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?

  • Look at an image of the original record when possible. The online index entry only lists the most basic information from a record; the original may contain further information. Save a copy of the image whenever possible
  • Use the information to find the person and other family members in census records
  • Use death information to search for cemetery or obituary records
  • Continue to search the index to identify children, siblings, parents, and other relatives. Remember that family members often appear on an individual's vital 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
  • Collect entries for every person who has the same surname. This list can help you identify possible relations that can be verified by records
  • If you cannot locate your ancestor in the locality in which you believe they lived, then try searching records of a nearby locality
  • Standard spelling of names typically did not exist during the periods our ancestors lived in. Try variations of your ancestor’s name while searching the index or browsing through images
  • Remember that sometimes individuals went by nicknames or alternated between using first and middle names
  • Spelling was not standardized for much of the period of this collection, so names were often spelled as recorders heard them. Pay attention to how the name should have been pronounced and try spelling variations that could have that pronunciation
  • Some women returned to their maiden names after the death of their husbands
  • Vary the search terms. For example, expand the date range or search by either the given name or surname to return a broader list search results
  • The individual might have belonged to a nonconformist denomination. See England Nonconformist Church Records for more information about those records
  • 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, 1538-1970." Database with Images. FamilySearch. http://FamilySearch.org : accessed 2017. Citing the London Metropolitan Archives.

Record Citation:
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