Tracing your family history is an exciting venture. Sometimes daunting, often frustrating, but never dull.
The pages in this section will help to get you started and point you to sources of local information, links and general resources. This is generic information; we do not offer a family history advice or research service.
If you have never looked into your family history before and do not know how to begin, see our Where To Start section.
This also give pointers for those who are already on the ancestry trail.
Eastbourne Borough Council cannot:
respond to any individual requests for information about your family.
issue birth, marriage or death certificates
We hope you are able to find plenty here to point you in the right direction.
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In this section...
Included here in our Family History area:
Where to start. First steps in discovering your family history.
Birth, Marriage and Death (BMD) certificates. A full list of the type of information you might find in these documents.
BMD indexes and how to order certificates online. Find out where you can find indexes to birth, marriage and death registrations, and how to order certificates online.
Censuses. You can also find out about censuses from 1841 to 1911. These are some of the main documents that will help in your research, certainly in the earlier stages.
Local Resources. Where to find information if your ancestor is from Eastbourne or East Sussex.
Useful web links. Details of essential websites and data repositories to help you find your ancestors and build up your family tree.