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<blockquote>SUFFOLK, one of the most eastern counties of England, and one of the principal agricultural and maritime divisions of the kingdom, comprises an area of about 1500 square statute miles, or about 950,000 acres of land, watered by many navigable rivers and smaller streams, intersected by many good roads and several railways; and possessing all the varieties of soil from a light steril sand to a rich loam. …. though its eastern line occupies about 50 miles of seacoast, sweeping in a curved line from the estuary of the Orwell and Stour, near Harwich, northward to Yarmouth, where it terminates in a narrow apex; from whence, a line drawn across the county, in a south-westerly direction to Haverhill, at its south-western, angle, is more than 70 miles in length. It is bounded on the north by [[Norfolk|Norfolk]], from which it is separated by the Waveney and Little Ouse rivers, rising near Redgrave, and flowing in opposite directions&nbsp;; on the west, by [[Cambridgeshire|Cambridgeshire]] where it is only about 26 miles in breadth; on the south, by [[Essex|Essex]], from which it is separated by the river Stour, in a winding course of about 48 miles; and on the east, by the German Ocean, on which it has some fine bays, havens, and creeks, and a bold range of cliffs and headlands, of which that at Lowestoft is the most easterly point of England. It increased its Population from 210,431 souls in 1801, to 337,470 in 1851. {{Wikipedia|Suffolk|Suffolk}}Compared with the other counties in England, it ranks as the eighth in agricultural, and the fifteenth in total population. …… Quarter Sessions are held at Beccles, Woodbridge, Ipswich, and Bury, for the four divisions of the county. …….. Bury, which may be called the Western, and [[Ipswich, Suffolk|Ipswich]] the Eastern Capital of Suffolk. The latter has now about 34,000 inhabitants, and the former upwards of 14,000. There are in the county 28 other MARKET TOWNS, of which Sudbury, Woodbridye, and Lowestoft, have each about 6,000 souls; Bungay and Beccles each about 4000; and Hadleigh and Stowmarket each upwards of 3000&nbsp;; but the remainder have smaller populations, many of them numbering less than 2000 souls… SUFFOLK contains about 500 parishes, several extra-parochial places, 30 towns, (of which the markets of eight or nine are obsolete,) and about 1000 villages and hamlets. It is divided into twenty-one Hundreds, each having high constables and petty sessions; but three of its boroughs, — Ipswich, Bury, and Sudbury, are distinct jurisdictions, and have separate commissions of the peace, and courts of Quarter Sessions........ </blockquote>[http://books.google.com/books?id=KO8NAAAAQAAJ&pg=PA9#v=onepage&q&f=false HISTORY, GAZETTEER, AND DIRECTORY OF SUFFOLK 1855 By WILLIAM WHITE, page 25 to 48 ]
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[[Image:England-suffolk.png|thumb|right]] '''Suffolk is a maritime county located&nbsp;in the lower south east part of '''[[England|'''England''']]'''.''' <br><br>  
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== Church Records  ==
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[Note to Editors: Feel free to use [[Horham, Suffolk|Horham]] or any other parish as a template to add information about parishes in Suffolk.&nbsp; Parish Histories can be found in the [[Suffolk Gazetteers|Gazetteers]].]
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See a [[Suffolk Parishes|'''List of the Parishes of Suffolk''']].
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Suffolk County has approximately 500 ancient parishes within its boundary. Currently about 25 to 30 percent of the parish registers have been indexed and the data content published online at FamilySearch.&nbsp;
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The church registers of Suffolk's parishes and Nonconformist denominations are extensive and are held in several archives. These records should be searched for especially the pre-Civil Registration period for finding and proving ancestry. Numerous of the Church of England records, including registers of christenings, marriages and burials are held in at least four separate County Record Offices, including:
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'''Suffolk Record Office, Bury St Edmunds '''
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Raingate Street
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Bury St Edmunds IP33 2AR
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<br> '''Suffolk Record Office, Ipswich Branch'''
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Gatacre&nbsp;Road
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Ipswich IP1 2LQ
  
