Bedfield, Suffolk Genealogy
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a summary overview of the history of this parish.
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 Bedfield and Suffolk in the Family History Library Catalog for available records.
Civil RegistrationBedfield was in Hoxne district till 1907 at which time it was moved into Hartismere District. In 1907 Hoxne district was abolished. To search an index of Hoxne or Hartismere district records go to FreeBMD. The Suffolk Civil Registration article tells more about these records.
The Parish Registers begin in 1584. They can be viewed at the Suffolk Record Office. For pre 1813 Bishop Transcript entries you will need to look in Hoxne Deanry, Archdeaconry of Suffolk. Parish Chest records are considerable for Bedfield. See Suffolk Church Records for further details.
There are census records available for Bedfield 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 Bedfield 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.
Prior to 1858 the primary court that had jurisdiction over Bedfield 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
- Suffolk Gazetteers and Directories from 1839 to 1909 - Suffolk Gazetteers and directories provide a brief history and description of each parish and principal residents. They mention the farmers and tradesman in each parish and the nearest market towns among other items.
- National directories provide a brief description of each place
- England Jurisdictions 1851 - see parish in context with surrounding parishes also determine various ecclesiastical and civil jurisdictions for this parish
- Bedfield on Google maps - see lay of the land as it is today