Source Information West Sussex, England, Church of England Deaths and Burials, 1813-1995 [database on-line]. Lehi, UT, USA: Operations, Inc., 2022.
Original data: Anglican Parish Registers. Chichester, England: West Sussex Record Office.

About West Sussex, England, Church of England Deaths and Burials, 1813-1995

General collection information

This collection includes Church of England parish registers of deaths and burials between 1813 and 1995 from the historical county of West Sussex, England.

Parish records—primarily baptisms, marriages, and burials—were the first sets of vital records kept. Before civil registration began in 1837, key events in a person's life were typically recorded by the church, rather than the government. Dating back to the 16th century, parish records have become some of the longest running records available.

Using this collection

This collection may include the following details:

  • Name of deceased
  • Residence of deceased
  • Date and place of death
  • Age
  • Date and place of burial
  • Parish
  • Parish records are some of the best resources you can use in tracing your family roots. These records were taken by church officials to mark important milestones in people's lives. They often include information about other family members such as parents, making it easy to jump back an additional generation in your family tree with a single record.

    Collection in context

    When Henry VIII established the Church of England, he mandated parishes to keep handwritten records of baptisms, marriages, and burials. Beginning in 1598, clergy were required to send copies of their parish registers to the bishop of their diocese. These copies are known as Bishop's Transcripts and are useful in cases where original records are unreadable or no longer exist.

    In 1812, George Rose's Act called for pre-printed registers to be used for separate baptism, marriage, and burial registers as a way of standardising records.


    "Research Guides: Researching your ancestors from Great Britain and Ireland: Parish registers." State Library Victoria Last Modified 2 February, 2023. Research Guides.