Is your family history linked to the South of England?

Many millions of records are now available on the internet, which is good news for those of us wanting to trace our family history. Not all of them are free of course, but you can at least get your research well underway from home or in your local library.

But what about all those records that haven’t yet been digitised? Wills, Voters Lists, Local Newspapers, Parish Magazines and huge numbers of birth, marriage and burial registers? For these the only solution is to make an actual visit to the place they are held.

The same is true for most 20th century records.  The most recent census available for the UK is 1911  (we have to wait until 2022 for the next one!) so other sources need to be used:  old phone books, voters lists and street directories to trace addresses, and local newspaper archives for their birth, death and marriage announcements and for contemporary reports of events. 

If you can’t visit the area yourself – because you live too far away, or you’re simply too busy – this is where I can help you.

What can I research for you?

  • Historic maps and photographs

  • Local newspapers

  • Parish magazines

  • Parish Records

  • Voters lists and street directories

  • Churchyards and memorials