Suffolk Records Office

The Suffolk Records Office has 3 branches: One in Ipswich, one in Bury St. Edmunds and one in Lowestoft.

There are a wide range of documents stored in each location; from modern day organisations and individuals right back to the 12th century. They also provide computer access to many online documents and free access to normally paid-for genealogy websites such as Ancestry. You can also access Parish Registers, local census records, archives of newspapers and many other documents are available to view on microfiche and microfilm but it is always best to reserve a reader in advance, especially if you are travelling a long distance to get there.

Other documents (not available on microfiche) can be ordered from the strongrooms after you have provided proof of ID. Note however that original documents will not be brought up from the strongrooms between 12:45 and 2pm.

Each branch of Suffolk Record Office also holds regular talks, workshops and courses about family history and local history.

Ipswich Records Office

The Ipswich Records Office is located in the old Bramford Road school buildings. Its address is:
Suffolk Records Office
Gatacre Road
Ipswich
Suffolk
IP1 2LQ

Telephone: 01473 263910
Fax: 01473 263904

Bury St. Edmunds Record Office

The Bury St. Edmunds Records Office is located opposite the New Shire Hall and Police Station. Its address is:

Suffolk Records Office
77 Raingate Street
Bury St. Edmunds
Suffolk
IP33 2AR

Lowestoft Records Office

The Lowestoft Record Office is on the first floor of the Central Library. Its address is:

Suffolk Records Office
The Library
Clapham Road South
Lowestoft
Suffolk
NR33 1DR

Telephone: 01502 674680

Ipswich Parishes

Ipswich is the County Town of Suffolk in England.

There are eighteen Parishes in Ipswich:

All Hallows All Saints From 1882
Holy Trinity From 1857
St. Augustine From 1927
St. Clements From 1563
St. Helen From 1677
St. John From 1880
St. Lawrence From 1539
St. Margaret From 1537
St. Mary-at-Elms From 1557
St. Mary-at-the-Quay From 1559
St. Mary-le-Tower From 1538
St. Mary Stoke From 1565
St. Matthew From 1559
St. Michael From 1881
St. Nicholas From 1539
St. Peter From 1657
St. Stephen From 1585

In addition there are twenty Non-Conformist Chapels in Ipswich who have deposited some records with the Suffolk Records Office:

Roman Catholic
Society of Friends
Alan Road Methodist
Landseer Road Methodists
Wesleyan Methodist Circuit
St. Mary Elms primitive Methodist
Ipswich Primitive Methodist Circuit
St. Nicholas Street Presbyterian/Unitarian
Bethesda Independent, Dairy lane
Nansen Road Baptist
Hatfield Road Congregational
Stoke Peoples Hall
St. Mary’s Catholic
Turret Green Baptist
Stoke Green Baptist
Dairy Lane Particular Baptist
Barrack Corner Presbyterian / United Reformed
St. Nicholas Street Independent
Tacket Street Independent / Congregational
St. Thomas Mission Chapel (From 1905)