Missing persons / tracing people believed to be in Jersey ( 8.55.10 )
Missing persons / tracing people
Updated: 20 December 2018
Words you may need to know
Trace – here, to find
Electoral Register – list of people registered to vote
Investigator – someone who carries out an inquiry; tries to find out the facts about something
Parish rates – money paid each year to the parish by owners and occupiers of land in the parish
Superintendent Registrar – senior Registrar and head of the office of the Superintendent Registrar
Research – when someone spends time looking for or studying something
Extract – a part of something
Reference – a number or means of identifying something
If you are looking for someone in Jersey there are a number of things you can do:
Jersey Telephone Directory
This is normally the first place to check. However, if you do not live in Jersey your local library should have all the telephone directories for Great Britain. If you have internet access you can check the Jersey Telephone Directory online by visiting www.jtglobal.com/Jersey/
Jersey Evening Post
You can place an advertisement in the Personal column of the Jersey Evening Post asking for either the person who you are looking for or anyone knowing that person to contact you.
Jersey Evening Post
PO Box 582
Classified Advertising Department
Telephone: 01534 611711
Fax: 01534 611699
If you wish to use the services of a private investigator a list of these can be found in the Jersey Telephone Directory Yellow Pages.
These can be found in the appropriate parish hall and in the Reference Library. The Reference Library is unable to search the registers for people so anyone living outside Jersey would need to write to each of the parishes to ask them to check their records. see www.parish.gov.je
Parish Rate Lists
These can be found in the appropriate parish hall and in the Reference Library. The Reference Library is unable to search the registers for people so anyone living outside Jersey would need to write to each of the parishes to ask them to check their records.
Customer and Local Services
In certain circumstances Customer and Local Services will forward mail to people who live in Jersey. The letter should be unsealed so it can be checked to ensure that it is not malicious, abusive, threatening etc.
It should have a covering letter giving the missing person's name (as full as possible), date of birth or approximate age. The more detail that can be provided the better. Customer and Local Services will check their records and if there is a 'close match' they will forward the letter.
Send the letters to:
Customer and Local Services
PO Box 55
Philip Le Feuvre House
La Motte Street
Jersey JE4 8PE
Registrar of Births, Marriages and Deaths
Note: The Registry is not to be used as a way of tracing people who are believed to be alive.
10 Royal Square
The Superintendent Registrar holds the registers of births, deaths and non-Anglican marriages registered by the Registrars of the twelve Parishes from 1842 to the current year, and records of Anglican marriages registered by the Rectors and Vicars from various dates up to the current year.
- If you do not have the reference and research is required the fee for searching a Birth, Death or Marriage is £20 per hour or part of an hour.
supplying an extract from the records is £20 per certificate.
Fees for extracts and research are payable by Sterling cheque made out in favour of ‘Treasurer of the States’ and drawn on a British bank, International Money Order, Bankers Draft in Sterling & drawn on a British bank or by British Postal Order.
Please include postage and handling fee: UK £2.00, Europe/Rest of world £3.00. The office does not have card or direct bank payment facilities.
Copies of death certificates are available from the Superintendent Registrar from one year after the death. Prior to this it is from the parish registrar.
Copy death certificates are available immediately after the Parish registrar has registered the death. Copies are available from the Superintendent Registrar & not the Parish Registrar.
The Office of the Superintendent Registrar cannot supply copies if an inquest has been ordered as this delays registration of a death until the inquest findings have concluded.
Research for family history or genealogy
Research fees are payable to the Superintendent Registrar for searching for entries in the records.
Persons missing outside of Jersey
The Jersey Police might be able to assist by starting enquiries through Interpol or other agencies. This would be when a person has 'unexpectedly' gone missing as opposed to tracing a person with whom somebody has 'lost touch'.
The Advisernet service 'Missing Persons' has information, especially when wishing to contact a person who is NOT living in Jersey. This information item gives full details of organisations who can assist in finding missing people.
The Foreign and Commonwealth Office
Telephone: 020 7008 1500. If they are given the name of the missing person they would be able to search their computer files. Any persons involved in accidents or crimes abroad will be reported to the British Embassy, Consul or High Commission in that country and after that to the Foreign Office.