Channel Islands Civil Registration
For certificates after 1842.
The Superintendent Registrar, 10 Royal Square, St. Helier, Jersey JE2 4WA
Office Hours 9.30-12.30p.m. Mon-Fri
It is possible to view the registers and copy details. However, there is limited space for personal research, and as the room where the registers are kept is also used for weddings there is no absolute guarantee that the facility will be available.
Indices to the Registers of Birth Marriage and Death from 1842 to about 2002 are available at the Société Jersiaise Library and at the Jersey Archive. The Jersey Archive also holds a set of intermediate copy registers of marriages (that is, those registers compiled by the parish registrars before being passed to the Superintendent Registrar) which can be ordered and searched.
HM Greffier, The Royal Court House, St Peter Port, Guernsey GY1 2PB. Office Hours 9a.m.-5p.m. aulx
They charge 5 pounds for a full certificate or 3 pound for a short certificate. A search fee of 5 pound is additional.
If you are in Guernsey, this charge can be alleviated as there is public access to the Strong Room between 2p.m. and 4p.m. for a nominal 1 pound charge and details can be copied from their records.
The Priaulx Library also have the indexes on microfilm. www.priaulxlibrary.co.uk/
Note: Guernsey Marriages were not subject to Civil Registration until 1919 - so the coverage is incomplete prior to that date. Go to the Parish Registers. Gap 1875-1907. instead.
FHL 942.D27gih "Marriage and Census Indexes for Family History Historians." Contains entries of where to find marriage registers in Channel Islands and all United Kingdom. Available only at Salt Lake Family History Library
Vital Records Index British Isles including Channel Islands from 1538-1888 on CD. Available at most Family History Libraries and Genealogy Societies. The Civil registration death records for Guernsey give parents names including mother's maiden name. They ahve been filmed and availabe at the Family History Libraries. There are two ways to searchm by the indexes or by the actual entries which means crolling through them all.
Births, Deaths from 1850, Marriages from 1886
The Greffier, Registry for Births, Deaths, Companies, Land and Marriages, St Anne, Alderney GY9 3AA is custodian.
Births from 1850 - missing May 1871-Dec. 1874.
There is a hand-ruled book of declarations, from August 1850 to December 1874, that can be used to fill this gap.
Deaths from August 1850-1855, 1907 onwards. Hand-ruled book of declarations from October 1855 to December 1874.
Marriages from 1886 (from St Anne's Church). 1891 onwards from elsewhere on the Island.
Births, Deaths and Marriages from 1925 to date only.
The Priaulx Library Candie, St Peter Port, Guernsey GY1 1UG have incomplete microfilmed sets of Civil Registration records.
Alderney Greffe Records -
Births July 1850-July1857, July 1857-July1860, July 1860-August 1885.
Deaths 1850-1866, 1907-1925.
Birth, Death and Marraiges records from 1925 can be found at The Greffe, Las Chasse Marette, Sark GY9 0SF. The Greffe's office hours are 2-4p.m. Tuesday.Wednesday & Friday and at H.M. Greffier, The Royal Court House, St Peter Port, Guernsey GY1 2PB. Office Hours 9a.m.-5p.m.
St Helier: The Town Church, Baptisms, Marriages and Burials from 1596.
St. Helier: Later Parishes (created when the Town Church was no longer big enough)
St. Mark, St. James, St Paul, St. Jude, All Saints, St Simon, St. Andrew, St. Luke. All these parishes commenced operation after 1842 and therefore their registers are at the Superintendents Registrar's Office.
St. Lawrence: Baptisms and Burials from 1564 - Marriages from 1655
St. Brelade: Baptisms, Marriages and Burials from 1560
St. Aubin (District Church for St Brelade): commenced operation after 1842 and therefore the registers are at the Superintendant Registrar's Office
St Peter: Baptisms, Marriages and Burials from 1626
St. Ouen: Baptisms, Marriages and Burials from 1634
St Saviour: Baptisms from 1540 - Marriages and Burials from 1542
St Martin: Baptisms and Marriages from 1594 - Burials from 1593
Gouray (District Church for St Martin): Baptisms from 1875 - Marriages from 1901 - Burials from 1900. From foundation in 1835 until the dates above the records are mixed in with St. Martin's Parish Church Registers.
