Our Help Centre contains much local information, including graveyard catalogues for Benhall, Saxmundham, Leiston, Eastbridge, Aldringham and Sutton; censuses, directories, information on local war memorials, books and historic maps.  We have a large number of books, CD's and microfiches of local interest — in fact, we hold a wide variety of records for Suffolk and other counties.  These are mostly physical resources not available online, but two downloadable PDF-documents are listed at the foot of this page.

A printed copy of the Index has been available in the Help Centre for some years.  Rather more than half the 600+ items relates to Suffolk, and almost a quarter of the total to places in the Alde-Ore Valley.  The Valley comprises a quite small area — bounded broadly by Dunwich, Laxfield, Framlingham, Orford and Shingle Street — maybe 300 square miles (800 km²).  Our only towns are Aldeburgh, Leiston, Saxmundham, Framlingham and Orford, but ALL places are listed, and this area is delineated graphically, on our Map page.

We believe our archive of the area is a unique resource that should be more available.

So, the Index is now an Excel-type spreadsheet, to simplify maintenance and searches.  We are also bringing it back up to date, reconciling it with missing and recently acquired items, whilst expanding the indexing by adding a structured reference-id.  The new ID is written on the existing sticky label each resource should carry, so that items that have missed indexing can now be quickly and easily identified. 

Most importantly, the Index is now viewable and downloadable from the link at the foot of this page.

☞  It is also useful to know that reference-ID's that we are adding to the Index for items in Categories of CENsus, DIRectory and MAP often include the date (such as "CEN1881UK"), whatever the item's actual title might happen to be.  Items relating to the Great War are, of course, typically rich sources of family history and are now annotated with the text "WWI", so that you can use the spreadsheet "Find" function online at your leisure.

Because the file is (by definition) read-only, should you wish to edit and/or sort the data yourself, then select all the contents of the jobsheet/page (CTRL+A or ⌘+A), copy it (CTRL+C or ⌘+C) and paste it (CTRL+V or ⌘+V) into a new read-writable spreadsheet.  You can then sort the Index so that all resources containing (say) 1881 Census records are displayed together, as their reference-ID's are prefixed "CEN1881".

☞  Should you want a more detailed explanation of the structure of the Index, you can view it here.

☞  If you identify any items of interest, please feel free to drop in at our fortnightly Help Centre sessions to view them in person.  
If you are further afield, you are welcome to email any of our Committee members, listed on our Contact us page, for help with your enquiry.

☞  If you have any observations on the content or production of the Index, please email either or both of us.


Pat Carter (Archivist) and Steve Stocks (Webmaster)





"Alde Valley local authorities (1830 to date)" — table listing the successive Local Authorities for each of our civil parishes

"Alde Valley Registration Districts (1837 to date)" — table listing the successive Registration Districts for each of our civil parishes

"Alde Valley Suffolk Family History Group Newsletter" — an example past number

Index of our Help Centre — research-resource catalogues, books, maps, CD's, microfiches etc. — We expect to upload fresh versions of this Index over the next few weeks, with the current reindexing exercise perhaps complete by Easter.  The latest published version is dated 11th January 2019 (190111 V34).

Knodishall village parking map   — You'll probably need to save this file yourself, if you want to retain it.

Suffolk Local History Council's "Calendar of Events"
        also  their list of member Societies, History Groups, Museums and other organisations



Every issue of the Suffolk Family History Society's quarterly "Suffolk Roots" magazine from 1975 to 2013 can be viewed in their Members' area, if you are also one of their members: this includes browsing Contents lists and searching (by text string, by place, by name or by ship).  In addition, the bulk of the original printed issues from 1979 to 2005 are held in our Help Centre, so are listed in our Index (with reference-ID's prefixed "SKRO0T" or "SKROOT").

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