Ipswich Family History Centre, Suffolk

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FamilySearch This article describes the services and resources available at a Family History Centre, a branch facility of the Family History Library.

Centre Contacts and Hours

Location & Map:

  1. 42 Sidegate Lane West, Ipswich, Suffolk, England IP4 3DB 
  2. We are opposite Northgate School, Sports and Arts Centre and subsequently serviced by buses from the town centre of Ipswich.
  3. Ariving by car - drive into Alma Close and park in the carpark at the rear of the church building.
    To access the Family History Centre use the side doors on the wing of the building and knock.
  4. (Link to map using Google or other map sites)

Phone: 01473 723182

E-mail: UK_Ipswich@ldsmail.net

Open Hours: Tuesday 7-9pm, Occasional Wednesday 12-2.45pm, Thursday 10-1pm and 7-9pm

all by appointment only. Email for an appointment or phone Tuesday eve or Thurday 10-1pm

Holiday Schedule: Closed 21st Dec-2nd Jan 2012

Centre Resources


  • Family History Library Catalog: This center has the ability to order any of the films and fiche available through the Family History Library Catalog. Patrons can do this at familysearch.org/films 

Databases and Software

  • FHC Portal This center has access to the Family History Centre Portal page which gives free access in the center to premium family history software and websites that generally charge for subscriptions.
  • Publication of the restricted access images England, Kent, Wills and Probate (FamilySearch Historical Records) means that it is advisable to telephone the centre to reserve a computer if you wish to view this collection using the portal.

Hardware and Equipment

  • Computers, Microfilm readers one of which is part of a computer so images can be saved to a memory stick, microfiche readers and printer 

Centre Services

Staff Research Specialties

Whilst we don't have any specific specialisms we are willing and able volunteers who aim to assist patrons as they do their own research in our centre.

Resources in the Local Area

Suffolk Records Office is located about 2 miles away from the centre in Gateacre Road, Ipswich


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