Suffolk Family History


  • Suffolk Archives
    See what collections are available, how to view them and arrange a visit.

Births, Marriages, Deaths and Burials

  • Free BMD
    Has a lot of coverage for Suffolk births, marriages and deaths from 1837 onwards.
  • Suffolk Parish Records
    For baptisms, marriages and burials from 1538 onwards.

Cemetery Records

  • Suffolk Gravestones
    Photos and indexes of gravestones of many places around Suffolk.
  • East Suffolk Cemeteries
    View burial records from the Beccles, Belle Vue Park, Bungay, Halesworth, Kirkley, Lowestoft, Southwold and Wrentham cemeteries.

Electoral Registers & Tax

  • Electoral Registers 1832-1932
    Search the names of over 300,000 eligible voters in Suffolk. The registers can reveal where your ancestor lived and possibly some information about the property.
  • Suffolk Hearth Tax 1674
    Individual names of those taxed separated into parish/hundred.


  • RootsChat Suffolk
    Ask a question about your Suffolk ancestors or just browse the previous posts to see info and links to help with your research.


  • GENUKI Suffolk
    A free family history & genealogy resource which lists links and resources for the English county of Suffolk.

Historical Directories

View historical Suffolk street directories which could give details about your ancestors’ address and occupation.

Land and Taxes

  • Freemen Of Ipswich
    Was your ancestor admitted to the Freemen? Explore the records of over 7,400 Freemen of the Borough of Ipswich, Suffolk during the period 1320-1996.
  • Hearth Tax 1674
    A true duplicate of the persons, number of hearths and stoves in their possession within the County of Suffolk.

Local History

An old house on a street in Coddenham, Suffolk.

“The Street”, Coddenham.

  • Memorials of Old Suffolk
    An old book from 1908 which contains some interesting stories and facts.
  • Suffolk Parish Histories
    The ‘Survey of Suffolk Parish History’ summarises the history of each parish in the county. It touches upon every part of local history including administration, landscape, social, religious and economic characteristics, and covers a time span from the earliest archaeology to modern times.
  • Suffolk Pubs
    The Suffolk Pubs Guide has comprehensive details about thousands of Suffolk pubs which no longer exist.


Military Records

  • Suffolk War Memorial Roll of Honour
    View or search 1000s of Suffolk war dead by surname or parish. Details include rank, parish and unit.
  • The East Suffolk Regiment of Foot
    Historical record of the Twelfth, or the East Suffolk, Regiment of Foot, containing an account of the formation of the regiment in 1685, and of its subsequent services to 1847

School Records


  • Suffolk Family History Society
    The Suffolk Family History Society was founded at Lowestoft in 1975. Its objectives are to promote and encourage the public study of British family history, genealogy, heraldry and local history with particular reference to Suffolk; and to promote the preservation, security and accessibility of archival material.