Jersey Deaths - What else you can try

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This page will give you additional guidance and resources to find death information for your ancestor. Use this page after first completing the death section of the Jersey Guided Research page.


Additional online resources

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Additional Databases and Online Resources




Substitute records

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Additional Records with Death Information

Substitute records can contain information about more than one event, and are used when records for an event are not available. Because the substitute records may not be created at the time of the event, it may contain incorrect information. Search for as many substitute records as possible to corroborate information found in substitute records to help improve accuracy.

Use these substitute records to locate death information about your ancestor:
Wiki Page
FamilySearch(FS) Collections
Why to search the records
Civil Registration
See Wiki page
Starting in August 1842, death registration lists the deceased's death date and place, gender, age, and their occupation (or parent's name if a child).
Probate Records
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Wills and probate list death date and place.
Cemetery Records
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Monumental or tombstone inscriptions and records created when a deceased individual was interred in a cemetery.
Newspapers
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May contain death notices and obituaries.





Improve searching

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Tips for finding deaths

Successfully finding death records in online databases depends on a few key points. Try the following search suggestions:

  • Spelling variations. Your ancestor's name may be misspelled. Search with spelling variations for the first and last name of your ancestor.
  • Search given name. Search by given name (leave out the last name) with the approximate date of birth or death.
  • Add information. For common names, add more information to narrow the search such as approximate birth date or parent's names if known.
  • Date range. Expand the date range of the search by 5 years.
  • Search county. Search using the county name only instead of by parish.





Why the record may not exist

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Known Record Gaps

Records Start

  • 1541 Church records start (Church of England). Most parishes did not start recording burials until the 1600s.
  • 1837 Civil registration of deaths began.
  • 1874 Universal compliance occurred.


Records Destroyed
Some church records may have been lost, destroyed, or damaged (especially in the 1500s and early 1600s). More specific information is not known. Civil registration records are generally complete.








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