 
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== Description ==
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'''Suffolk Record Office, &nbsp;Lowestoft Central Library'''
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Clapham Road
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Lowestoft NR32 1DR
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<br> '''Norfolk Record Office'''
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Gildersgate House, Anglia Square, Upper Green Lane
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Norwich NR3 1AX
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The Norfolk County Record Office holds the following parish registers for Suffolk County:
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*Ashby
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*Belton
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*Blundeston
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*Bradwell
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*Burgh Castle
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*Carlton Colville
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*Corton
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*Fritton
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*Gisleham
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*Gorleston
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*Gunton
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*Herringfleet
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*Hopton by Lowestoft
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*Kessingland
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*Kirkley
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*Knettishall
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*Lound
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*Lowestoft
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*Mutford
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*Oulton
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*Pakefield
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*Rushmere All Saints
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*Somerleyton
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*Thetford St Mary
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== Census, Civil Registration, Parish Records ==
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Virtually everyone can be found in census and civil registration records and most in the parish registers.
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== Court, Probate, Land, and Other records  ==
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Unlike census, civil registration, and Church of England Parish Records, less then 20% of the people appear in these record classes with few exceptions. The article by Anthony Camp on [[Sources for Labourers in an Agricultural Community]] provides a detailed view of records our ancestors can be found in.
  
SUFFOLK, one of the most eastern counties of England, and one of the principal agricultural and maritime divisions of the kingdom, comprises an area of about 1500 square statute miles, or about 950,000 acres of land, watered by many navigable rivers and smaller streams, intersected by many good roads and several railways; and possessing all the varieties of soil from a light steril sand to a rich loam. …. though its eastern line occupies about 50 miles of seacoast, sweeping in a curved line from the estuary of the Orwell and Stour, near Harwich, northward to Yarmouth, where it terminates in a narrow apex; from whence, a line drawn across the county, in a south-westerly direction to Haverhill, at its south-western, angle, is more than 70 miles in length. It is bounded on the north by [[Norfolk|Norfolk]], from which it is separated by the Waveney and Little Ouse rivers, rising near Redgrave, and flowing in opposite directions&nbsp;; on the west, by [[Cambridgeshire|Cambridgeshire]] where it is only about 26 miles in breadth; on the south, by [[Essex|Essex]], from which it is separated by the river Stour, in a winding course of about 48 miles; and on the east, by the German Ocean, on which it has some fine bays, havens, and creeks, and a bold range of cliffs and headlands, of which that at Lowestoft is the most easterly point of England. It increased its Population from 210,431 souls in 1801, to 337,470 in 1851. Compared with the other counties in England, it ranks as the eighth in agricultural, and the fifteenth in total population. …… Quarter Sessions are held at Beccles, Woodbridge, Ipswich, and Bury, for the four divisions of the county. …….. Bury, which may be called the Western, and [[Ipswich, Suffolk|Ipswich]] the Eastern Capital of Suffolk. The latter has now about 34,000 inhabitants, and the former upwards of 14,000. There are in the county 28 other MARKET TOWNS, of which Sudbury, Woodbridye, and Lowestoft, have each about 6,000 souls; Bungay and Beccles each about 4000; and Hadleigh and Stowmarket each upwards of 3000&nbsp;; but the remainder have smaller populations, many of them numbering less than 2000 souls… SUFFOLK contains about 500 parishes, several extra-parochial places, 30 towns, (of which the markets of eight or nine are obsolete,) and about 1000 villages and hamlets. It is divided into twenty-one Hundreds, each having high constables and petty sessions; but three of its boroughs, — Ipswich, Bury, and Sudbury, are distinct jurisdictions, and have separate commissions of the peace, and courts of Quarter Sessions........ [http://books.google.com/books?id=KO8NAAAAQAAJ&pg=PA9#v=onepage&q&f=false HISTORY, GAZETTEER, AND DIRECTORY OF SUFFOLK 1855 By WILLIAM WHITE, page 25 to 48 ]
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== Directories and Gazetteers==
  
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There are numerous online [[Suffolk Gazetteers|Directories and Gazetteers for Suffolk]] in the nineteenth century. They record the principal residents of most communities and a general description of each parish.
  
