Sus­sex On­line


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The West Sus­sex Record Of­fice site ( www. west­sus­ recre­ation-and­com­mu­nity/his­tory-and- her­itage) was re­launched in March this year with a more in­tu­itive and tablet-friendly lay­out, plus up­dated con­tent and a bet­ter search func­tion.

There’s also www.west­sus­s­ex­, which serves as a por­tal to a num­ber of use­ful sites, in­clud­ing the WSRO cat­a­logue ( www. west­sus­s­ex­­line). This con­tains more than 350,000 de­scrip­tions of doc­u­ments and pho­to­graphs, some­times with as­so­ci­ated in­dexes. The wages books for ser­vants of the Pet­worth House Es­tate, for ex­am­ple, have been in­dexed and the names are in­cluded on Search On­line.

The Keep site ( www.the­ col­lec­tions/on­line- re­sources) is home to a com­bined cat­a­logue and on­line order­ing sys­tem, al­low­ing you to check if par­tic­u­lar doc­u­ments have al­ready been booked out to some­one else. They plan to im­prove the tag­ging of the cat­a­logue, cre­ate new parish pages, and hope­fully in­tro­duce an im­age down­load fa­cil­ity.

Other use­ful sites in­clude the Friends of East Sus­sex Record Of­fice (,, the Sus­sex Record So­ci­ety ( sus­sexrecord­so­ci­, and the East Sus­sex WW1 pro­ject ( east­sus­

The Phoenix Iron­works in Lewes was a ma­jor em­ployer from the 19th cen­tury through to the 1970s. And while the ESRP holds very few em­ployee records, there was a Her­itage Lot­tery-funded pro­ject to col­lect mem­o­ries and pho­to­graphs ( www.lewe­spho­

Nei­ther East nor West Sus­sex record of­fices have agree­ments in place with the likes of Ances­try or Find­my­past, al­though some Sus­sex pre-1914 school ad­mis­sion reg­is­ters have just launched on find­my­ school- reg­is­ters.

Fi­nally, don’t for­get the Sus­sex Fam­i­lySearch wiki which is found at fam­i­ learn/wiki/en/ Sus­sex_Ge­neal­ogy.

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