Use of the Archive is free of charge – there is a small fee for photocopying and research conducted by staff. Documents are available to view or download online on a subscription or pay per view basis.
Please bring photographic ID on your first visit
The preservation of archival material is one of our highest priorities and we do ask all those who visit the Jersey Archive to watch our Handling Guidelines before they consult any original material. The Handling Guidelines will highlight the ways in which you can help to preserve these unique documents whilst using them for research in our reading rooms.
Information for visitors – physical distancing covid-19
To ensure that we follow Government advice and safeguard both staff and members of the public we are asking our readers, new or old, to pre-book their visit to the Archive and follow this guidance.
- Face masks are mandatory in indoor public spaces
- As part of the Government of Jersey’s contact tracing measures, the contact details that you provide to book your slot will be used if it is later discovered that a visitor or staff member on that day had COVID-19
- Keep 2 metres apart from anyone outside your immediate household where possible but always 1 metre apart
- Wash your hands for 20 seconds regularly throughout the day
- Catch your cough or sneeze in a tissue, bin it and wash your hands. If you don’t have a tissue, cough into your elbow and avoid touching your face
- Clean and disinfect objects and surfaces, especially in toilet areas
- In line with current Government advice you must wear a mask while you are inside the building
- If you have flu-like symptoms, stay or go home immediately and call the Helpline on +44 (0) 1534 445566
Members of the public should carry out hand washing throughout the day as follows:
- on arrival at Jersey Archive and before consulting original documents
- hand sanitiser will be available but we ask that if you are consulting original material you wash your hands rather than use sanitiser as the moisturisers in the sanitiser may cause damage to original archives
- after touching hand contact surfaces such as handrails, door handles, light switches
- after using the toilet or going into the toilet areas
- after touching their face, sneezing or coughing
- after smoking
- after handling and opening packaging, money, receipts, and cleaning supplies
- after removing gloves and before putting on new ones
- after touching rubbish
Viewing Original Documents
If you do wish to view original documents at the Jersey Archive please use our online catalogue to search and pre-order your documents – https://catalogue.jerseyheritage.org/.
Help Desk and Reception
We will be using remote access to public computers at the Archive so that we can help you find documents on our catalogue or use the Public Registry at a safe distance.
We will be asking you to view digital copies of census and baptism, marriage and burial records from the Channel Islands Family History collections on the help desk or reception PC to reduce multiple handling of these collections.
Access to the Channel Islands Family History research folders will be available from 17 May 2021 in accordance with updated Government guidance.
Unfortunately we will not be able to be as hands on as usual when assisting with access to original material but we will do our best to help you at a safe distance.
If you are paying for research or copying at our till we do ask that at this time you use card only as we are not taking cash payments.
Please bring a pencil and notepaper with you to make your research notes.
WIFI is available on site.
To ensure safe distancing Jersey Archive will have 11 bookable slots available for members of the public at a time. Slots should be pre-booked for either a morning or afternoon session on Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday or morning session on the third Saturday of the month.
Please note that the Archive, including reception area, will be closed between 1-2 to allow the staff to prepare for the afternoon session.
To book your slot please email firstname.lastname@example.org or call 833300.
When you book your slot please give the member of staff as much detail as possible about your requirements, do you wish to access original documents, use the Public Registry, use the archive catalogue or use the CIFHS collections in the help desk area? This will help staff to allocate you a slot in the appropriate part of the building.
With collections recognised by UNESCO, the Jersey Archive is the Island’s national repository holding records on all aspects of Jersey’s history. Researchers can use archive resources to trace their family history, the story of their house or street and to find out more about the German Occupation of Jersey during the Second World War.
In 2017 the archive team launched thousands of images from the Jersey Evening Post photographic archive. These are now available to view online.
The archive catalogue can be found online. The online catalogue includes images of a number of documents including Occupation Registration Cards, will and testaments and transcriptions of early baptism, marriage and burial registers. Documents can be downloaded through an annual subscription or on a pay per view basis.
