UK, Sussex—Church of England Parish Records, 1538–1910


Record Fields and Indexing Instructions

Image Type

Image Type

Click in the Image Type field, and then click on the option from the list that best describes the image.

If the image is normal and has information to be indexed, select Normal. Then press Tab or Enter.

If the image is blank, an exact duplicate of another image, or unreadable, select the corresponding option from the list. If the data on the image does not match one of the record types being indexed in this project, select No Extractable Data Image. Press Tab or Enter, and, on the warning message, click Yes. Continue to the next image.

Click here to see an example: Normal

Record Type

Record Type

This project includes three record types: Christening, Marriage, and Burial

To select the record type:

  1. Click in the Record Type field to see the down arrow.
  2. Click the down arrow at the right side of the field to display the options.
  3. Click the correct record type.

  Click here to see an example: Christening

Christening Month

Christening Month

Type the christening or baptism month in this field. If there is no christening date but there is a birth date, type the birth month in this field.

Type the first three letters of the month: Jan, Feb, Mar, etc.

If the month was not recorded or was written as a variation of the word "unknown," press Ctrl+B to mark this field as blank.

Click here to see an example: Feb

Christening Day

Christening Day

Type the christening or baptism day in this field. If there is no christening date but there is a birth date, type the birth day in this field.

Type the one- or two-digit number for the day.

If the day was not recorded or was written as a variation of the word "unknown," press Ctrl+B to mark this field as blank.

Click here to see an example: 3

Christening Year

Christening Year

Type the christening or baptism year in this field. If there is no christening date but there is a birth date, type the birth year in this field.

Type a four-digit number for the year. If no year or only a two-digit number was recorded, you may be able to determine the year from other data on the record or from the previous or next image. If you still cannot determine the full, four-digit year, type what was written on the record.

If the year was not recorded or was written as a variation of the word "unknown," press Ctrl+B to mark the field as blank.

Click here to see an example: 1799

Child's Given Names

Child's Given Names

Names were usually recorded at or near the top of the record.

The given names may be written either before or after the surname. Watch the names carefully, and be sure to type them in the correct fields on the indexing screen. If you cannot determine if a name is a given name or a surname, index it in this field.

Do not include titles or terms, such as baby or infant, with the names. If a given name was abbreviated, type it as it was written on the document. Do not type a period after the abbreviation.  Do not index punctuation, except hyphens and apostrophes when they were written on the document as part of the name.

If given names were not recorded or were written as a variation of the word "unknown," press Ctrl+B to mark this field as blank.

Click here to see an example: Richard

Child's Surname

Child's Surname

The surname may be written either before or after the given names. Watch the names carefully, and be sure to type them in the correct fields on the indexing screen. If you cannot determine if a name is a given name or a surname, index it in the Child's Given Names field.

Do not include titles or terms, such as baby or infant, with the name. Do not include punctuation, except hyphens and apostrophes when they were written on the document as part of the name. Do not expand abbreviations. Type what you see in the document.

Do not assume the child's surname from the parent's surname. If the surname was not recorded or was written as a variation of the word "unknown," press Ctrl+B to mark this field as blank.

Click here to see an exampleTab

Deceased's Given Names

Deceased's Given Names

The given names may be written either before or after the surname. Watch the names carefully, and be sure to type them in the correct fields on the indexing screen. If you cannot determine if a name is a given name or a surname, index it in this field.

Do not include titles or terms, such as Miss, Mrs, Sr, Jr, or Mr, with the names. If a given name was abbreviated, type it as it was written on the document. Do not type a period after the abbreviation. Do not index punctuation, except hyphens and apostrophes when they were written on the document as part of the name.

If given names were not recorded or were written as a variation of the word "unknown," press Ctrl+B to mark this field as blank.

Click here to see an example: Maria

Deceased's Surname

Deceased's Surname

The surname may be written either before or after the given names. Watch the names carefully, and be sure to type them in the correct fields on the indexing screen. If you cannot determine if a name is a given name or a surname, index it in the Deceased's Given Names field.

Do not include titles or terms, such as Miss, Mrs, Sr, Jr, or Mr, with the name. Do not include punctuation, except hyphens and apostrophes when they were written on the document as part of the name. Do not expand abbreviations. Type what you see in the document.

