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London Borough of Sutton

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Unpublished indexes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

Library Services URL: http://www.sutton.gov.uk/
Chapman County Codes (BS 6879): SRY, LND

2. Principal Libraries with Family History resources

London Borough of Sutton
Archive and Local Studies Searchroom (A&LS Searchroom)
Level 5 West
Central Library
St Nicholas Way

Tel: 020 8770 4745
Fax: 020 8770 4777
[email protected] [for A&LS]
Email: [email protected] [for library]
WWW: www.sutton.gov.uk [for A&LS and library]
Contact: Ms K. Shawcross, Borough Archivist and Local Studies Manager

Opening hours:

Archive & Local Studies Searchroom
Monday: closed
Tuesday - Fri: 9:00am-8:00pm
Saturday: 9.00am-5.00pm
Sunday: 2.00pm-5.00pm

Contact: Ms K Shawcross, Borough Archivist & Local Studies Manager

Other Libraries:

London Borough of Sutton
Sutton Central Library (Level 4 Desk)
St Nicholas Way
Tel: 020 8770 4785
Fax: 020 8770 4777
Contact: Mrs Olwyn Peers, Information Manager

Opening hours:
Monday: closed
Tuesday: 09.30-20.00
Wednesday: 09.30-20.00
Thursday: 09.30-20.00
Friday: 09.30-20.00
Saturday: 09.30-17.00
Sunday: 14.00-17.00

3. Research Service

Service available? Yes

Fee-based? Yes

Provided by local Record Office? Yes. Write to A&LS Searchroom for further details

4. Births, Deaths and Marriages

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

Locations Registrar General's indexes for births, marriages and deaths from 1837 to 1900 inclusive in A&LS Searchroom

5. Census returns

1841-1891. Beddington, Wallington, Carshalton, Sutton and Cheam plus 1841-1891 census returns for Morden, Merton, Mitcham, Woodmansterne and Banstead with gaps (check with Archivist)
1881 Census indexes for Surrey, Kent, Sussex, Hampshire and Middlesex on fiche
1881 census index to all of England, Wales and Scotland on CD ROM
1851 tri-county census index to Norfolk, Devon & Warwickshire on CD ROM

All A&LS Searchroom except 1881 Census Index to all of England etc which is also available at Level 4, Central Library.

6. Directories

6(a) County and Regional Directories

Surrey/Home Counties 1874-1938 (with gaps). A&LS Searchroom

6(b) City and Town Directories

Local directories 1864-1938 (with gaps). A&LS Searchroom

6(c) Telephone Directories

1932, 1964-present. A&LS

7. Electoral registers and polls books

7(a) Electoral Registers

1931 to present, with gaps during World War II

East Surrey Register of Electors on microfilm, 1841, 1851, 1861, 1871.

In A&LS Searchroom

7(b) Poll Books


8. International Genealogical Index (IGI)

IGI at Sutton Central Library - Level 4 Desk. 1992 edition on microfiche for whole UK
IGI at all Sutton Library branches and A&LS available on the Internet

9. Unpublished Indexes

Biographical, Subject and Place indexes to both Archive and LS Collections
Numerous MI indexes to local churchyards and other parishes in Surrey
Some local papers indexed
Index to Knights-Whittome collection of over 10,000 photographic portraits, 1906-1916
All census returns 1841-1881 inclusive surname indexed. 1891 partially indexed.

Archive Indexes

In A&LS Searchroom

10. Parish Registers

London Borough of Sutton Archive Service is now the designated Diocesan Record Office for the London Borough of Sutton. All the parish registers and records have been transferred back to the London Borough of Sutton Archives from the Surrey County Record Office. This includes the ancient parishes of Beddington, Carshalton, Sutton and Cheam. Please contact the Archivist by telephone (020-8-770-4747) or by email ([email protected]) for further details. Check out our web pages for up-to-date information on parish register holdings: www.sutton.gov.uk/lfl/heritage

A&LS Searchroom:
160+ parish registers for old county of Surrey on microfiche
some transcripts and indexes

Sutton Central Library has a set of Lancashire Parish Records published in books by Lancashire Parish Record Society (ask at Level 4 Desk)

11. Periodicals (excl. newspapers)

Family Tree. 10-year run to date
Family History from 1963-
Family History News and Digest from 1983-
All at Sutton Central Library - Level 4 Desk

Journals and newsletters from local societies and churches - enquiries to A&LS Searchroom

Back issues of journals of all the Family History Societies in the Country and many from abroad available in the A&LS Searchroom.

12. Published Transcripts of Archival Material

Surrey Record Society complete set and some volumes of the Harleian Society transcripts in A&LS Searchroom

13. Other material

The Level 4 Desk in the Library now holds the following CDs:
Soldiers Who Died in the Great War
Vital Statistics for the UK (published by the Mormons)
Vital Statistics for Austrialis (published by the Mormons)

Further CDs are being added all the time: please check the Archive web pages for full details of both venues.

In addition, Internet access is available in both the Central Library and the A&LS Searchroom (free for the 1st hour)

14. Guides to Collections

All guides are currently out of print but can be accessed on the Web.

Our own Borough web address is

15. Local Record Offices

Archive and Local Studies Searchroom
Level 5 West
Central Library
St Nicholas Way
Tel: 020 8770 4747
Fax: 020 8770 4777

Other information

Sutton Central Library has had 929s (Family History, etc) as its subject specialisation for many years and has built up a large collection of published books, bibliographies and indexes within the subject area.