 
== Jurisdictions  ==
 
== Jurisdictions  ==
  
Use an [http://maps.familysearch.org interactive map ]to find jurisdictions for each parish in Suffolk.  
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Use an [http://maps.familysearch.org interactive map ]to find jurisdictions for each parish in Suffolk.&nbsp; From this map you will be able to determine the Civil Registration District, Deanery, Poor Law Union, Hundred, Probate District,&nbsp; of every parish.&nbsp; <br>
  
=== Civil Districts  ===
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==== Civil Districts  ====
  
 
*[[Hundreds and Boroughs of Suffolk|Hundreds and Boroughs of Suffolk]] - created before 1500  
 
*[[Hundreds and Boroughs of Suffolk|Hundreds and Boroughs of Suffolk]] - created before 1500  
 
*[[Suffolk Poor Law Unions|Suffolk Poor Law Unions]] - created in 1835  
 
*[[Suffolk Poor Law Unions|Suffolk Poor Law Unions]] - created in 1835  
 
*[[Suffolk Civil Registration|Suffolk Civil Registration Districts]] - Births, Deaths, Marriages after 1837  
 
*[[Suffolk Civil Registration|Suffolk Civil Registration Districts]] - Births, Deaths, Marriages after 1837  
*Civil Parish <br>
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*Civil Parish
  
=== Ecclesiatical Jurisdictions  ===
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<h4> Ecclesiastical Jurisdictions  </h4>
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<ul><li>Diocese of Norwich
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<ul><li>Archdeaconry of Suffolk
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<ul><li>Deanery's
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<ul><li>Parish's
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</li><li>Archdeaconry of Sudbury
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<ul><li>Deanery's
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<ul><li>Parish's
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<p>Refer to <a href="Suffolk Church Records">Suffolk Church Records</a>
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*Diocese of Norwich
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=== Military  ===
**Archdeaconry of Suffolk
 
***Deanery's
 
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**Archdeaconry of Sudbury
 
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*Military '[http://www.roll-of-honour.com/Suffolk/index.html Roll of Honour]"
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*[http://ipswich-lettering.org/bournepark.html Memorials in Bourne Park]
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*[http://www.1914-1918.net/suffolks.htm Suffolk Regiments from WWI]: Courtesy of the Suffolk Family History Society
  
See a list of the [[Suffolk Parishes|parishes]] of Suffolk with links to articles.
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== Parishes ==
  
==== Bishop Transcripts  ====
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To find a parish from a county list, and which provides researchers with rich&nbsp;resources for various record types, visit the [[Suffolk Parishes]] page.
  
A Bishop Transcript is a copy of the parish registers that was sent to the Bishop from the parish every year.&nbsp; From the 1600's to the 1870's there are Bishop Transcripts available on film.&nbsp;
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== Probate  ==
  
== Probate Jurisdictions  ==
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For a complete step by step strategy for searching in probate records, visit&nbsp;the [[Suffolk Probate Records|<font color="#0066cc">Suffolk Probate Records</font>]] page&nbsp;for further details for online indexes, published and&nbsp;original manuscript records.
  
