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Guide to Ipswich, Suffolk family history and genealogy: parish registers, transcripts, census records, birth records, marriage records, and death records.

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Description

IPSWICH, a borough, port, and market-town, and the head of a union, in the liberty of Ipswich, E. division of Suffolk, 25 miles (S. E. by E.) from Bury St. Edmund's, and 69 (N. E.) from London. There are places of worship for Particular Baptists, the Society of Friends, Independents, Wesleyans, Primitive and Association Methodists, and Unitarians; a Roman Catholic chapel; and a synagogue.[1]

See also [2] or 1844 : History, gazetteer, and directory of Suffolk, and the towns near its borders

Church of England Parishes

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Extra-Parochial

...St. Clement's includes Fore Hamlet, Back Hamlet, Wykes Bishop, and Warren House. The latter is Extra-Parochial; as also are, Cold Dunghills and Felaw's Houses, in St. Margaret's; the Shire Hall Yard, in St. Mary's at Quay; and several houses in Globe lane, included with St. Mary at Tower....
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Nonconformist

CHAPELS.—The twelve parish churches, and the chapel of ease just described, have seat room for about 8500 persons; and there is accommodation for about 10,000 in the sixteen other places of worship in the town, of which four belong to Baptists, three to Independentt, two to Wesleyans, and one each to Roman Catholics, Unitarians, Friends, Primitive Methodists, Swedenborgians, and Jews....1855 : History, gazetteer, and directory of Suffolk, page 83-84
Refer to Ipswich, Suffolk - Nonconformist wiki article for further details.

Parish History

Domesday Book only enumerates nine churches, as standing in Ipswich and its liberty, viz., Holy Trinity, St. Austin, St. Michael, St. Mary, St. Lawrence, St. Peter, St. Stephen, and those at Whitton and Thurlston. The three first-named are supposed to have been destroyed in a dreadful tempest, on New Year's day, 1287, when Stowe informs us many other churches and buildings were beaten down by the jarring elements, at Yarmouth, Dunwich, &c. At a later period, it is said here were no fewer than 21 churches, but no doubt this number included those which were attached to the monastic institutions, and were not parochial. There are now twelve parish churches, and a chapel of ease in the town ; and the two churches of Whitton and Westerfield parishes are within the liberty of the borough....   William White, 1844 Gazetteer of Suffolk; page 67

 Refer to the works listed in Suffolk Gazetteers or England Gazetteers for source material.

Resources

If you live in Suffolk then you will have access to a variety of resources; however , for those who live further afield, one can access microfilm and online records at Family History Centers.   Refer to Ipswich and Suffolk in the FamilySearch Catalog for available records.

Cemetery - Churchyards

  • General Cemetery.—The Church and Chapel Burial Grounds in Ipswich, were closed under the powers of the Health of Towns Act, Ac, on July 1st, 1855. A Burial Board was formed, on which are representatives of the several parishes in the town. The Board purchased 32 acres of land of the late W. C. Fonnereau, Esq., for £2600, for a cemetery.... William White, 1874 Gazetteer of Suffolk, page 64  Refer to the Ipswich Borough page for details
  • Some cemeteries monumental transcriptions from this area are available on FindAGrave.

Civil Registration

Ipswich is a district. To search an index of Ipswich district records go to FreeBMD. The Suffolk Civil Registration article tells more about these records.

Church records

The Family History Library has some Church of England parish registers and transcripts for Ipswich parishes. It also has some nonconformist registers.

The Suffolk Family History Society has published marriage and baptism transcripts:

  • Marriage Index - Ipswich Deanery 1754 - 1812
  • Baptism Index - Ipswich Deanery 1754 - 1812 - New CD Available
  • Baptism Index - Ipswich Deanery 1813 - 1900

Refer to Suffolk Church Records for further details.

