From The National Gazetteer of Great Britain and Ireland (1868)
Transcribed by Colin Hinson © 2003
- Archives and Libraries
- Church History
- Civil Registration
- Description and Travel
- Historical Geography
- Military History
- Military Records
- Poor Houses, Poor Law, etc.
- Probate Records
- The Suffolk Record Office has branches at Bury St. Edmunds, Ipswich and Lowestoft. All branches of the Suffolk Record Office operate under the County Archive Research Network (CARN) and to look at documents you will need a
CARN reader ticket. These can be issued on your first visit after providing suitable proof of identity. The CARN card can be used in any participating Record Office in the UK. You can also search the SRO catalogue online.
Suffolk Record Office, 77 Raingate Street, Bury St.Edmunds IP33 2AR
Suffolk Record Office, Gatacre Road, Ipswich IP1 2LQ
Suffolk Record Office, Lowestoft Central Library, Clapham Road South, Lowestoft NR33 1DR
- LDS Family History Centres in Suffolk.
The members of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints maintain two family history centres in Suffolk.
Note: The addresses below are not mailing addresses. Family History Centres are unable to respond to mail enquiries.
Pre-booking is required for many of their facilities - please contact the centre before travelling any distance, and please book well in advance.
The Ipswich Family History Centre
42 Sidegate Lane West, Ipswich, Suffolk
Phone: 01473 723182
Hours: Tuesday 6.30-9pm; Thursday 10-1pm and 7-9pm.
Open by appointment only. You can email the centre at UK_Ipswich@ldsmail.net
The Lowestoft Family History Centre
165 Yarmouth Road, Lowestoft, Suffolk
Phone: 01502 573851
Hours: Tuesday 2pm-4pm; Wednesday 9am-12pm; Tuesday to Thursday 7pm-9pm.
Please call to confirm the centre is open to avoid disappointment.
- Simon Knott's bibliography of Suffolk and its churches.
- Waveney District Council Cemeteries On-line indexes for the cemeteries of Beccles, Bungay, Halesworth, Kirkley, Lowestoft, Southwold, Wrentham, and the Royal Naval Patrol.
- FreeCEN aims to provide a "free-to-view" online searchable database of the 19th century UK census pages.
Suffolk is renowned for the quantity and quality of its historic churches, many built with the profits of the wool trade.
- Simon Knott's Suffolk Churches provides photographs and descriptions of most of Suffolk's many churches.
- Popular Guide to Suffolk Churches, Volume I: West Suffolk by D.P. Mortlock, Lutterworth Press. ISBN: 9780906554104
Written with an eye for detail, this is the first volume of the authoritative guide to Suffolk churches. Includes an encyclopaedic glossary of historical and architectural terms. Published 1988.
- Popular Guide to Suffolk Churches, Volume II: Central Suffolk by D.P. Mortlock
- Popular Guide to Suffolk Churches, Volume III: East Suffolk by D.P. Mortlock
- The Guide to Suffolk Churches
By D.P. Mortlock, Lutterworth Press. ISBN: 9780718830762
An authoritative and handsomely illustrated guide to the 'living' medieval churches of the county of Suffolk, now available as a single volume. Includes an encyclopaedic glossary of historical and architectural terms. Paperback, black and white photographs & illustrations. Published April 2009.
- Suffolk Churches and their Treasures by H. Munro Cautley. ISBN 978-0851151434 (currently out of print).
- Tracing the History of a Parish Church, a guide to relevant printed and manuscript material held by the Suffolk Record Office.
Link no longer available.
- There are six main Registration Offices in Suffolk for civil registration. They operate an appointment system for personal visits but you can telephone them or email your enquiries.
- Bury St Edmunds Registration Office
- Lowestoft Registration Office
- Suffolk Register Office, Ipswich
- Stowmarket Registration Office
- Sudbury Registration Office
- Woodbridge Registration Office (Melton)
There are also 5 other service points,which operate between one and two days a week.
These are based at Felixstowe, Halesworth, Newmarket, Saxmundham and Haverhill.
Appointments can be booked for these outstation locations, see the Suffolk Register Office for current contact details.
If you are seeking family history information the Suffolk Record Offices at Ipswich, Bury St Edmunds or Lowestoft hold the appropriate records.
