Suffolk, England Genealogy

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Suffolk is a maritime county located in the lower south east part of England.


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. 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........

Research Tools

See a list of the Parishes of Suffolk with links to articles. Only 10% or about 50 parishes have been or being developed.  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.


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. 

Census, Civil Registration, Parish Records

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

Civil Districts

Ecclesiatical Jurisdictions

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

Refer to Suffolk Church Records

Probate Jurisdictions

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. After 1858 it was in Ipswich District..  Refer to the Suffolk Probate Records article for further details.


To view a further list of web sites and/or web pages for Suffolk and many of its parishes, visit