How to Use the Surman Index


There are two main search methods, Browse and Search.

You can browse the database by:

  • Surname: the surname of the minister
  • Career: the places or institutions where the minister worked or preached
  • Education: the academies or other educational institutions at which they were educated
  • Career locations by county/country: the county (for the UK) or country (overseas) in which they worked or preached: this is a drop-down list of the counties of England, Wales, Scotland, and Northern Ireland, followed by overseas countries in alphabetical order

For the first three options, click on the letter of the alphabet to see all entries beginning with that letter; for the fourth option, click on the relevant county or country.

You can search the database by clicking on the Advanced Search button in the upper right of the screen: this opens a new window. You have the option of searching for ministers, career locations, or educational institutions. You can use the drop down menu to search by surnames, career locations, counties/countries, or educational institutions, and limit your results by dates (of birth and deaths if searching for ministers, or tenure of post if searching careers). You can use Boolean operators to limit or expand your search by choosing the required operator from the drop-down list.

Results are displayed in the left-hand frame of the screen. Click on a name to bring up the full entry for that person/location/educational institution in the right-hand frame. Clicking on any name of persons or places in this frame will bring up the full entry for that name.

You can see the images of Surman's original cards for any given minister by clicking on the button marked View card images at the foot of each entry. Normally there is only one card image per minister; where there are more within the display you can click on Image 2 and Image 3. You can use the button marked Email us about this record to send us a message with any corrections for this entry. For further details of how to do this see Corrections and Additions.

We are pleased to announce that Surman Index Online has now been restored and is fully functioning.