Guide to Family History Records in neighbouring Suffolk


Many Suffolk Records are found at the Paid Online Websites such as FindMyPast or Ancestry.

Suffolk Records Office

The best source of records however is the Suffolk Records Office although at present very few records are online making a visit essential.

Records available include

Court and Church Records

 Legal Documents

Parish Records such as Registers, Vestry Records, Poor Law Papers, Thythes etc

Private archives including diaries, estate papers etc

Public archives from organisations and local government including membership lists, minutes etc


Offices are situated at

77 Raingate Street, Bury St Edmunds , IP33 2AR tel 01284741212  email 

Central Library, Clapham Road South, Lowestoft, NR32 1DR tel 01502 674680 email 

Gatacre Road, Ipswich, IP1 2LQ email 

Suffolk Family History Society

Suffolk FHS have completed research into Headstones, and BMD date from Suffolk. This is available via CD for purchase and for a small fee members will complete a search digitally.

The members have a wealth of knowledge about all things Suffolk and are a great source of advice as to areas of research.

Click here to visit their excellent website