Ipswich Family History Centre, Suffolk

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FamilySearch This article describes the services and resources available at a Family History Centre, a branch facility of the Family History Library.

Centre Contacts and Hours[edit | edit source]

Location Map:


  • 42 Sidegate Lane West Ipswich Suffolk England IP4 3DB United Kingdom
  1. We are opposite Northgate School, Sports and Arts Centre and subsequently serviced by buses from the town centre of Ipswich.
  2. Ariving by car - drive into Alma Close and park in the carpark at the rear of the church building.
    To access the Family History Centre use the side doors on the wing of the building and knock.
  3. (Link to map using Googleor other map sites)


  • +44 147-372-3182


  • UK_Ipswich@familyhistorymail.org

Open Hours:Wednesdays -7:00pm-9:00pm

Thursdays : 10am-1pm,

    • To make an appointment for all times, please contact the director at +44 147-372-3182 on Tuesday evening or Thursday 10:00am-1:00pm. Or by email.

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Centre Resources[edit | edit source]

Collections[edit | edit source]

Access to Ancestry, Find my Past, and My heritage. Also ability to view certain microfilms on family Search.org that are only available to view in the centre

Databases and Software[edit | edit source]

  • FHC Portal This center has access to the Family History Centre Portal page which gives free access in the center to premium family history software and websites that generally charge for subscriptions.
  • Publication of the restricted access images England, Kent, Wills and Probate - FamilySearch Historical Records means that it is advisable to telephone the centre to reserve a computer if you wish to view this collection using the portal.

Hardware and Equipment[edit | edit source]

  • Computers, Microfilm readers one of which is part of a computer so images can be saved to a memory stick, microfiche readers and printer 

Centre Services[edit | edit source]

Staff Research Specialties[edit | edit source]

Whilst we don't have any specific specialisms we are willing and able volunteers who aim to assist patrons as they do their own research in our centre.

Resources in the Local Area
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Suffolk Records Office is located about 2 miles away from the centre in Gateacre Road, Ipswich

Links[edit | edit source]

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