Genealogy

Genealogy Researchers – We hope you find the following information useful

We no longer hold Parish records at this church. However the following link will take you to the Chichester Diocesan Records Office section of the West Sussex County Council website from where you will be able to research the parish records: http://www.westsussex.gov.uk/leisure/record_office_and_archives/collections_and_research/diocese_of_chichester_and_its.aspx

As the Diocesan Record Office they hold the official records of the Bishops of Chichester; the Dean and Chapter of Chichester and the property they owned.

The records include the original parish registers of baptisms, marriages and burials for all West Sussex parishes and, where they survive, the bishop’s transcripts from parishes in both West and East Sussex up to around 1900.

Please see this page for a map of the parishes in West Sussex.

They also hold wills for the Archdeaconry of Chichester and the peculiar jurisdictions together with copies of wills for the Archdeaconry of Lewes up to 1858.

Later wills for Chichester District Probate Registry (which covered most of West Sussex) up to 1928 are also held in the Record Office.

You may also find the following website useful: http://www.gravestonephotos.com/public/cemetery.php?cemetery=1004&scrwidth=1600

This website details photographs of all the gravestones in St. Swithun’s Church along with research tips for the individuals.