South Elmham, St Michael, Suffolk Genealogy

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Birth, marriages and deaths were kept by the government, from July 1837 to the present day. The [[England Civil Registration|civil registration]] article tells more about these records. There are several Internet sites with name lists or indexes. A popular site is [ FreeBMD].  
<u>South Elmham</u> was in '''Wangford''' district.  To search an index of Wangford district records go to [ FreeBMD]. The [[Suffolk Civil Registration|Suffolk Civil Registration]] article provides more details about these records. Civil Registration began in 1837.
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Parish History

ELMHAM, SOUTH (St. Michael), a parish, in the union and hundred of Wangford, E. division of the county of Suffolk, 6 miles (N. N. W.) from Halesworth.[1]

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.  For those who live further afield, one can access microfilm and online records at LDS Family History Centres.  Refer to the parish and Suffolk in the Family History Library Catalogue for available records.

Civil Registration

South Elmham was in Wangford district. To search an index of Wangford district records go to FreeBMD. The Suffolk Civil Registration article provides more details about these records. Civil Registration began in 1837.

Church records

Parish Registers began in the 1500's. They can be viewed at the Suffolk Record Office. There are Bishop Transcripts and Parish Registers that have been filmed for most parishes in the County. See the Suffolk Church Records article for further details.

Census records


Census records from 1841 to 1911 are available online. For access, see England Census Records and Indexes Online. Census records from 1841 to 1891 are also available on film through a Family History Center or at the Family History Library. The first film number is 474644.

Military Records

South Elmham St. Michael is one of the 36 "thankful villeages" that had every young man return home after fighting in both World War 1 and World War II. While there is no war memorial in these villages, this plaque hangs in the church to honor those who served in World War 1 and this plaque is for those who served in World War II.

Probate records

Records of wills, administrations, inventories, indexes, etc. were filed by the court with jurisdiction over this parish. Go to Suffolk Probate Records to find the name of the court having primary jurisdiction. Scroll down in the article to the section Court Jurisdictions by Parish.

Maps and Gazetteers

Maps are a visual look at the locations in England. Gazetteers contain brief summaries about a place.

Web sites


  1. Lewis, Samuel A.,A Topographical Dictionary of England(1848), pp. 161-164