The Archive is the Island’s national repository holding archival material from public institutions as well as private businesses and individuals. Take a look at our film about the word we do at Jersey Archive.

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Opening Times

Opening Times

Open Tuesday to Thursday - 9am to 1pm and 2pm to 5pm

To ensure safe distancing Jersey Archive will open to a maximum of 6 members of the public at a time. Slots should be pre-booked for either a morning or afternoon session on Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday.


Admission Prices

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.

General Principles

  • 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 at least one metre apart from anyone outside your immediate household
  • 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
  • Cloth masks are advised, especially in enclosed public spaces such as shops (for staff and customers)
  • If you have flu-like symptoms, stay or go home immediately and call the Helpline on +44 (0) 1534 445566

Hand Washing/Sanitising

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/. The size and fragility of some documents might mean that we are unable to provide access to these during this Level of the Safe Exit Strategy as staff would need to help with handling of the material and could not maintain social distancing.

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.

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.

General Guidance

We will be asking you not to use the communal refreshment areas at the Archive that would usually be available but would encourage you to use the public bench in the open air square at the front of the building if you wish to take a break. 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 your to make your research notes.

 

Pre-Booking

To ensure safe distancing Jersey Archive will open to a maximum of 6 members of the public at a time. Slots should be pre-booked for either a morning or afternoon session on Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday.

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 archives@jerseyheritage.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.

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Location

Location

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

 

Preservation

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.

 

Access

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.

 

Research

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
  • Contracts
  • Island Maps
  • Criminal Records for Family Historians
  • Military Records for Family Historians
  • Conservation
  • 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 archives@jerseyheritage.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.

 

Legal Enquiries

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.

 


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