- Registration Disticts
List of Suffolk Registration Districts and Poor Law Unions in 1836, with maps & list of parishes, by Donovan J. Murrells, transcribed by Tim Hoddy.
List of Suffolk Registration Districts in 1836, arranged by Registration District. Links are provided to the respective parish pages and their associated Hundred.
A collated list of Suffolk Parishes, Registration Districts and Hundreds in 1836, arranged by parish.
UKBMD list of Registration Districts in Suffolk between 1st July 1837 and 31st March 1974.
- Suffolk Hundreds
Suffolk Parishes were grouped into areas called Hundreds which were used as sub-county areas for administrative and taxation purposes until 1834.
A Map showing the Suffolk Hundreds.
A List of the Suffolk Hundreds, leading to a description of each.
- Britten's Suffolk Heritage Coast by Clive Strutt : ISBN 978-1-907938-52-8. Benjamin Britten was born on the Suffolk coast, lived most of his life along it, and was inspired by it when writing his music. This collection of photographs truly celebrates everything best about the county.
You may find it worthwhile searching in the GENUKI Gazetteer.
- Transcription of Stephen Whatley's "Gazetteer of England" (1750) by Mel Lockie © 2011.
A complete index for England is included, by county and then in alphabetical order of placename. This index page contains a list of the most common abbreviations used in the gazetteer, most notably the nowadays somewhat ambiguous "cm." = "computed miles" and "mm." = "measured miles".
The transcriptions for a number of places in Suffolk are included on the relevant town and parish pages.
- If you are seeking family history information for Suffolk the Suffolk Record Offices at Ipswich, Bury St Edmunds or Lowestoft hold the appropriate records.
- RootsChat The Suffolk Forum at RootsChat. Free lookup service, supported by advertising. Registration is required.
- Suffolk Mailing List Instructions on how to subscribe are given from the link.
- Surname Index to Pigot & Co Directory for Suffolk (1823-1824), by Barbara & David Kolle:
Surnames A - E
Surnames F - O
Surnames P - Y
- Search for information on Suffolk and places therein in Vision of Britain.
- Search for information on Suffolk and places therein in British History Online.
- Suffolk Heritage Direct is provided and managed by Suffolk County Council on behalf of a growing partnership of heritage organisations, societies and local interest groups from across Suffolk.
- The Framlingham Historical Photo Archive contains a selection of photographs which capture the town of Framlingham and its people over a period of approximately 100 years.
- Bartholomew Gosnold was born in Suffolk and his family seat was at Otley Hall, Otley, Suffolk. In 1607 he was instrumental in establishing the first English settlement in America at Jamestown, Virginia.
- The Foxearth and District Local History Society has prepared a useful history of Essex and Suffolk.
- An index to useful on-line maps is being developed.
- Hodskinson's Map of Suffolk in 1783, Larks Press, 2003 - ISBN 1 904006 09
A complete map of the county of Suffolk in 1783, reproduced in A4 booklet form at the original scale of one mile to the inch, with an introduction by D P Dymond.
- Suffolk Snapshots, by Suzanna G. Burnay, Sigma Books
A series of A4 booklets aimed at local historians and genealogists, providing a snapshot of some Suffolk villages in the 1840's. Contains information from tithe maps, the 1841 census and parish records, with detailed maps and indexes for people and field names. The series currently covers Darsham, Kelsale cum Carlton, Knodishall, Leiston cum Sizewell, Marlesford, Middleton cum Fordley, Peasenhall, Saxmundham, Theberton, Westleton, and Yoxford.
- Suffolk Tithe Name Indexes
A series being developed by Suzanna G. Burnay and published by Sigma Books containing an index to people listed as owners or occupiers of land in the early 1840s.
The current series covers the whole of the Dunwich, Orford and Lothingland Deaneries in east Suffolk.
