Sunday, January 22, 2017

Jersey Parish Registers Collections Come to Ancestry

I received an emal from Ancestry asking me to share the following message with my readers.

“Fishing for new family history content? Ancestry has unveiled four new collections of Jersey Parish Registers. Jersey, the largest Channel Island and a territory of the United Kingdom, has extensive ties with Eastern Canada and it is widely believed that fishing merchants from this region were among the first to settle Canada’s eastern coast. The new collections offer 986,000 records and over 68,000 images, prominently featuring birth and burial records from as far back as 1541.

Collections include:
Jersey, Church of England Baptisms, Marriages and Burials, 1541-1812 
Jersey, Church of England Births and Baptisms, 1813-1915 
Jersey, Church of England Marriages, 1754-1940 
Jersey, Church of England Deaths and Burials, 1813-1940

The Canadian Connection:
The Jersey parish records contain many of the same surnames that remain prominent in modern day Newfoundland, including Renouf, St. Croix and Cabot. The new collections provide additional content for Canadians, particularly Newfoundlanders, looking for their historic ties to the Channel Islands and offer a rich portrait of an island community that helped influence a way of life to the “New World.””


  1. Thanks, Yvonne. My husband's great aunt (who married and moved to Toronto) was from Jersey and now I can continue my research into her tree!

    1. Glad to be of service, Marian! I'll be looking at the Jersey records, too, to see if I can find my ancestor who came to Quebec about 1715.