Surrey Family History

These links and resources will help you find your ancestors in Surrey from the 1500s onwards. Including family history, genealogy and local history.


Surrey History Centre

Births, Marriages & Deaths

England BMDs
Surrey Marriages 1540-1841
Surrey Parish Records

Burials & Cemeteries

Kingston and Surbiton Burial Records
Kingston Burial Records is a searchable index of burials for the London borough of Kingston upon Thames and Surbiton from 1855-2003. The records are free and the site is operated by the local council.
Surrey Cemetery Photos
Surrey Cemetery Records

Census Records

1939 Register
UK Census 1841-1911

Criminals and Convicts

Criminal Ancestor Records
Richmond Poor Law Union Applications
Surrey County Gaol Deaths 1798-1878
This index to the register of deaths in the County Gaol 1798 – 1878 gives name, age, date of death and occupation. The original register (Ref QS5/4/7/24) also gives the offence and the cause of death (including executions). The records are available for free in a PDF file which you’ll need to download.
Surrey Quarter Sessions 1780-1820

Electoral Registers

Electoral Registers 1832-1932


RootsChat Surrey


Visitation of Surrey 1662-1668

Historical Directories

Surrey Historical Directories

Local History

Bygone Surrey
Exploring Surrey’s Past
Exploring Surrey’s Past allows users to explore the people, places, events and times of historical Surrey. An excellent resource for anyone interested in Surrey and its history.
Surrey Archaeological Society
The Weald


Map of Surrey 1874
Old Surrey Maps
Surrey Parish Map 1837

Migration & Passenger Lists

Migration and Immigration

Military Records

British Military Records
Surrey Regiment/s
Surrey Military Indexes
Surrey Military Tribunals 1915-1918
Surrey Musters 1544-1599
Surrey Recruitment Registers 1908-1933
Surrey Roll of Honour
Surrey WWI Memorials
Surrey WWII Memorials

Newspaper Archives

British Newspaper Collection 1710-1953
Surrey Newspaper Archives


Legacy UK Obituaries


Surrey Police Roll of Honour
High Sheriffs of Surrey
Lost Pubs of Surrey

Parish Records

Surrey Parish Records

Photos and Postcards

Merton Memories

Poor Law Records

Croydon Workhouse Records
Guildford Workhouse Records
Kingston Workhouse Records
Richmond Poor Law Union Applications
The application and report books were a record of those applying for poor relief, kept by the relieving officer. They hold a wealth of detail relating to the applicants, which may include their immediate family, their occupations, addresses, ages and the reasons why they applied for poor relief. Sadly, very few survive for Surrey (with the exception of Godstone Union which has a set of these books from 1869 to 1915) but those for Richmond Union are a particularly rich source.
Applications for poor relief were made either to the Relieving Officer or to the Board of Guardians directly, and the details entered into the book. The books were ‘signed off’ by the Board of Guardians every quarter, and a note of the decision or direction by the Board inserted at the quarterly meeting.

School Records

Ewell Boys School – Admissions Register 1892-1929
School Admission Registers 1870-1914

Societies and Groups

East Surrey FHS
West Surrey FHS


Top Surrey Surnames 1881

Wills and Probate

Surrey Peculiars Probate Index 1660-1751
Surrey Plus Wills Index
The Surrey Plus Wills Index provides an index to names of all people appearing in the wills of testators residing in the County of Surrey, England (and nine other Counties). The database does contain a few wills from other counties and from sailors on board ship – these can be found on the home page under ‘Other’. Links are provided to transcripts of wills, where available. No guarantee of accuracy can be given, nor any responsibility accepted for any mistakes or omissions. All names and transcripts appearing on this site are the work of individuals, which they have kindly donated.