- Suffolk Tithe Name Index Vol.1: Dunwich (south) - covering Aldringham, Carlton, Darsham, Dunwich, Fordley, Kelsale, Knodishall, Leiston, Middleton, Theberton, Thorpe, Westleton and Yoxford
- Suffolk Tithe Name Index Vol.2: Dunwich (north) - covering Benacre, Blyford, Blythburgh, Brampton, Bulcamp, Covehithe, Easton Bavents, Frostenden, Henstead, Reydon, Sotherton, South Cove, Southwold, Stoven, Uggeshall, Walberswick, Wangford, Westhall and Wrentham
- Suffolk Tithe Name Index Vol.3: Dunwich (west) - covering Bramfield, Chediston, Cookley, Cratfield, Halesworth, Heveningham, Holton St. Peter, Huntingfield, Linstead Magna, Linstead Parva, Peasenhall, Rumburgh, Sibton, Spexhall, Thorington, Ubbeston, Walpole, Wenhaston & Melles, and Wissett
- Suffolk Tithe Name Index Vol.4: Orford - covering Aldeburgh, Benhall, Blaxhall, Bruisyard, Chillesford, Cransford, Farnham, Friston, Great Glemham, Little Glemham, Iken, Orford, Rendham, Snape, Sternfield, Stratford St. Andrew, Sudbourne, Swefling, Tunstall and Wantisden
- Suffolk Tithe Name Index Vol.5: Lothingland - covering Ashby, Barnby, Belton, Blundeston, Bradwell, Burgh Castle, Carlton Colville, Corton, Flixton, Fritton, Gisleham, Gorleston, Gunton, Herringfleet, Hopton, Kessingland, Kirkley, Lound, Lowestoft, Mutford, Oulton, Pakefield, Rushmere and Somerleyton
- A significant collection of maps of Suffolk, and towns within the county is provided by Genmaps.
- Ordnance Survey maps of Suffolk in the mid 19th century are available via old-maps.co.uk.
- England Jurisdictions 1851 provided by Family Search is a live clickable map providing information on Suffolk parishes. Click on the map to explore.
- The Parham Airfield Museum is home to the US 390th Bomb Group Memorial Air Museum and the Museum of the British Resistance Organisation - The Auxiliary Units.
- Bawdsey Radar Museum - Bawdsey Quay, IP12 3AZ. The museum is based in wartime concrete bunkers including the old Transmitter Block - the first radar station in the world. See website for opening times and admission charges.
- Rolls of Honour and War Memorials (monuments) are one good resource for family historians, but need to be addressed with some caution - it should not be assumed that they are either complete or accurate. Memorials (and Rolls of Honour) were created at the local parish level after asking the local inhabitants whose names should appear. Thus:
- Some names may have been omitted, for a variety of reasons.
- Some names may appear on more than one memorial.
- Some names may be misspelled, or given names transposed.
- Some people may be listed as killed in action, but were not.
- Some people may be listed who were not in the service at all.
- Some people may have been confused with others of a similar name.
- A Roll of Honour may sometimes list the names of all who served, not just those who died.
- Some of the original records may have been incorrect, for a variety of reasons.
- Some (more recent) research may be incorrect.
- View a list of the Suffolk Rolls of Honour.
- The East Anglian Daily Times has been serving the community since 1864.
- Index of Suffolk Public Houses, Inns and Taverns A listing of historical Public Houses, Taverns, Inns, Beer Houses and Hotels in Suffolk, compiled by Kevan Wilding. The Suffolk listing uses information from census, Trade Directories and History to add licensees, bar staff, lodgers and visitors. In addition to an index of Suffolk Pubs & Taverns by town name, there are listings by public house name for the years of 1839, 1869 and 1891.
- The CAMRA Suffolk Pubs website uses various historic trade directories and census pages to populate the site with owners and landlords from early 19th century to the present day. It also contains various items of local history and photographs to help illustrate the pubs, towns and villages.
- The Workhouse provides general information about the development of the Poor Laws.
- For Suffolk a good starting point at this site is the Map of Poor Law Unions for east England.
When a person dies, probate is the act of proving a will, or if none has been made, deciding who will adminster the deceased's estate.
- All three branches of Suffolk Record Office have comprehensive indexes to the wills proved in Suffolk. In addition, they also hold printed indexes to wills proved in the Consistory Court at Norwich from 1370 to 1857, and the Prerogative Court of Canterbury from 1701 to 1800, see Suffolk Probate Records.
- There are many societies addressing various activities within Suffolk. Due to their diverse nature and quality it would therefore be invidious to single out or implicitly recommend any particular society.