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Contents
Principal Public Libraries with family history resources
Research services
Registrar General's Index
Census records
Directories
Electoral registers
Poll books
International Genealogical Index
Unpublished indexes
Parish registers
Periodicals
Published transcripts
Other materials
Guides to collections
Record Office address
Other information

Library Services URL: http://www.westsussex.gov.uk/redirect/?oid=[com.arsdigita.cms.contenttypes.Article:{id=770783}]
Chapman County Codes (BS 6879): SSX, SXW

2. Principal Libraries with Family History resources

Worthing Library
Richmond Road
Worthing
BN11 1HD
Tel: 01903 212060
Fax: 01903 821902
Email:
worthing.library@westsussex.gov.uk






Opening hours:

Monday: 09.00-19.30
Tuesday: 09.00-19.30
Wednesday: 09.00-19.30
Thursday: 09.00-19.30
Friday: 09.00-19.30
Saturday: 09.00-17.00




Other Libraries:

Bognor Regis
Tel: 01243 864638

Crawley
Tel: 01243 895131

Chichester
Tel: 01243 777352

East Grinstead
Tel: 01342 410050

Horsham
Tel: 01403 754538

Littlehampton
Tel: 01903 716450

Burgess Hill
Tel: 01444 235549

Shoreham-by-Sea
Tel: 01273 454438

Haywards Heath
Tel: 01444 454607

Go to the West Sussex Libraries homepage for more details

N.B. All 35 Libraries now have PC's (232) offering free Internet access.



3. Research Service

Service available? Yes * (half hour free service e.g. checking newspapers for weddings and obituaries where date is known, or checking trade directories for a name. For lengthier research see below).

Fee-based? No

Provided by local Record Office? Yes. Contact local record office for details.




4. Births, Deaths and Marriages

Registrar General's Indexes from 1837 (microform), or Registrar General for Scotland's Computerised Index from 1855.

Locations Available on microfiche at Worthing library (advance booking essential)
Coverage 1837 to 1992 England & Wales




5. Census returns

All West Sussex parishes, 1841-1901, held at Worthing library. Also East Sussex for 1901 only.
N.B. 1901 census vouchers available to buy at all libraries.

Bognor Regis, Crawley, East Grinstead, Horsham, Littlehampton, Burgess Hill, and Shoreham-by-Sea hold returns of parishes in their own catchment area on fiche, 1841-1901.

Some published indexes at Worthing.

1881 Sussex index on fiche at Worthing, Bognor, Crawley, Chichester, East Grinstead, Horsham, Littlehampton, Burgess Hill, and Shoreham-by-Sea

1881 Census index on CD-ROM at Crawley, Horsham & Worthing

1881 Census Index on microfiche for all counties in England and Wales is held at Worthing library.


6. Directories

6(a) County and Regional Directories

Sussex, 1792-1938, on fiche at Worthing, Bognor Regis, Crawley, Chichester, East Grinstead, Horsham, Littlehampton, Burgess Hill, Shoreham-by-Sea, and Haywards Heath

Other counties in England, Ireland, Scotland and Wales around 1800-1900 are held on fiche at Worthing.



6(b) City and Town Directories

All the following are held on microfiche:

Bognor Regis, 1900-1972, at Bognor, Chichester and Worthing.
Brighton [covers Shoreham, Southwick & Kingston Bucci areas] 1890-1974, at Shoreham and Worthing.
Chichester, 1797-1974, at Chichester and Worthing.
East Grinstead, 1886-1962/3, at Chichester, East Grinstead, and Worthing.
Horsham & Crawley, 1844-1975, at Crawley, Horsham & Worthing
Littlehampton, 1870-1970, at Littlehampton & Worthing.
Mid-Sussex, 1883-1967, at Burgess Hill, Haywards Heath and Worthing.
Worthing, 1870-1975, at Worthing.

6(c) Telephone Directories

Held at Worthing







7. Electoral registers and polls books

7(a) Electoral Registers

Held at Worthing:





7(b) Poll Books

Held at Worthing:






8. International Genealogical Index (IGI)

Burgess Hill, 1982.
Horsham, 1988.
Worthing & Crawley, 1992.

