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Civil Registration - Channel Islands

Jersey          Guernsey, Jethou, Herm          Alderney          Sark

Jersey - Registration of all events commences 1 January 1855

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Type of DataBirthMarriageDeathIndex
Name of Individualyes checkmarkyes checkmark
with place of birth of both parties
yes checkmarkIndices 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.
Marital Statusno crosscheckyes checkmarkno crosscheck
Ageno crosscheckyes checkmarkyes checkmark
Occupationno crosscheckyes checkmark
and place of residence of both parties
yes checkmark
Date of Eventyes checkmarkyes checkmarkyes checkmark
with cause of death
Place of Eventyes checkmark
with place of residence
yes checkmarkyes checkmark
Name of Fatheryes checkmark
In cases of illegitimacy the father's name was never recorded.
yes checkmarkno crosscheck
Father's Occupationyes checkmarkyes checkmarkno crosscheck
If Father Livingno crosscheckno crosscheckno crosscheck
Place of birth of Fatherno crosscheckno crosscheckno crosscheck
Name of Motheryes checkmarkno crosscheckno crosscheck
Maiden Surname of Motheryes checkmarkno crosscheckno crosscheck
Mother's Occupationno crosscheckno crosscheckno crosscheck
If Mother Livingno crosscheckno crosscheckno crosscheck
Place of birth of Motherno crosscheckno crosscheckno crosscheck
Witnessesno crosscheckyes checkmarkno crosscheck
Relationship of Witnesses to Individualno crosscheckno crosscheckno crosscheck
Addresses of Witnessesno crosscheckno crosscheckno crosscheck
Name of Informant of Eventyes checkmarkno crosscheckyes checkmark
Relationship of Informant to Individualyes checkmarkno crosscheckyes checkmark
Address of Informantyes checkmarkno crosscheckyes checkmark
Changes to Information on certificates2001 onwards, both parents are recorded even if child was illegitimate.    

How to Obtain

By Telephone:
The Superintendent Registrar,
Tel: +44 (0) 1534 441335

By mail:
The Superintendent Registrar,
10 Royal Square
St Helier
Jersey
Channel Islands
JE2 4WA

If you can supply the exact names, date and place of the event (or the index reference numbers) the fee for supplying an extract from the records is £20 per certificate. Please include postage and handling fee: For U.K. 50p, for Europe £1, elsewhere £2.

If research is required, this is charged as follows: Searching for a Birth or Death covering a five-year period is £10, searching for a Marriage covering a five-year period is £20. Fees for extracts and research are payable by sterling cheque drawn on a British Bank in favour of the 'Treasurer of the States', or by British Postal Order.


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Guernsey, Jethou, Herm - Registration of all events commences 1840 but Guernsey Marriages were not compulsory to Civil Registration until 1919.

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Type of DataBirthMarriageDeathIndex
Name of Individualyes checkmarkyes checkmarkyes checkmark
where applicable, the husband's name and surname (prior to 1949, married women were indexed under their maiden name only. As of 1907 place of birth of deceased was added.
Each register is indexed on an island-wide basis, except in the case of deaths prior to 1963, which are indexed parish by parish.

The Priaulx Library also have the indexes on microfilm.

Vital Records Index British Isles including Channel Islands from 1538-1888 on CD. Available at most Family History Libraries and Genealogy Societies

The Strongroom in the Royal Courts on Guernsey is open to members of the public for such research between 2pm and 4pm on Mondays to Fridays.
Marital Statusno crosscheckyes checkmarkno crosscheck
Ageno crosscheckyes checkmark
although prior to 1919, this entry indicated only whether or not the parties were of full age, that is to say, 20 years
yes checkmark
Occupationno crosscheckyes checkmarkyes checkmark
Date of Eventyes checkmarkyes checkmarkyes checkmark
including cause of death. As of 1907 hour of death was included
Place of Eventyes checkmark
with place of residence
yes checkmarkyes checkmark
Name of Fatheryes checkmark
When a father's name is not declared at the time of registration, a child will be indexed under the mother's surname only
no crosscheckyes checkmark
Father's Occupationyes checkmarkno crosscheckno crosscheck
If Father Livingno crosscheckno crosscheckno crosscheck
Place of birth of Fatherno crosscheckno crosscheckno crosscheck
Name of Motheryes checkmarkno crosscheckyes checkmark
Maiden Surname of Motheryes checkmarkno crosscheckyes checkmark
Mother's Occupationno crosscheckno crosscheckno crosscheck
If Mother Livingno crosscheckno crosscheckno crosscheck
Place of birth of Motherno crosscheckno crosscheckno crosscheck
Witnessesno crosscheckyes checkmarkno crosscheck
Relationship of Witnesses to Individualno crosscheckno crosscheckno crosscheck
Addresses of Witnessesno crosscheckno crosscheckno crosscheck
Name of Informant of Eventno crosscheckno crosscheckno crosscheck
As of 1907 the name of the medical practitioner certifying the cause of death was added.
Relationship of Informant to Individualno crosscheckno crosscheckno crosscheck
Address of Informantno crosscheckno crosscheckno crosscheck
Changes to Information on certificates Marriages solemnised by the Church of England were not registered with the Registrar-General until 1919. 

