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 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.

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.

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 look forward to welcoming readers back to Surrey History Centre for pre-booked access to our unique collections from Tuesday 13 April 2021. We will initially reopen with reduced hours and capacity and a range of health and safety measures.

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.