West Grinstead Genealogical Records

West Grinstead Birth & Baptism Records

England & Wales Birth Index (1837-2006)

An index to births registered throughout England & Wales. Provides a reference to order copies of birth certificates from the national registrar of births, marriages and deaths – the General Register Office.

Sussex Baptism Index (1538-1961)

An index to over 350,000 baptisms extracted from the registers of parish churches in Sussex.

Sussex Parish Registers (1538-1910)

An index to over 400,000 baptisms, marriages and burials recorded in Anglican churches in Sussex.

FreeBMD Births (1837-1957)

An index to births registered at the central authority for England & Wales. The index provides the area where the birth was registered, mother's maiden name from September 1911 and a reference to order a birth certificate.

British Army Birth Index (1761-2005)

An index to births registered to British Army personal at home and abroad.

West Grinstead Marriage & Divorce Records

England & Wales Marriage Index (1837-2008)

An index to marriages registered throughout England & Wales. This is the only national marriage index that allows you to search by both spouse's names. Provides a reference to order copies of marriage certificates from the national registrar of births, marriages and deaths – the General Register Office.

Vicar General’s Office Marriage Licences (1600-1679)

Abstracts of marriage licences granted by the Vicar-General in London. These licences could be used to marry in any church in the Province of Canterbury.

Sussex Marriage Index (1538-1905)

An index to over 55,000 marriages extracted from the registers of parish churches in Sussex.

Sussex Parish Registers (1538-1910)

An index to over 400,000 baptisms, marriages and burials recorded in Anglican churches in Sussex.

UK Divorce Records (1858-1911)

Digital images of documents from civil divorce cases. The cases cover both the cause of the case and the outcome, such as division of property and visitation rights. These records also contain details of illegitimate children. Cases can be searched by a name index.

West Grinstead Death & Burial Records

England & Wales Death Index (1837-2006)

An index to deaths registered throughout England & Wales. Provides a reference to order copies of death certificates from the national registrar of births, marriages and deaths – the General Register Office.

West Grinstead Burial Registers (1600-1710)

Burial records for people buried at West Grinstead, detail the deceased's name, residence and age from 1600 to 1710.

West Sussex Burial Index (1538-1600)

Transcripts of all surviving burials recorded in parish registers and Bishop's transcripts.

Sussex Burial Index (1538-1969)

An index to burials in 235 Sussex parishes.

Sussex Parish Registers (1538-1910)

An index to over 400,000 baptisms, marriages and burials recorded in Anglican churches in Sussex.

West Grinstead Church Records

West Grinstead Parish Registers (1600-1710)

The primary source of documentation for baptisms, marriages and burials before 1837, though extremely useful to the present. Their records can assist tracing a family back numerous generations.

Episcopal Register of Chichester (1438-1445)

Selected extracts from a register recording the administration of the Diocese of Chichester.

Chichester Bishop's Register, Vol. 1 (1397-1415)

Summaries of a register recording the administration of the Diocese of Chichester.

Chichester Bishop's Register, Vol. 2 (1397-1415)

Summaries of a register recording the administration of the Diocese of Chichester.

Sussex Parish Churches (600-Present)

A study of the architectural development of each Anglican parish church in Sussex.

West Grinstead Census & Population Lists

England, Wales, IoM & Channel Islands 1911 Census (1911)

The 1911 census provides details on an individual's age, residence, place of birth, relations and occupation. FindMyPast's index allows searches on for multiple metrics including occupation and residence.

Sussex Election Poll (1820)

A list of freeholders eligible to vote in Sussex, listing their residence, location and nature of freehold, name of the property's occupier and who they voted for in the election.

Sussex Electoral Poll (1734)

A list of freeholders eligible to vote in the county.

Lay Subsidy Rolls of Sussex (1524-1525)

Transcriptions of property tax records for Sussex residents.

Sussex Lay Subsidies (1296-1333)

Transcriptions of tax records that name those who had to pay property tax and how much was due. Returns for 1296, 1327 and 1332/3 are included.

