St James, Stedham
St James, Stedham

Do you have Sussex ancestors?  Do you want to discover more about your Sussex family history?  Records relating to Sussex are split between West Sussex Record Office in Chichester and East Sussex Record Office in Falmer.  An experienced freelance genealogist, established 2005, I offer reliable and efficient research at West Sussex Record Office.   Please contact me for a free initial assessment of your enquiry.


Please provide all relevant details in your e-mail or use the enquiry form.  I regret I can't offer a free initial assessment if I'm asked to visit your website to locate information.




West Sussex parish registers:  I offer a single-entry parish register transcription service at West Sussex Record Office only for post-1813 baptisms, marriages and burials (single marriage = £10.00; single baptism = £7.00; single burial = £7.00).  To use this service you must provide the parish and the exact date of the event, from sources such as the IGI, Family Search, or family records.    

Please note:  this service applies only to parish registers held at West Sussex Record Office, Orchard Street, Chichester.  If the register is retained at the church or deposited elsewhere - or if the parish is in East Sussex - the Bishop's Transcript entry can be transcribed instead, providing the BT for the year required is available at West Sussex Record Office.  (A Bishop's Transcript is an annual summary of baptisms, marriages and burials sent each year from each parish to the Bishop.  West Sussex Record Office holds surviving BTs for the entire County of Sussex.  Original BTs cannot be copied.) 


My fee for all other research at West Sussex Record Office is £24.00 per hour (minimum 1 hour).  I do not charge for travel time or expenses,  Neither do I charge for the time spent typing your report.  


Find your Sussex parish:



Old Sussex Mapped (University of Portsmouth's Department of Geography project)  

and      Sussex Weald parish maps  





Try a surname search on West Sussex Record Office's catalogue .


  • West Sussex parish registers - baptisms, marriages, burials; Bishop's Transcripts (list of parishes on this page);
  • Bishop's Transcripts for most parishes throughout West and East Sussex
  • West Sussex marriage licence records; banns books; 
  • West Sussex Nonconformist registers;  
  • West Sussex monumental (gravestone) inscriptions which can record more than one family member in the same plot. A private grave may have been used by the same family for over 100 years and the discovery of a monumental inscription could provide information on several generations. If you have found members of your family being buried in a particular parish, please contact me with the name of the parish and dates of burial so that I can advise whether transcriptions of monumental inscriptions for the parish are available and the cost of a search (frequently as little as 1 hour's search time is required).
  • West Sussex censuses:  1841-1911 censuses; census indexes, pre-1841 censuses for some areas; 
  • West Sussex maps (large scale, various dates) useful for locating properties and for West Sussex house history;
  • West Sussex wills and administrations (admons and West Sussex, inventories of goods owned by the deceased - many detailed inventories survive;
  • Parish rate books; workhouse records; settlement examinations; West Sussex Land Tax returns
  • Historic Sussex school admission registers and log books (1862-1925); vaccination registers;
  • Sussex archive newspapers from mid-19thC - birth, marriage and death notices; obituaries; accidents; suicides; inquests; crimes; trials etc - late 19thC to mid-20thC Sussex newspapers can be very informative;
  • West Sussex directories from 1792; Sussex Poll Book 1734;  electoral registers; 20thC telephone and local directories; 
  • West Sussex criminal register index; West Sussex trials; West Sussex Quarter Sessions; Sussex Assizes (records at the National Archives); records of convicts transported from West Sussex to Australia 1788-1840;
  • West Sussex Constabulary
  • West Sussex watch and clockmakers;
  • West Sussex tradesmen, dealers, business owners, manufacturers;
  • West Sussex farmers, market gardeners, seedsmen and landowners - all may be listed in trade directories and rate books;
  • West Sussex railway workers;
  • West Sussex clergy;
  • West Sussex house history.


Sussex monumental inscription: "Here Lyeth the Body of William Denyer who Departed this Life the 30th day of April 1705" located at St James Stedham, churchyard
Sussex monumental inscription: "Here Lyeth the Body of William Denyer who Departed this Life the 30th day of April 1705" located at St James Stedham, churchyard


For RAF, Royal Navy, Merchant Navy and pre-1919 Army records, I undertake research at the National Archives, Kew.  Was a family member based at a Sussex airfield during WW2?  All research-related enquiries welcome.  Records relating to Sussex Customs & Excise Officers are also deposited at the National Archives.  (Please note I am unable to respond to requests for general information regarding these records.)  



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Two authors are appealing for help with a book they are writing about Canadians in West Sussex during World War Two.  They are particularly interested to hear from any Canadian Veterans who were stationed in Sussex.  Also anyone who was in the Home Guard and came in contact with the Canadians or anyone who has photographs or any memories relating to the Canadians stationed in West Sussex during WW2.  

Contact:  Pam Wilson & Chris Vowles


Tel:  0044 (0)1903 244389

or write to:

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