Wilby, Suffolk Genealogy
WILBY, a neat village, 1 1/2 mile S.S.E. of Stradbroke, and 6 miles N.N.W. of Framlingham, has in its parish 620 souls, and 1846a. 1r. 20p. of land. T. G. Corbett, Esq., of Elsham Hall, Lincolnshire, is lord of the manor of Wilby-with Shelton Hall, but the soil belongs to various free and copyholders, the latter subject to arbitrary fines. The largest owners are the Rev. T. B. Stane (lord of a small manor called Russells,) Sir R. S. Adair,Lord Henniker, Sir E. C. Kerrison, and the Collinson, Burch, Green, Smith, and Wilkinson families. The Nevils and Wingfields were anciently owners of most of the parish. The Church (St Mary) is a handsome structure, with a tower and six bells; and in its windows are some beautiful fragments of stained glass. The south porch is highly enriched, and the architecture of the whole fabric is much admired. The benefice is a rectory, valued in K.B. at £26. 6s. 10d...... William White, 1855, History, Gazetteer, and Directory of Suffolk, page 401-402
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 Wilby and Suffolk in the Family History Library Catalog for available 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 lacking for Wilby. See Suffolk Church Records for further details.
There are census records available for Wilby 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 Wilby census film numbers 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.
Prior to 1858 the primary court that had jurisdiction over Wilby 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
- England Jurisdictions 1851 maps - see parish in context with surrounding parishes also determine various ecclesiastical and civil jurisdictions for this parish
- Wilby on Google maps - see lay of the land as it is today
- Lewis,Samuel A., A Topographical Dictionary of England (1848), pp. 575-577.