Section Contact
Maria van der Tang

PO Box 314

St Peter Port

Guernsey GY1 3TG


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Family History

The Family History Section has been established since April 1987 and has a current membership of about 250 worldwide. The Family History Section has recently moved and are now based at Les Vauxbelet, in a basement room under the Blanchelande College, and has wheel chair access, please do not send mail to these premises please use our PO Box address on the right.

The research room is manned by volunteer members, and is open to all members of La Société Guernesiaise by appointment. Opening soon on a regular basis, parking is available at all times.

A small group of members undertake research on behalf of correspondents - please contact us at the email address above. No set charges are made, but we do ask for donations to assist with costs. Over the years, we have been extremely successful in putting correspondents and members in touch with others researching the same families. Please contact us using the email link in the orange box above and we will try to help.

A donations box for research costs appears further down this page.


We are a section of La Société Guernesiaise. Members receive two Family History Journals, issued in June and December, the Transactions of La Société Guernesiaise and Communiqué, the newsletter of La Société Guernesiaise.

Local Subscription: £8.00
(plus membership to La Societe Guernesiaise - Single: £25 or Family £30)

Non Guernsey members: £33.00
(includes membership of La Societe Guernesiaise)  

Payment can be made online using a credit/debit card or Paypal below or we are happy to receive cheques, banker's orders or International Money Orders in sterling, made payable to the Family History Section using the membership form that can be downloaded here.


Please choose the appropriate option Family History subscription only - £8.00
      (for current LSG members only)

Non Guernsey - £33.00
      (LSG + Family History)

Guernsey membership to LSG (single) - £33.00
      (LSG + Family History)

Guernsey membership to LSG (joint) - £38.00
      (LSG + Family History)
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Number of years?
(Membership runs from 1 Jan - 31 Dec)

We normally publish members' email addresses in our journal. Are you happy for us to do this?

Names and/or subjects being researched (families that have lived in Guernsey only please)

The section produces occasional publications in addition to the regular twice-yearly journals. This book includes a selection of old family photographs supplied by Family History Section members and is a fascinating insight into how life in Guernsey used to be.


Back issues of the Family History Journal

All bar three of the 48 Family History journals published since 1988 are now available to buy for a discount price of £10

Collection only (no postage)
Delivery by post
For odd copies or other destinations please contact us at the email address above

Individual articles from the journal can supplied as pdfs and sent by email (£2.00) For the full list of every article published, please click here

From Our Family Albums. Volume 2.

From Our Family Albums. Volume 2.
Edited by Juliette Hargetion
La Société Guernesiaise.
Price: £15.00

From Our Family Albums. Volume 3.

From Our Family Albums. Volume 3.
Edited by Juliette Hargetion and Mary Vidamour
La Société Guernesiaise.
Price: £16.50

This is the third in the series of books where photographs are provided by members of the Family History Section of La Société Guernesiaise, Guernsey, Channel Islands. This books is available direct from the publishers here

New card/notelet to celebrate our 25th aniversary
Each £0.60
St Pierre du Bois Church
Pack of 5 cards and envelopes £1.50
Candie House, now the Priaulx Library a centre for Family History research.
Pack of 5 cards and envelopes £1.50
St Sampsons Church
Pack of 5 cards and envelopes £1.50
St Johns Church
Pack of 5 cards and envelopes £1.50

Mixed pack of 5 cards and envelopes £1.50


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A small group of members undertake research on behalf of correspondents. No set charges are made, but we do ask for donations to assist with costs. Over the years, we have been extremely successful in putting correspondents and members in touch with others researching the same families.

To make a donation to cover research costs using your credit/debit card or via Paypal, please enter the amount in the box below


Please enter a brief description of what this donation is for:


Parish Church Registers
Guernsey has ten parishes. The Section has been involved in indexing the Parish Church registers of births, marriages and deaths. These are now complete.

Guernsey Censuses
Members have compiled indexes to the 1841, 1851, 1861, 1871, 1881, 1891 and 1901 censuses for all parishes.

Memorial Inscriptions

The transcription of Memorial Inscriptions within various cemeteries and churchyards, by a very small group of members over the past few years, has produced an immense amount of research material. Extracts can be made available, for a small charge, on application.

Churchyards: the churchyards where MIs have already been fully transcribed are St Pierre du Bois, Castel, St Matthew's in the Castel parish, and St John's in the parish of St Peter Port. Transcription of the MIs at the Vale Church is a work in progress.

Cemeteries: The St Peter Port Parish Cemeteries whose MIs have been transcribed are Candie, Plymouth Brethren and the Foulon.


We hold a collection of Guernsey Magazine Obituaries from 1872 to 1889, which can be very informative, especially if the death took place overseas (Card Index).
Members have extracted Guernsey Evening Press Newspaper notices of Birth, Marriage and Death entries from 1994 (Card Index).

Town Hospital (Poor House / Poor Law)
Indexes are available of the St Peter Port, former Town Hospital records 1743 to 1856, and to the St Peter Port Poor Law records 1811 to 1904. For more information go to St Peter Port Town Hospital Journals.

Family Files and Trees
We have a steadily growing collection of Family Files and Trees compiled and very kindly donated by members and correspondents. We also can now accept GEDCOM files and already have had some research donated in this format which is available on the computer.

Exchange Journals
We exchange journals with several other Family History Societies in Jersey, the U.K., Ireland, Australia, New Zealand, South Africa and the U.S.A. and we also have a collection of interesting Family History Books.

Evening indoor meetings are held at 7.45, on either the 3rd or 4th Wednesday of the month at the Headquarters of La Société Guernesiaise, Candie Road, St Peter Port. We have very knowledgeable speakers with a variety of interesting topics, and often a display of archive material.

Outdoor meetings are usually held in June and July, which may take the form of a walk and talk in areas of interest, or possibly a visit to a cemetery or churchyard, sometimes with a hands on approach to transcribing, which can be very fulfilling.

We issue two Family History Section journals, during June and December, as well as two Newsletters each year. We are always pleased to receive interesting articles for possible publication.

The Family History Section is a member of the Federation of Family History Societies.
The section presently has no e-mail facility.

The following web-sites are suggested as good starting points for research
on Guernsey born ancestors (many with links to Jersey sites as there was of
course some movement of population between the islands as there is today).

The Priaulx Library is a very useful resource for those interested in family history and other local issues

Alex Glendenning's award winning web-site

GENUKI is the entry point for all research for the United Kingdom & Ireland.

The Channel Island pages are at

Some good Guernsey, Alderney & Sark links at

Stephen Foote's website with links to crews of Guernsey ships and Guernsey Butchers
Guernsey Butchers
Maritime History and Guernsey crew lists
Stephen Foote's Guernsey family history

For further research on ships & crews try:

The National Archives

National Maritime Museum, Greenwich, England

Maritime History Archives, Memorial University of Newfoundland

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Candie Gardens, St Peter Port, Guernsey GY1 1UG, Channel Islands.