Earl Soham, Suffolk Genealogy

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Parish History

Soham, Earl (St. Andrew), is a parish in the union of Plomesgate, the hundred of Loes, and E division of Suffolk, it is 12 miles N. W. from Woodbridge. There are places of worship for Baptists and Wesleyans.[1]


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 Earl Soham and Suffolk in the Family History Library Catalog for available records.

Civil Registration

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

Church records

The Parish Registers begin in 1558.  They can be viewed at the Suffolk Record Office.  For pre 1813 Bishop Transcript entries you will need to look in Loes Deanery, Archdeaconry of Suffolk. Parish Chest records are lacking for Earl Soham.   See Suffolk Church Records for further details.

Census records

There are census records available for Earl Soham 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 Earl Soham, England, Census in the library 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 the county.
Refer to the Suffolk Census wiki article for details.

Probate records

Prior to 1858 the primary court that had jurisdiction over Earl Soham (Catalogued Soham Earl) 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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Web sites


  1. A Topographical Dictionary of England (1848), pp. 129-133. URL: http://www.british-history.ac.uk/report.aspx?compid=51286