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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? ==
 
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.
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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.
  
== What is in the Collection? ==
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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.
These parish registers were acquired from the East and West Sussex Record Offices under multiple projects.
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=== Coverage Table  ===
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=== Image Visibility ===  
The coverage tables for this collection describe which 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:
 
  
*[[England, Sussex, Parish Registers, Coverage Table, A (FamilySearch Historical Records)|Sussex parishes beginning with A]]
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*[[England, Sussex, Parish Registers, Coverage Table, B (FamilySearch Historical Records)|Sussex parishes beginning with B]]
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== What Can These Records Tell Me? ==
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The following information may be found in these records:
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'''Baptism'''
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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'''
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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'''
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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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*[[England, Sussex, Parish Registers, Coverage Table, C (FamilySearch Historical Records)|Sussex parishes beginning with C]]
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== Collection Content ==
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For additional details about these records and help using them see [[England Parish Registers - FamilySearch Historical Records]]
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=== Coverage Tables  ===
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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:
  
*[[England, Sussex, Parish Registers, Coverage Table, D-E (FamilySearch Historical Records)|Sussex parishes beginning with D-E]]
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*[[England, Sussex, Parish Registers, Coverage Table, A - FamilySearch Historical Records|Sussex parishes beginning with A]]
  
*[[England, Sussex, Parish Registers, Coverage Table, F (FamilySearch Historical Records)|Sussex parishes beginning with F]]
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*[[England, Sussex, Parish Registers, Coverage Table, B - FamilySearch Historical Records|Sussex parishes beginning with B]]
  
*[[England, Sussex, Parish Registers, Coverage Table, G-H (FamilySearch Historical Records)|Sussex parishes beginning with G-H]]
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*[[England, Sussex, Parish Registers, Coverage Table, C - FamilySearch Historical Records|Sussex parishes beginning with C]]
  
*[[England, Sussex, Parish Registers, Coverage Table, I-L (FamilySearch Historical Records)|Sussex parishes beginning with I-L]]
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*[[England, Sussex, Parish Registers, Coverage Table, D-E - FamilySearch Historical Records|Sussex parishes beginning with D-E]]
  
*[[England, Sussex, Parish Registers, Coverage Table, M-O (FamilySearch Historical Records)|Sussex parishes beginning with M-O]]
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*[[England, Sussex, Parish Registers, Coverage Table, F - FamilySearch Historical Records|Sussex parishes beginning with F]]
  
*[[England, Sussex, Parish Registers, Coverage Table, P (FamilySearch Historical Records)|Sussex parishes beginning with P]]
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*[[England, Sussex, Parish Registers, Coverage Table, G-H - FamilySearch Historical Records|Sussex parishes beginning with G-H]]
  
*[[England, Sussex, Parish Registers, Coverage Table, R (FamilySearch Historical Records)|Sussex parishes beginning with R]]
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*[[England, Sussex, Parish Registers, Coverage Table, I-L - FamilySearch Historical Records|Sussex parishes beginning with I-L]]
  
*[[England, Sussex, Parish Registers, Coverage table, S (FamilySearch Historical Records)|Sussex parishes beginning with S]]
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*[[England, Sussex, Parish Registers, Coverage Table, M-O - FamilySearch Historical Records|Sussex parishes beginning with M-O]]
  
*[[England, Sussex, Parish Registers, Coverage Table, T-U (FamilySearch Historical Records)|Sussex parishes beginning with T-U]]
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*[[England, Sussex, Parish Registers, Coverage Table, P - FamilySearch Historical Records|Sussex parishes beginning with P]]
  
*[[England, Sussex, Parish Registers, Coverage Table, W-Y (FamilySearch Historical Records)|Sussex parishes beginning with W-Y]]
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*[[England, Sussex, Parish Registers, Coverage Table, R - FamilySearch Historical Records|Sussex parishes beginning with R]]
  
=== Parish Coverage  ===
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*[[England, Sussex, Parish Registers, Coverage table, S - FamilySearch Historical Records|Sussex parishes beginning with S]]
Parishes intended to be indexed in both East and West Sussex are included in the following pages:
 
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*[[Arundel, Sussex]]
 
*[[Battle, Sussex]]
 
*[[Brighton Chapel Royal, Sussex]]
 
*[[Brighton Holy Trinity, Sussex]]
 
*[[Brighton St John the Evangelist, Sussex|Brighton St John the Evangelist, Sussex B]]
 
*[[Brighton St John the Evangelist, Sussex|righton St John the Evangelist, Sussex]]
 
*[[Brighton St Nicholas, Sussex]]
 
*[[Brighton St Peter, Sussex]]
 
