We quite often have requests from people wanting to trace their ancestors but we now only keep present day records.
We hope it may help to have the following information direct from our website
It is taken from’ A Short Guide to Tracing your Ancestors in Hastings and St Leonards-on-Sea’ published by Hastings Borough Council.

The Library

It has the largest collection of family history material in the borough including

  • census data for 1841-1891 held on microfilm / fiche
  • street directories from 1852-1974
  • notices of births, marriages and deaths published in two of the local newspapers from 1848-1944
  • a comprehensive collection of family history & genealogical books etc on the open shelves
  • a selection of 19th & 20th century maps
  • Microfilm/fiche viewers should be booked in advance & photocopies can be made for a fee.

Hasings Cemetary
holds records of burials at the cemetary from 1856 to the present day.

Hastings & Rother family History Society
can help with enquiries

East Sussex Record Office
holds parish records and other material

Register Office
holds records of births, marriages & deaths for Hastings and the surrounding area from July 1837 to the present day

Hastings Museum & Art Gallery
holds registers of electors for 1721, 1820, 1832-1844, 1852-1868, 1893-1898, 1918-1939 & 1945 to the present day. Other dates are available at the British Library in London.