Family History and Genealogy
Genealogy or family history can be a very interesting but complex area to research. There are various excellent free websites that can help you trace your family tree and history. The best place to start is the Surrey History Centre who have a wealth of information to assist you and can also direct you to other organisations.
If you are trying to complete a family tree the best way to start is to write all the information you do know about your family including birth, marriage and death dates as far back as possible. This should also include all extended family. You can then confirm this information with members of your family and/or the below websites. Once this has been completed you can start to extend the search and fill in any gaps that you may have. There are usually quite a few stories and surprises along the way.
The following information should help you with everything you need
|Cemeteries - if the deceased was buried in one of our cemeteries you can contact the Cemeteries Team for a grave search or request information relating to monumental inscriptions and map locations of graves. The map indicates the location of all our cemeteries in the borough - hover over the map and click to enlarge. Contact the |Cemetery team.
Useful Websites for Research
- |Registrar of Births, Deaths and Marriages - you can order birth, marriage and death certificates online with Surrey County Council.
- |Surrey County Council - Surrey History Centre - family history with indexes to collections and archive library holdings including guide to parish registers.
- |West Surrey Family Society - family history including monumental inscriptions for the majority of Elmbridge.
- |East Surrey Family Society - family history including monumental inscriptions for Thames Ditton and Long Ditton (includes Croydon, Kingston, Lambeth, Merton, Richmond, Southwark, Sutton and Wandsworth)
- |Surrey County Council - Coroners Information - Coroners are independent judicial officers appointed by the council to investigate any death which is violent, unnatural, sudden or unexplained or occurs in prison.
- |Surrey Coroners Office - based in Woking working with Surrey County Council.
- |National Archives - The official archive of the UK government based in Kew.
- |National Archives - Census - This is a brief guide to researching census records. Census records for England and Wales from 1841 to 1911 are available online.
- |Family Search - the home of the Church of Jesus Christ Latter Day of Saints - free family history, family tree, and genealogy records and resources from around the world. Records from over 100 years
- |Genuki - virtual reference library of particular reference to the UK and Ireland.
- |Exploring Surreys Past - explore over 120,00 records form all aspects of the county's past, archive documents, objects etc.