributors, "Channel Islands," in Wikipedia: the Free Encyclopedia,, accessed 3 May 2016.