The Public Registry are responsible for the following records, some of which date back to 1506.
Deeds of property date back as far as 1602. Books prior to 1800 are now held at the Jersey Archive Centre. Records from 1800 onwards can be found by searching on the Public Registry Online system which is based in the Registry.
Registration of partages - (division of an estate)
It did not become obligatory until 1840 to register a partage. Until modern times a partage was usually indexed solely under the names of the heirs who were dividing the estate between them and not under the name of the deceased.
Wills of immovable estate
There were no wills of real property in Jersey prior to 1851 and it was not until 1926 that it became possible to freely dispose by will of inherited family property.
Records of the Royal Court
These go back discontinuously to 1506 but not indexed before 1795 and records of wills since the 17th century.
Powers of attorney, tutelles and curatelles
These documents are also available in the Public Registry. A tutelle is a formal mechanism implemented to safeguard the financial interests of a minor who, typically, inherits immovable or movable property. A curatelle (or to use its modern term, curatorship) is a formal mechanism implemented to safeguard the financial interests of someone who has become incapable, most commonly through mental incapacity, of managing their own affairs.
Searches and photocopies
Request for copies can be made by attending or writing to the Public Registry office, Judicial Greffe.
When requesting copies complete the search form. Copies cannot be provided without the name of at least one of the parties concerned. The address of the property is also very helpful.
Requests for searches must give us the full names of at least one of the parties, the approximate date and again as above if it concerns property an address is very helpful.
A charge of £1 per page is made plus a £30 search fee per half hour if a search has to be undertaken. Unfortunately as we are a very busy department with a small staff, copies and searches have to be undertaken as time allows. Some of the indices and deeds relating to property are written in French, as the use of English only became mandatory in all documents in November 2006.
Public Registry search form