Sussex, England Genealogy

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Location of Sussex in England
Sussex is a former maritime county located in South East England and corresponding roughly in area to the ancient Kingdom of Sussex.

The historic county of Sussex has been divided into East and West since the 12th century, and obtained separate county councils in 1888, but it remained a single ceremonial county until 1974 and the coming into force of the Local Government Act 1972.

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Research Tools

GenUKI: Sussex

Sussex Family History Group (SFHG)

Sussex Online Parish Clerks (Sussex OPC)

GenWeb: Sussex pages of the British Isles GenWeb part of the World GenWeb Projects

The Weald The history, genealogy and topography of the Weald of Kent, Surrey and Sussex

Sussex Records Society (SRS)

Mailing lists and Message Boards

Sussex+ RootsWeb Mailing List

Sussex+ RootsWeb Mailing List Searchable Archives

Sussex RootsWeb Message Board

GenForum Message Board for Sussex

RootsChat Sussex Forum

British Genealogy Sussex Forum

East Sussex

East Sussex Records Office (ESRO)

West Sussex

West Sussex Records Office (WSRO)

West Sussex Past Photographs Over 5000 images from the 1640s to the present


Use an interactive map to find jurisdictions for each parish in Sussex.

Civil Districts

When civil registration of births, marriages and deaths began in 1837, Sussex was divided into a number of registration districts, each containing several parishes.  The index to the civil records gives the name of the district where an event took place. Click here to see a list of the civil districts in Sussex and the parishes covered by each.  Read more about England Civil Registration.


See the parishes of Sussex. Also see Parishes of East Sussex and Parishes of West Sussex

Probate Jurisdictions

Before 1858, every town and parish in Sussex was under the probate jurisdiction of several ecclesiastical courts.  To read more about probate records and see a list of Sussex towns and parishes and the probate courts that had jurisdiction over them, go to Sussex Probate Records.


These websites contain information of value for Sussex research:

To view a brief list of additional web sites and/or web pages for Sussex and many of its parishes, visit

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