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Known as the Channel Islands, also called Les Iles de la Manche / Les Iles Anglo-Normandes, our ancesters called them the Jersey Islands. Situated in the hook of Northern France made by Normandy and Brittany. The Islands consist of the Bailiwick of Jersey (Island of Jersey, Les Plateaux de Minquiers et Les Plateaux de Ercehous) and the Bailiwick of Guernsey (Islands of Alderney, Sark, Herm, Brecqhou, Jetou, Lihou, Burhou and Guernsey).
Jersey is the largest Island, measuring 45² miles, 14 miles west of Normandy, 30 miles North from Brittany's, port of Saint-Malo. 28 miles South East from Guernsey. 85 miles south, from the coast of Englant. Population 88, 510 (1997 estimate).Geographic coordinates: 49 15 N, 2 10 W.
Guernsey has a area of only 24.3 square miles and a population of nearly 59,000 (1996 census). The population grew rapidly through most of the 1970s, 1980s, and 1990s, but at the census it had fallen by nearly 200. Known as 'Sarnia' to the Romans, Guernsey was once part of Normandy, as were the other Channel Islands. This changed in the early 13th century. Geographic coordinates: 49 28 N, 2 35 W
Tourism and flower growing provide a second and third leg to the economy, but the Island's main income is from its flourishing finance industry - Jersey- Guernsey are attractive destinations thanks to the low rate of taxes and other advantages offered to companies wisking to set up offices.
Both islands are competing and independently governed by the States of Jersey and/or the States of Guernsey, both states are presided by a representative of the Duchesse de Normandy (Queen Elizabeth) Although a Crown dependency the Islands are not part of the United Kingdom.
Channel Islands Post
Channel Islands Societies
La Société Jersiaise in Jersey, La Société Guernesiaise and the Alderney Society are now available on the Web.
La Société Guernesiaise, History and Conservation Society, is devided in sections to cover: Archaeology, Astronomy, Botany, Entomology, Family History, Geology, Historic Buildings, History, Nature Conservation, Marine Biology & Zoology, Ornithology, Société Sercquiaise and le Coumité d'la Culture Guernésiaise. Membership cost 15£, includes the 4£ to the Family history section
La Société Jersiaise is a relative larger organisation, 125 years old, totalling over 4000 members, annual single membership cost is 20£. Their activities are sectioned as follow : Jersey Museums Services, History, Archives, Archaeology, Numismatics, Textile History, Transport History, Railway History, Geology, Botany, Mycology, Ornithology, Garden History, Zoology, Bibliography, La Langue Jerriaise, Photography History, etc.
Channel Islands Genealogy
The Family History section will do ancestry research for overseas on demand, your donations , in pounds (£) are accepted, write to:
Family History Section
Channel Islands Links & resources
Channel Islands Other Information
The Flag of Jersey is white and red saltire. Above this saltire appears the arms of Jersey...for details click here:
The Flag of Guernsey is white with the red cross of Saint George (patron of England) for the history click on above.
The Flag of Sark The Flag of Alderney The flag of Herm
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