Information leaflets are available on a variety of subjects.
Staff at Jersey Archive can assist with legal and property research enquiries, offer advice about preservation, and give talks, tours and education services.
Jersey Archive also holds the collections of the Channel Islands Family History Society.
Jersey Archive policies are available to view on this site – here just scroll down the page for the Archive Policy downloads.
Awarded Accredited Archive status in 2014
The long term preservation and security of the records in our care is our highest priority. Since the Public Records (Jersey) Law was passed in 2002 the Jersey Archive has been the official repository for all archival records produced by public institutions.
Jersey Archive does also accept records from businesses, clubs, societies and individuals. These can be donated or deposited on long term long loan whereby ownership remains with the depositor. Our Acquisitions Policy is available to view.
Once catalogued, documents are carefully packed in acid free materials and stored in the correct environmental conditions. We also we offer advice on conservation of records and preserving your own documents and memorabilia.
Many individuals and associations now produce and store important documents in a digital format. It is vital that we preserve these documents as archives of the future. Please read our guidelines on the preservation of digital material and contact us if you have any queries.
You can now play your part in preserving Jersey’s cultural heritage by joining our adopt an object scheme. The scheme allows us to conserve some of unique items in our collections which can then be used by current and future readers.
As well as collecting and preserving records the Archive is committed to making archives available to all members of the local and worldwide community.
Records that are stored at Jersey Archive are catalogued by our professional staff and made available via the Archives and Collections Online. This website allows you to search through the archives by entering a name, place or subject that is relevant to your research.
Individuals who are able to visit the Jersey Archive in person will find that there is always a member of staff available to assist with your enquiries. If you are unable to visit us in person we will gladly answer any written, e-mail or telephone enquiries about the records in our care.
Staff at the Jersey Archive can also assist with legal enquiries and property research for the construction professional. We also offer talks and tours and education services.
Our Archive regulations and Freedom of Information guidance are available for you to study before you visit.
Jersey Archive, as the official repository for the Island documentary heritage, can offer guidance, information and documents that relate to all aspects of the Island’s History. Our information leaflets give details of the documents and collections that researchers and family historians might find particularly useful:
Those with French ancestors might find the following leaflet and websites useful:
Jersey Archive carries out enquiries received by post, telephone or e-mail. Staff at the Archive will carry out brief enquiries and initial research for no charge. Work on more detailed enquiries will be charged at £25 per hour with a maximum of 5 hours research at any one time.
We undertake to answer all initial enquiries within two weeks, however follow up research or photocopying enquiries may take longer to complete. If you have a enquiry please e-mail us at email@example.com
To order photocopies of any documents that you might find on the catalogue please print off our Copyright Declaration Form. Please ensure that the form includes your signature, full details of the documents you require copies of and your postal address.
Ordering photocopies will incur a minimum charge of £5 (table of fees) including postage and packaging. Once we have received your completed form we can let you know how much your copies will cost. Payment must be received before the copies are made.
The Jersey Archive is responsible for the care of and provision of access to original documents from the Probate Division, Royal Court, Public Registry, Family Division and Magistrates Court. The Archive has built up a good working relationship with many legal firms since these documents were transferred to the Archive by the Judicial Greffe in 2001.
The Archive currently undertakes to produce photocopies of cases from original records for legal firms and also offers firms the opportunity to send researchers to the Archive to view original material.
If you would like to order photocopies of legal cases please complete our legal copyright declaration form including details of the court, volume and page number required. Our Table of Fees gives details of prices.
Facilities and Access
Organised groups: Booking is essential call +44 (0) 1534 833300.
Entrance and parking: Located in Clarence Road (near Don Road). Limited free car parking on site.
Bus routes: Routes 3, 2 or 16. Get off the bus at Royal Crescent and then it is a short walk down Clarence Road.
Access arrangements: Disabled access to all floors
Dogs: No dogs. Read our policy here.
Jersey Heritage would like to thank the Association of Jersey Charities for their support in funding essential book scanning equipment at Jersey Archive.