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This collection consists of parish registers from the county of Sussex for the years 1538-1910.
 
 
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== Why Should I Look at This Collection? ==
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== What is in This Collection? ==
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This collection contains an index to baptismal, marriage, and burial records from the county of Sussex for the years 1538-1910. The original records are held at the West Sussex Records Office.
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Parish registers have been kept at the local level across England since the mid-1500s. Due to this long and relatively stable tradition, these records are central to English genealogical research as they are often one of the only sources for finding families and individuals in England before the start of civil registration in 1837.
 
Parish registers have been kept at the local level across England since the mid-1500s. Due to this long and relatively stable tradition, these records are central to English genealogical research as they are often one of the only sources for finding families and individuals in England before the start of civil registration in 1837.
  
 
To learn more about parish registers, please see the '''[https://familysearch.org/wiki/en/England_Parish_Registers_(FamilySearch_Historical_Records) England Parish Registers]''' page.
 
To learn more about parish registers, please see the '''[https://familysearch.org/wiki/en/England_Parish_Registers_(FamilySearch_Historical_Records) England Parish Registers]''' page.
  
== What is in This Collection? ==
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==What Can These Records Tell Me?==
This collection contains an index to baptismal, marriage, and burial records. The original records are held at the West Sussex Records Office.
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'''Baptism''' records include:
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*Name of the child
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*Date and place of baptism
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*Gender
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*Names of parents
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'''Marriage''' records include:
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*Name of the bride and groom
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*Date and place of marriage
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*Genders
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*Marital status
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*Fathers' names
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*May include age and estimated birth year
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'''Burial''' records include:
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*Name of the deceased
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*Date and place of burial
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*Age
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*Estimated birth year
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==Collection Content
  
 
=== Coverage Tables  ===
 
=== Coverage Tables  ===
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== How Do I Search This Collection? ==
 
== How Do I Search This Collection? ==
Before searching, it is best to know the following information:
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Before searching this collection, it is helpful to know:
 
*Name of the person
 
*Name of the person
 
*Date range for the record  
 
*Date range for the record  
As you search, compare your results with this information to find a match.
 
  
=== Search the Index ===
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=== Search the Index ===
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{{Tip|More images are available in the FamilySearch Catalog at [https://familysearch.org/search/catalog/1465706 England, Sussex, parish registers, 1538-1910]. Some catalog records link to multiple references. In this case, click on a reference to find a camera icon to see images.}}
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=== How Do I Analyze the Results? ===
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Compare each result from your search with what you know to determine if there is a match. This may require viewing multiple records or images.  Keep track of your research in a [[Use_Appropriate_Forms#Prepare_a_Research_Log | research log]].
  
 
== What Do I Do Next? ==
 
== What Do I Do Next? ==
 
=== I Found the Person I Was Looking For, What Now? ===
 
=== I Found the Person I Was Looking For, What Now? ===
*Copy down all the information in the index entry.
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*If you find a baptism record, search for a birth record
*Do not forget to cite the record; see below for help citing records in this collection.
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*If the parents are listed, look for the family in census records
*If in the appropriate period, use the information which has been discovered to find the individual in civil records. Particularly useful for research in nineteenth-century England are the [[England Census]] and [[England Civil Registration|civil registration]] records.
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*If a marriage date is found, look for the new family in census records
*Continue to search the index to identify children, siblings, parents, and other relatives. Remember that family members often appear on an individual's vital records, such as in the role of witnesses to a marriage.
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*If a burial record is found, search for a death record
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*If the age is listed on the burial record, estimate a birth year
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*Continue to search the index for people with the same surname to identify children, siblings, parents, and other relatives
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*Family members often appear on an individual's records, such as in the role of witnesses to a marriage
  
