Genealogy Links

 Here is a selection of genealogical links to guide you to some of the more useful information on the internet. All links checked on 25th October 2015. Please notify the webmaster of any errors or suggestions for further links.

Suffolk Information

Suffolk Record Office - The Suffolk Record Office has branches in Ipswich, Bury St. Edmunds and Lowestoft. Includes: Research Service; Buy a Print: Suffolk Towns & Villages, Suffolk Maps & family history guides.

Suffolk Churches  - This is an excellent guide to most of the Suffolk Churches with lots of pictures and descriptions of the architecture and history. It includes many chapels. If you have trouble viiting Suffolk to see where your ancestor's baptised, married and burried or even those who want to just add to their knowledge this is the site for you.

Suffolk Tourism - Information on present day Suffolk for visitors

Waveney District Council Cemetery Index - On-line indexes for the cemeteries of Beccles, Bungay, Halesworth, Kirkley, Lowestoft, Southwold, Wrentham, and the Royal Naval Patrol.

Janet Huckle has been researching Halesworth Cemetery for some time and has transcribed burial, grave and plot reservation record from 1st January 1855, when the cemetery opened to the 1930's, as well as information on tomstones up to 1981. The references include information covering 5,500 burials so far. Janet would be pleased to help researchers - telephone 01986-875351.

The Suffolk Regiment - This is the website of The Suffolk Regiment Museum. The Museum was established in 1935, to mark the 250th anniversary of the Regiment’s foundation. The large collection includes Silverware, Medals, Drums, Uniforms, Badges and other equipment. Another site with information on the Regiment is "The Long Long Trail". This site has information about the British Army during 1914-1918.

Haverhill UK - A joint project produced by Haverhill-UK and the Haverhill Group of the Suffolk Family History Society, which contains census, burials and other information for the Haverhill area.

Woodbridge Non-Conformance records - for Quay United Reformed Church and Beaumont Baptist Chapel

Gravestone Photographic Resource  - An international photographic grave monument directory including entries for Suffolk

Message Board - An active Suffolk message board provided by Rootsweb. Also provided by Rootsweb are separate mailing lists for Babergh and Cosford, Ipswich, Plomesgate, Samford and Stowmarket.

Essex 1841 - Despite its name this site has some 4300 names for the Suffolk parishes of Burstall, Chelmondiston, Freston, Great Wenham, Higham, Hitcham, Harkstead, Kettlebaston, Raydon, Shelley and Washbrook. Hitcham and Kettlebaston also have some birth and marriage information.

Woolpit Parish Registers - P.Benyon's site has mainly parish records for Somerset. However, there are also indexed parish registers for Woolpit. Now provided by Denis.

There is also http://forebears.co.uk/england/suffolk/woolpit - this site has many links which have not been checked. Some of them are to "pay to view" sites and cover other areas as well.

The Rising in East Anglia in 1381 - "This valuable source of information about 14th-century Suffolk was printed in 1896. After an account of the peasants' revolt in Suffolk, Norfolk and Cambridgeshire, Edgar Powell provides transcripts of the surviving lists of the inhabitants of Suffolk made by the collectors of the Poll Tax in 1381."

Tunstall Baptist Church Records - Terry Levett has put together various birth, death and marriage records for Tunstall. These records are mainly for the early 1800's.

The Suffolk Regiment - Information about the Suffolk Regiment including the Suffolk Regiment Museum, Regimental Gallery and Regimental Archive.

Cosford Database - This web site contains just some of the information from the main Cosford Database which contains details of over 134,000 people and over 35,000 families mainly from the Lavenham and Cosford Registration District of Suffolk, England. There are now links to all 28 villages that make up the Cosford Registration District of Suffolk although there is not much information on some of the web sites. [Ray Long, who used to run the database, passed away in 2008. The database is now being looked after by the History of Suffolk website].

Pronunciation of Suffolk place names - The pronunciation of a lot of Suffolk village names is not always obvious from the spelling of the name. This web site gives a guide to the less obvious pronunciations.

Government Information

A2A - Link still works, but A2A is part of the UK National Archives network. The A2A database contains catalogues describing archives held locally in England and dating from the eighth century to the present day.

Public Record Office - More than 850,000 Probate Wills from 1610-1858 (PCC wills dating back to 1670 have been completed). Free access to indexes but copy of a will costs £10.00. For wills after 1858 see here.. Access also available to the Domesday Book, World War One Diaries and various other information..