West Grinstead Wills & Probate Records

England & Wales National Probate Calendar (1858-1966)

Searchable index and original images of over 12.5 million probates and administrations granted by civil registries. Entries usually include the testator's name, date of death, date of probate and registry. Names of relations may be given.

Consistory Court of Chichester Probate Calender (1482-1800)

A searchable calendar to wills proved at this court. Contains references to order probate documents.

Prerogative Court of Canterbury Admon Index (1649-1660)

An index to estate administrations performed by the Prerogative Court of Canterbury. The index covers the southern two thirds of England & Wales, but may also contain entries for northerners.

Prerogative Court of Canterbury Admon Index (1581-1595)

An index to estate administrations performed by the Prerogative Court of Canterbury. The index covers the southern two thirds of England & Wales, but may also contain entries for northerners.

Prerogative Court of Canterbury Admon Index (1581-1619)

An index to estate administrations performed by the Prerogative Court of Canterbury. The index covers the southern two thirds of England & Wales, but may also contain entries for northerners.

Newspapers Covering West Grinstead

Brighton Patriot (1835-1839)

A searchable newspaper providing a rich variety of information about the people and places of the Brighton district. Includes obituaries and family announcements.

The Sussex Agricultural Express (1895-1944)

A county newspaper, publishing news, editorials, family notices, adverts, sports news etc.

Kent & Sussex Courier (1873-1939)

A conservative-oriented newspaper reporting on local news, births, marriages and deaths in the two counties.

Sussex Advertiser (1746-1878)

A regional newspaper including news from the Sussex area, family announcements, business notices, advertisements, legal & governmental proceedings and more.

Sussex Archaeological Collections (1999-Present)

A journal containing several thousand article on all manner of structures and antiquities in the county.

West Grinstead Obituaries

iAnnounce Obituaries (2006-Present)

The UKs largest repository of obituaries, containing millions of searchable notices.

United Kingdom and Ireland Obituary Collection (1882-Present)

A growing collection currently containing over 425,000 abstracts of obituaries with reference to the location of the full obituary.

Quakers Annual Monitor (1847-1848)

A collection of 364 obituaries of Quakers from the British Isles. The volume was published in 1849 and includes obituaries of those who died in late 1847 through 1848.

Musgrave's Obituaries (1421-1800)

This transcribed and searchable work by Sir William Musgrave contains 10,000s of brief obituaries. The work is a reference point for other works containing information on an individual.

British Medical Journal (1849-Present)

A text index and digital images of all editions of a journal containing medical articles and obituaries of medical practitioners.

West Grinstead Cemeteries

East Sussex Church Monuments (1530-1830)

Over one thousand photographs of monuments inside Sussex churches.

Sussex Church Monuments (1300-1900)

Photographs and descriptions of Sussex's most illustrious church monuments, often featuring effigies, medieval inscriptions and heraldic devices.

Sussex Monumental Inscriptions (1750-2000)

Abstract details of over 2,000 monuments in Sussex; includes photographs of some monuments.

Deceased Online (1629-Present)

Images of millions of pages from cemetery and crematoria registers, photographs of memorials, cemetery plans and more. Records can be search by a name index.

Billion Graves (1200-Present)

Photographs and transcriptions of millions of gravestones from cemeteries around the world.

West Grinstead Directories & Gazetteers

Kelly's Directory of Sussex (1938)

An exhaustive gazetteer, containing details of settlement's history, governance, churches, postal services, public institutions and more. Also contains lists of residents with their occupation and address.

Kelly's Directory of Sussex (1930)

A comprehensive place-by-place gazetteer, listing key contemporary and historical facts. Each place has a list of residents and businesses. Contains details on local schools, churches, government and other institutions.

Kelly's Directory of Sussex (1918)

A comprehensive place-by-place gazetteer, listing key contemporary and historical facts. Each place has a list of residents and businesses. Contains details on local schools, churches, government and other institutions.