If the surname was not recorded or was written as a variation of the word "unknown," press Ctrl+B to mark this field as blank.

Click here to see an example: Allen

Gender

Gender

Type M for male (son or husband) or F for female (daughter or wife).

Index the gender only if it was specifically recorded or if it can be determined by the relationship, such as a son or daughter or husband or wife. Do not assume a gender based on given names.

If the gender was not recorded or was written as a variation of the word "unknown," press Ctrl+B to mark this field as blank.

Click here to see an example: M

Father's Given Names

Father's Given Names

The given names may be written either before or after the surname. Watch the names carefully, and be sure to type them in the correct fields on the indexing screen. If you cannot determine if a name is a given name or a surname, index it in this field.

Do not include titles or terms, such as Sr, Jr, or Mr, with the names. If a given name was abbreviated, type it as it was written on the document. Do not type a period after the abbreviation. Do not index punctuation, except hyphens and apostrophes when they were written on the document as part of the name.

If given names were not recorded or were written as a variation of the word "unknown," press Tab to skip this field.

Click here to see an example: Abraham

Father's Surname

Father's Surname

The surname may be written either before or after the given names. Watch the names carefully, and be sure to type them in the correct fields on the indexing screen. If you cannot determine if a name is a given name or a surname, index it in the Father's Given Names field.

Do not include titles or terms, such as Sr, Jr, or Mr, with the name. Do not include punctuation, except hyphens and apostrophes when they were written on the document as part of the name. Do not expand abbreviations. Type what you see in the document.

If the surname was not recorded or was written as a variation of the word "unknown," press Tab to skip this field.

Click here to see an example: Gosling

Mother's Given Names

Mother's Given Names

The given names may be written either before or after the surname. Watch the names carefully, and be sure to type them in the correct fields on the indexing screen. If you cannot determine if a name is a given name or a surname, index it in this field.

Do not include titles or terms, such as Miss or Mrs, with the names. If a given name was abbreviated, type it as it was written on the document. Do not type a period after the abbreviation. Do not index punctuation, except hyphens and apostrophes when they were written on the document as part of the name.

If given names were not recorded or were written as a variation of the word "unknown," press Tab to skip this field.

Click here to see an example: Jane

Mother's Surname

Mother's Surname

The surname may be written either before or after the given names. Watch the names carefully, and be sure to type them in the correct fields on the indexing screen. If you cannot determine if a name is a given name or a surname, index it in the Mother's Given Names field.

Do not include titles or terms, such as Miss or Mrs, with the name. Do not include punctuation, except hyphens and apostrophes when they were written on the document as part of the name. Do not expand abbreviations. Type what you see in the document.

If the surname was not recorded or was written as a variation of the word "unknown," press Tab to skip this field.

Click here to see an example: White

Marriage Month

Marriage Month

Index the marriage date if it was recorded. If only banns were recorded, index the last (third) date of banns.

Type the first three letters of the month: Jan, Feb, Mar, etc.

If the month was not recorded or was written as a variation of the word "unknown," press Ctrl+B to mark this field as blank.

Click here to see an example: Jul

Marriage Day

Marriage Day

Index the marriage date if it was recorded. If only banns were recorded, index the last (third) date of banns.

Type the one- or two-digit number for the day.

If the day was not recorded or was written as a variation of the word "unknown," press Ctrl+B to mark this field as blank.

Click here to see an example: 10

Marriage Year

Marriage Year

Index the marriage date if it was recorded. If only banns were recorded, index the last (third) date of banns.

Type a four-digit number for the year. If no year or only a two-digit number was recorded, you may be able to determine the year from other data on the record or from the previous or next image. If you still cannot determine the full four-digit year, type what was written on the record.

If the year was not recorded or was written as a variation of the word "unknown," press Ctrl+B to mark the field as blank.

Click here to see an example: 1907

Groom's Given Names

Groom's Given Names

The given names may be written either before or after the surname. Watch the names carefully, and be sure to type them in the correct fields on the indexing screen. If you cannot determine if a name is a given name or a surname, index it in this field.

