Research in the Channel Islands: Alderney Ancestry


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Contents: Introduction | Civil Registration | Parish Registers | Censuses | Societies | Monumental Inscriptions | Land Registry | Links | Other Related Channel Islands Sites


Introduction

Alderney's records are rather fragmentary and have not been kept in a standard format throughout. In all of them there is a gap during the German Occupation of 1940 to 1945 (prior to which the Island was evacuated) and some of them do not survive before 1945 as they were left behind and probably disappeared during the winter into barrack room furnaces.

However, there is some good news. The Island has a Family History Volunteer who has copied all of the records, both Civil and Ecclesiastical (except censuses), and all enquiries are send to her, so there is no need to write to several places for information.

Please address all enquiries to Mrs Eileen Mignot, 8 St Martins, Alderney.

Mrs Mignot's predeccessor Mrs Peggy Wilson has also drawn up 280 family trees which she has categorised as old Alderney families (108), Breakwater families (150) and others (22). The old families include Duplain, Gaudion, Hougez, Le Vallée, Ollivier and Pezet (Island names), Audoire, Batiste, Barbenson and Renier (of Huguenot extraction) and Le Cocq, Le Mesurier and Sebire (of Guernsey extraction). The Breakwater families came during the construction boom of the mid 1800s and many stayed.


Civil Registration

In Alderney
 
Births, Deaths from 1850, Marriages from 1886
The Greffier, Registry for Births, Deaths, Companies, Land and Marriages, St Anne, Alderney GY9 3AA is custodian but all enquiries will be sent to Mrs Mignot.

Births from 1850 - missing May 1871-Dec. 1874. There is a hand-ruled book of declarations, from August 1850 to December 1874, that can be used to fill this gap. Deaths from August 1850-1855, 1907 onwards. Hand-ruled book of declarations from October 1855 to December 1874. Gap 1875-1907. Marriages from 1886 (from St Anne's Church). 1891 onwards from elsewhere on the Island.

In Guernsey

Births, Deaths and Marriages from 1925 to date only
H.M. Greffier, The Royal Court House, St Peter Port, Guernsey GY1 2PB.
Telephone (01481) 725277. Office Hours 9.00 a.m.to 5.00 p.m - personal visits 2.00-4.00 p.m. only - £1 admission to Strong Room.

The Priaulx Library Candie, St Peter Port, Guernsey GY1 1UG have incomplete microfilmed sets of Civil Registration records. Alderney Greffe Records - Births July 1850-July 1857, July 1857- July 1860, July 1860-August 1885. Deaths 1850-1855, 1907-1925.


Parish Registers

Anglican

RIGHT: The 'new' St Anne's Church (built 1850) - only the clock tower and cemetery remain of the original parish church.

The Church of St Anne: Baptisms 1662-1902 with annotations copied from an earlier (missing) book commenced in 1628. 1902 to present day in Church only. Deaths from drowning and Burials 1652 to 1863. Succeeding Registers lost during the Occupation. Marriages from 1657-1886.

A link to The States of Alderney's own site about St Anne's.

In Guernsey
The Priaulx Library have photocopies of Baptisms 1822-1832, Private Baptisms 1819-1821. Burials 1809-1812, 1853-59. Marriages 1841-1886 .

Non-Conformists (Alderney only)

Catholic Church of St Anne & St Mary Magdalene: Baptisms March 1849-Oct 1952. Deaths January 1859 to April 1940 and two entries in 1946. Marriages from February 1852 to July 1924.

Methodist (English and French) and Presbyterian Church records prior to 1945 were destroyed during the Occupation.


Censuses

Alderney is included on the Guernsey films of 1841 - 1891.
1841,1851,1881 and 1891 have been indexed and there are copies at the Priaulx Library and in the custody of The Family History Section of La Société Guernesiaise, P.O.Box 314, Candie, St. Peter Port, Guernsey GY1 3TG. Both are willing to undertake research - Mrs Mignot does not have copies of the census records.
 
There are individuals at John Fuller's Volunteers Page who are willing to do look-ups in the 1851 and 1891 Alderney Census Indices.
 
For details of the 1940 'Census' see Evacuation and Occupation.

Societies

The Alderney Society The Museum, High Street, Alderney GY9 3TG. See the official Alderney Society and Museum site.

It may also be beneficial to join The Family History Section of La Société Guernesiaise.


Monumental Inscriptions

The cemeteries have not yet been transcribed but the War Memorial has - see bottom of page.


Land Registry

The Island had to be re-surveyed after the German Occupation, so no records survive prior to 1945.
 
There are a small number of exceptions (41 - dated between 1833 and 1949) catalogued in Hugh Lenfestey's List of Documents in the Greffe, Guernsey Vols. 2 and 3 (List and Index Society Series Vol. 11., London, 1978; Guernsey 1983), which can be consulted at the Guernsey Island Archives Service.
 
One unique document does survive in the Greffe, The Royal Court House, St Peter Port, Guernsey GY1 2PB - a record of the Division of the Common Lands from 1830. Each of the 50 families of the Island are listed and their holdings mapped. The document is in a large drawer in the Strong Room and is entitled 'Plans des Communes de l'Ile d'Auregny' - see below.
 
Maps and Descriptions
 
Brian Bonnard's Map of Alderney
GENUKI: Alderney

The Alderney Index | Alderney Ancestry | St Anne: Town and Church | The Division of the Common Lands (1831) | Newtown | Braye Harbour and the Breakwater | The Commercial Directory of 1851 | Alderney and the British Army | Evacuation and Occupation | The War Memorials (1914-18 and 1939-45) | The Alderney Society and Museum
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