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Information we hold to help you research your family history

  • Parish records
  • Surrey Parish Registers: originals and indexes (over 160 parishes) on fiche and film
  • Surrey Parish Register Society transcripts and indexes volumes
  • Monumental inscriptions for both local and Surrey churches (m/fiche and t/scripts)
  • Local parish records and registers (originals* and fiche)
  • Settlement examinations for Carshalton, indexed (m/fiche)
*original material held in the Archives must be booked in advance by calling 020 8770 4747.

Censuses and Electoral Registers
  • Local Census (Sutton and neighbouring areas: indexed, bound volumes 1841-81 and m/fiche 1891 & 1901)
  • 1881 Census Index to all of England, Wales and Scotland (CD ROM)
  • 1851 Census Index to Norfolk, Devon and Warwickshire (CD ROM)
  • 1851 Census Indexes to selected areas of Surrey (typescript)
  • Register of Electors for Eastern Division of Surrey 1841, 1851, 1861, 1871 (m/film)
  • Electoral Registers for the borough 1930s to present with gaps (bound volumes)
Civil Registration and Vital Records
  • Registrar General's indexes to Births and Marriages, 1837-1910 (m/fiche)Vital Records Index to North America, 1631-1888, Bpt & Marr - CD ROM
  • Vital Records Index to British Isles, 1538-1888, Bpt & Marr - CD ROM
  • Vital Records Index to Australia (CD ROM), Bpt, Marr & Deaths as follows: NSW 1788-1888; Victoria 1837-1888; Western Australia 1841-1905; Tasmania 1803-1888 
  • Local directories dating from 1823* to 1938 with gaps
  • Directories of Surrey dating from 1874 to 1938 with gaps, plus a few later years
*Some early directories are kept in the archives - please check in advance

  • Local papers from 1863 to the present with gaps (m/film and original)

Land Tax
  • Land tax records for this area and parts of Surrey, 1780-1831 (m/fiche and film)
Miscellaneous indexes
  • Soldiers who died in the Great War, 1914-1919 - CD ROM
  • Index of Irish Wills 1484-1858 - CD ROM
  • A variety of specialist indexes to Surrey apprenticeships, poor law records, militia, marriage bonds and Dr Williams' Library published by the Family History Societies (m/fiche). Please consult the .

Also available in the Local Studies collection are maps and plans, photographs, card indexes of persons, places & subjects and books on Surrey history. Additional sources in the archive collection includes rate books, school records, title deeds and some non-conformist records.

Items from the archives must be booked 24 hours in advance - please telephone 020 8770 4745 for further details.

Paid research
  • If you are unable to visit the local studies centre we can carry out paid research on your behalf. Please send a stamped addressed envelope for details or email us at
  • Free internet access is available on public terminals allowing readers to access for free, Ancestry and Find My Past
  • Please book in advance
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