Surrey History Centre help for researchers
Important notice for Surrey residents
During lockdown, family history website Findmypast is offering limited free home access to its digitised records to Surrey residents so they can continue (or indeed begin) to explore their family's history. Please note that the number of records that can be downloaded through this means is subject to an overall collective monthly limit which, once reached, will not be renewed until the following month.
If you would like to obtain access, please send an email to email@example.com with Findmypast in the subject line, and include details of your name, address (it must be a Surrey address) and your library card number or County Archives Research Network card number. We will reply with login details for you to use.
We ask for your patience as this may take a day or so to process.
Ancestry are providing free access at this time to the Surrey History Centre records on their site, including Surrey parish registers, electoral registers, hospital records and much more. All you need to do is visit the Ancestry website.
You will then need to sign in (button at top right). If you currently do not have an account you can create one for free via the same button.
Please note that you must always follow this link to get your free access.
Researching at home?
For our catalogues, please see search for archives or books held at Surrey History Centre.
Please try our range of archives and history research guides.
Some useful resources can purchased from the Surrey Heritage shop to use at home.
Researching at Surrey History Centre?
Temporary closure of Surrey History Centre
Based on current Government advice on Coronavirus/Covid-19, we regret to inform you that Surrey History Centre is currently closed to the public.
The following features will be available when normal service is resumed:
You can access the internet at Surrey History Centre, and Ancestry (worldwide) and Findmypast are available to use free of charge, along with other resources on the Surrey Libraries online reference shelf. You can use our computers or Wi-Fi is available to use these resources on your laptop, tablet or smart phone.
You can use our computers to view indexes created by the West Surrey Family History Society, our Surrey tithe records CDs and DVDs and our Surrey-wide database of tithe records, and our Surrey maps, manorial maps and enclosure maps CDs, all free of charge.
The Forces War Records website is available to use free of charge at Surrey History Centre on a kiosk terminal.
The Genealogist website is available to use free of charge at Surrey History Centre.
You may use your own camera or mobile phone camera for a fee (see table of fees).
Photocopying and digital imaging services are available (see table of fees).
We have a lending library in our foyer, with a specialised collection of local and family history books. Books you borrow can be returned to any Surrey library.