Web-version 'Family Search' available at all 35 libraries.


9. Unpublished Indexes

None.




10. Parish Registers

Parish registers on microfiche are held at Worthing Library [most West Sussex parishes] and other large libraries have their own catchment area. Detailed lists follow.

10.1 West Sussex Parish Registers at Worthing Library

The following parish registers are available on microfiche, at Worthing Library. Permission to film has to be given by each vicar and coverage is at present about 80% of the total number of parishes in West Sussex. Please note that the library does not hold separate indexes to each set of registers, but the great majority of entries are included in the International Genealogical Index (IGI, see section 8.3). A microfiche reader should be booked to avoid disappointment (telephone 01903-212060).



ALBOURNE 1550  1900
ALDINGBOURNE 1558  1880
AMBERLEY 1560  1887
ANGMERING 1562  1877
APPLEDRAM 1661  1893
ARDINGLY 1558  1895
ARUNDEL 1560  1876
ASHINGTON 1736 - 1900
ASHURST 1561 - 1886
BALCOMBE 1539 - 1900
BARLAVINGTON 1656  1812
BARNHAM 1676  1880
LOWER BEEDING 1840  1876
UPPER BEEDING 1544 - 1900
BEPTON 1723  1960
SOUTH BERSTED 1564  1876
BIGNOR 1555  1812
BILLINGHURST 1558  1889
BINSTED 1638  1886
BIRDHAM 1538  1877
BOGNOR (ST JOHN) 1873 - 1900
BOLNEY 1541  1892
BOSHAM 1557  1895
BODOLPHS 1601 - 1900
BOXGROVE 1561  1885
BRAMBER 1601 - 1900
BROADWATER 1558  1895
BURGESS HILL (ST JOHN) 1863 - 1900
BURPHAM 1653 - 1900
BURTON 1863  1892
CHICHESTER,
ALL SAINTS 1563  1893
BISHOPS PALACE CHAPEL 1699  1754
THE PRECINCT OF
THE CLOSE 1664  1904
ST. ANDREWS 1563  1888
ST. BARTHOLOMEWS 1572  1876
ST. MARTINS 1560  1887
ST. OLAVE 1569  1890
ST. PAUL 1845  1878
ST. PETER THE GREAT 1558  1887
ST. PETER THE LESS 1680  1892
CHILDHAM 1652 - 1900
WEST CHILTINGTON 1711  1879
CHITHURST 1628  1875
CLAPHAM 1685  1888
CLAYTON 1601  1895
CLIMPING 1678  1878
COATES 1559  1886
COCKING 1558  1882
COLDWALTHAM 1561  1878
COLGATE 1870  1876
COMPTON 1558 1875
COOMBES 1538  1882
COWFOLD 1558  1892
CRAWLEY 1653  1877
CRAWLEY DOWN 1844  1876
CUCKFIELD 1598 - 1900
EAST DEAN 1653  1882
WEST DEAN 1554  1897
DIDLING 1716  1877
DONNINGTON 1559  1900
DURRINGTON 1628  1880
DUNCTON 1548  1898
EARNLEY 1562  1891
EARTHAM 1785  1890
EASEBOURNE 1538  1882
EASTDEAN 1653 - 1900
EGDEAN 1646  1892
EBERNOE 1875 - 1900
EDBURTON 1558 - 1900
ELSTED 1571  1886
FELPHAM 1557  1900
FERNHURST 1547  1882
FERRING` 1558  1878
NEW FISBHBOURNE 1589  1881
FINDON 1557  1877
FITTLEWORTH 1559  1877
FORD 1630  1925
FORESTSIDE 1856  1877
FUNTINGTON 1560  1876
GORING 1560  1900
GRAFFHAM 1655  1877
GREATHAM (see also WIGGINHOLT) marriages 1840 - 1900
EAST GRINSTEAD 1662  1876
WEST GRINSTEAD 1558  1890
HARDHAM 1642  1900
HARTING 1567  1876
HAYWARDS HEATH,
