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Surrey's history comes to life online

PUBLISHED: 20:44 20 September 2012 | UPDATED: 21:54 20 February 2013

Surrey's history comes to life online

Surrey's history comes to life online

Thousands of historic documents from around the county, dating as far back as the Tudor period, will soon be available to view online.

Originally published in Surrey Life magazine September 2012


Thousands of historic documents from around the county, dating as far back as the Tudor period, will soon be available to view online.


They include Church of England baptism, marriage and burial registers going back to the reign of Henry VIII, as well as 18th century tax lists, admission registers for Victorian mental hospitals and the names of the men of the Queens Royal West Surrey and East Surrey regiments who joined up between the World Wars.


The original paper and parchment records are all held at Surrey County Councils History Centre in Woking, where they are preserved in temperature and humidity controlled rooms, but they will now be published online as part of a deal between Surrey County Council and family history website Ancestry.co.uk.


Through the county councils deal with Ancestry.co.uk, our precious documents will be at the fingertips of researchers online around the world, while protecting and preserving the fragile originals for future generations, says Surrey County Councils Helyn Clack.


Surreys history is incredibly rich and varied, which makes it a source of endless fascination. These online records will bring that past to life, connecting us directly with the people and events that shaped the Surrey of today.


Visitors to Surrey County Councils History Centre will be able to use Ancestry.co.uk for free. Members of Surrey libraries will be also be able to search the records free of charge at any branch.


The task of photographing and indexing the records will begin this month, with the first online records due to be available on Ancestry.co.uk next year.

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