Wednesday, 29 May 2013

Major release of Surrey parish records on Ancestry

Ancestry ( has released four new Anglican parish records collections for the English historic county of Surrey, covering parish churches as far afield as Abinger (St James) to Yorktown.

The collections are as follows:

Surrey, England, Baptisms, 1813-1912

Surrey, England, Marriages, 1754-1937

Surrey, England, Burials, 1813-1987

Surrey, England, Baptisms, Marriages and Burials, 1538-1812

The records have been sourced from Surrey County Council History centre in Woking. At the bottom of each source page Ancestry has added the following note: "This collection includes select records after 1900. We plan to complete the later years in the coming months".

UPDATE: A free launch event for the digitised Surrey Parish Records 1538-1987 collection will be held on Saturday 6th July (10.30am – 3:30pm) at Surrey History Centre in Woking, with staff on hand to answer any questions about the records and help people search the collection, and experts from Surrey History Centre, East Surrey Family History Society and West Surrey Family History Society available to answer your family history questions. To book places on the presentations please phone 01483 518737 or email


My new book, Tracing Your Irish Family History on the Internet, is now available from Pen and Sword. My next Pharos Scottish course, Scotland 1750-1850: Beyond the Old Parish Registers, starts May 15th - see Time to smash a few brick walls...!


  1. Chris it would be really useful if there could be a site which easily and graphically shows on a county basis which Parish records are now available online across the different sites, ranging from the big genealogy sites like Ancestry/Find My Past to the sites run by county record offices such as Essex Ancestors.

  2. Sounds a great idea! I've done this within my book Tracing Your Family History on the Internet (new edition due out soon) - to an extent - but obviously new material is going online all the time. Sounds a good Google Map type based project.