Kelly's Directory of Sussex (1915)

A comprehensive place-by-place gazetteer, listing key contemporary and historical facts. Each place has a list of residents and businesses. Contains details on local schools, churches, government and other institutions.

Kelly's Directory of Sussex (1913)

A comprehensive place-by-place gazetteer, listing key historical and contemporary facts. Contains details on local schools, churches, government and other institutions. Also contains a list of residents and businesses for each place.

Sussex Feet of Fines (1190-1509)

Abstracts of records that detail land conveyances.

Sussex Election Poll (1820)

A list of freeholders eligible to vote in Sussex, listing their residence, location and nature of freehold, name of the property's occupier and who they voted for in the election.

Sussex Electoral Poll (1734)

A list of freeholders eligible to vote in the county.

Lay Subsidy Rolls of Sussex (1524-1525)

Transcriptions of property tax records for Sussex residents.

Poll for the Election of Members of Parliament (1705)

A list of those who voted in the election, listing the candidates they voted for and organised by settlement.

West Grinstead Taxation Records

Sussex Lay Subsidies (1296-1333)

Transcriptions of tax records that name those who had to pay property tax and how much was due. Returns for 1296, 1327 and 1332/3 are included.

Sussex Lay Subsidies (1296-1332)

Transcriptions of property tax records for Sussex residents. The years covered are 1292, 1327 and 1332.

East Sussex Window and House Tax Assessments (1747)

Transcripts of assessments for the taxation of wealthier households in the east of Sussex. Indexed by name.

Land Tax Redemption (1798-1811)

This vital collection details almost 1.2 million properties eligible for land tax. Records include the name of the landowner, occupier, amount assessed and sometimes the name and/or description of the property. It is a useful starting point for locating relevant estate records and establishing the succession of tenancies and freehold. Most records cover 1798, but some extend up to 1811.

Duties Paid for Apprentices' Indentures (1710-1811)

An index linked to original images of registers recording apprenticeship indentures. Details are given on the trade and nature of apprenticeship. Many records list the parents of the apprentice.

West Grinstead Land & Property Records

The Book of John Rowe (1597-1622)

A book comprising rentals from twenty-seven manors in Sussex - their customs and information concerning the Borough and Hundred of Lewes.

Sussex Feet of Fines (1190-1509)

Abstracts of records that detail land conveyances.

The Victoria History of Sussex, Vol. 1 (99999 BC-1086)

Notes on Sussex's natural history, early man, the Anglo-Saxon period, earthworks and political history. Also includes a translation of the Sussex portion of the Domesday Book.

Sussex Election Poll (1820)

A list of freeholders eligible to vote in Sussex, listing their residence, location and nature of freehold, name of the property's occupier and who they voted for in the election.

Sussex Electoral Poll (1734)

A list of freeholders eligible to vote in the county.

West Grinstead Occupation & Business Records

The Book of John Rowe (1597-1622)

A book comprising rentals from twenty-seven manors in Sussex - their customs and information concerning the Borough and Hundred of Lewes.

The Victoria History of Sussex, Vol. 2 (1000-1900)

A volume produced by one of the foremost authorities on English history. It covers religious houses, maritime history, industry, agriculture, forestry, education and sport.

Sussex Photographers (1841-1910)

A directory of photographers who plied their trade in Sussex. Some studios are given lengthy profiles, complete with biographies, genealogical information and examples of work.

Sussex Apprentices and Masters (1710-1752)

Abstracts of apprenticeship details collected by tax authorities. The abstracts usually contain genealogical information and details on the nature and terms of the apprenticship.

Smuggling on the South East Coast (1675-1871)

An introduction to smuggling in on the east coast of England, with details of the act in various regions.

West Grinstead School & Education Records

The Victoria History of Sussex, Vol. 2 (1000-1900)

A volume produced by one of the foremost authorities on English history. It covers religious houses, maritime history, industry, agriculture, forestry, education and sport.

