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Research and Background Information

General Information

Some 20Km off the northwest coast of France, the Channel Islands form part of the United Kingdom. There are four main islands: Jersey, Guernsey, Alderney, and Sark which total some 194 square Km.

The islands have two administrative areas Guernsey and Jersey, each with its own constitution, local laws and customs. Guernsey's dependencies include Alderney, Sark, Herm, Jethou, Lihou, and Brecqhou, while the Ecrehous rocks and Les Minquiers belong to Jersey. The last two were the source of a long-standing dispute between Great Britain and France until the International Court of Justice confirmed the British claim to them in 1953.

The islands have been British dependencies since 1066 when William the Conqueror became king. As Duke of Normandy, he had already ruled the islands.

During World War II Germany occupied the islands from summer 1940 until 9 May 1945.

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Looking for assistance with your Channel Islands Research ?

And can not find the answer on the sites mentioned below, then mail a query to Channel Island Queries.

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Channel Islands Mailing List at Rootsweb

If you would like to exchange information on a regular basis connected with Channel Islands family history, then subscribe to the Channel Islands Mailing list by sending a message to List Version or Digest Version .

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Alternative Sites

There are two key sites the researcher may like to look at for more genealogical details associated with the Channel Islands.

These are :-


This site was possibility the first on the Internet solely dedicated to research associated with the Channel Islands.
On the site you will find links to areas such as Channel Islands Surname Interests List and Volunteers/Look ups and much more....

Link to John Fuller's Channel Islands Genealogy Pages

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Alex Glendinning's FAQ

Part of Alex Glendinning's site is packed full of useful information based around some common Frequently Asked Questions(FAQ)connected with genealogy in the Channel Islands.

Link to Alex Glendinning's FAQ

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