St John: Baptisms from 1594 - Marriages from 1583 - Burilas from 1581
St Mary: Baptisms and Marriages from 1648 - Burials from 1647
Trinity: Baptisms from 1624 - Marriages and Burials from 1612
Grouville: Baptisms from 1584 - Marriages from 1598 - Burials from 1593
St Clement - Baptisms, Marriages and Burials from 1623
St Peter Port: The Town Church: Baptisms from 1563 - Marriages from 1565 - Burials from 1566
St Peter Port: Later Parishes (created when the Town Church was no longer big enough)
St Johns: Baptisms from 1840 - Marriages from 1858
St Stephens: Baptisms, Marriages and Burials from 1865
Holy Trinity: Baptisms from 1847 - Marriages from 1858 - Burials from 1858
Other Miscellaneous Registers
The Marriage Chapel at St James-the-Less: Marriages 1915-1970
Candie Cemetery: Burials 1847-1986
Vale: Baptisms, Marriages and Burials from 1577
St Pierre-du-Bois: Baptisms, Marriages and Burials from 1625
Castel: Baptisms, Marriages and Burials from 1674
Castel: St Matthews: Baptisms from 1854 - Marriages and Burials from 1855
St Sampson: Baptisms, Marriages and Burials from 1713
St Saviour: Baptisms and Marriages from 1582 - Burials from 1609
St Martin: Baptisms and Marriages from 1660 - Burials from 1728
Forest: Baptisms and Marriages from 1700 - Burials from 1704
St Andrews: Baptisms from 1575 - Marriages from 1573 - Burials from 1574
Torteval: Baptisms from 1684 - Marriages from 1721 - Burials from 1739
The Church of St Anne: Baptisms 1662 - 1902 with annotations copied from an earlier (missing) book commenced in 1628, 1902 to present day in Church only.
Deaths from drowning and Burials 1652 to 1863. Succeeding Registers lost during the Occupation.
Marriages from 1657-1886.
The Priaulx Library have photocopies of Baptisms 1822-1832, Private Baptisms 1819-1821. Burials 1809-1812, 1853-59,
Non-Conformists (Alderney only)
Catholic Church of St Anne and St Mary Magdalene: Baptisms March 1849-Oct 1952. Deaths January 1858 to April 1940 and two entries in 1946. Marriages from February 1852 to July 1924,
Methodist (English and French) and Presbyterian Church records prior to 1945 were destroyed during the Occupation.
The Church of St Peter, Sark GY9 0SF: Baptisms, Burials and Marriages from 1570
First Register of Baptisms, Marriages and Deaths begun 19 May 1570-1602.Missing 1577-1588.
Long Book begun 30 April 1605 - 1673 and continues 1703-1757. Missing Baptisms 1633-1638 and 1664-1674, Marriages 1644-1661.
Third Register contains entries for 1675-1702.
After 1702 entries were recorded in the Long Book.
2nd Long Book contains incomplete records of Baptisms and Marriages 1757-1795; no burials are recorded for this period.
Fifth Register opened in 1795 - contains records up to 1820, and some entries for 1787-1792 omitted from 2nd Long Book.
Sixth Register 1821-1835, Seventh Reigister 1836 - September 1960. Eighth Register 1960 to date.
Apart from the omissions recorded above, short gaps occur at changes of Minister. Cosme Brevin Minister 1570-1605, and Elie Brevint b. Sark 1586, son of Cosme, Minister 1612-1674, d. 30.3.1674.
The Priauxl Library, Candie, St Peter Port Guernsey GY1 1UG has a microfilm set of the Parish Registers. Parish Registers, Film 1 1570-1795. Film 2 1795-1899. Apply direct to the Church for 20th Century registers.
Duplicate Sark Church Registers (1570-1795) can also be consulted at the Island Archives Service, 29 Victoria Road. St Peter Port, Guernsey, if you are visiting them, but they would prefer that postal research enquiries are directed to the Priauxl Library.
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