Do not include titles or terms, such as Sr, Jr, or Mr, with the names. If a given name was abbreviated, type it as it was written on the document. Do not type a period after the abbreviation. Do not index punctuation, except hyphens and apostrophes when they were written on the document as part of the name.

If given names were not recorded or were written as a variation of the word "unknown," press Ctrl+B to mark this field as blank.

Click here to see an example: James

Groom's Surname

Groom's Surname

The surname may be written either before or after the given names. Watch the names carefully, and be sure to type them in the correct fields on the indexing screen. If you cannot determine if a name is a given name or a surname, index it in the Groom's Given Names field.

Do not include titles or terms, such as Sr, Jr, or Mr, with the name. Do not include punctuation, except hyphens and apostrophes when they were written on the document as part of the name. Do not expand abbreviations. Type what you see in the document.

If the surname was not recorded or was written as a variation of the word "unknown," press Ctrl+B to mark this field as blank.

Click here to see an example: Phillips or Phelps

Groom's Condition

Groom's Condition

Select the best description of the groom’s condition from the drop-down list, according to what was written on the document: S (single or bachelor), M (married), W (widowed), D (divorced).

If the marital status was not recorded or contains a variation of the word "unknown," press Tab to skip this field.

Click here to see an example: S

Groom's Age

Groom's Age

Index only full years. If fractions of years were recorded, round down to the nearest full year.

If the age was not recorded or was written as a variation of the word "unknown," press Tab to skip this field.

Click here to see an example: 26

Groom's Father's Given Names

Groom's Father's Given Names

The given names may be written either before or after the surname. Watch the names carefully, and be sure to type them in the correct fields on the indexing screen. If you cannot determine if a name is a given name or a surname, index it in this field.

Do not include titles or terms, such as Sr, Jr, or Mr, with the names. If a given name was abbreviated, type it as it was written on the document. Do not type a period after the abbreviation. Do not index punctuation, except hyphens and apostrophes when they were written on the document as part of the name.

If given names were not recorded or were written as a variation of the word "unknown," press Tab to skip this field.

Click here to see an example: Samuel

Groom's Father's Surname

Groom's Father's Surname

The surname may be written either before or after the given names. Watch the names carefully, and be sure to type them in the correct fields on the indexing screen. If you cannot determine if a name is a given name or a surname, index it in the Groom's Father's Given Names field.

Do not include titles or terms, such as Sr, Jr, or Mr, with the name. Do not include punctuation, except hyphens and apostrophes when they were written on the document as part of the name. Do not expand abbreviations. Type what you see in the document.

If the surname was not recorded or was written as a variation of the word "unknown," press Tab to skip this field.

Click here to see an example: Elsworth

Groom's Mother's Given Names

Groom's Mother's Given Names

The given names may be written either before or after the surname. Watch the names carefully, and be sure to type them in the correct fields on the indexing screen. If you cannot determine if a name is a given name or a surname, index it in this field.

Do not include titles or terms, such as Miss or Mrs, with the names. If a given name was abbreviated, type it as it was written on the document. Do not type a period after the abbreviation. Do not index punctuation, except hyphens and apostrophes when they were written on the document as part of the name.

If given names were not recorded or were written as a variation of the word "unknown," press Tab to skip this field.

Groom's Mother's Surname

Groom's Mother's Surname

The surname may be written either before or after the given names. Watch the names carefully, and be sure to type the names into the correct fields on the indexing screen. If you cannot determine if a name is a given name or a surname, index the name in the Groom's Mother's Given Names field.

Do not include titles or terms, such as Mrs or Miss, with the surname. Do not index punctuation, except hyphens and apostrophes when they were written on the document as part of the name.

If the surname was not recorded or was written as a variation of the word "unknown," press Tab to skip this field.

Bride's Given Names

Bride's Given Names

The given names may be written either before or after the surname. Watch the names carefully, and be sure to type them in the correct fields on the indexing screen. If you cannot determine if a name is a given name or a surname, index it in this field.

Do not include titles or terms, such as Miss or Mrs, with the names. If a given name was abbreviated, type it as it was written on the document. Do not type a period after the abbreviation. Do not index punctuation, except hyphens and apostrophes when they were written on the document as part of the name.

If given names were not recorded or were written as a variation of the word "unknown," press Ctrl+B to mark this field as blank.