The National Archives - Catalogue - The National Archives holds many million of historical government and public records, one of the largest archive collections in the world Their new catalogue, 'Discovery', makes it easier for everyone, from first-time users to experienced researchers, to search and use the collection

The British Library - This vast collection contains millions of bibliographic records, British newspapers, many now digitised and searchable on-line and much more.

Commonwealth War Graves Commission - The database lists the 1.7 million men and women of the Commonwealth forces who died during the two world wars and the 23,000 cemeteries, memorials and other locations world-wide where they are commemorated. The register can also be searched for details of the 67,000 Commonwealth civilians who died as a result of enemy action in the Second World War.

General Register Office - provides official copies of birth marriage & death certificates for England & Wales

Ministry of Defence - provides information for obtaining details about service records post 1920

Royal Air Force Museum - for information on the archive and library research material available.

General Information

UK Archival Repositories - Links to and brief details of UK Archival Repostories.

Genuki (UK and Ireland Genealogy) - Large collection of genealogical information pages for England, Ireland, Scotland, Wales, the Channel Islands, and the Isle of Man.

UK Genealogy Ring - with links to many UK Genealogical Sites.

Cyndi's List - Links to over 300,000 worldwide genealogical sites! Updated regularly.

FreeBMD - provides Civil Registration index information for England and Wales. The transcribing of the records, by volunteers, is ongoing and contains well over 240 million records at October 2015.

FreeCEN - provides a "free-to-view" online searchable database of the UK census returns from 1841 to 1891. The transcribing of the records, by volunteers, is ongoing and contains well over 29 million records at October 2015.

FreeREG - provides baptism, marriage, and burial records, which have been transcribed, by volunteers, from parish and non-conformist church registers in the UK. There are over 34 million entries at September 2012.

FamilySearch - As well as the renowned IGI & 1881 census, the new LDS site includes: census extracts for England & Wales 1841 to 1911; parish register transcripts across the UK including Cheshire, Cornwall, Dorset, Kent, Lancashire, Norfolk, Warwickshire, and more!

RootsWeb - primary purpose and function is to connect people so that they can help each other and share genealogical research.

The Parish Chest - Online genealogical shopping site which now stocks the publications of various Family History Societies.

Genfair - They sell the publications etc. of various family history societies and other suppliers.

Guild of One-Name Studies - The essential contact point for One-Name Studies. If you are fortunate someone has carried out a lot of research on your surnames.

MyHeritage - is a digital library of local and trade directories for England and Wales, from 1750 to 1919. It contains high quality reproductions of comparatively rare books, essential tools for research into local and genealogical history.

ExploreGenealogy - has no data but has some very useful information, particularly for people new to family history or for those 'stuck' and needing to 'refresh' their knowledge about certain times & records.

Olive Tree - Your free link to the past if hunting for your American or Canadian ancestors

Find my Past - free to search / pay to view site, but available free at Suffolk libraries

Ancestry.com - worldwide records also available free at Suffolk & some other UK libraries

British Association for Local History - useful for exploring overlaps between family and local history

Adoption Search Reunion - intended to be the first port of call for anyone thinking about searching for or making contact with birth and adopted relatives or researching an adoption that took place in the UK.

Getting Started With Genealogy - This site, provided by Vodien, has some very basic information which could be useful to anyone new to family history. However, the information is very American based and may not be of much use to UK Suffolk researchers.

Index of Old Occupations - If you came across and old occupation you want to find out more then this is a very useful site.

GENUKI - UK and Irelane Occupations - An extensive list of references to occupations.

Family History & Genealogical Societies

Federation of Family History Societies - Has details of all the Societies in Great Britain and other societies around the world

The Society of Genealogists - Offers a combination of research material, guidance and support for those interested in family history and the lives of earlier generations. For Suffolk information in their library look here

Cambridgeshire Family History Society - One of the three counties adjoining Suffolk. Isle of Ely is included in their area.

Essex Family History Society - Another of the three counties adjoining Suffolk.

Felixstowe FHS - Felixstowe Family History Society. A small society formed inside Suffolk in 1986.

Mid-Norfolk Family History Society - A smaller Norfolk society whose research area is approximately 10 miles around Dereham.

Norfolk Family History Society - The third of the counties adjoining Suffolk.

Romany & Traveller Family History Society - British family history society for people with Romany Gypsy, Traveller and Fairground roots.

Australian Institute of Genealogical Studies - holds an extensive collection of reference material including unique records from all Australian States, British India, England, Ireland, Scotland and Wales.

The Jewish Genealogical Society of Great Britain - To share information amongst members The Society is open to all interested in Jewish genealogy and is constituted on a secular basis.

Families in British India Society - A website for researching India or South Asia between 1600 and 1947