Before 1858, every town and parish in Suffolk was under the probate jurisdiction of several ecclesiastical courts.&nbsp; To read more about probate records and see a list of Suffolk towns and parishes and the probate courts that had jurisdiction over them, go to [[Suffolk Probate Records|Suffolk Probate Records]].
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==== Pre-1858 ====
  
== Websites  ==
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Before 1858, every town and parish in Suffolk was under the probate jurisdiction of several ecclesiastical courts. The primary courts that had jurisdiction over Suffolk was the [[Court of the Archdeaconry of Suffolk|Archdeaconry of Suffolk]], which covered the eastern division; and, [[Court of the Archdeaconry of Sudbury|Archdeaconry of Sudbury]], which coved the western division.
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==== Post-1858  ====
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After 1858 Suffolk County&nbsp;was in Ipswich District. See the--
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1. [[Principal Probate Registry]]&nbsp; <br>
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2. [[Estate Duty Registers]]
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== &nbsp;Websites  ==
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*[http://www.looking4kin.com/group/suffolkenglandgenealogy Looking 4 Kin Genealogy &amp; Family History Network - Suffolk]
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*[http://www.slhc.org.uk/ Suffolk Local History Council]
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*[http://www.suffolkfhs.co.uk/index.html Suffolk Family History Society]
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*[http://www.suffolkfhs.co.uk/interests.html Suffolk Family History Society Member's Interest]
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*To view a further list of web sites and/or web pages for Suffolk and many of its parishes, visit [http://fhlfavorites.info/Links/British/England/suffolk.htm FHLFavorites.info].
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*[http://apps.waveney.gov.uk/pages/cemeteries/BecclesCemeteryRecords.aspx Waveney District Council Municipal Cemetery Records Surname Indexes]
  
To view a further list of web sites and/or web pages for Suffolk and many of its parishes, visit [http://fhlfavorites.info/Links/British/England/suffolk.htm FHLFavorites.info].
 
 
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|title = '''Neighbouring counties'''
 
|title = '''Neighbouring counties'''
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|North = [[Norfolk]]
|Centre   = Suffolk
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|Centre = Suffolk
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|West = [[Cambridgeshire]]
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Suffolk is a maritime county located in the lower south east part of England.


Description

SUFFOLK, one of the most eastern counties of England, and one of the principal agricultural and maritime divisions of the kingdom, comprises an area of about 1500 square statute miles, or about 950,000 acres of land, watered by many navigable rivers and smaller streams, intersected by many good roads and several railways; and possessing all the varieties of soil from a light steril sand to a rich loam. …. though its eastern line occupies about 50 miles of seacoast, sweeping in a curved line from the estuary of the Orwell and Stour, near Harwich, northward to Yarmouth, where it terminates in a narrow apex; from whence, a line drawn across the county, in a south-westerly direction to Haverhill, at its south-western, angle, is more than 70 miles in length. It is bounded on the north by Norfolk, from which it is separated by the Waveney and Little Ouse rivers, rising near Redgrave, and flowing in opposite directions ; on the west, by Cambridgeshire where it is only about 26 miles in breadth; on the south, by Essex, from which it is separated by the river Stour, in a winding course of about 48 miles; and on the east, by the German Ocean, on which it has some fine bays, havens, and creeks, and a bold range of cliffs and headlands, of which that at Lowestoft is the most easterly point of England. It increased its Population from 210,431 souls in 1801, to 337,470 in 1851.
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Compared with the other counties in England, it ranks as the eighth in agricultural, and the fifteenth in total population. …… Quarter Sessions are held at Beccles, Woodbridge, Ipswich, and Bury, for the four divisions of the county. …….. Bury, which may be called the Western, and Ipswich the Eastern Capital of Suffolk. The latter has now about 34,000 inhabitants, and the former upwards of 14,000. There are in the county 28 other MARKET TOWNS, of which Sudbury, Woodbridye, and Lowestoft, have each about 6,000 souls; Bungay and Beccles each about 4000; and Hadleigh and Stowmarket each upwards of 3000 ; but the remainder have smaller populations, many of them numbering less than 2000 souls… SUFFOLK contains about 500 parishes, several extra-parochial places, 30 towns, (of which the markets of eight or nine are obsolete,) and about 1000 villages and hamlets. It is divided into twenty-one Hundreds, each having high constables and petty sessions; but three of its boroughs, — Ipswich, Bury, and Sudbury, are distinct jurisdictions, and have separate commissions of the peace, and courts of Quarter Sessions........
HISTORY, GAZETTEER, AND DIRECTORY OF SUFFOLK 1855 By WILLIAM WHITE, page 25 to 48