ST. WILFREDS 1865  1876
HEENE 1595  1876
HENFIELD 1595  1890
HEYSHOTT 1690  1889
WEST HOATHLY 1645  1878
HORSHAM 1540  1877
HORSTED KEYNES 1638  1876
HOUGHTON 1560 - 1900
HUNSTON 1678 - 1900
HURSTPIERPOINT 1558  1886
IFIELD 1568 - 1901
IPING 1653  1877
WEST ITCHENOR 1561  1890
ITCHINGFIELD 1700  1888
KEYMER 1601  1900
KINGSTON GORSE 1570  1671
KINGSTON BY SEA 1591  1890
KIRDFORD 1558  1876
LANCING 1559  1900
EAST LAVANT 1653  1879
MID LAVANT 1567  1879
WEST LAVINGTON 1851  1876
LINCH 1701  1880
LINCHMERE 1558  1887
LITTLEHAMPTON,
ST. MARY 1642  1879
LODSWORTH 1558 - 1880
LOWFIELD HEATH baptisms 1869 - 1900
LURGASHALL 1559  1880
LYMINSTER 1566  1879
MADEHURST 1639 - 1900
EAST MARDEN 1691  1881
NORTH MARDEN 1813  1883
UP MARDEN 1714  1878
MERSTON 1685 - 1900
MIDDLETON 1553  1907
MIDHURST 1565  1876
MILLAND (TUXLITH) 1581  1879
MUNDHAM, NORTH 1558 - 1900
NEWTIMBER 1558  1900
NORTHCHAPEL 1716  1886
NUTHURST 1562  1887
OVING 1561  1900
PAGHAM 1707  1900
PARHAM 1538 - 1900
PATCHING 1560  1890
PETWORTH 1559  1876
POLING 1653  1890
PORTFIELD 1871  1876
EAST PRESTON 1708  1888
POYNINGS 1558 - 1900
PULBOROUGH 1595  1877
PYECOMBE 1561  1878
RACTON 1680  1878
ROFFEY baptisms & marriages 1878/9 - 1900
ROGATE 1558  1876
RUDGWICK 1538  1877
RUMBOLDSWHYKE,
ST. MARY 1670  1879
RUSPER 1560  1892
RUSTINGTON 1569  1877
SELHAM 1565  1897
SELSEY 1662  1878
SHERMANBURY 1653  1878
SHIPLEY 1609  1877
SHOREHAM, NEW 1566 - 1900
SHOREHAM, OLD 1566 - 1900
SIDLESHAM 1566  1876
SINGLETON 1558  1878
SLAUGHAM 1654  1880
SLINDON 1558  1896
SLINFOLD 1556  1884
SOMPTING 1546  1888
SOUTHBOURNE 1878 - 1900
SOUTHWATER 1850  1879
SOUTHWICK 1654  1876
STAPLEFIELD 1847 - 1900
STEDHAM 1538  1882
STEYNING 1564  1886
NORTH STOKE 1565  1883
SOUTH STOKE 1553  1881
WEST STOKE 1554  1881
STOPHAM 1544  1906
STORRINGTON 1547 - 1900
STOUGHTON 1671  1878
SULLINGTON 1555 - 1900
SUTTON 1656  1811
TANGMERE 1539  1883
TARRING, WEST 1540 - 1900
TERWICK 1571  1877
THAKEHAM 1558  1896
WEST THORNEY 1570  1890
TILLINGTON 1572  1906
TORTINGTON 1560  1879
TREYFORD 1728  1878
TROTTON 1660  1879
TWINEHAM 1716  1890
UP WALTHAM 1762 - 1915
WALBERTON 1556  1900
WARMINGHURST 1714  1955
WARNHAM 1558  1886
WARNINGCAMP 1572  1716
WESTBOURNE 1549  1876
WESTHAMPNETT 1734 - 1900
WISBOROUGH GREEN 1560  1876
WISTON 1638  1914
EAST WITTERING 1653  1887
WEST WITTERING 1621  1879
WIGGINHOLT & GREATHAM 1597 - 1900
WOODMANCOTE 1582  1933
WOOLAVINGTON 1668  1880
WOOLBEDING 1548  1877
WORTH 1558  1880
WORTHING. ST. ANDREW 1887/9 - 1900
WORTHING, ST. GEORGE 1868  1900
YAPTON 1538 - 1878




10.2 West Sussex Parish Registers at Other Large Libraries
The following parish registers are available on microfiche at the libraries listed, covering appropriate catchment areas. Please note that they do not include indexes.

