Sources – The Stranger Register

Rose-Marie Crossan thesis Guernsey 1814-1914: migration in a modern society  refers to the States “Stranger Register”  and this looks like it could provide a lot of information on our family.

The register was set up in 1892 to record details of non-natives ‘not in possession of real property and occupying apartments with a weekly rental of less than 3s 6d or houses with an annual rental of less than £7.”  I’m guessing our families would fit into this spec!

The register would be rich in information, as persons registering were obliged to provide information on their occupation, birthplace (and, from March 1893, birthdate), their place of last residence and date of arrival in Guernsey, as well as the full names and birthplaces of any dependants (including wife’s maiden name).

Must make an appointment to search this next time I’m in Guernsey (or are there any volunteers?)

One thought on “Sources – The Stranger Register

  1. Hi jeannie no iam franks grandaughter i was 3 days old when jean louis died any way i have looked at the stranger book at the gsy archives there were about 20 goasdoue in the book i can go back as i have a week of from 25th to write all christian names also took photos of war time id celestine was in one and bertrand ‘raymond my granpa ‘gran ‘jean louis i have them in a folder also been to jsy saw a plaque at st thomas catheral with jjean baptist on it also have a book god help us written by major edwin parks with jean baptist in it also went to jsy archives and. Looked at goasdoue and lanoe my granpa mother i was told that frank did not live with his parents but lived with celestine i will be in touch trudy.


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