Teacher's Registration Council Registers (1870-1948)

A name index linked to original images of registers recording the education and careers of teachers in England & Wales.

Oxford University Alumni (1500-1886)

A name index linked to original images of short biographies for over 120,000 Oxford University students. This is a particularly useful source for tracing the ancestry of the landed gentry.

Cambridge University Alumni (1261-1900)

A transcript of a vast scholarly work briefly chronicling the heritage, education and careers of over 150,000 Cambridge University students. This is a particularly useful source for tracing the ancestry of the landed gentry.

Cambridge Alumni Database (1198-1910)

A searchable database containing over 90,000 note-form biographies for students of Cambridge University.

Pedigrees & Family Trees Covering West Grinstead

Victoria County History: Sussex (1086-1900)

A detailed history of the county's hundreds, parishes and religious houses.

Pedigrees of Sussex Families (1066-1830)

Hand-draw genealogical charts covering Sussex's gentry. Includes descriptions of coats of arms.

British & Irish Royal & Noble Genealogies (491-1603)

Extensive and impeccably sourced genealogies for British, Irish & Manx royalty and nobility. Scroll down to 'British Isles' for relevant sections.

FamilySearch Community Trees (6000 BC-Present)

A searchable database of linked genealogies compiled from thousands of reputable and not-so-reputable sources. Contains many details on European gentry & nobility, but covers many countries outside Europe and people from all walks of life.

Visitation of England and Wales (1700-1899)

Over 600 pedigrees for English and Welsh families who had a right to bear a coat of arms.

West Grinstead Royalty, Nobility & Heraldry Records

Victoria County History: Sussex (1086-1900)

A detailed history of the county's hundreds, parishes and religious houses.

Pedigrees of Sussex Families (1066-1830)

Hand-draw genealogical charts covering Sussex's gentry. Includes descriptions of coats of arms.

East Sussex Church Monuments (1530-1830)

Over one thousand photographs of monuments inside Sussex churches.

Post Mortem Inquisitions in Sussex (1485-1649)

Abstracts of records detailing the deaths of landowners in Sussex and the inheritance of their lands.

Post Mortem Inquisitions in Sussex (1558-1583)

Abstracts of records detailing the deaths of landowners in Sussex and the inheritance of their lands.

West Grinstead Military Records

Wartime in West Sussex (1939-1945)

A collection of articles detailing life in West Sussex during WWII. It includes a number of oral histories.

East Sussex Police WWI Roll of Honour (1914-1918)

Biographies of East Sussex Constabulary police officers who lost their lives in The Great War.

Royal Sussex Regiment History (1701-Present)

A history of a regiment in the British Army. Includes information on the regiment's colours, badges, uniform and marches.

Sussex in the great Civil War (1616-1660)

A detailed history of the puritan revolution in Sussex, includes biographies of county men involved in the turmoil.

Southdown Pals Battalions (1914-1918)

A register of several-thousand men of the 11th, 12th and 13th (Service) Battalions, The Royal Sussex Regiment.

West Grinstead Immigration & Travel Records

Passenger Lists Leaving UK (1890-1960)

A name index connected to original images of passenger lists recording people travelling from Britain to destinations outside Europe. Records may detail a passenger's age or date of birth, residence, occupation, destination and more.

UK Incoming Passenger Lists (1878-1960)

A full index of passenger lists for vessels arriving in the UK linked to original images. Does not include lists from vessels sailing from European ports. Early entries can be brief, but later entries may include dates of births, occupations, home addresses and more. Useful for documenting immigration.

Alien Arrivals in England (1810-1869)

Details on over 600,000 non-British citizens arriving in England. Often includes age and professions. Useful for discerning the origin of immigrants.

17th Century British Emigrants to the U.S. (1600-1700)

Details on thousands of 17th century British immigrants to the U.S., detailing their origins and nature of their immigration.

