England, Surrey Parish Registers (FamilySearch Historical Records)

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England, Surrey Parish Registers, 1538-1970
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Surrey,  England
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Record Description
Record Type Parish Registers
Collection years 1538-1970
FamilySearch Resources
Related Websites
London Metropolitan Archives

What is in This Collection?

This collection consists of parish registers from the county of Surrey for the years 1538-1970. It contains an index and images of baptism, marriage, and burial registers.

To learn more about parish registers, please see the England Parish Registers page.

What Can These Records Tell Me?

Baptism records may include:

  • Date of baptism
  • Place of baptism
  • Gender
  • Names of parents

Marriage records may include:

  • Date of marriage
  • Place of marriage
  • Ages of bride and groom
  • Marital status of bride and groom
  • Birth years of bride and groom
  • Fathers' names

Burial records may include:

  • Date of burial
  • Place of burial
  • Age of the deceased
  • Birth year of the deceased

Collection Content

How Do I Search This Collection?

Before searching, it is best to know the following information:

  • Name of the person
  • Date range for the record

Search the Index

Search by name by visiting the Collection Page.
  1. Fill in the search boxes on the Collection Page with the information you have
  2. Click Search to show possible matches

How Do I Analyze the Results?

Compare each result from your search with what you know to determine if there is a match. This may require viewing multiple records or images. Keep track of your research in a research log.

What Do I Do Next?

I Found the Person I Was Looking for, What Now?

  • Save or print a copy of the image or record, if possible. The original may contain information that was not recorded in the index
  • 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
  • Once you have found a christening or a burial church record, you may want to search for birth and death in civil records (1837 and later)
  • Use the information you have found to find the person and families in census records
  • Continue to search the index to identify children, siblings, parents, and other relatives. Note that family members often appear on an individual's 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
  • 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
  • Consult the England Record Finder to find other records

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, Surrey Parish Registers, 1536-1992." Database. FamilySearch. https://FamilySearch.org : 11 December 2017. The London Metropolitan Archives, England.

Record Citation:
When looking at a record, the citation is found below the record.

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