Jersey Archive holds records from the Church of England, Catholic, Methodist, Independent Church and the Ecclesiastical Court.
Church of England Records from 1540 – 1915 for baptisms and 1540 – 1940 for marriages and burials have now been digitised and are available at www.ancestry.com.
Marriages from 1842 to 1940 are currently being added to this catalogue, with the St Helier registers now attached. All of these can be accessed by searching on the name of the bride or groom.
Transcriptions of baptisms, marriages and burials from c.1540 – 1842 can be viewed online as part of the CIFHS Collection.
Church of England
St Helier, St Clement, St Martin, St Saviour, St Mary, St Ouen, St Matthew, St Simon, St Andrew, St Marks, Grouville, St Brelade, St Lawrence, St John, St Peter, Trinity, Gouray, All Saints, St Luke and St James.
The Archive holds the baptism, marriage and burial records of the following Roman Catholic Churches; St Thomas’, St Mary and St Peters, St Matthew’s, Sacred Heart, St John and St Anthony Chapel (baptisms only) and St Anne’s (baptisms only). There are also indexes for the St Thomas’ records available to order.
A small number of St Thomas’ composite registers for baptisms, marriages and burials pre 1842 can be accessed online and these have been indexed by name of the person in the entry.
The Archive also holds baptism, marriage and burial registers for the majority of Methodist Chapels in the Island. The Methodist collection also contains lists of Sunday School attendees, membership lists and class books which can prove useful for the family historian. Early registers appear within the Circuit records and then later within individual chapels and span the years 1836 – 1989. The Archive hopes to digitise and make these available online in the future.
Records are also held for the following Independent Churches; Halkett Place Evangelical Church – Registers from 1809 – 1947, New Church Society – Registers from 1844 – 1987, United Reformed Church – Registers from 1827 – 1965, Jersey Baptist Church and the Presbyterian Church. The Archive hopes to digitise and make these available online in the future.
The earliest records of the Ecclesiastical Court date from 1557. The Jersey Archive holds the rolls of the Court from 1557 until 1899. The Court was used to try people who were accused of ‘moral crimes’ e.g. adultery. The Ecclesiastical Court was also responsible for probate in the Island until 1949 when this function was taken on by the Judicial Greffe. All probate documents that were created by the Ecclesiastical Court have been transferred to the Archive. These records have not been digitised.