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Parish History

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LOWESTOFT (St. Margaret), a sea-port, markettown, and parish, in the incorporation and hundred of Mutford and Lothingland, E. division of Suffolk, 44 miles (N. E. by N.) from Ipswich, and 115 (N. E. by N.) from London. Here are places of worship for Baptists, Independents, and Wesleyans. [1]

Lowestoft St Margaret is an Ancient parish in the Diocese of Norwich and the county of Suffolk.


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


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

Civil Registration

Lowestoft is in Mutford district. To search an index of Mutford district records go to FreeBMD. The Suffolk Civil Registration article tells more about these records.   While the district had been created in 1837 for the purpose of recording births, deaths , and marriages, the Hundreds had been in existence for hundreds of years for administrative, military, and judicial purposes.

Church records

The Parish Registers begin in 1561.  They can be viewed at the Suffolk Record Office.  For pre 1813 Bishop Transcript entries you will need to look in Lothingland Deanery, Archdeaconry of Suffolk. See Suffolk Church Records

Lowestoft, Suffolk parish registers of christenings, marriages and burials are available online for the following years:

BOYD = Boyd's Marriage Index (FindMyPast) - (£)[2]
FREG = FreeREG - free[3]
FS PRs = England, Norfolk, Parish Registers, 1538-1900 (FamilySearch) - free[4]
IGI = International Genealogical Index (FamilySearch) - free[5]
NBI = National Burial Index (FindMyPast) - (£)[6]
Lowestoft, Suffolk Parish (1561) Online Records


Indexes Images Indexes Images Indexes Images

FREG 1561-1604, 1813-1832
1561-1605, 1846-1867
FS PRs Undefined 1561-1832 Undefined 1561-1786 Undefined 1561-1812, 1846-1902
IGI 1561-1812, 1872-1875
1561-1812, 1872-1875


To find the names of the neighbouring parishes, use England Jurisdictions 1851. In this site, search for the name of the parish, click on the location "pin", click Options and click List contiguous parishes.

Cemetery: Municipal

Census records

There are census records available for Lowestoft 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 Lowestoft Censusin the catalogue.
There is statistical data available for the census years 1801 to 1931 that records the number of houses, families, people, and other statistical data for every parish in Suffolk.
Refer to the Suffolk Census wiki article for details about the Census.

Probate records

Prior to 1858 the primary court that had jurisdiction over Lowestoft 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.

Maps and Gazetteers

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Lowestoft - a must see site


  1. Samuel A. Lewis,A Topographical Dictionary of England (1848), pp. 179-182. Date accessed: 02 October 2013.
  2. Percival Boyd, A List of Parishes in Boyd's Marriage Index (London: Society of Genealogists, 1987). Digital version at FamilySearch Books Online.
  3. 'Suffolk Coverage', FreeREG, accessed 3 December 2013.
  4. 'England, Norfolk, Parish Registers (County Record Office), 1538-1900', FamilySearch, accessed 17 March 2014.
  5. Hugh Wallis, 'IGI Batch Numbers for Suffolk, England,' IGI Batch Numbers, accessed 10 December 2013.
  6. 'Parish Records - National Burial Index Records 1538 - 2005 Coverage', Find My Past, accessed 4 December 2013.


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