My Channel Island Ancestry

My family history in the Channel Islands and beyond!


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Census Dates

Screenshot of my Davey ancestors Isaac W. Davey and his wife Ann (nee le Breton) and their 7 children living at 14 Lempriere Street (AKA The Eagle Tavern)

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.

UK CENSUS DATES

Here is a website which gives you the date of the UK Census dates: UK Census dates.

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
  • address
  • 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:

1841 Census Channel Islands

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.


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2010 in review

The stats helper monkeys at WordPress.com mulled over how this blog did in 2010, and here’s a high level summary of its overall blog health:

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In 2010, there were 25 new posts, not bad for the first year! There were 62 pictures uploaded, taking up a total of 34mb. That’s about 1 pictures per week.

The busiest day of the year was June 6th with 93 views. The most popular post that day was List of names in my family tree.

Where did they come from?

The top referring sites in 2010 were facebook.com, cyndislist.com, geneabloggers.com, mambang-x.com, and mail.yahoo.com.

Some visitors came searching, mostly for family tree for kids, family tree chart, family tree activities, family worksheets for kids, and family worksheets.

Attractions in 2010

These are the posts and pages that got the most views in 2010.

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List of names in my family tree May 2010
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Teaching your children about the Family Tree and their ancestors May 2010

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Family Name – Rabet April 2010
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4

About Me April 2010
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Family Name – Davey April 2010
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Teaching your children about the Family Tree and their ancestors

Even though my two children are still quite young they are gradually becoming aware about  my research into my Family Tree.  It is known as  ‘my hobby’ or ‘mummy’s project’ to them.

As a primary teacher I touched on this topic lightly as the children I taught were young. It came under the topic ‘All about me’ or ‘Me and my Family’ and it was always good fun to do. Little ones are never lost for words when talking about themselves and all the things they know and can do. The main difference between children doing their family tree compared to adults, is that kids include their pets!

Here are some  ways to develop a child’s interest in learning about the Family Tree.

THROUGH BOOKS

A great book I read at Secondary/High School about pets and family which I highly recommend for older children is My Family and Other Animals written by Gerald Durrell, a man who had a great influence in Jersey.

A great read about a ten year old boy, his family and all his animals!

Recently a school book catalogue came home and in it was a book especially for children wanting to learn about their family tree. I was intrigued to see how they would present it for young ones, so I bought it. It is a lovely book with a great huge pull-out-poster for the child to fill in with pictures of photos of members of his/her family. It is a colourful book called My Family Tree.

A great book full of activities based on learning around the family.

Here is the poster from the book filled in for my children.


The poster was a great source of discussion when my son took this poster to school for ‘Show & tell’.

THROUGH ACTIVITIES

Scrapbooks are a great to way collect and store information. It is also good fun too!

  • Write a heading or title on each two page spread, eg: My favourite toys (put age or year with the photo) / My pets – photos, paw print in paint / My Homes – photos of house your child has lived in and the dates
  • Collect photos from milestones
  • Keep cinema tickets and stick them in

The list could go on and on. What ever is stuck in will be a great record of times in your child’s life. It will all record a particular time in history

THROUGH WEBSITES

I have also found a few useful websites which give ideas on activities to do with your child based on genealogy and family history.

Family Tree kids

Genealogy for children


THROUGH PRINTABLES

Below are a selection of printable worksheets that I have found on the internet of the Family Tree for children to fill in:

Pedigree Chart #2 - from ancestry.com

THROUGH ART

Handprint Family Tree - from DISNEY family fun website

A great idea and fun activity for the whole family to participate in!


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