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Suffolk Record Office now offers online resources to help you search for a particular person or piece of information. allows users to access catalogues for the records from the comfort of their own home and means many more people will be able to use the service.

Since December, residents both inside and out of Suffolk have been able to purchase and download digital copies of wills and request quotations for copies of other documents and photographs. More records are being digitised and added to the collection on an on-going basis.

Mrs Rhonda Johnston is researching her ancestors from Suffolk. She lives in Australia and without the new online facilities she wouldn’t be able to carry out some of her research.

Rhonda Johnston said:

"I must say that I am really impressed and happy with your wonderful service as it is so exciting seeing the items which go back so many years that I can now add to my family history. The customer service is also great – your help second to none.”

Councillor Richard Smith, cabinet member for finance and heritage said:

“I think it’s fantastic that these records can now be accessed online. It allows people far greater access than ever before to be able to research Suffolk’s History as well as their own roots.

“People are responding very positively to the new online services. Users have been impressed with how much they can access on the website, and the amount of digital content is growing all the time.”

Suffolk Record Office will be adding even more content, both catalogues and digitised records to the website over the coming months. Users will soon be able to book and pay online for courses, talks and walks.

Visit to learn more about the services available online.

'The Hold'

In January 2017, Pringle Richards Sharratt were announced as the design team behind the planned heritage centre, ‘The Hold’.

‘The Hold’ will house 900 years of Suffolk’s historical archives and is expected to open in 2019. As well as providing a teaching and research space, it will also form a unique visitor attraction and important cultural resource for the community.

Visit for more information about the project.