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We have created several tutorials to help you use, search and find records on our online catalogue.
The main search box is a free text, Google type search which allows you to start your research by entering any text. It will deliver a broad range of results which will include all the words you have searched on. This can lead to many results, some of which, might not be relevant to your research. For example if you enter the name Jean de Carteret you might find document relating to both Jean de Gruchy and Philippe de Carteret as it includes both your search words.
If you wish to narrow your search please use the Advanced Search.
Advanced SearchThe advanced search allows you to make your search more specific and look through lists of our index terms. It is particularly useful for common Jersey surnames and places. If you enter a surname in the Person or institution field a drop down list of individuals with that surname will appear. If you are searching for a specific individual you will need to enter the name in the following format – de Carteret, Jean.House HistoriesInterested in House History? Enter the house name in the Subject or Place field and a drop down list of places with that name will appear, but also search on the general area, e.g. Grands Vaux.
Variations in SpellingJersey names are spelt differently over time, e.g. Marett and Marrett. Jersey Archive will always index the record using the spelling in the original document. If you are unsure of a spelling you can try replacing letters with wildcard characters. ? [question mark] indicates a single wildcard letter, * [asterisk] represents a run of letters. So Mar* would match Marett and Marrett. These searches are much slower, so you might have to wait for a while!
Wildcard Letters – ? and *If you’re unsure of a spelling, you can try replacing letters with wildcard characters. ? [question mark] indicates a single wildcard letter, * [asterisk] represents a run of letters. So m?n would match man or men, but m*n would match men, man, moon, moan, mean, minion, mountain etc. These searches are much slower, so you might have to wait for a while! Try searching the library for m*n »