Halesworth, Suffolk Genealogy

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England  Gotoarrow.png  Suffolk   Gotoarrow.png  Parishes  Gotoarrow.png Halesworth

Parish History

Halesworth is an Ancient Parish and a market town in the county of Suffolk.

Refer to the works listed in Suffolk Gazetteers or England Gazetteers for source material.


If you live in Suffolk you will have access to a variety of resources at local archives and libraries.  For those who live further afield, one can access microfilm and online records at LDS Family History Centres.  Refer to Halesworth and Suffolk in the Family History Library Catalogue for available records.

Civil Registration

Halesworth was in Blything district. To search an index of Blything district records go to FreeBMD. The Suffolk Civil Registration article provides more details about these records. Civil Registration began in 1837.  While the district had been created in 1837 for the purpose of recording births, deaths , and marriages, the Hundred had been in existence for hundreds of years for administrative, military, and judicial purposes.

Church records

A transcription of the Halesworth Parish Registers 1653 to 1900 is available on CD from the Suffolk Family History Society

Parish Registers are available for St. Mary's Church (Church of England), 1653-1837 from the Family History Library and /or can be ordered online and viewed at your local Family History Center on Film # 0991935.

The cemetery records for the Halesworth Cemetery are located online in the "Proceedings of the Suffolk Institute of Archaology" available online through Archives.net beginning on p. 234.

Census records

There are census records available for Halesworth from 1841 to 1911. Census records are available on a variety of subscription and other websites. If you need to consult the 1841 to 1891 census on microfilm, refer to Halesworth Censusin the catalogue.
There is statistical data available for the census years 1801 to 1931 that records the number of houses, families, people, and other statistical data for every parish in Suffolk.
Refer to the Suffolk Census wiki article for details about the Census.

Probate records

Records of wills, administrations, inventories, indexes, etc. were filed by the court with jurisdiction over this parish. Go to Suffolk Probate Records to find the name of the court having primary jurisdiction. Scroll down in the article to the section Court Jurisdictions by Parish.

Maps and Gazetteers

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