Searching the Suffolk Parish Records finds the man who accused the Lowestoft Witches

If you were to ask most family historians which type of records rank the highest when tracing ancestors, Parish Records would be near, if not at the top of their list. These often ancient documents can take a family tree back hundreds of years. With the introduction of Civil Registration in England and Wales only beginning in 1837, before that these types of church records were the only official documentation of the population's vital events made by the authorities. As it was clergy who were responsible for recording the information in the registers of their parish churches and in some non-conformist places of worship, it is not surprising that the events reflected the minister's concern with the religious ceremonies of baptisms, burials and marriages rather than dates of births and deaths. Continue reading...

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New Suffolk Parish Records 30th July 2021

We have just added a further 322,894 individuals to our continually increasing collection of Parish Records with the release of a set from the English county of Suffolk.

These East Anglian church registers have been fully transcribed and linked to images of the actual pages from the books that were once kept by the Anglican Parish Churches. From before Victorian times and the introduction of Civil records, as the Established Church of the state, these important Church of England documents recorded the baptisms, marriages and burials of our Suffolk ancestors. In some cases, these important records will allow family historians to find their ancestors as far back as the 16th century.

Parishes in this release include Ashby, Belton, Blundeston with Flixton, Bradwell, Burgh Castle, Carlton Colville, Corton, Fritton, Gisleham, Gorleston with Southtown, Gunton, Herringfleet, Hopton, Kessingland, Kirkley St Peter & St John, Kirkley St Matthew, Knettishall, Lound, Lowestoft Christchurch, Lowestoft St Andrew, Lowestoft St John, Lowestoft St Margaret, Mutford, Oulton Broad, Oulton St Michael (Oldton), Pakefield, Rushmere, and Somerleyton.

To find out more about this week's release, you can read our featured article "The Fishy Tale of the Lowestoft Witches".

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Searching the Suffolk Parish Records finds the man who accused the Lowestoft Witches

If you were to ask most family historians which type of records rank the highest when tracing ancestors, Parish Records would be near, if not at the top of their list. These often ancient documents can take a family tree back hundreds of years. With the introduction of Civil Registration in England and Wales only beginning in 1837, before that these types of church records were the only official documentation of the population's vital events made by the authorities. As it was clergy who were responsible for recording the information in the registers of their parish churches and in some non-conformist places of worship, it is not surprising that the events reflected the minister's concern with the religious ceremonies of baptisms, burials and marriages rather than dates of births and deaths. Continue reading...

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Saturday 25th September 2021, 10:00-16:30 (British Summer Time)

The Family History Show is going online! Now you can attend from wherever you are in the world!

  • Free talks all day, available for 24 hours so no need to stay up late if you're in a different time zone!
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  • Many family history societies, archives and companies will all be attending via video chat

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Magazine Reviews


WDYTYA Magazine“TheGenealogist has an excellent search option that lets you search for a family using just first names.”
Sarah Williams, Editor - Who Do You Think You Are Magazine

Your Family Tree Magazine“The Genealogist is a great place to search for your ancestors and the details of their lives, using a combination of simple and advanced search facilities and a huge variety of the most vital records and resources for family history.”
Adam Rees, Editor - Your Family Tree Magazine

Family Tree Magazine“Top marks to TheGenealogist for their All-in-One search. For relevant, easy-to-view, detailed search results this is the search site to use. Combine it with the new phonetic search tool to make even better family history discoveries.”
Helen Tovey, Editor - Family Tree Magazine

Your Family History Magazine“The unique Non-Conformist records on TheGenealogist.co.uk are invaluable.” 
Laura Berry, Editor - Your Family History Magazine

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