Migration from North America to Britain & Ireland (1858-1870)

A list of over 40,000 passengers traveling from North America to the British Isles. Details of passengers may include: occupation, nationality, gender, age, martial status, class, destination, and details of the vessel they sailed on.

West Grinstead Histories & Books

Picturesque Sussex (1906)

A guide to the county and its settlements, focusing on topography, history and architecture.

Sussex Postcards (1890-1930)

A collection of Sussex postcards, all of which have been geographically referenced.

West Sussex Photographic Database (1860-Present)

5000 digital images which cover the social, agricultural, industrial and historical development of West Sussex from the Victorian era to the present day.

Sussex Postcards (1708-1920)

A collection of over 13,000 postcards and other images.

West Sussex Past Pictures (1640-2004)

A database of over 12,000 heritage photographs, prints, drawings and paintings depicting scenes and life in West Sussex.

Biographical Directories Covering West Grinstead

East Sussex Police WWI Roll of Honour (1914-1918)

Biographies of East Sussex Constabulary police officers who lost their lives in The Great War.

Sussex in the great Civil War (1616-1660)

A detailed history of the puritan revolution in Sussex, includes biographies of county men involved in the turmoil.

Glimpses of our Ancestors in Sussex (1878)

Biographies of county persons mixed with past incidents.

Oxford University Alumni (1500-1886)

A name index linked to original images of short biographies for over 120,000 Oxford University students. This is a particularly useful source for tracing the ancestry of the landed gentry.

Cambridge University Alumni (1261-1900)

A transcript of a vast scholarly work briefly chronicling the heritage, education and careers of over 150,000 Cambridge University students. This is a particularly useful source for tracing the ancestry of the landed gentry.

West Grinstead Maps

Old Sussex Mapped (1695-1840)

Good quality digital images of early Sussex maps. They vary in scale, from plotting major roads and settlements, to individual fields.

Printed Maps of Sussex (1575-1900)

A book containing reproductions of around 30 maps of Sussex, with detailed information on their background and cartographer.

Sussex: With Maps Diagrams & Illustrations (1909)

A description of the county, some of its settlements and sights.

Maps of Sussex (1579-1900)

Digital images of maps covering the county.

Sussex Parish Map (1841-1974)

A map delineating parishes and probate jurisdictions in Sussex.

West Grinstead Reference Works

A Dictionary of the Sussex Dialect (1875)

A work that attempted to record the provincial Sussex dialect due to its perceived erosion. Includes etymologies.

England Research Guide (1538-Present)

A beginner’s guide to researching ancestry in England.

Parish Register Abstract (1538-1812)

Compiled in 1831, this book details the coverage and condition of parish registers in England & Wales.

Building History Research Guide (1066-Present)

A comprehensive guide to researching the history of buildings in the British Isles.

Surname Origins (1790-1911)

A service that provides advanced and custom surname maps for the British Isles and the US.

West Grinstead Information

Civil & Ecclesiastical Jurisdiction:

