Current Projects

TRANSCRIBERS AND CHECKERS are still required, especially in the Record Offices where the original registers are available. For those working at home, copies of parish register pages on microfiche are provided by the Society together with full instructions. Whilst some of the early handwriting is unfamiliar much is copperplate and with time even the scribble can be deciphered. If you would like to help & want to know more please contact our Marriage Index Co-ordinator or Baptism Index Co-ordinator

Marriage Index

The initial phase, 1813-1837 was published by Deanery Areas as a series of 17 volumes, between 1992 and 2005, and the following year on a single CD

Each entry comprises: groom & bride's surnames & forenames, if widower/widow, places of origin, together with date and parish where married. Click here to see a sample page.

The second phase, 1754 to 1812, follows the same format and was published in a series of eight CD's, each covering parishes within a deanery or group of deaneries

The third phase, 1650 to 1753, again follows the same format and is being published, as work progresses, in a series of CDs each covering parishes within a deanery or group of deaneries

See map & table below for deaneries completed and details of work in progress

For areas covered by deaneries see Suffolk Parishes



CD Ref Deanery or Deanery Group Years Covered* Stage
MI-01  All Suffolk  1813-1837  Complete
MI-02  Ipswich  1754-1812  Complete


Carlford, Colneis, Samford & Wilford  1754-1812  Complete
MI-04 Bosmere, Claydon, Loes & Orford  1754-1812  Complete
MI-05 Blackbourne, Stow, Thedwastre & Thingoe  1754-1812  Complete
MI-06 Sudbury  1754-1812  Complete
MI-07 Hartismere, Hoxne, South Elmham & Wangford  1754-1812  Complete
MI-08 Clare & Fordham  1754-1812  Complete
MI-09 Dunwich & Lothingland  1754-1812  Complete
MI-10 Thingoe  1650-1753  Complete
MI-11  Blackbourn  1650-1753  Complete
MI-12  Fordham  1650-1753  Complete
MI-13  Clare  1650-1753  LATEST
   Thedwastre & Stow  1650-1753  In Progress
 Sudbury West  1650-1753  In Progress


Baptism Index

This project follows closely the format used by the Burials Index, and so contains almost all the register details for each entry, arranged under headings as used in the printed registers plus 'Additional Information' for margin notes, etc.
Only church notes, including name of the incumbent, unless father of the baptised, are not included.
To aid research the records are indexed in 5 different searchable formats.

  • Surname, Child's Name, Date                   Click here to see a sample page
  • Surname, Father's Name, Date                 Click here to see a sample page
  • Surname, Mother's Name, Date               Click here to see a sample page
  • Occupation, Surname, Father's Name    Click here to see a sample page
  • Parish/place, Surname, Date                    Click here to see a sample page

 The first phase, 1813-1900, started in 2003 with 517 Anglican parishes is now published and the second phase, 1754-1812 in 2009 is nearing completion. The remaining parishes in the NE corner of the county are being progressed by a team of helpers working from home and at the Lowestoft branch of Suffolk Record Office.

The third phase, 1650-1752, started in 2014, is being progressed by two teams working mainly at the Suffolk Record Offices at Bury St Edmunds and Ipswich.

Completed parishes are being published by deanery areas on a series of CD's.

See map & table below for areas covered and details of progress. 
For parishes covered by deaneries see  Suffolk Parishes.


Ref Deanery or Deanery Group Phase 1
Phase 2
Phase 3
01  Thingoe complete complete  in progress
02  Clare  complete  complete   complete
03  Sudbury (West)  complete  complete  
04  Sudbury (East)  complete  complete  
05  Stow & Thedwastre  complete  complete  in progress
06  Ipswich  complete  complete  complete
07  Samford & Colneis  complete  complete  LATEST
08  Blackbourn  complete  complete  complete
09  Fordham  complete  complete  complete
10  Hartismere  complete  complete  
11  Bosmere & Claydon  complete  complete  in progress
12  Hoxne  complete  complete  
13  Loes & Orford  complete  comolete  
14  Carlford & Wilford  complete  complete  
15  Dunwich  complete    LATEST  
16 Elmham & Wangford  complete  in progress  
17 Lothingland  LATEST  in progress