Christ Church, Esher, built in 1854 © Michael Harrison    (Esher parish registers from 1678)
Christ Church, Esher, built in 1854 © Michael Harrison (Esher parish registers from 1678)

The County of Surrey has a complex history.  Many Metropolitan districts previously in Surrey are now in London.  London districts which used to be in the County of Surrey include:























An experienced freelance genealogist, established since 2005, I offer a reliable and efficient family history and local research service at:

  • Surrey History Centre
  • Croydon Local Studies Library

and for the metropolitan areas of Surrey (formerly part of the County of Surrey) which are now in London, I can search sources at:

  • Southwark Local History Library
  • London Metropolitan Archives 

I offer a free initial assessment of your enquiry, providing all relevant information is included in your e-mail (or in an attachment of up to 3 pages) or on the enquiry form. Please note I am unable to provide a free initial assessment if I am asked to visit your published website to locate and view information.


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Visits to Surrey churches which retain their parish registers and other Surrey record offices by arrangement - please enquire



Surrey History Centre is the principal record office for the County of Surrey.  You can ask me to search the following records:

  • Surrey parish registers (16th-20thC) and associated parish material;
  • Surrey BTs (Bishops' Transcripts);
  • Surrey marriages and marriage licence records;
  • Surrey churchyard burials; Surrey cemetery records (some registers retained at Cemetery Offices);
  • Surrey monumental inscriptions (gravestone inscriptions);
  • Surrey wills and administrations (admons);
  • Surrey directories;
  • Surrey electoral registers;
  • Surrey Land Tax Assessments (from 1780);
  • Surrey Rate Books;
  • Surrey workhouse and poor relief records; settlement examinations;
  • Charity records including East London Orphan Asylum and Royal Philanthropic Society;
  • Surrey newspapers (19th-20thC):  Surrey births, marriages, deaths, obituaries, accidents, suicides, inquests, trials etc;
  • Surrey Quarter Sessions records;  Petty Sessions, Calendars of Prisoners; Surrey trials (records of Surrey Assizes at the National Archives);
  • Surrey Licensed Victualler records (including Licensed Victualler Registers for Metropolitan Surrey districts which became part of London, e.g. Lambeth, Southwark);
  • Archive photos of Surrey and prints, drawings and postcards of Surrey locations and events;
  • Surrey house history;
  • Some Surrey school records;
  • Surrey maps;
  • Army records:  Queens Royal West Surrey Regiment and East Surrey Regiment - regimental records.  (Surrey History Centre's collection does not include individual service records, which may be at the National Archives - for further information, please contact me with details of your enquiry)




Croydon Local Studies Library holds an excellent collection of local material useful for researching family history in Croydon and the surrounding districts.  You can ask me to search the following records:


Croydon parish registers;

Croydon newspapers (1855 to date) for coverage of inquests, trials, murders, accidents, suicides, deaths, funerals, obituaries, divorces, births, marriages (particularly 20thC), WW1 casualties, WW1 local regiments, sporting achievements.  Norwood newspapers.  Please contact me for a free initial assessment as to whether a search could be worthwhile.

Croydon schools:  admission registers and log books (1870s to date);

Croydon workhouse and Poor Law records;

Croydon directories

Croydon Rate Books;

Croydon electoral registers;

Croydon photo archive - old photos of Croydon streets and places of interest;

Croydon maps.


For more family history sources for London parishes that used to be in Surrey: 

Surrey (now London) (with links to maps of Metropolitan Surrey, showing districts formerly in Surrey which have been absorbed into London)


If you're not sure whether your parish is now in London or the County of Surrey, you can check the county list at the foot of this page or ask me .



Old Surrey maps 1610-1760 (reproductions) can be purchased on-line from the Surrey Heritage shop


Early 19thC map of Guildford: 


County of Surrey map c. 1870


West Surrey map 1885:


East Surrey map 1885:

View archive photos of Surrey from the Francis Frith collection.


Elmbridge e-museum (covers the history of Weybridge, Cobham, Stoke D'Abernon, Claygate, Hersham, Walton-on-Thames, Oxshott, Thames Ditton, Long Ditton, Hinchley Wood and East & West Molesey). 





The Booty Weather site has information about weather conditions in specific years or ranges of years -  use this link to select a particular span of years .  The website covers the whole of the UK, but entries for individual months and years refer to weather affecting southern counties.





Addlestone WW1 War Dead - with names index.


Banstead War Memorial - WW1 names index, WW2 names index.  Browse lists of names (near bottom of page).


Byfleet War Memorial - WW1 browse by name; WW2 browse by name.


Claygate War Memorial - browse by name (below photos of war memorial - scroll down page for details of those commemorated)


Cobham War Memorial is located at St Andrew's Church, Cobham.  Cobham Avenue of Remembrance at The Tilt, about half an hour's walk from the church.  No name index or roll of honour on-line.


Croydon WW1 Roll of Honour - search by name


Croydon WW1 Roll of Honour - browse by year


Croydon WW2 Roll of Honour - search by name


Croydon WW2 Roll of Honour - browse by year


Godalming WW1 Roll of Honour - browse by name (2 sections:  scanned pages of the original 1919 Roll of Honour and separate Centenary Supplement to the Roll of Honour, which includes additional information).


Leatherhead War Memorial - WW1 browse by name ; serving 1915 - browse by name (1915 list compiled by the then vicar); 


West Byfleet War Memorial - photos of memorial; names also on Byfleet war memorial.


(The Surrey War Memorials list under construction:  please let me know if your town or village is researching men listed on your war memorial and has a website/can provide information to relatives, or seeks further details from family members.)





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