States of Guernsey Greffe
The States of Guernsey is the government body for the Bailiwick of Guernsey.
The Greffe is the official archive for the States of Guernsey and the Royal Court. Of particular interest to family historians, it holds
- the original civil registration records.
- property transactions (Date & Lire).
- wills (on behalf of the Ecclesiastical Court) and Partage contracts (which document the agreement of how to divide property between heirs)
- records of the proceedings of criminal trials, inquests and other activities of the Royal Court.
It should be noted that the majority of these documents are in French, are poorly indexed, and that the staff of the Greffe are not geared up to carry out family history research (even paid).
The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints has microfilmed the first three of the above categories (although not the indexes to the civil registration records), and they are available for loan at your local Family History Center.
Copies of the civil registration indexes and records are available in the Priaulx Library.
See also Guernsey Genealogy.