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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 What is in This Collection? ==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 ===
To learn more about parish registers, please see the '''[https://familysearch.org/wiki/en/England_Parish_Registers_(FamilySearch_Historical_Records) England Parish Registers]''' page.{{Image Visibility}}
== What is in This CollectionCan These Records Tell Me? ==This collection contains an index to baptismal, The following information may be found in these records:{{col-begin|width=auto}}{{col-break}}'''Baptism'''*Name of the child*Date and place of baptism*Gender*Names of parents{{col-break}}'''Marriage''' *Name of the bride and groom*Date and place of marriage, *Genders*Marital status*Fathers' names*May include age and estimated birth year{{col-break}}'''Burial''' *Name of the deceased*Date and place of burial records. The original records are held at the West Sussex Records Office.*Age*Estimated birth year{{col-end}}
== Collection Content ==
For additional details about these records and help using them see [[England Parish Registers - FamilySearch Historical Records]]
=== Coverage Tables ===
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, A (- FamilySearch Historical Records)|Sussex parishes beginning with A]]
*[[England, Sussex, Parish Registers, Coverage Table, B (- FamilySearch Historical Records)|Sussex parishes beginning with B]]
*[[England, Sussex, Parish Registers, Coverage Table, C (- FamilySearch Historical Records)|Sussex parishes beginning with C]]
*[[England, Sussex, Parish Registers, Coverage Table, D-E (- FamilySearch Historical Records)|Sussex parishes beginning with D-E]]
*[[England, Sussex, Parish Registers, Coverage Table, F (- FamilySearch Historical Records)|Sussex parishes beginning with F]]
*[[England, Sussex, Parish Registers, Coverage Table, G-H (- FamilySearch Historical Records)|Sussex parishes beginning with G-H]]
*[[England, Sussex, Parish Registers, Coverage Table, I-L (- FamilySearch Historical Records)|Sussex parishes beginning with I-L]]
*[[England, Sussex, Parish Registers, Coverage Table, M-O (- FamilySearch Historical Records)|Sussex parishes beginning with M-O]]
*[[England, Sussex, Parish Registers, Coverage Table, P (- FamilySearch Historical Records)|Sussex parishes beginning with P]]
*[[England, Sussex, Parish Registers, Coverage Table, R (- FamilySearch Historical Records)|Sussex parishes beginning with R]]
*[[England, Sussex, Parish Registers, Coverage table, S (- FamilySearch Historical Records)|Sussex parishes beginning with S]]
*[[England, Sussex, Parish Registers, Coverage Table, T-U (- FamilySearch Historical Records)|Sussex parishes beginning with T-U]]
*[[England, Sussex, Parish Registers, Coverage Table, W-Y (- FamilySearch Historical Records)|Sussex parishes beginning with W-Y]]
== How Do I Search This Collection? ==
Before searchingthis collection, it is best helpful to know the following information:
*Name of the person
*Date range for the record
As you 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 ==={{Search Collection Link| CID=CID1465706}}{{HR Tip|More images are available in the FamilySearch Catalog at [https://familysearch.org/search/catalog/1465706 England, compare your results with Sussex, Parish Registers, 1538-1910]. Some catalog records link to multiple references. In this information case, click on a reference to find a matchcamera icon to see images.}}
=== Search How Do I Analyze the Index Results? ===#Go to the '''[https://familysearch.org/Compare each result from your search/collection/1465706 collection page]'''. #Enter the requested information into the search box.#Click '''Search''' with what you know to return determine if there is a list of possible matchesmatch.{{Tip|More This may require viewing multiple records or images are available . Keep track of your research in the FamilySearch Catalog at a [[https://familysearch.org/search/catalog/1465706 England, Sussex, parish registers, 1538-1910Use_Appropriate_Forms#Prepare_a_Research_Log | research log]]. Some catalog records link to multiple references. In this case, click on a reference to find a camera icon to see images.}}
== What Do I Do Next? ==
=== I Found the Person I Was Looking For, What Now? ===
*Copy down all Save or print a copy of the image or record, if possible. The original may contain information that was not recorded in the index entry*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*Do not forget Once you have found a christening or a burial church record, you may want to cite the record; see below search for help citing birth and death in civil records in this collection. (1837 and later)*If in the appropriate period, use Use the information which has been discovered you have found to find the individual in civil records. Particularly useful for research person and families in nineteenth-century England are the [[England Census]] and [[England Civil Registration|civil registration]] census records. *Continue to search the index to identify children, siblings, parents, and other relatives. Remember Note that family members often appear on an individual's vital records, such as in the role of witnesses to a marriage === 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 *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.
=== I Can’t Find the Person I’m Looking for, What Now? Research Helps ===*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 The following articles will help with this decision. If listed, a personal title may be a clue to property ownership or occupation, either of which might be noted you in other records. *Try variations of given names and surnames. An individual might appear under a different name your research for your family in a record for a variety of reasons: :-An individual might have been listed under a middle name, [http://usgenweb.org/research/nicknames.html nickname][Sussex, or [[Abbreviations Found in England Genealogy Records|abbreviationSussex]] of their given name. * [[GuidedResearch:-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. :-Some women returned to their maiden names after the death of their husbands. Sussex|Sussex Guided Research]]*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. 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.[[England Record Finder]]*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 RecordsResearch Tips and Strategies]] for more information.
== Citing This Collection ==
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.{{Collection_Published}}  
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