The Jersey Archive is the main repository of historical documentation in Jersey. It was formed in 1993 with the objective of storing official government records and personal records and making them available to researchers. Originally based in the Jersey Museum in Pier Road, it moved to a purpose-built facility in Clarence Road in St Helier in 2000.
The purpose of the Jersey Archive is to identify, select, collect, manage, preserve and provide access to Jersey’s records on behalf of the whole community, promoting the Island’s culture, heritage and sense of place both within its shores and beyond.
All readers require a reader ticket to gain access to archive material. This can be obtained from the Jersey Archive reception. For those who can’t visit in person, archive staff will answer any written, e-mail or telephone enquiries about the records in its care.
Uses of the Jersey Archive include family history, property history, general history of Jersey, the German Occupation, school projects, study for educational purposes, records needed for residential qualifications, boundary disputes, testamentary disputes and legal disputes.
The Archive website contains a catalogue of its collection and a substantial collection of photographs and some documents which can be viewed on line. The links below provide direct access to some of this material and search facilities.
- Understanding Jersey contracts
- Online catalogue
- Archive military records, information on military history of interest to the family researcher
- Jersey Archive Occupation records Added 2016
- Jersey Heritage historical articles - links to articles by Jersey Archive staff and other Jersey Heritage people
- Jersey Archive official website main page
Please note that although every effort is made to ensure that links to external sites remain active, we have encountered a particular problem with Jersey Archive, which moves content to different locations on its website or removes it altogether with amazing frequency. We recently discovered that the previous link to the Archive's official website had been changed and have updated it. We hope that links from this page and other pages to the site remain active but apologise if any have been changed since we last checked. Some content which was previously freely accessible to all on the Archive site is now in the section reserved for subscribers, so we have had to remove links to this content.