Family History - Jersey Heritage

Family History is a journey through our past in which we use archive records to meet the ancestors who have shaped not just our features but also our personalities, values and everyday lives. Learning more about our forbearers or the place in which we live allows us to make a real connection to the past and sometimes understand more about our present circumstances. 

On these pages you can get a flavour of Jersey's migrant history, why people came to Jersey and why people left and what effect that had in Jersey.   Why people left Jersey for Australia in the 19th century, how the cod fishing industry in Canada had an impact on Jersey's population and why workers from the UK were essentail to Jersey's economy.

For more detailed research please visit our Archive and Collections Online or visit the Jersey Archive.

Some information for this site has been re-produced and adapted from Mark Boleat's Jersey's Population - A History, which is available to buy from the Société Jersiaise.

Jersey Migration Map

This map shows the movement of people to and from Jersey from the 16th century to modern day.  It shows at a glance the global reach of this 118 square kilometre Island.   

To use: Simply select a century to display the major movements during that period. Hover or click the route to display more information. The arrows represent incoming or outgoing migrants.