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== Getting started with Channel Islands research  ==
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Guide to '''Channel Islands ancestry, family history, and genealogy:''' birth records, marriage records, death records, census records, parish registers, and military records.
  
[[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;
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==Country Information==
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The '''Channel Islands''' (Norman: ''Îles d'la Manche'') are a group of islands off the coast of Normandy, [[France Genealogy|France]]. They comprise two separate countries: the '''[[Guernsey|Bailiwick of Guernsey]]''' and the '''[[Jersey|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.<ref>Wikipedia contributors, "Channel Islands," in ''Wikipedia: the Free Encyclopedia,'' https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Channel_Islands, accessed 3 May 2016.</ref>
  
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;
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<h3>Getting Started with Channel Islands Research</h3>
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Links to articles on getting started with Channel Islands research.
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*[[Channel Islands (including Jersey and Guernsey) Online Genealogy Records|Channel Islands Online Genealogy Records]]
  
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.  
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<h3>Channel Islands Research Tools</h3>
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Links to articles and websites that assist in Channel Islands research.
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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.
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*[http://members.shaw.ca/jerseymaid/index.html Transcript of 1841 census for the Channel Islands]
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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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*Alderney, Guernsey, Jersey and Sark Resources and help pages on [http://www.rootschat.com/forum/index.php?board=141.0 RootsChat Alderney, Guernsey, Jersey and Sark Resources and help pages. (Free)].  
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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.  
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Genealogy records are kept on the local level in the Channel Islands. 
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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.  
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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.
  
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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==== Jersey Parishes ====
  
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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:
  
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
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*[[Grouville, Jersey Genealogy|Grouville]]
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*[[Saint Brélade, Jersey Genealogy|Saint Brélade]]
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*[[Saint Clement, Jersey Genealogy|Saint Clement]]
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*[[Saint Helier, Jersey Genealogy|Saint Helier]]
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*[[Saint John, Jersey Genealogy|Saint John]]
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*[[Saint Lawrence, Jersey Genealogy|Saint Lawrence]]
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*[[Saint Martin, Jersey Genealogy|Saint Martin]]
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*[[Saint Mary, Jersey Genealogy|Saint Mary]]
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*[[Saint Ouen, Jersey Genealogy|Saint Ouen]]
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*[[Saint Peter, Jersey Genealogy|Saint Peter]]
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*[[Saint Saviour, Jersey Genealogy|Saint Saviour]]
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*[[Trinity, Jersey Genealogy|Trinity]]
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== Jurisdictions, Channel Islands Places  ==
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These parishes are further divided into ''vingtaines'' (or, in the case of St. Ouen, ''cueillettes'').
  
'''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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==== Bailiwick of Guernsey Parishes (and Islands) ====
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As well as the island of Guernsey itself, the Bailiwick includes the islands of '''Alderney''', '''Sark''', '''Herm''', '''Jethou''', '''Brecqhou''', '''Burhou''', '''Lihou''' and other islets.
  
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The ten parishes of Guernsey are:
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*[[Castel, Guernsey Genealogy|Castel]]
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*[[St Andrew, Guernsey Genealogy|St Andrew]]
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*[[St Martin, Guernsey Genealogy|St Martin]]
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*[[St Peter Port, Guernsey Genealogy|St Peter Port]]
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*[[St Pierre du Bois, Guernsey Genealogy|St Pierre du Bois]]
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*[[St Sampson, Guernsey Genealogy|St Sampson]]
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*[[St Saviour, Guernsey Genealogy|St Saviour]]
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*[[Torteval, Guernsey Genealogy|Torteval]]
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*[[Vale, Guernsey Genealogy|Vale]]
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== More Channel Islands Research Tools ==
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Research tools can include resources that assist in locating correct records to search and determining the correct locality to search in.  Below are links and Wiki articles to research tools for Channel Islands.
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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)
 
*[http://www.jerripedia.org Jerripedia] This site is dedicated to the study of Jersey's history and family history  
 
*[http://www.jerripedia.org Jerripedia] This site is dedicated to the study of Jersey's history and family history  
 
*[http://www.jerseyfamilyhistory.org/ The Channel Islands Family History Society]  
 
*[http://www.jerseyfamilyhistory.org/ The Channel Islands Family History Society]  
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*[http://www.societe-jersiaise.org/en Société Jersiaise]  
 
*[http://www.societe-jersiaise.org/en Société Jersiaise]  
 
*[http://www.roll-of-honour.com/Jersey Jersey Boer War Roll of Honor] - it is an on going project.  
 
*[http://www.roll-of-honour.com/Jersey Jersey Boer War Roll of Honor] - it is an on going project.  
*[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.
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*[http://www.uklrs.co.uk/landregistry/?gclid=CLnizd3m7MMCFYaTfgod0lkA2Q Guernsey: Land Registry Documents]
*[http://members.shaw.ca/jerseymaid/index.html Transcript of 1841 census for the Channel Islands]  
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*[http://www.gov.gg/history Research Archives: https://www.facebook.com/editdoc.php?note_id=1565232740398329 History of Guernsey]
*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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*[https://familysearch.org/learn/wiki/en/Guernsey_Civil_Registration Guernsey Civil Registartion]
 
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*[http://www.theislandwiki.org/index.php/Family_History_in_Guernsey Family_History_in_Guernsey]
*[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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*[http://www.guernseyancestry.com/ Guernsey Ancestry]
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*[http://forebears.io/channel-islands/guernsey Forebears Guernsey]
 
 
'''A wiki article describing this collectons is found at:'''
 
 
 
[[Channel Islands Births and Baptisms (FamilySearch Historical Records)|Channel Island Births and Baptisms (FamilySearch Historical Records)]]
 
 
 
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Guide to Channel Islands ancestry, family history, and genealogy: birth records, marriage records, death records, census records, parish registers, and military records.


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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.

See More Research Tools


Channel Islands Map

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

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Jurisdictions

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:

More Channel Islands Research Tools

Research tools can include resources that assist in locating correct records to search and determining the correct locality to search in. Below are links and Wiki articles to research tools for Channel Islands.

FamilySearch Resources

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


References

  1. Wikipedia contributors, "Channel Islands," in Wikipedia: the Free Encyclopedia, https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Channel_Islands, accessed 3 May 2016.