Southolt, Suffolk Genealogy

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England  Gotoarrow.png  Suffolk   Gotoarrow.png  Hoxne Hundred Gotoarrow.png  Suffolk Parishes Gotoarrow.png Southolt

Parish History

SOUTHOLT, a small village scattered round a green, 5 miles N.N.E. of Debenham, has in its parish 200 souls, and 798a. 2r. 12p. of land. Edgar Cheuery, Esq., is lord of the manor, and owner of a great part of the soil; and the remainder belongs to F, Clark, Esq., Lord Henniker, R. A. S. Adair, Esq., Mr. John Johnson, the executors of the late Sir James Flower, and a few smaller proprietors. The Church (St. Margaret) is a curacy, consolidated with the rectory of Worlingworth; and the incumbent has here a yearly rent-charge of £237. 10s , in lieu of the great and small tithes..... William White, 1855, History, Gazetteer, and Directory of Suffolk, page 395-396


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

Civil Registration

Southolt is in Hoxne district. To search an index of Hoxne district records go to FreeBMD. The Suffolk Civil Registration article tells more about these records.

Church records

The Parish Registers begin in 1538.  They can be view at the Suffolk Record Office.  A copy of the registers from 1538 to 1900 can be purchased from 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 missing for Southolt.   See Suffolk Church Records for further details.  Southolt lies on the border between the Archdeaconry of Suffolk and Sudbury.

Census records

There are census records available for Southolt 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 Southolt 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 Southolt 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 lists principal residents. They mention the farmers and tradesman in each parish and the nearest market towns among other items.
  • National gazetteers provide a brief description of each place

Web sites


  1. Lewis, Samuel A., A Topographical Dictionary of England (1848), pp. 149-152.