For the past almost five decades the East Surrey Family History Society has been helping members trace their family history whether they have family connections to the East Surrey area or enjoy attending events connected with family, social or local history.

The area covered includes the ancient parishes along the Thames, from Rotherhithe to Thames Ditton and then southwards to include Chessington, Leatherhead, Fetcham, Mickleham, Betchworth, Leigh and Newdigate and all parishes eastwards. If you live in, or have ancestors in any of these parishes you would be most welcome to join us.

The Society has its own research centre based at Lingfield, where it offers a drop-in help service, although inquiries online are welcome. Most months there is also a live meeting held here. More informal meetings are held at the National Archives on a Saturday afternoon and there is at least one talk a month hosted on Zoom.

If you are new to family history then we can help put you on the path to good research. Not all records are available on the internet and some of those are very confusing. If you are more experienced then we can reinforce your knowledge with additional information or techniques.

Joining a family history society means that you can meet like-minded people with the same enthusiasm for this fascinating subject who are ready to pass on tips and hints from their own research.

Our quarterly journal includes a variety of contributions and we have started to hold an annual competition for journal articles.


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