Useful Websites

Rootsweb by ancestry
British Genealogy
Cyndi's List
Liberty Ellis Foundation
Family History Federation
Family Search
Find My Past
Genes Reunited
Guild of One Name Studies
The National Archives of Ireland
National Archives
Olive Tree Genealogy
Parish Chest
Society of Genealogists

SFHG recommended history websites

Website NameDescriptionLink
Sussex-Ancestors60 surnames from Sussex, Surrey, Hampshire and Essex including AUSTEN, BARTRUP, BUNN, CHATFIELD, COX, EEDE, FITT, HEMSLEY, KNIGHT, LANGRIDGE, WEST
Stoner-UKSTONER UK databases (50% being in Sussex) including BMDs from 1837
Ferris-ClanMy grandparent surnames, LELLIOTT from Sussex, THOMSON, HENDRY and SMITH from Scotland
FairhallDetails my own FAIRHALL family (originally from East Sussex) and includes other related material. Contact point for world-wide Fairhall and Fairall families.
PlankThe PLANKs of south-east England and associated names (eg BARTON, FOGDEN, LINTOTT)
WoolgarThe WOOLGAR One-Name Study
AttreeATTREE Family History - Worldwide
MartinVarious Sussex names being researched by the MARTIN family
Julie's-GenealogySussex interests (90+ surnames), descriptions of ancestral families. Interests in other counties, useful links.
PottenPOTTEN of Sussex and Kent
SteelThe ancestors of my four grandparents. Many of them were Sussex or Hampshire people.
HillmanI have recently published my HILLMAN One Name Study in association with the Guild of One Name Studies.
While this covers the family name worldwide, my own family hail from the West Grinstead area, where I am now concentrating my efforts, and one section of the website is dedicated to the Hillmans of West Grinstead.
CheesmanThe name CHEESMAN (and variants) in the Brighton area of Sussex
Sussex-ParishesFreeCEN - details of Sussex parishes and 1861 transcriptions
Genology-Depotcontains some 4000 entries primarily centred around Sussex. Including BROWNING, LANGRIDGE, FROST, SHERLOCK, DEACON ...
English-ChurchesOwn genealogy data base, an English churches album, transcription of the Netherfield registers which are still at the church (a work in progress!).
DysonThe site is dedicated to the study of the DYSON surname in particular the worldwide distribution of the descendants of Henry Dyson born about 1400 in Worcestershire
HolleboneHOLLEBONE a One Named Study
West-Sussex-NamesThe website covers West Sussex names STEER, HILL, WILMER, BLUNDEN, WILD, DOWNER, SAXBY, ETHERIDGE and many more as well Black Country and East London families.
StreeterA STREETER site with my Worthing Streeter family from 1800's; also a list of English and Welsh deaths of all Streeters from 1841 to 1898
BarberApprox 6500 names - BARBER & MARCHANT, (Brighton) TAYLOR (West Firle), TERRY (Newhaven), MORRIS (Framfield), JEFFERY (Lt Horsted), GODDEN & VERRALL (Eastbourne), WICKENS & WHITE & PACKHAM (Clayton, Keymer, Ditchling), MURRELL (Slindon), FUNNELL (Chiddingly), WADEY (Portslade), WOOLGAR/SMART (Heighton) and many others.
Stedmancirca 2500 surnames STEDMAN in Sussex from 1500 to 1755, and Kent and Surrey to date. Rudgwick, Bolney, Cuckfield and Ardingly.
Also Le Mesurier of Alderney, Savignac of Carshalton, and Potter of Pakenham and Wandsworth. Links to the one name study in the USA.
Password is granted on request.
FinchA website about my FINCH family ancestors from Sussex and Surrey, along with information about the families they married into. These include the BUDGEN, BASHFORD, RICE, HARMAN, BURLEY and BILCLIFFE families from Sussex and Surrey, and the STOLLIDAY, WETHERALL and GREEN families from Norfolk.
BacciarelliFamily history covering my Anglo Italian family from various regions although mainly Italy, Sussex, Northamptonshire, Shropshire, Staffordshire, Herefordshire, Middlesex and London including Bacciarelli, Lilliotte, Ferrario, Bathurst, Dunn, Knight, Pugh, Howard, Gardella, Dell’Oro, Peffers, Haddon, Barker, Jenner, Stringer and Orsiver / Ossiver / Ozzever and many more.
RiverdaleThe Hillman family pages carry information regarding the descendants of William & Elizabeth Illman who were married by licence in the Church of St Peter the Great, Chichester on June 1st 1749.
BurtonRodney and Ruth Burton’s Genealogy Pages.
Rodney's BURTON roots are in East Sussex, England where the family were predominantly agricultural labourers. Some members emigrated to South Australia, Queensland and to the United States. The BURTON tree traces the descendants of John BUTTON and Sarah ROMARY, who married in 1754 at Chiddingly, for at least 4 generations (ie to at least their great-great-grandchildren). There are 2,674 individuals, 785 families, 3,037 sources and hundreds of surnames.
The site also covers Ruth Burton’s STONEHAM ancestors in Wiltshire.
Rosser-HendersonMy family tree site has a considerable amount of Sussex people within in it starting with the WAYMARK and derivation families from the early 1500's who married into other Sussex families.
FarrowThis site contains the research of our FARROW family and ancestors who are linked.
Preece-&-WoodhamsThe PREECE - WOODHAMS family tree.
Wyndham-Marsh34,879 individuals in the Tree, comprising 10,701 Family groups, all related in some way, to me.
Some famous people, who have sidled in as distant relatives, are Catherine Middleton who married Prince William, Winston Churchill, Charles Dickens, The Barclays (of the Bank), Singer of Singer Sewing Machines, and the Talbot Family of Port Talbot (a Talbot married a Singer, and a Singer married a Churchill), to name a few.
On the same website there are 1,729 people which I am transcribing from the 1939 National Identity Register for Barry Island, South Wales, where I grew up.

Please remember that, in general, local history societies, occupational societies and indexers are smaller than the countywide family history societies. The idea of contact with Local History Societies or Individual Researchers is not that they should carry out family history research but provide background information from research and knowledge already done. Please select the society of interest.

The original database was created when few societies had websites and from time to time we contacted each one to get the latest details for you. Now that most have the data online, we have substituted a listing of sites and links to ensure that the details are as up-to-date as possible.

Obviously one can search the internet for information about a place or parish. There are also listings of Sussex societies at

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