Tracing Relatives and Friends

Complete and current electoral registers for Brighton & Hove are available for public inspection, under supervision, during normal opening hours at:

The full register for Hove and Portslade can be found at:

  •  Portslade Neighbourhood Office

Local sections of the register are available at branch libraries.

The registers are arranged in polling districts within wards and the names of electors appear in alphabetical street order. There is no surname search facility available. Accordingly, it is very difficult to find someone if you have no idea of whereabouts in the city they may be living.

The Brighton History Centre at Brighton Museum is now closed to visitors (from 1 April 2013). It will be replaced in late 2013 by The Keep, a new historical resource centre for East Sussex and Brighton & Hove, based in Moulsecoomb. 
Jubilee Library has an alternative service being offered in the Tony Miller Reading Room on the first floor of the building.

The Register Office holds records of births, deaths and marriages from 1837 to the present. Their area of this website offers useful information for people who are tracing their family history.