Help with searches

We have created a number of online tutorials to help you use the Jersey Heritage online catalogue.

The main search box is a free text, Google type search which allows you to start your research by entering any text. This could be a name, place or subject for research.

If you use the main search you will get a broad range of results which will include all the words you have searched on. This can lead to a number of results, some of which, might not be relevant. For example if you enter Jean de Carteret in the search you might find a document relating to both Jean de Gruchy and Philippe de Carteret as it includes both your search words.

The main search is useful for unusual names but if you are finding lots of results on more common Jersey names please try the advanced search.

  • Advanced Search
    The advanced search allows you to make your search more specific and look through lists of our indexes. Advanced search is particularly useful for common Jersey surnames. Enter the surname in the Person or institution box and a list of individuals with that surname will appear.
  • Searching for Names
    Want to search through our index of over 300,000 names? Go to the Advanced search and enter a surname in the person/institution search box. If you are searching for a specific individual you will need to enter the name in the following format – de Carteret, Jean.
  • Variations in Spelling
    Jersey 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!
  • House Histories
    Interested in House History? Enter the house name and search but also search on the general area, e.g. Grands Vaux. The catalogue description of records that relate to the whole area don’t necessarily mention each house. If you are using Advanced Search enter the house name or area in Subject or place box.
  • Museum Objects
    Go to the advanced search, select “museum” and enter the name of the object, e.g. dress then click “search”.
  • 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 »

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