Click here to see an example: Jane

Bride's Surname

Bride's Surname

Type the bride's maiden name and any surnames from previous marriages in this field, with the maiden name first.

The surname may be written either before or after the given names. Watch the names carefully, and be sure to type them in the correct fields on the indexing screen. If you cannot determine if a name is a given name or a surname, index it in the Bride's Given Names field.

Do not include titles or terms, such as Miss or Mrs, with the name. Do not include punctuation, except hyphens and apostrophes when they were written on the document as part of the name. Do not expand abbreviations. Type what you see in the document.

If the surname was not recorded or was written as a variation of the word "unknown," press Ctrl+B to mark this field as blank.

Click here to see an example: Martin

Bride's Condition

Bride's Condition

Select the best description of the bride’s condition from the drop-down list, according to what was written on the document: S (single or spinster), M (married), W (widow), D (divorced).

If the marital status was not recorded or contains a variation of the word "unknown," press Tab to skip this field.

Click here to see an example: W

Bride's Age

Bride's Age

Index only full years. If fractions of years were recorded, round down to the nearest full year.

If the age was not recorded or was written as a variation of the word "unknown," press Tab to skip this field.

Click here to see an example: 33

Bride's Father's Given Names

Bride's Father's Given Names

The given names may be written either before or after the surname. Watch the names carefully, and be sure to type them in the correct fields on the indexing screen. If you cannot determine if a name is a given name or a surname, index it in this field.

Do not include titles or terms, such as Sr, Jr, or Mr, with the names. If a given name was abbreviated, type it as it was written on the document. Do not type a period after the abbreviation. Do not index punctuation, except hyphens and apostrophes when they were written on the document as part of the name.

If given names were not recorded or were written as a variation of the word "unknown," press Tab to skip this field.

Click here to see an example: William John

Bride's Father's Surname

Bride's Father's Surname

The surname may be written either before or after the given names. Watch the names carefully, and be sure to type them in the correct fields on the indexing screen. If you cannot determine if a name is a given name or a surname, index it in the Bride's Father's Given Names field.

Do not include titles or terms, such as Sr, Jr, or Mr, with the name. Do not include punctuation, except hyphens and apostrophes when they were written on the document as part of the name. Do not expand abbreviations. Type what you see in the document.

If the surname was not recorded or was written as a variation of the word unknown, press Tab to skip this field.

Click here to see an example: Foyle

Bride's Mother's Given Name

Bride's Mother's Given Names

The given names may be written either before or after the surname. Watch the names carefully, and be sure to type them in the correct fields on the indexing screen. If you cannot determine if a name is a given name or a surname, index it in this field.

Do not include titles or terms, such as Miss or Mrs, with the names. If a given name was abbreviated, type it as it was written on the document. Do not type a period after the abbreviation. Do not index punctuation, except hyphens and apostrophes when they were written on the document as part of the name.

If given names were not recorded or were written as a variation of the word "unknown," press Tab to skip this field.

Bride's Mother's Surname

Bride's Mother's Surname

The surname may be written either before or after the given names. Watch the names carefully, and be sure to type them in the correct fields on the indexing screen. If you cannot determine if a name is a given name or a surname, index it in the Bride's Mother's Given Names field.

Do not include titles or terms, such as Miss or Mrs, with the name. Do not include punctuation, except hyphens and apostrophes when they were written on the document as part of the name. Do not expand abbreviations. Type what you see in the document.

If the surname was not recorded or was written as a variation of the word "unknown," press Tab to skip this field.

Burial Month

Burial Month

Type the burial month in this field. If there is no burial date but there is a death date, type the death month in this field.

Type the first three letters of the month: Jan, Feb, Mar, etc.

If the month was not recorded or was written as a variation of the word "unknown," press Ctrl+B to mark this field as blank.

Click here to see an example: Mar

Burial Day

Burial Day

Type the burial day in this field. If there is no burial date but there is a death date, type the death day in this field.

Type the one- or two-digit number for the day.

If the day was not recorded or was written as a variation of the word "unknown," press Ctrl+B to mark this field as blank.

Click here to see an example: 13

Burial Year

Burial Year

Type the burial year in this field. If there is no burial date but there is a death date, type the death year in this field.

