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Family and Local History

Family History

We do not hold archives for family history research at Eastbourne Borough Council.

However, you may find the following local resources useful:

  • East Sussex Records Office. The repository for many documents, records and registers relating to people and places in East Sussex. Useful for both family and local history research.
  • Eastbourne Reference Library. Censuses, periodicals, directories, some electoral registers plus access to genealogical sites such as, Find My Past and others.
  • Eastbourne Register Office is run by East Sussex County Council and is based at Eastbourne Town Hall in Grove Road. They can issue copies of birth, marriage and death certificates in person or online. Order certificates.
  • Family Roots is Eastbourne's dedicated Family History Society meeting monthly at Ocklynge School, Farlaine Road, Old Town. Eastbourne.
  • Hastings and Rother Family History Society. Monthly meetings at The Ore Centre, Old London Road, Ore, Hastings, E. Sussex
  • Sussex Family History Group. Vast holdings for all of Sussex with online transcriptions of pre-1837 parish baptisms and burials available to members. Many other resources including the Sussex Marriage Index on CD.


Local History

  • Eastbourne Local History Society. Meetings, conducted walks, publications and a quarterly members' journal.
  • Redoubt Fortress and Military Museum. Eastbourne's magnificent Napoleonic fortress is home to the largest military museum in the South East.

    Home of the Eastbourne Museums Service and Eastbourne Ancestors Project. Download the latest Eastbourne Museums Service Newsletter below:

Related Pages

  • Civic History - coming soon