Research Tools

Church Records

[Note to Editors: Feel free to use Horham or any other parish as a template to add information about parishes in Suffolk.  Parish Histories can be found in the Gazetteers.]

See a List of the Parishes of Suffolk.

Suffolk County has approximately 500 ancient parishes within its boundary. Currently about 25 to 30 percent of the parish registers have been indexed and the data content published online at FamilySearch. 

The church registers of Suffolk's parishes and Nonconformist denominations are extensive and are held in several archives. These records should be searched for especially the pre-Civil Registration period for finding and proving ancestry. Numerous of the Church of England records, including registers of christenings, marriages and burials are held in at least four separate County Record Offices, including:


Suffolk Record Office, Bury St Edmunds

Raingate Street

Bury St Edmunds IP33 2AR


Suffolk Record Office, Ipswich Branch

Gatacre Road

Ipswich IP1 2LQ


Suffolk Record Office,  Lowestoft Central Library

Clapham Road

Lowestoft NR32 1DR


Norfolk Record Office

Gildersgate House, Anglia Square, Upper Green Lane

Norwich NR3 1AX

The Norfolk County Record Office holds the following parish registers for Suffolk County:

  • Ashby
  • Belton
  • Blundeston
  • Bradwell
  • Burgh Castle
  • Carlton Colville
  • Corton
  • Fritton
  • Gisleham
  • Gorleston
  • Gunton
  • Herringfleet
  • Hopton by Lowestoft
  • Kessingland
  • Kirkley
  • Knettishall
  • Lound
  • Lowestoft
  • Mutford
  • Oulton
  • Pakefield
  • Rushmere All Saints
  • Somerleyton
  • Thetford St Mary

Census, Civil Registration, Parish Records

Virtually everyone can be found in census and civil registration records and most in the parish registers.

Court, Probate, Land, and Other records

Unlike census, civil registration, and Church of England Parish Records, less then 20% of the people appear in these record classes with few exceptions. The article by Anthony Camp on Sources for Labourers in an Agricultural Community provides a detailed view of records our ancestors can be found in.

Directories and Gazetteers

There are numerous online Directories and Gazetteers for Suffolk in the nineteenth century. They record the principal residents of most communities and a general description of each parish.

Jurisdictions

Use an interactive map to find jurisdictions for each parish in Suffolk.  From this map you will be able to determine the Civil Registration District, Deanery, Poor Law Union, Hundred, Probate District,  of every parish. 

Civil Districts

Ecclesiastical Jurisdictions

  • Diocese of Norwich
    • Archdeaconry of Suffolk
      • Deanery's
        • Parish's
    • Archdeaconry of Sudbury
      • Deanery's
        • Parish's

Refer to <a href="Suffolk Church Records">Suffolk Church Records</a>

Military

Parishes

To find a parish from a county list, and which provides researchers with rich resources for various record types, visit the Suffolk Parishes page.

Probate

For a complete step by step strategy for searching in probate records, visit the Suffolk Probate Records page for further details for online indexes, published and original manuscript records.

Pre-1858

Before 1858, every town and parish in Suffolk was under the probate jurisdiction of several ecclesiastical courts. The primary courts that had jurisdiction over Suffolk was the Archdeaconry of Suffolk, which covered the eastern division; and, Archdeaconry of Sudbury, which coved the western division.

Post-1858

After 1858 Suffolk County was in Ipswich District. See the--

1. Principal Probate Registry 

2. Estate Duty Registers

 Websites


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