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Find people in Sunderland

Are you trying to find someone in Sunderland? Use the search box at the top of this page to get started.

Sunderland is a vibrant, bustling city situated on the coast and the mouth of the River Wear.

The city has something for everyone, with acres of green space, a variety of sandy beaches, theatres, art galleries, stylish bars, cafes and restaurants, as well as a fascinating history which stretches back centuries.

Sunderland Electoral Register Archives

At White Pages, we give you access to over a decade's worth of information from the edited version of the electoral register. However, people can opt out of the edited version, so the full electoral register can be a useful tool in a people search.

You can view copies of the full electoral register under supervision at the British Library or specified official venues.

Copies of the electoral register in Sunderland – which dates from the 1830s – can be viewed at:

Sunderland City Council
Civic Centre
Burdon Road

Parliamentary Constituencies

Since the boundaries changed in 2010, three constituencies currently cover the city. These are:

  • Houghton and Sunderland South
  • Sunderland Central
  • Washington and Sunderland West

If you're using White Pages to try and find someone in the area, entering their name along with one of these constituencies may help to narrow down the search results.

Changes in County Boundaries

As with all metropolitan authorities, Sunderland is divided into several electoral districts, or wards. Each one has three appointed councillors elected for a four-year term.

Sunderland comprises of 25 wards, the boundaries of which were set in 1982, and each with roughly equal population. However, the population had shifted significantly by 2004, particularly the east and south east – the mining village of Ryhope and the old parish of Sunderland – which has lost some of its population to the new town of Washington.

Consequently, the boundaries were redrawn, with Sunderland losing one ward and Washington gaining one. An election for all 75 councillors was held in June 2004.

As a result, if you’re looking for someone from one of these areas, during a period when these changes were taking place and new wards were introduced, the records might not be held at Sunderland City Council records office.


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For More on Sunderland's Local History

The Local Studies Centre is a treasure trove of local information, which covers the old County of Durham but with a particular emphasis on Sunderland. Historical maps, photographs, journals, local records and over 10,000 books combine with up-to-date stock on all aspects regarding the study of Sunderland.