Reading Rooms open Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday, 9-1 and 2-5. Saturday morning from 9-1 on the third Saturday of the month. The Archive is closed for stocktaking in the first full week of December and between Christmas and New Year.
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
Clarence Road, St Helier, +44 (0) 1534 833300 - Walking from town go up Hill Street to Colomberie then turn into St James Street and up Le Breton Lane. Driving from St Saviour’s Road turn up Pleasant Street and into Clarence Road
Latitude: 49.183210, Longitude: -2.098039
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.
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:
- Family History
Family History is one of the most popular subjects for researchers at the Jersey Archive. Archive records allow members of the public to go on a journey through their past and meet the ancestors who have shaped not just their features but also their personalities, values and everyday lives.
Jersey Heritage is delighted that the Channel Islands Family History Society collection is hosted at the Jersey Archive. The extensive collection of books, family trees, indexes of baptisms, marriages, burials and censuses were all prepared by members of the Society. This invaluable resource is available in the help desk area of the Jersey Archive where volunteers with up to 30 years experience in family history are also available to help members of the public.
For newcomers to family history the Archive holds baptism, marriage and burial registers, census records and wills – all of which are ideal sources to use to start building your family tree. Jersey Archive also holds a collection of occupation registration cards. The cards are a source that are unique to the Channel Islands and they contain invaluable information on your ancestors.
The entire civil population of Jersey was required by the German authorities to register under the Registration and Identification of Persons (Jersey) Order, 1940. The Archive holds over 31,000 registration cards of those individuals who lived in Jersey during the German Occupation. Each registration card contains personal details, such as name, address, date and place of birth, maiden name and occupation. The cards also include a passport sized photograph.
After looking at these records and building up a basic family tree, researchers often investigate a wider variety of sources at the Archive to find out more about their ancestor’s everyday lives. These include military records, criminal records, records of land transactions, rates lists, immigration records, education records and records of many of the clubs and associations in Jersey.
Of these military and criminal records are particularly popular. Military records, such as General Don’s Island Censuses of 1806 and 1815 and Jersey Militia pay lists can be used to tell us more about the involvement of individuals in the local militia. Records such as the 1st World War Roll of Honour and Roll of Service can give us more information about ancestors involvements in wider conflicts.
Many of us may well have an ancestor who appeared in Court, was sent to prison or even transported from the Island. Finding out the details of their offences and their fate can enhance our understanding of the family and in particular of that individual. The Jersey Archive holds a number of records including Honorary Police incident books, Court documents and Prison registers that can be used to find about more about your criminal ancestors.
Jersey Heritage’s online catalogue is an excellent place to start your research. The catalogue includes descriptions of over 200,000 documents that we hold at Jersey Archive.
- House History
- Island Maps
- Criminal Records for Family Historians
- Military Records for Family Historians
- Preservation and Storage of Documents
- Useful Websites
- German Occupation
- Bankruptcy Records
- Historic Buildings Research Leaflet
Those with French ancestors might find the following 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 firstname.lastname@example.org
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: Number 1 Bus to Royal Crescent is the nearest stop to Jersey Archive. Please visit Liberty Bus to find up to date timetables.
Access arrangements: Disabled access to all floors
Dogs: No dogs
Jersey Heritage would like to thank the Association of Jersey Charities for their support in funding essential book scanning equipment at Jersey Archive.