*[[Brighton St Stephen, Sussex]]
 
*[[Bexhill St Peter, Sussex]]
 
*[[West Blatchington, Sussex]]
 
*[[Chichester All Saints, Sussex]]
 
*[[Chichester St Andrew, Sussex]]
 
*[[Chichester St Bartholomew, Sussex]]
 
*[[Chichester St Martin, Sussex]]
 
*[[Chichester St Olave, Sussex]]
 
*[[Chichester St Pancras, Sussex]]
 
*[[Chichester St Paul, Sussex]]
 
*[[Chichester St Peter the Great, Sussex]]
 
*[[Chichester St Peter the Less, Sussex]]
 
*[[Cuckfield, Sussex|Cuckfield, Sussex]]
 
*[[Dallington, Sussex]]
 
*[[East Grinstead, Sussex]]
 
*[[Hastings All Saints, Sussex]]
 
*[[Hastings St Mary in the Castle, Sussex]]
 
*[[Hastings St Clement, Sussex]]
 
*[[Horsham, Sussex]]
 
*[[Horsham Holy Trinity, West Sussex]]
 
*[[Horsham St Leonard, West Sussex]]
 
*[[Kingston by Sea, Sussex]]
 
*[[Midhurst, Sussex]]
 
*[[Petworth, Sussex]]
 
*[[Rotherfield, Sussex]]
 
*[[Rye, Sussex]]
 
*[[Seaford, Sussex]]
 
*[[Storrington, Sussex]]
 
*[[West Dean, Sussex]]
 
*[[Westbourne, Sussex]]
 
*[[Worthing St Andrew, Sussex]]
 
*[[Worthing St Paul, Sussex]]
 
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<br> Parishes in Hove are explained in [[Hove, Sussex]]. Additional Church development in Worthing and other parishes in the town is explained in [[Worthing, Sussex]].
 
  
The 207 parishes of East Sussex and 223 parishes of West Sussex included in the Online Parish Clerks database for Sussex are being included in the FamilySearch Research wiki pages. For further information about Sussex Online Parish Clerks (OPC) visit [http://www.sussex-opc.org/index.php?no=1+ Sussex Online Parish Clerks(OPC)] which is a free online database volunteer effort to transcribe not only parish register material but all types of records for the two counties.
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*[[England, Sussex, Parish Registers, Coverage Table, T-U - FamilySearch Historical Records|Sussex parishes beginning with T-U]]
  
The Family Search Research Wiki pages also contain references to the existing volunteer effort in East and West Sussex by local Wikipedia contributors over the last decade to provide details of places of worship in both counties which may assist research. These include demolished or disused places of worship and reflect the diverse use of worship buildings to the present day.
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*[[England, Sussex, Parish Registers, Coverage Table, W-Y - FamilySearch Historical Records|Sussex parishes beginning with W-Y]]
  
 
== 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.
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Note:  There are now 5.7 million searchable Sussex County christening, marriage and burial entries  as of 13 Feb 2019: see Familysearch.org/search and type in the place box---"Sussex, England" Births/Baptisms; do same for Marriage and "Death".
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=== Search the Index ===
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=== Search the Index  ===
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=== How Do I Analyze the Results? ===  
#Go to the '''[https://familysearch.org/search/collection/1465706 collection page]'''.  
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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]].
#Enter the requested information into the search box.
 
#Click '''Search''' to return a list of possible matches.
 
  
 
== What Do I Do Next? ==
 
== What Do I Do Next? ==
=== I Found the Person I Was Looking for, What Now? ===
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=== I Found the Person I Was Looking For, What Now? ===
*Copy down all the information in the index entry.
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*Save or print a copy of the image or record, if possible. The original may contain information that was not recorded in the index
*Do not forget to cite the record; see below for help citing records in this collection.
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*Use the information which you have found to estimate ages in other life events. For example, use a christening date to approximate a marriage date, or a burial record to calculate an estimated year of birth
*Look at an image of the original record. The online index entry only lists the most basic information found in a record; the original may contain further information which was not included in the index. Save or print a copy of the image whenever possible.
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*Once you have found a christening or a burial church record, you may want to search for birth and death in civil records (1837 and later)
*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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*Use the information you have found to find the person and families 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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*Continue to search the index to identify children, siblings, parents, and other relatives. Note that 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? ===
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=== 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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*When looking for an individual with a common name, look at all the search results before deciding which is the correct person  
*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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*If your ancestor does not have a common name, collect entries for every person who has the same surname
**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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*Be careful using the listed age on a marriage record to estimate a birth year. Rather than listing actual ages, clerks often wrote in 21 as the age of both the bride and groom to show that they each were of legal age
**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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*Search the records of nearby locations
**Some women returned to their maiden names after the death of their husbands.
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**Kent and Surrey to the north
*Vary the search terms. For example, search by either the given name or surname to return broader list of possible matches. Try expanding the date range as well.
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**Hampshire to the west
*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.
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*Check for other names. An individual might have been listed under a middle name, a nickname, or an abbreviation of their given name
*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.
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*Spelling was not standardized for much of the period of this collection, so names were often spelled as scribes heard them. Try searching based on how the name may have been pronounced
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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 results
 +
*The individual might not have records in the Church of England at all, but rather might have belonged to a nonconformist denomination
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*When you search baptismal records, remember that it was not unusual for a child to be baptized weeks or even months after birth
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*Some parish records might have been lost over time. Bishop's Transcripts can also be a good source of information
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*Note that marriages often took place in the parish where the bride resided
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*Sometimes a person was born out of wedlock ("illegitimate"), and may have been baptised under the mother's maiden or surname, so search under that name--if known.
  