Bognor Regis (no. of fiche)
Aldingbourne 1558  1880 (30)
Barnham 1676  1880 (9)
Bognor, St. John 1873 - 1900
Felpham 1557  1882 (22)
Middleton 1553  1907 (7)
Pagham 1707  1887 (33)
South Bersted 1564  1876 (52)
Yapton 1538  1878 (23)

Burgess Hill
Albourne 1550  1900 (11)
Ardingly 1558  1895 (27)
Bolney 1541  1892 (30)
Clayton 1601  1895 (22)
Henfield 1595  1890 (51)
Horsted Keynes 1638  1876 (28)
Hurstpierpoint 1558  1886 (42)
Keymer 1601  1887 (24)

Crawley
Balcombe 1539  1884 (35)
Crawley 1653  1877 (18)
Crawley Down 1844  1876 (9)
Ifield 1568  1895 (42)
Lower Beeding 1840  1876 (7)
Slaugham 1654  1880 (33)
Worth 1558  1880 (56)

East Grinstead
Crawley Down 1844  1876 (9)
East Grinstead 1662  1876 (72)
West Hoathly 1645  1878 (26)
Worth 1558  1880 (57)

Horsham
Billingshurst 1558  1889 (48)
Cowfold 1558  1892 (31)
Horsham 1540  1877 (143)
Itchingfield 1700  1888 (17)
Kirdford 1558  1876 (56)
Nuthurst 1562  1887 (30)
Pulborough 1595  1877 (48)
Rudgwick 1538  1877 (42)
Rusper 1560  1892 (21)
Shipley 1609  1877 (35)
Slinfold 1556  1890
Warnham 1558  1886 (37)
West Chiltington 1711  1879 (20)
West Grinstead 1558  1890 (37)
Wisborough Green 1560  1876 (51)

Littlehampton
Angmering 1562  1877 (31)
Climping 1678  1878 (13)
East Preston 1708  1888 (9)
Ford 1630  1925 (5)
Kingston Gorse 1570  1671 (1)
Littlehampton 1642  1879 (46)
Lyminster 1566  1879 (28)
Rustington 1569  1877 (13)

Shoreham
Kingston by Sea 1591  1890 (10)
Southwick 1654 - 1876 (24)
Newtimber 1558 - 1879 (10)
Pyecombe 1561 - 1878 (13)
Shermanbury 1653 - 1878 (14)
Twineham 1716 - 1890 (16)
Woodmancote 1582 - 1933 (16)









11. Periodicals (excl. newspapers)

Sussex Archaeological Collections, 1848- , held at all large libraries
Sussex Family Historian, 1973- , held at Chichester, Crawley and Worthing.
Sussex Genealogist & Local Historian, 1979-1986, held at Chichester, Crawley and Worthing.




12. Published Transcripts of Archival Material

Sussex Record Society Annual, 1902-date, held at Chichester & Worthing. Indexed.

Some British Record Society and Harleian Society publications held at Chichester & Worthing.




13. Other material

West Sussex wills on microfiche 1479 - 1858 at Worthing

Folios of the Huguenot Society (Church registers etc.) on microfiche at Worthing.
Many CD sources added at Worthing e.g. Soldiers died in the Great War / Second World War Roll of Honour


14. Guides to Collections

Local history mini guide to sources: No.6., Family history in West Sussex, (2nd ed.,1999), published by West Sussex County Council. Price 1.50, plus 0.25 p+p., by cheque made payable to West Sussex County Council. Available from Worthing and all local libraries.




15. Local Record Offices

West Sussex Record Office
County Hall
Chichester
PO19 1RN
Tel: 01243 753600
Fax: 01243 533959
(Open Mon-Fri, 09.15 am to 16.45 pm, Saturday, 09.15-12.30 and 13.30-16.30).




Other information

None