Census records

There are census records available for Ipswich from 1841 to 1911. Census records are available on a variety of subscription and other websites. If you need to consult the 1841 to 1891 census on microfilm, refer to Ipswich Censusin the catalogue.
Refer to the Suffolk Census wiki article for details about the Census.

Statistical Data Gathered from the Census

There are statistical charts available for the 1801 to 1931 censuses. See the article, Histpop — 'The Online Historical Population Reports Project' to access further data. The census gathered statistical data that allows one to see the economy of the people. It notes occupations, housing, population for every parish in Ipswich. It notes changes from the previous census and reasons for the changes. In 1831 over half the population lived in three parishes, St Clements, St Margarets, and St Matthews. While rural Suffolk was mostly engaged in agriculture, Ipswich was the center of industry in the County.

Abstract of the Answers and Returns made pursuant to an Act ...
1831 Census
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Ipswich - 7020 Acres or 11 Sq. Miles
Employment
Parishes
Houses
Agriculture
Trade
Others
Persons
St Clements
1015
65
586
399
4779
St Margaret
906
81
521
366
4300
St Matthew
497
14
412
114
2202
St Peter
323
4
163
221
1646
St Nicholas
239
-
230
36
1313
St Mary at Quay
232
2
84
154
1039
St Helens
201
22
92
95
961
St Mary at Tower
172
-
134
78
951
St Mary at Elms
163
3
96
69
778
St Mary Stoke
127
48
21
89
789
St Lawrence
93
-
78
19
565
St Stephen
84
-
54
32
530
Whitton
64
35
19
14
346
Westerfield
Partly in Ipswich borough and Bosmere Hundred
253
Totals
4116
274
2490
1686
20,201

Court

There is no name index to the Ipswich Quarter Session Records

Genealogy

Wilby, Robert. Five Generations. History, four generations photo, dating 1738-1992, and family tree of John Motum and wife Rebecca Smith with the following surnames. - Banham, Bennett, Friend, Smith, Dyke, Gowler, Greggm Richardson, Larter, Wilby. Article in Journal of the Felixstowe Family History Soc. vol. 8, no.3, pages 10-12. FHL 942.64/F5 D25r

Probate records

Prior to 1858 the primary court that had jurisdiction over Ipswich was the Archdeaconry of Suffolk; however, a person’s will or administration may have been probated in nearby courts or even in London. After 1858 it was in Ipswich District.  Refer to the Suffolk Probate Records article for further details.

Newspapers

The Ipswich Journal from 1800 to 1900 is provided by an online service with an every name index and images of the articles. Some libraries also provide access to service.

The Bury and Norwich Post is available online from 1801 to 1900. The British Newspaper Archive provides images and transcripts of the Newspaper.  Also available is the Ipswich Journal from from 1748 to 1900.  Also another run of the Ipswich Journal from 1720 to 1800

Maps and Gazetteers

Maps and Gazetteers

  • Suffolk Gazetteers and Directories from 1839 to 1909 - Suffolk Gazetteers and directories provide a history and description of Ipswich and principal residents and tradesman.
  • National directories provide a lengthy description Ipswich
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    • British History Online - IPSWICH, a borough,port, and market-town, and the head of a union, in the liberty of Ipswich, E. division of Suffolk, 25 miles (S. E. by E.) from Bury St. Edmund's, and 69 (N. E.) from London.There are places of worship for Particular Baptists, the Society of Friends, Independents, Wesleyans, Primitive and Association Methodists, and Unitarians; a Roman Catholic chapel; and a synagogue. [3]

Websites

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References

  1. Lewis,Samuel A., A Topographical Dictionary of England (1848), pp. 603-608. Date accessed: 2 May 2014.
  2. John Marius Wilson, Imperial Gazetteer of England and Wales (1870-72). Date accessed and adapted: 2 May 2014.
  3. Lewis,Samuel A.,A Topographical Dictionary of England (1848), pp. 614-620. Date accessed: 30 September 2013.

 

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