For additional help searching online collections see [[FamilySearch Search Tips and Tricks]].
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=== Research Helps ===
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The following articles will help you in your research for your family in [[Sussex, England Genealogy|Sussex]].
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* [[GuidedResearch:Sussex|Sussex Guided Research]]
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* [[England Record Finder]]
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* [[England Research Tips and Strategies]]
  
 
== Citing This Collection ==
 
== Citing This Collection ==
Citing sources correctly makes it easier to refer to information which has already been found, so proper citations are key to keeping track of research. Correct citations also allow others to check completed research by helping them find and examine records for themselves.
 
  
Below are the proper citations to use for this collection as well as for individual records within the collection:
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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.
  
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{{Collection citation| text = "England, Sussex, Parish Registers, 1538-1910.” Database. ''FamilySearch''. http://FamilySearch.org : accessed 2017. West Sussex County Record Office, Chichester.}}<br>
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'''Record Citation''' (or citation for the index entry):<br>
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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.


Image Visibility[edit | edit source]

Whenever possible FamilySearch makes images and indexes available for all users. However, rights to view these data are limited by contract and subject to change. Because of this there may be limitations on where and how images and indexes are available or who can see them. Please be aware some collections consist only of partial information indexed from the records and do not contain any images.

For additional information about image restrictions, please see the Restrictions for Viewing Images in FamilySearch Historical Record Collections page.


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

The following information may be found in these records:

Baptism

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

Marriage

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

Burial

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

Collection Content[edit | edit source]

For additional details about these records and help using them see England Parish Registers - FamilySearch Historical Records

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

Note: There are now 5.7 million searchable Sussex County christening, marriage and burial entries as of 13 Feb 2019: see Familysearch.org/search and type in the place box---"Sussex, England" Births/Baptisms; do same for Marriage and "Death".

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]

  • Save or print a copy of the image or record, if possible. The original may contain information that was not recorded in the index
  • Use the information which you have found to estimate ages in other life events. For example, use a christening date to approximate a marriage date, or a burial record to calculate an estimated year of birth
  • Once you have found a christening or a burial church record, you may want to search for birth and death in civil records (1837 and later)
  • Use the information you have found to find the person and families in census records
  • Continue to search the index to identify children, siblings, parents, and other relatives. Note that 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]

  • When looking for an individual with a common name, look at all the search results before deciding which is the correct person
  • If your ancestor does not have a common name, collect entries for every person who has the same surname
  • Be careful using the listed age on a marriage record to estimate a birth year. Rather than listing actual ages, clerks often wrote in 21 as the age of both the bride and groom to show that they each were of legal age
  • Search the records of nearby locations
    • Kent and Surrey to the north
    • Hampshire to the west
  • Check for other names. 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 scribes heard them. Try searching based on how the name may have been pronounced
  • 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 results
  • The individual might not have records in the Church of England at all, but rather might have belonged to a nonconformist denomination
  • When you search baptismal records, remember that it was not unusual for a child to be baptized weeks or even months after birth
  • Some parish records might have been lost over time. Bishop's Transcripts can also be a good source of information
  • Note that marriages often took place in the parish where the bride resided
  • Sometimes a person was born out of wedlock ("illegitimate"), and may have been baptised under the mother's maiden or surname, so search under that name--if known.

Research Helps[edit | edit source]

The following articles will help you in your research for your family in Sussex.

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:
The citation for this collection can be found on the Collection Details Page in the section Citing this Collection.
Record Citation:
When looking at a record, the citation can be viewed by clicking the drop-down arrow next to Document Information.

How Can I Contribute to the FamilySearch Wiki?[edit | edit source]

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