This collection contains images of Church of England parish registers of burial records for the years 1808–1940 from the island of Jersey.
Both the British government and the church had an interest in record keeping, and a 1538 Act of Parliament required ministers in the Church of England to record baptisms, marriages, and burials. Jersey’s earliest registers date from this period with the church records of the parish St Saviour starting in 1540. There is no standard format to the early registers and preprinted registers were first used in Jersey in 1822. However some parishes did not begin using the standardised registers until civil registration was introduced in 1842. The records are predominantly written in French.
Following the introduction of civil registration some parish began to use preprinted and standardised registers and include further information such as date of death, name of parents in the case of a child, residence, age, occupation, cause of death and officiating minister. However some parishes still continued with the old registers and therefore there is less detail included.
See the browse on the right to determine which parishes are included in this collection and the date coverage for each parish.
Burials took place within a few days of death and records pre 1842 typically record just the name of the deceased and the burial date. If an infant was being buried often the entry simply states, 'fils de or filles de', which means son or daughter of the father. The cause of death and age are often not recorded and women are recorded firstly under their maiden name, with the name of their husband and marital status alongside.
Please note that names may appear in the records in their abbreviated forms. Please see below for a key to commonly abbreviated names found within the registers.
- Charles – Ch, Chs
- Clement – Clem
- Daniel – Dan
- Elizabeth - Eliz
- Esther - Est
- Francois - Frcs, Frs
- Francoise - Frcse, Frse
- George - Geo
- Jean - Jn
- Jeanne - Jne
- Marguerite (Margueritte) – Margte, Mgte, Marg, Margtte, Mgtte
- Matthew, Mathieu - Mat, Matth, Math
- Nicolas – Nic
- Philippe – Ph, Phle
- Pierre – Pe
- Susanne - Sus
- Thomas – Th, Tho
- William - Wm