 
=== I Can’t Find the Person I’m Looking For, What Now? ===
 
=== I Can’t Find the Person I’m Looking For, What Now? ===
*When looking for an individual with a common name, look at all the search results before deciding which is the correct person. Use other information, such as place of birth, age, occupation, or names of parents, to help with this decision. If listed, a personal title may be a clue to property ownership or occupation, either of which might be noted in other records.
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*Try variations of given names and surnames. An individual might appear under a different name in a record for a variety of reasons:
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*Try variations of given names and surnames. An individual might have been listed under a middle name, a nickname, or an abbreviation of their given name
:-An individual might have been listed under a middle name, [http://usgenweb.org/research/nicknames.html nickname], or [[Abbreviations Found in Genealogy Records|abbreviation]] of their given name.
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*Spelling was not standardized for much of the period of this collection, so names were often spelled as recorders heard them. Pay attention to how the name should have been pronounced and try spelling variations that could have that pronunciation
:-Spelling was not standardized for much of the period of this collection, so names were often spelled as recorders heard them. Pay attention to how the name should have been pronounced and try spelling variations that could have that pronunciation.
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*Vary the search terms. For example, expand the date range or search by either the given name or surname to return a broader list of search results
:-Some women returned to their maiden names after the death of their husbands.
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*Search the records of nearby parishes. For this collection, nearby locations include the bordering counties of Hampshire, Surrey, and Kent
*Vary the search terms. For example, expand the date range or search by either the given name or surname to return a broader list of search results.
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*The individual in question may not have records in the Church of England at all, but rather might have belonged to a nonconformist denomination. See [[England Nonconformist Church Records]] for more information
*Search the records of nearby parishes. While it was uncommon for an individual in this period to move more than about 20 miles from their place of birth, smaller relocations were not uncommon. For this collection, nearby locations include the bordering counties of Hampshire, Surrey, and Kent.
 
*The individual in question may not have records in the Church of England at all, but rather might have belonged to a nonconformist denomination. See [[England Nonconformist Church Records]] for more information.
 
  
 
== Citing This Collection ==
 
== Citing This Collection ==

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Collection years 1538-1910
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What is in This Collection?[edit | edit source]

This collection contains an index to baptismal, marriage, and burial records from the county of Sussex for the years 1538-1910. The original records are held at the West Sussex Records Office.

Parish registers have been kept at the local level across England since the mid-1500s. Due to this long and relatively stable tradition, these records are central to English genealogical research as they are often one of the only sources for finding families and individuals in England before the start of civil registration in 1837.

To learn more about parish registers, please see the England Parish Registers page.

What Can These Records Tell Me?[edit | edit source]

Baptism records include:

  • Name of the child
  • Date and place of baptism
  • Gender
  • Names of parents

Marriage records include:

  • Name of the bride and groom
  • Date and place of marriage
  • Genders
  • Marital status
  • Fathers' names
  • May include age and estimated birth year

Burial records include:

  • Name of the deceased
  • Date and place of burial
  • Age
  • Estimated birth year

==Collection Content

Coverage Tables[edit | edit source]

The coverage tables for this collection indicate the locations, types, and years of available records in this collection. Due to number of parishes included, the coverage information is presented according to the first letter of the name of the parish:

How Do I Search This Collection?[edit | edit source]

Before searching this collection, it is helpful to know:

  • Name of the person
  • Date range for the record

Search the Index[edit | edit source]

Search by name by visiting the Collection Details Page.
  1. Fill in the search boxes in the Search Collection section with the information you know
  2. Click Search to show possible matches

How Do I Analyze the Results?[edit | edit source]

Compare each result from your search with what you know to determine if there is a match. This may require viewing multiple records or images. Keep track of your research in a research log.

What Do I Do Next?[edit | edit source]

I Found the Person I Was Looking For, What Now?[edit | edit source]

  • If you find a baptism record, search for a birth record
  • If the parents are listed, look for the family in census records
  • If a marriage date is found, look for the new family in census records
  • If a burial record is found, search for a death record
  • If the age is listed on the burial record, estimate a birth year
  • Continue to search the index for people with the same surname to identify children, siblings, parents, and other relatives
  • Family members often appear on an individual's records, such as in the role of witnesses to a marriage

I Can’t Find the Person I’m Looking For, What Now?[edit | edit source]

  • Try variations of given names and surnames. An individual might have been listed under a middle name, a nickname, or an abbreviation of their given name
  • Spelling was not standardized for much of the period of this collection, so names were often spelled as recorders heard them. Pay attention to how the name should have been pronounced and try spelling variations that could have that pronunciation
  • Vary the search terms. For example, expand the date range or search by either the given name or surname to return a broader list of search results
  • Search the records of nearby parishes. For this collection, nearby locations include the bordering counties of Hampshire, Surrey, and Kent
  • The individual in question may not have records in the Church of England at all, but rather might have belonged to a nonconformist denomination. See England Nonconformist Church Records for more information

Citing This Collection[edit | edit source]

Citations help you keep track of places you have searched and sources you have found. Identifying your sources helps others find the records you used.

Collection Citation

"England, Sussex, Parish Registers, 1538-1910.” Database. FamilySearch. http://FamilySearch.org : accessed 2017. West Sussex County Record Office, Chichester.

Record Citation:
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