Type a four-digit number for the year. If no year or only a two-digit number was recorded, you may be able to determine the year from other data on the record or from the previous or next image. If you still cannot determine the full four-digit year, type what was written on the record.

If the year was not recorded or was written as a variation of the word "unknown," press Ctrl+B to mark the field as blank.

Click here to see an example: 1805

Deceased's Age

Deceased's Age

Index only full years. If fractions of years were recorded, round down to the nearest full year. If less than one year was recorded or the child was stillborn, index the age as 0 (zero).

If the age was not recorded or was written as a variation of the word "unknown," press Ctrl+B to mark this field blank.

Click here to see an example: 0

Spouse's Given Names

Spouse's Given Name

The given names may be written either before or after the surname. Watch the names carefully, and be sure to type them in the correct fields on the indexing screen. If you cannot determine if a name is a given name or a surname, index it in this field.

Do not include titles or terms, such as, Mrs, Sr, Jr, or Mr, with the names. If a given name was abbreviated, type it as it was written on the document. Do not type a period after the abbreviation. Do not index punctuation, except hyphens and apostrophes when they were written on the document as part of the name.

If given names were not recorded or were written as a variation of the word "unknown," press Tab to skip this field.

Click here to see an example: William

Spouse's Surname

Spouse's Surname

The surname may be written either before or after the given names. Watch the names carefully, and be sure to type them in the correct fields on the indexing screen. If you cannot determine if a name is a given name or a surname, index it in the Spouse's Given Names field.

Do not include titles or terms, such as, Mrs, Sr, Jr, or Mr, with the name. Do not include punctuation, except hyphens and apostrophes when they were written on the document as part of the name. Do not expand abbreviations. Type what you see in the document.

If the surname was not recorded or was written as a variation of the word "unknown," press Tab to skip this field.

Click here to see an example: Rolls

Deceased's Father's Given Names

Deceased's Father's Given Names

The given names may be written either before or after the surname. Watch the names carefully, and be sure to type them in the correct fields on the indexing screen. If you cannot determine if a name is a given name or a surname, index it in this field.

Do not include titles or terms, such as Sr, Jr, or Mr, with the names. If a given name was abbreviated, type it as it was written on the document. Do not type a period after the abbreviation. Do not index punctuation, except hyphens and apostrophes when they were written on the document as part of the name.

If given names were not recorded or were written as a variation of the word "unknown," press Tab to skip this field.

Click here to see an example: John

Deceased's Father's Surname

Deceased Father's Surname

The surname may be written either before or after the given names. Watch the names carefully, and be sure to type them in the correct fields on the indexing screen. If you cannot determine if a name is a given name or a surname, index it in the Deceased's Father's Given Names field.

Do not include titles or terms, such as Sr, Jr, or Mr, with the name. Do not include punctuation, except hyphens and apostrophes when they were written on the document as part of the name. Do not expand abbreviations. Type what you see in the document.

If the surname was not recorded or was written as a variation of the word "unknown," press Tab to skip this field.

Click here to see an example: Lock

Deceased's Mother's Given Names

Deceased's Mother's Given Names

The given names may be written either before or after the surname. Watch the names carefully, and be sure to type them in the correct fields on the indexing screen. If you cannot determine if a name is a given name or a surname, index it in this field.

Do not include titles or terms, such as Miss or Mrs, with the names. If a given name was abbreviated, type it as it was written on the document. Do not type a period after the abbreviation. Do not index punctuation, except hyphens and apostrophes when they were written on the document as part of the name.

If given names were not recorded or were written as a variation of the word "unknown," press Tab to skip this field.

Click here to see an example: Elizabeth

Deceased's Mother's Surname

Deceased Mother's Surname

The surname may be written either before or after the given names. Watch the names carefully, and be sure to type them in the correct fields on the indexing screen. If you cannot determine if a name is a given name or a surname, index it in the Deceased's Mother's Given Names field.

Do not include titles or terms, such as Miss or Mrs, with the name. Do not include punctuation, except hyphens and apostrophes when they were written on the document as part of the name. Do not expand abbreviations. Type what you see in the document.

If the surname was not recorded or was written as a variation of the word "unknown," press Tab to skip this field.

Click here to see an example: Gallop