One of the most useful sources of information when I am researching my Channel Island Ancestry is the population census taken every ten years. What we don’t always know is the exact date that the census was taken on.
JERSEY CENSUS DATES
1891 Channel Island Census – 5th April 1891
GUERNSEY CENSUS DATES
1901 Census – St. Peter Port, Guernsey – 31 March 1901
Useful information found in Census records:
- Name of head of household
- occupants of household
- occupants age – occupation/living means – marriage status/school attendee – years married – nationality of occupants (and father’s nationality)
- who their neighbours are (they could be more relations!)
Here are some interesting Census records for you to browse:
1881 Census: Residents of Jersey General Hospital (Also known as The Workhouse at the time – information includes: inmates, nurses, cooks, boarders, domestic servants and so on.)
Note: I will update this post if I come across the further dates for when the Jersey census was taken every ten years.