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Thousands of out-of-print, out of copyright books from research libraries worldwide have been scanned and made available online for free. Find links below to books at, The Hathi Trust, Google Books, the Suffolk Records Society, and British History Online. While the focus is on books about Essex and Suffolk, books for nearby counties have been included too.











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Marriage licence allegations and bonds

Note that the Essex Record Office have indexed their marriage licences by name and year on Essex Archives Online.

Allegations for marriage licences in the archdeaconry of Sudbury, in the county of Suffolk (1918-1921)

Archdeaconry of Suffolk

Marriage Licences from the Official Notebooks of the Archdeaconry of Suffolk, Deposited at the Ipswich Probate Court, 1613-1674 (Printed at the private press of Frederick Arthur Crisp, 1903,

Bishop of London & Archbishop of Canterbury

People from Essex and Suffolk might appear in these:

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Memorials and church monuments


An Inventory of the Historical Monuments of Essex, 1916-1923


Engravings of Sepulchral Brasses in Norfolk and Suffolk, tending to illustrate the the Ecclesiastical, Military and Civil Costume, as well as to preserve memorials of ancient families in that county, by John Sell Cotman esq et al, 2nd edition, 1839


The Church Heraldry of Norfolk, a description of all coats of arms on brasses, monuments, slabs, hatchments, &c., now to be found in the county. Illustrated. With references to Blomefield’s History of Norfolk and Burke’s Armory. Together with notes from the inscriptions attached by Rev Edmund Farrer

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Feet of fines, 1182-1603: see The Essex Society for Archaeology and History

Repertorium Ecclesiasticum Parochiale Londinense by Richard Newcourt, 1708

A history of the diocese of London, including the lords of the manor presenting to the livings of the parishes. A source used by Morant.


Feet of fines: see Mediaeval Genealogy

Suffolk Manorial Families, being the County Visitations and Other Pedigrees, by Joseph James Muskett [incs transcriptions of many wills, PCC, SRO, etc.]

  • Vol 1: Winthrops of Groton and allied families inc: Ponder, Sharpe, Mildmay, Alabaster, Vesey, Risbey, Still, Browne, Fones, Gostlin, Downing, Hilles, Munning, Forth, Crymble, Bode, Powell, Clopton, Tyndal, Rainsborough, Reade, Cullum, Boldero, Garneys, Elmy, Grigg, Goodwin, Taylor, Hammond, Gurdon, Sexton, Burrough, Appleton, Doggett, Drury, Langham, Arnold (see index for all names) 1894 ( [See Evidences of the Winthrops of Groton at as well]
  • Vol 2: Hovell, Smith alias Hovell, Folkes, Morden, Whiting, Bright, Barrett, Partridge, L’Estrange, Suckling, May, Fulmerston, Heyward, Bolton, Carey, Kempe, Barrow, Jermyn, Garneys, Keble, Pretyman, Beaumont, Stubbing, Collett, Muskett, (see index for all names) 1908 (
  • Vol 3, parts 1 & 2 bound together: Reeve, Wentworth, Andrews, Fairclough, Mann (no name index) 1910 (

The Manors of Suffolk by W A Copinger

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An essay towards a topographical history of the county of Norfolk : containing a description of the towns, villages, and hamlets, with the foundations of monasteries, churches, chapels, chantries, and other religious buildings


These books will contain information on the family themselves as well as interconnecting families. Some will contain images eg of heraldry, houses, portraits etc etc.

Buckenham, Bokenham and variations


  • The Genealogy of the Family of Cole, of the County of Devon, and of Those of Its Branches Which Settled in Suffolk, Hampshire, Surrey, Lincolnshire, and Ireland, by James Edwin-Cole, 1867 (



Gosnold of Otley

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Parish registers




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See more printed books of wills – most aren’t available online, but hardcopies can be purchased

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Hearth tax

Local histories

The East Anglian; Or, Notes and Queries on Subjects Connected With the Counties of Suffolk, Cambridge, Essex and Norfolk 1858-1910


The Essex Review: an illustrated quarterly record of everything of permanent interest in the county

Victoria County History: A History of the County of Essex


See also the SRS’s digital series.

County of Suffolk: its history as disclosed by existing records and other documents, etc by Walter Arthur Copinger

Index of records used for Copinger’s “A History of Suffolk”, arranged alphabetically by surnames or places eg. “Ashfield, Great” is under A, and “Cardinall, family” is under C.

A History of Suffolk by Walter Arthur Copinger

I haven’t found the actual volumes online anywhere yet, unless it’s the first five volumes of Copinger’s Manors of Suffolk (see above).

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All the Harleian Society Publications, with links to free, online scans where available. Includes many London parish registers as well as nearly all the county visitations. Also includes a list of later publications which are still in copyright and not available as free scans, but should be sourceable from research libraries (ask about inter-library loans at your local library).

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Created: 3 January 2021
Updated: 6 January 2021, to include parish registers and Suffolk Records Society content.
Updated: 26 January 2021, to include British History Online content
Updated: 16 April 2021, to include Visitations for counties outside Essex and Suffolk, and books on Norfolk manors.