7.28.1.L4 / 14.2.5.L3
Updated 14 September 2016
Words you may need to know
Archive - a collection of books, documents, official papers, photographs or recorded material kept for their historical interest
Preserve/ preservation - make something last
Accessible - easy to get to
Enquiries - questions
Indices/ Index - a list of items with where to find them
Baptisms - a religious ceremony in which somebody is sprinkled with or put in water to symbolise purity. In some Christian baptisms, the person is named as well as being accepted into the Christian faith.
Censuses - an official count of a population carried out at set intervals
Catalogued - a list of things usually arranged according to subject, title, or author etc
Environmental - relating to your surroundings
Priority - of great importance
Donated - given or presented to someone
Deposited - left for safe keeping
Long term loan – when you lend something for a long time
Conservation - looked after, kept in good order
Restoration - returning something to an earlier and usually better condition eg a painting or building
Fragile - easily damaged or broken
The Jersey Archive was set up in 1993 to collect and preserve records of the States of Jersey, former States Committees and Departments, current departments, ministers, the Royal Court, HE Lieutenant-Governor, Parishes, Churches, Businesses, Societies and individuals, in fact almost anything about Island life.
The Jersey Archive is committed to making the records as accessible as possible. They have a search service (OPAC) to help people find the records they are looking for.
If you are not able to visit Jersey Archive yourself the archive staff will answer written, e-mail or telephone enquiries about records in their care.
Channel Islands Family History Society
The collection of the Channel Islands Family History is available in the reference area of the Jersey Archive. This includes books, family trees and indices of baptisms, marriages, burials and censuses prepared by members of the Society. Volunteers from the Society are often on duty to help visitors researching family history.
Documents are catalogued and carefully packed in acid free materials and stored in the correct environmental conditions. Long term preservation and security of records is a high priority.
Records can be donated or deposited on long term loan, receipts are given. There is no charge for depositing records with the Jersey Archive.
Conservation and restoration
The Jersey Archive has a workshop to provide specialised care to maintain the condition of the collection and to repair items that are too fragile to allow people to use in the Reading Room. Techniques and materials conform to British Standards.
Tuesday, Wednesday & Thursday
9am - 1pm & 2pm - 5pm
Thursday late night - until 7pm (Last Thursday of the month)
Saturday early morning 9am - 1pm (Third Saturday of the month)
9 Jersey Archive
Telephone +44 (0)1534 833300
Reader enquiries +44 (0)1534 833333
Fax +44 (0)1534 833301