Historical Description

WEST GRINSTEAD is a parish and village on the road to Worthing, and on the river Adur (which is navigable as far as Bine bridge), with a station 1 ½ miles north-east of the church, on the Shoreham and Horsham branch of the London, Brighton and South Coast railway, 6 ¾ miles south from Horsham, 8 ½ north from Steyning, 43 from London, in the North Western division of the county, rape of Bramber, West Grinstead hundred, Horsham petty sessional division, union and county court district, rural deanery of Storrington (third division), and archdeaconry and diocese of Chichester. The church of St. George is an ancient building of stone and rubble, in the Early English and Decorated styles, and has a tower with spire, containing 6 bells: there are monuments to the Powlett, Burrell and Caryll families, and a few old brasses to the Halsham family, 1395—1441: the church was restored and partially re-seated in 1890—91 at a cost of £3,500, and has 250 sittings. The register dates from the year 1556. The living is a rectory, net yearly value £480, with 98 acres of glebe and residence, in the gift of Lord Leconfield, and held since 1889 by the Rev. Reginald Bridges Knatchbull-Hugessen B.A. of Balliol College, Oxford. The rectory house is Jacobean. The Catholic church, dedicated to our Lady of Consolation and St. Francis, is a building in the Gothic style of the 13th century. St. Dominic’s Priory, erected in 1860, has attached to it St. Joseph’s orphanage schools, and a home for poor, but respectable children. There is a Catholic cemetery, consecrated in 1866. The Cottage Convalescent Home, established in 1891 by Miss Montgomery, is available for about 12 patients. The kennel of the Crawley and Horsham fox hounds are close to West Grinstead station; Charles Bulkeley Goodman esq. of Cowfold, is the master. Horsham, Steyning and Worthing are convenient places for hunting visitors. West Grinstead Park is the residence of James Rolls Hoare esq.; the mansion is in the Tudor Gothic style: the park of about 300 acres is well wooded, and is surrounded with beautiful scenery. About half a mile from the station is Belmoredean House, the residence of John Mark Cazenove esq. The Rev. John Goring M.A. of Wiston Park, and Sir Charles Raymond Burrell bart. of Knepp Castle, Shipley, are lords of the manor and principal landowners. The soil is clay; subsoil, clay. The chief crops are wheat, oats and tares. The area is 6,727 acres of land and 30 of water; rateable value, £7,348; the population in 1891 was 1,582.

National (mixed), Dial post, erected in 1864, for 120 children; average attendance, 45.

National (mixed), Jolesfield, erected in 1872, for 200 children; average attendance, 135.

St. Joseph’s Orphanage, for 200 boys. The Sisters of St. Dominic’s priory are the teachers.

Kelly's Directory of Sussex (1899)

Surnames Found in West Grinstead

RankSurnameNo. of People% of Population
1Laker624.18
2Brown251.68
3Newman231.55
4Tourle211.41
5Johnson201.35
6Woolgar201.35
7Edwards181.21
8Smith181.21
9Goacher171.14
10Stringer171.14
11Freeman171.14
12Mitchell161.08
13King161.08
14Philpott161.08
15Wells151.01
16Lucas140.94
17Haylor-Scutt140.94
18Sayers130.88
19Tullett120.81
20Barnett120.81
21Styles120.81
22Thorns120.81
23Simmons120.81
24Banfield120.81
25Hillman120.81
26Worsfold120.81
27Merritt120.81
28Fairs110.74
29Lindfield110.74
30Davey110.74
31Head110.74
32Roberts100.67
33Pelling100.67
34Woolven100.67
35Tulett100.67
36Patching100.67
37Burtenshaw100.67
38Tett90.61
39Kensett90.61
40Stone90.61
41Short90.61
42Field90.61
43Harris90.61
44Nye90.61
45Golds90.61
46Searle90.61
47Gumbrill90.61
48Hobday80.54
49Potter80.54
50Streeter80.54
51Luckin80.54
52Haycox80.54
53Cobby80.54
54Byrne80.54
55Comber80.54
56Rowland80.54
57Dale80.54
58Beaver80.54
59Maguire80.54
60Rapley80.54
61Baker80.54
62Brownings80.54
63Knight80.54
64Collins80.54
65Kelly70.47
66Cherryman70.47
67Tharns70.47
68Jackson70.47
69Boniface70.47
70Loder70.47
71Whiting70.47
72Reeve70.47
73Stevens70.47
74Murrell70.47
75Jupp70.47
76Harding70.47
77Rhodes70.47
78Agate60.40
79Botting60.40
80Fairman60.40
81Thornes60.40
82Chandler60.40
83Tidiy60.40
84Cherriman60.40
85Longley60.40
86Muzzell60.40
87Tidy50.34
88Hoad50.34
89Holmes50.34
90Upton50.34
91Sangshaw50.34
92Jenkins50.34
93Monery50.34
94Collison50.34
95Sherlock50.34
96Pestifield50.34
97Baytop50.34
98Luxford50.34
99Cheesemore50.34
100Stoner50.34