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Other resources that may help with your family history research:

Magazines & Newspapers - including Times Digital Archive

Reference Resources - including Who's Who

Oxford Dictionary of Family Names Oxford Dictionary of Family Names

The Oxford Dictionary of Family Names in Britain and Ireland

The Oxford Dictionary of Family Names is available in all West Sussex libraries and from for all library members It is the ultimate reference on surnames in the UK and covers English, Scottish, Welsh, Irish, Cornish and immigrant surnames. It includes every surname that currently has more than 100 bearers and  those that had 20 or more bearers in the 1881 census. Every entry gives you the name's history and includes famous people who have held the name in the past.
To view the dictionary from home login using your library card number.

Family History Family History
Welcome to our electronic resources on family history. On this page are links to resources, helpsheets and video guides. We offer talks and workshops in libraries across West Sussex to help you get started with your family history. Details are on the What's On page. You may also like to sign up for our quarterly Family History eNewsletter.
Ancestry Ancestry







Ancestry is available to library members in all West Sussex libraries (not from home). It is a collection of worldwide databases covering everything from census returns to passenger lists.

Download or read our helpsheet here.


The videos below will give you a quick introduction to Ancestry and how to search for your ancestors. Please be aware that the Ancestry homepage has recently changed and this is not reflected in these videos.
 

Find my Past Find my Past

Findmypast is available to library members in all West Sussex libraries (not from home) and offers a range of UK databases to help you trace your family tree. Unique collections include the 1939 register of households at the start of WW2 and school admission registers and log books from the beginning of the 20th Century. Please note that our subscription does not include access to the British Newspaper Archive. 

Download or read our helpsheet here.

 

British Newspaper Archive British Newspaper Archive

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British Newspaper Archive contains regional historical newspapers covering the 18th-20th century from the British Library collection. This is available to library members in all West Sussex libraries (not from home). You will first need to register with the British Newspaper Archive. When you next log in, you will be able to access the archive and a personal 'My Research' area.

 

 

Download or read our helpsheet here.

Library Links Library Links

Ask a Librarian - contact us with any family history enquiry
Local Clubs & Societies - find out about local and family history groups
What's On - details of all our events including family history dropins and workshops
eInformation - complete list of all our electronic resources
 

eMagazines eMagazines

Who do you Think You Are and BBC History are both available from our eMagazines
 



 

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