How to Obtain

In person:
Civil registration death records for Guernsey have been filmed and available at the LDS Family History Library or any of its Family History Centres via microfilm loan.

By Telephone:
Telephone: +44 (0) 1481 725277
Fax: +44 (0) 1481 715097

Online:
Email: hmgreffier@guernseyroyalcourt.gg

By mail:
Office of the Registrar General,
HM Greffier,
General Register Office,
The Greffe,
Royal Court House,
St. Peter Port,
Guernsey
Channel Islands
GY1 2PB

The charge is £5 for a full certificate or £3 for a short certificate. A search fee of £5 is additional if exact details are not known pertaining to the event.


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Alderney - Registration of all events commences 1 January 1925

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Type of DataBirthMarriageDeathIndex
Name of Individualyes checkmarkyes checkmarkyes checkmarkThe Registers for Birth and Death from 1850 to the present day are held at the Court office, but the records for the years 1875 - 1907 are incomplete. The Marriage Register is available from 1924 to the present day. Although civil marriages were rare at the time, there are some records for 1891 - 1923. Please address all enquiries to Mrs. Eileen Mignot, 8 St Martins, Alderney.
Marital Statusno crosscheckyes checkmark 
Age   
Occupation   
Date of Eventyes checkmarkyes checkmarkyes checkmark
Place of Eventyes checkmark
with place of residence
yes checkmarkyes checkmark
Name of Fatheryes checkmark  
Father's Occupation   
If Father Living   
Place of birth of Father   
Name of Motheryes checkmark  
Maiden Surname of Mother   
Mother's Occupation   
If Mother Living   
Place of birth of Mother   
Witnesses yes checkmark 
Relationship of Witnesses to Individual   
Addresses of Witnesses   
Name of Informant of Event   
Relationship of Informant to Individual   
Address of Informant   
Changes to Information on certificates   

How to Obtain

In person:

By Telephone:
Court Office Telephone: 0+ 44 01481 822817

Online:
Court Office email: alderneyregisters@gov.gg

By mail:
Clerk of the Court,
Queen Elizabeth Street,
Alderney
Channel Islands
GY9 3AA


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Sark - Registration of all events commences 1 January 1925

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Type of Data Birth Marriage Death Index
Name of Individualyes checkmarkyes checkmarkyes checkmarkThe best research route may be the parish registers available at The Priaulx Library, Candie, St Peter Port, Guernsey GY1 1UG, which has a microfilm set of the Parish Registers. Film 1 1570-1795. Film 2 1795-1899. Apply direct to the Church for 20th Century registers. Please note: CMB: C missing 1577-1588, 1633-1638, 1664-1674, 1757-1795 incomplete; M missing 1577-1588, 1644-1661, 1757-1795 incomplete; B missing 1577-1588, 1757-1795. Also contact Channel Islands Family History Society.
Marital Statusno crosscheckyes checkmark 
Age   
Occupation   
Date of Eventyes checkmarkyes checkmarkyes checkmark
Place of Eventyes checkmark
with place of residence
yes checkmarkyes checkmark
Name of Fatheryes checkmark  
Father's Occupation   
If Father Living   
Place of birth of Father   
Name of Motheryes checkmark  
Maiden Surname of Mother   
Mother's Occupation   
If Mother Living   
Place of birth of Mother   
Witnesses yes checkmark 
Relationship of Witnesses to Individual   
Addresses of Witnesses   
Name of Informant of Event   
Relationship of Informant to Individual   
Address of Informant   
Changes to Information on certificates   

How to Obtain

In person:

By Telephone:
The Greffe, Sark, Telephone 0 44+ (01481) 832 118
2-4 p.m. Tuesday, Wednesday, Friday only.

Online:
Email - The Greffe, Sark: greffier@gov.sark.gg

By mail:
The Greffe,
Las Chasse Marette,
Sark
Guernsey,
Channel Islands
GY9 0SF

OR:
H.M. Greffier,
The Royal Court House,
St Peter Port,
Guernsey,
Channel Islands
GY1 2PB

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