Services provided by Suffolk Record Office

We offer:

Free access to the internet

Available with the use of a Suffolk library card, obtainable at any library or online.

Reference service

We offer a free quick reference enquiry service.  Staff are able to undertake brief searches in catalogues and indexes  – taking less than 5 minutes.  More detailed enquiries are dealt with under the research service.  

Free searchroom service

If you have ancestors that come from Suffolk or you wish to research something in or about Suffolk itself, why not come and visit us?  Our trained and knowledgeable staff are on hand to advise both beginners and experts on using the records, so ask them to help you. Anyone can view the archives; we have some of the more popular records - like the parish registers, census returns and newspapers - on microfilm or microfiche to make it easier for you to use them and to save wear and tear on the originals

Research service

If you're investigating anything to do with Suffolk and live many miles away, or simply don't have enough time to do the research yourself, we can find out the information for you.  Just tell us what you need.  

Copying service

We can supply you with copies of many of our documents in our collections, in a variety of formats

Parish register copying service

If you are researching your family history and live many miles away, or simply don't have enough time to visit us, we can supply all types of Suffolk parish registers to you on either microfiche or microfilm

Workshops, talks and courses

We offer a variety of talks, workshops and courses throughout the year as well as free drop in events.  Why not have a look at our events pages?

Caring for your own Archives

We offer a number of services to help you to care for your own archives from archive friendly paper clips to conservation.  Have a look at our price list (PDF, 19Kb) to find out more.  Record Offices and other institutions are designed to provide the optimum conditions for the preservation of archives, but private individuals can also ensure survival of their archives if certain general principles are followed.  Why not check out more about this using our Caring for Your Archives leaflet (PDF, 66Kb)

Where is my nearest Record Office?

Find your nearest record office by using our Find My Nearest map

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Copying Services

Copying services available with advice on copyright guidance

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Free Searchroom services

Advice on planning a visit to the Suffolk Record Office and using the searchroom

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Parish register copying service

How to obtain copies of parish registers on microfilm or microfiche

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Research service

Our research service provides a value for money service without the expense and trouble of a personal visit

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