Surrey History Centre help for researchers

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 and online indexes.

You may find some of our local and family history links helpful; and there are many useful resources on the Surrey online reference shelf you can use at home free of charge.

Some useful resources can purchased from the Surrey Heritage shop to use at home.

Researching at Surrey History Centre?

We are pleased to welcome visitors to Surrey History Centre for access to our unique collections. Please contact us to reserve your place. If you are able to order original documents at least 24 hours in advance of your visit, we can have up to 10 documents ready for you on your arrival. Please use our online catalogue to identify what you need to see or contact us if you need any help.

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 smartphone.

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 reference library in our searchroom, with a specialised collection of local and family history books.


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